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They are all intelligent and motivated.
They are all intelligent and motivated.
I would tell myself not to worry so much about choosing the one right school. There are plenty of schools that you can be happy and do well at.
The dining hall closes the upstairs on the weekend.
The professors in my classes know my name by the second week of classes. I'm fortunate in that, as an English major and as a ...
The professors in my classes know my name by the second week of classes. I'm fortunate in that, as an English major and as a student who continues to pursue liberal arts, I get the advantage of having more intimate relationships with professors due to smaller class sizes, less lecture-style teaching methods, and professors that I continue to take again, after a class has completed. My favorite class, for these reasons, would have to be my Italian language course; I have only had two different professors over the course of five semesters. I have, therefore, fantastic relationships with these two professors, and I feel comfortable coming to them about anything. This has allowed me to seek mentorship within my professors and to establish deeper, stronger bonds with them - both based on academic and personal levels. In other classes, however, where there are more students in a larger lecture hall with one professor and about six T.A.'s, I feel that students a) miss out on the opportunity to have a strong, fulfilling relationship with such a strong, knowledgeable mentor, but they also tend to become more competitive and treat classes less personally; they don't get to know one another as peers or as friends, and many students also take the larger lectures as opportunities to zone out, a bit - and get away with it. I must say, however, that regardless of what you study at Georgetown University, it is ultimately up to you how you walk out at graduation; YOU are the one who should take initiative to form relationships with peers and instructors alike, and YOU are the one who must now apply what you have learned to the real world. In most cases of graduated Hoyas, I believe that our education - regardless of the teaching style or of the major - has led us to great success in the workforce.
There are definitely stereotypes about the typical Georgetown Hoya. Initially, I know that I, too, had a specific image in mind when I thought about the Georgetown campus; I pictured preppy, somewhat snooty kids walking around talking about either basketball or politics in polo shirts and riding boots. This for sure detracted a fair amount from my interests in Georgetown. However, I believe that this kind of preppy stereotype expectation exists almost everywhere in the northeast. The biggest piece of advice that I would give to any high school junior or senior debating where they want to spend the next four years is this: don't judge a school based on rumors or based on a few individuals you may see while visiting. College is a fantastic place because it is home to the presence of infinite types of individuals with unending interests, backgrounds, personalities, and talents to offer. Stereotypes pretty much cease to exist once you get here. You bond and connect with the people who fit you and what you're looking for in friendships. And you branch out to others who may NOT be your 'type,' too. Georgetown is especially amazing for having those opportunities to extend friendships in every which way; the clubs, organizations, classes, majors, dining and housing facilities all allow it so you're constantly seeing familiar faces or coming across new ones that you want to become familiar. So yes, while maybe this 'preppy' stereotype exists at Georgetown initially. But you have to understand that stereotypes are just impressions, judgements that are assumed by what you see on the surface. At Georgetown, kids are coming from all over the world to be in D.C. and to have access to the great opportunities that the nation's capital offers. For this reason especially, the diversity is incomparable. The languages you hear on camps vary daily. The dress styles, student performances, and organizations are all a testament to the vast heterogeneity that exists on campus. Yet the Hoya pride unites everyone still, maintaining student cohesion and a bright, vibrant community that is ultimately without stereotypes, at all.
Most people think Georgetown students are conservative, polo wearing, trust fund babies. While that description does fit cert...
Most people think Georgetown students are conservative, polo wearing, trust fund babies. While that description does fit certain past and present Hoyas, at Georgetown you can find some of the most diverse, free thinking, and passionate individuals. While we are a Catholic University diversity and inter- religious understanding are among some of the most promoted ideals on campus and while they are not excepted by everyone, they are undoubtedly important to our school's identity. Georgetown attracts different people from all over the world not just the country and that kind of variance is what makes our campus vibrant.
Georgetown is wonderful in a lot of ways. As a relatively small, private university, it can offer its students personalized ...
Georgetown is wonderful in a lot of ways. As a relatively small, private university, it can offer its students personalized attention and services that may be hard to find in a larger university. These include personal relationships with faculty members, small class sizes, career-education services, counseling and other support groups geared to individualized concerns, etc. Georgetown students also benefit tremendously from the campus location in Washington, DC. The actual town of Georgetown offers a smaller, more manageable space for students within the larger urban context. The town of Georgetown comes to feel like an extended campus and students find themselves right at home outside the campus gates. Additionally, Georgetown's close proximity to Capital Hill and the White House not only offers fantastic career opportunities, which many students take advantage of, but also brings influential speakers to campus (the list includes President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and fellow Hoya Bradley Cooper). Student complaints about Georgetown typically critique the social dynamics on campus. There is a small greek presence, but these fraternities and sororities are not recognized by the University and can easily be ignored if one so chooses. Consequently, Georgetown relies a lot upon other student groups to organize social interactions. One such group is The Corp, an entirely student-run organization (the largest in the nation) that operates many food and service businesses on campus. Some students feel animosity toward The Corp, typically describing it as exclusive and all-consuming of its members (it has even been referred to as "The Cult"). The Corp is, however, the largest student group on campus and "Corpies" typically love their experience. Another major social critique here at Georgetown is of the dominant "hook-up culture". Serious relationships are not common and an invitation to go on the stereotypical dinner-date is very rare and taken seriously. The norm is rather the casual hook-up, something people usually tire of by junior year. This notion of the "hook-up culture" is so prevalent that not only does every student know the term, but so do many professors. Georgetown, obviously, is not perfect, but does offer both strong academics and a strong social scene. Each person's experience is a little different, but all the students I know are proud to be Hoyas.
At Georgetown the motto "work hard, play hard" certainly rings true. The students here are dedicated to their studies, and passionate about their chosen majors/fields of study. Classroom discussion will often continue outside of class, and I am continually impressed by the intellectual debates that take place in social spaces (parties and bars included). An all-nighter in the library is not uncommon, and most of us have watched the sunrise more than once. The University, however, typically shows the same commitment towards its students that they themselves give to their studies. Georgetown's relative small size allows it to offer small class sizes and brilliant, accomplished professors. Granted, not every class is a slam-dunk, and not every lecture will especially "intellectually stimulating", but in general the professors here are dedicated to their students. I have personally had dinner at a professor's house on more than one occasion. I've even had my dean over for cookies and hot chocolate! Like at any university, academics will be what you make it at Georgetown, but you can't resist being impressed (and inspired) by the focused and high-achieving students that you will find yourself surrounded by.
At Georgetown, there exists this notion of a "Jack and Jane Hoya". This image of a stereotypical Georgetown student typically includes past education at an elite prep school, Northeastern roots, and a general affinity for all things salmon-colored or whale-embroidered. Even upon visting Georgetown's campus, it might appear that most students slip easily into this prep stereotype, strolling around sporting Ralph Lauren polos while typing away on their Blackberries. Once one actually becomes a student at Georgetown, however, this stereotypical veneer typically melts away, revealing that while Jack and Jane Hoyas do exist at Georgetown, so do many other varieties of Hoyas. Georgetown gets a reputation for having a largely white, affluent student body, but this narrow definition hardly reflects reality. In fact, some of the most active groups on campus are also the most culturally and religiously diverse.
The dating scene on campus is almost nonexistent for freshman and sophomores; everyone is too focused on internships, grades,...
The dating scene on campus is almost nonexistent for freshman and sophomores; everyone is too focused on internships, grades, and other résumé builders to focus on relationships or dating outside of hookups. That being said, there is a statistic floating around that upwards of 75% of Georgetown students marry other Hoyas - so people eventually find love and bond over their shared college experience!
Attending Georgetown University, affords you the best of both worlds in both campus experience and central location. The camp...
Attending Georgetown University, affords you the best of both worlds in both campus experience and central location. The campus is quietly tucked away on top of the hills of the historical neighborhood of Georgetown. You tend to forget that you are situated in one of the most powerful cities in the world until you see the Washington monument in the distance. The University's location in Washington, DC makes it a prime nexus to implement your academic scholarship into real world networks and connections, since many national and international businesses, non-profits, and organizations are head-quartered here- not to mention the home of the US Government and its affiliates.
The small class sizes keep the setting intellectually intimate and allow to peel away the layers of a subject and go deeper into its meanings and various implications.
Georgetown is often misunderstood as being a sports centered school because of the success of its famous HOYAS in basketball, however, this couldn't be further from the case. Georgetown is a world-class liberal arts school, that attracts the most cutting edge researchers, professors, and scholars.
Georgetown is the best. I have had such a great experience here so far and I wish I never had to leave. It's obviously much s...
Georgetown is the best. I have had such a great experience here so far and I wish I never had to leave. It's obviously much smaller than state schools, but it makes it easy to get to know a lot of people both in your own grade as well as those in other grades. Walking around campus you're bound to see people that you know, which is actually really nice, but it's big enough that there's always new people to meet. The bars on M Street and in DC in general are so much fun. If you frequent them enough, you'll probably end up making friends with the bouncers and bartenders. Georgetown itself is a great place to live in for four years of your life and there's always fun and exciting things to go to and see in DC. You can go for a run to the monuments or the White House or the Capitol or wherever you want. Just make sure that you remember that you're still in a city so you need to be careful. There is a lot of crime in DC so just keep that in mind. Neighbors in Georgetown can be annoying because they don't like college students having parties and making loud noises so that's a definite problem. It sucks and means that parties have to end on the early side, but everyone goes to the bars by 12:30am or 1am so it's not that bad. The basketball games are a ton of fun to attend so make sure to buy season tickets. Like at any college, you can have as much school pride as you want and you can make the most of what you're given. Georgetown is awesome, but it's up to you participate and have fun.
There are a ridiculous amount of groups/organizations/clubs/teams on campus. I play both Club Water Polo and Club Basketball as well as playing intramural flag football, basketball, and softball. I'm also a member of the South Asian Society (but I'm not Indian) because every fall they host a cultural performance called Rangila that raises over $10,000 for a learning center in India and I have participated as one of the 400 dancers in the show every year since freshman year. It's a lot of fun, all of your friends and family come to the show, and there's an after party at a club on the last night of the show. Homecoming and Georgetown Day are both awesome and are basically just a great time for everyone to let loose, day drink, and show some school pride. Although our football team isn't as big as it is at state schools, our basketball team is so everyone goes to the games and Midnight Madness. It's always fun to stop by and see the occasional lacrosse game or soccer game on campus as well. There are lots of events both on and off campus to attend and tons of guest speakers. Basically, you'll never be bored at Georgetown if you don't want to be.
Honestly, there are so many different kinds of people at Georgetown. There are preppy kids, athletic people, really really smart people, stoners, hippies, environmental lovers, LGBTQ groups, etc. You will definitely meet some very interesting people here, but the majority of everyone is pretty normal. You'll find a group of friends that is right for you, but there's also a lot of opportunity to branch out and meet new people. Everyone is pretty driven and it's clear that we're all here to one day have a great paying job and/or make a difference in the world. We dream big here. Unfortunately, that means there can be overly aggressive people in classes sometimes - those kids that actually do all the readings and talk all the time and occasionally even question what the teacher is saying. Those kids are annoying, but they can also be entertaining. Just remember that the world would be a boring place if everyone was the same.
Georgetown is one of the top academics schools in the country and world so obviously academics here is challenging. You just have to know how to pick the right classes and professors. Talk to your friends and classmates. Ask around to see who has taken the classes you're looking into and their professors. Use ratemyprofessor.com, but don't rely completely on what you read. And know that you are going to have to take hard classes. It's just a fact. The thing you have to remember is that the professors are here to help you as long as you ask for it. If you want your teacher to know your name then I recommend taking seminars or other classes with fewer students. Most of the classes, besides the gen ed's, are on the smaller side so it shouldn't be hard for you to get to know your professors better. Try not to procrastinate with your school work and don't get too stressed over classes. Life will go on if you get a B.
When people think of Georgetown, they immediately think of a bunch of smart, preppy, rich kids. They think of nerds studying all day every day in the library (Lau) and the parties as non-existent because everyone is too busy studying. They envision girls in Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, J.Crew, Banana Republic, Vineyard Vines, etc. and the guys dressed equally as preppy and expensive. And sure, there are some of those students at Georgetown, but there are also some of those students at every other college and university in the country. Georgetown is one of the most expensive and prestigious universities so of course there needs to be people who can afford to pay the tuition every month, but there's also great financial aid so there's definitely a lot of diversity. Is everyone smart? Well, yes, for the most part. Sure there are those token kids that make you wonder if they only got in because of their parents, but overall, Georgetown is filled with ambitious, intelligent young people. Yes, there are slackers and procrastinators, but in the end, almost everyone here knows how to get their stuff done. But don't be fooled by our intelligence because we also know how to party. We don't have real frats or sororities, but that doesn't stop us from going hard Wednesday thru Saturday and the occasional Sunday Funday. Smart kids can party too.
Georgetown students are often stereotyped as smart, privileged, or even snobby; as a top university, we're seen as smart. But...
Georgetown students are often stereotyped as smart, privileged, or even snobby; as a top university, we're seen as smart. But, thanks to the pricey tuition and cost of living coupled with the near Ivy League feel, we're also often seen as rich, spoiled, and preppy. Truth be told, the smart part is right on; if you're used to being the smartest one in the classroom, get ready for a change at GU--here, everyone is that smart kid. The classes are challenging but rewarding and while you don't have the comfort of skating by, you'll be better for it come graduation. Now the spoiled rich kid part... sure, you'll see 19 year old girls in brand new Rangerovers and the pricey shops on M Street aren't just for tourists. But, overall there a lot of normal people here that don't meet that stereotype at all. And for the ones that are, thats part of the game at top private institution--chalk it up another aspect of the distinctive Hoya feel.
I consider myself extremely lucky to have spent four years here. My overall opinion is that Georgetown does a remarkable job...
I consider myself extremely lucky to have spent four years here. My overall opinion is that Georgetown does a remarkable job of gathering students who are exceptionally fun, generous, curious, and bright. I don't know exactly what their algorithm is, but it's working. Georgetown campus is beautiful, being in DC is a treat, the courses are wonderful, but it's the people who really make your experience. Georgetown collects some of the best 18 year-olds from across the country and most of them are extremely loyal to the place that gave them four fantastic years.
The Corp is a company owned and run by students which operates a number of coffee shops, convenient stores, and other businesses on campus. GUGS is a grilling society that was featured on the food network and makes a mean burger. GERMS is a student run EMT service, great training for potential med students and others. The Basketball team plays at the Verizon Center. We won the Big East championship in 2007 and made it to the Final Four.
Georgetown students tend to be type-A extroverts: very smart, highly organized, outgoing, easy to talk to, and driven. This is not a wear-pajamas-to-class type of college experience, for better or for worse. Students take pride in being well put-together and the gym is always crowded. People who are shy or have trouble asking for help will need to work harder here, since it is not a hand-holding type of institution, and they will be surrounded by go-getters.
Georgetown is divided into four colleges: the College (liberal arts, sciences), the Business School, the Nursing School, and the School of Foreign Service. All of these share a core curriculum of courses in science, theology, philosophy, and history. Additionally, each college has its own specific degree requirements. Georgetown academics are challenging. Students are expected to take five courses at once, which means a lot of juggling and the need for good time management. students balance their coursework with extracurricular activities and internships, which adds to the challenge. This is not a hand-holding institution. It is up to students to seek out their professors and deans to shape their educational journey and get the academic support that they need.
I've read variations of this in guidebooks and heard it from DC folks when I tell them I went to Georgetown. To be honest, it's true! You know those kids that bolt the door and study all day, sit hunched over their laptops at lunch, and spend away hours playing video games by themselves? These are a staple on college campuses, and there are just not very many of them at Georgetown. Georgetown students tend to be extroverted. Sure they study hard, may spend a weekend hunched a laptop when need be, but for the most part, they feel that college is not just about academics. They tend to be go-getters, with many taking the GUTS shuttle into the city a few days a week to intern, exploring their interests out in the real world. Most Georgetown students are able to carry on a conversation with just about anyone. If you get to Georgetown not knowing how to do this, you will learn fast. People here are open and outspoken about their interests. Most are genuinely interested in getting to know their classmates. Georgetown doesn't have a Greek system, but its students are hyper-social, whether it be going out, studying in groups, or just lounging around, talking with friends for way too many hours.
Everything is perfect about this school. Medium size means that you'll have a grasp on the social dynamic of your class but w...
Everything is perfect about this school. Medium size means that you'll have a grasp on the social dynamic of your class but will still continue to meet new people well into your senior year. Being in the nicest (i.e. wealthiest, most aesthetically pleasing, safest) part of DC gives you all the benefits of the city yet the town of Georgetown itself provides a great naturesque environment. In terms of both on-campus and off-campus dining, I've visited friends at similar schools like Villanova, Boston College, and Wake Forest, yet our food options blow their's out of the water (especially at our dining hall). But perhaps my favorite aspect of Georgetown U is the school pride. Basketball season does a lot in fostering this, and my best memories thus far have included waking up early on a Saturday and heading down to the Verizon Center (the city's premiere sports/concert venue) with my rowdy friends. Nothing can compare.
In the absence of greek life, students make most of their friends in club sports (which act in some ways as fraternities/sororities), freshman dorms, and student organizations like the Radio or the Chimes (historic a capella group). A typical student here will go out and drink Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Bar nights (and there are great bars here) are typically Wednesdays and Thursdays, while Fridays and Saturdays most students head to the off-campus townhouses that surround the front gates. You won't find a lot of drug culture here save occasional marijuana use, so the main focus is on alcohol.
The professors are very accommodating and, due to our size, have the opportunity to get to know you on a personal level in class sizes that hover around 20-30 in the majority of classes after freshman year intro level courses. As an English and Government double major, I can tell you that Georgetown is very flexible and allows you to take electives in a wide-range of courses, many of which will surprisingly go towards your major(s). For example, last year I took a course entitled "The Sociology of Hip Hop" and Hip-Hop artist Lupe Fiasco visited one class period - that class went toward my English major. Being in the location we are, famous political scientists and artists alike visit as guests and professors all the time. Students here are eager to learn but they're not so intense that you feel as though everyone's competing against each other - rather, you'll find a lot of students work together. It's not uncommon to be at a house party and overhear students simultaneously drinking heavily and having an intellectual conversation or debate on politics, and for this reason you feel a part of a prominent academic community.
The vast majority of our students admittedly come from money and that affects their physical appearance as well as attitude - but not as much as you'd think. Students are surprisingly down-to-earth due to Georgetown's focus on community service and international diversity. This is DC, so everyone who decided to come here is very accepting of all types of backgrounds and even curious about those diverse backgrounds. DC also breeds political activism, which you'll definitely find on Georgetown's campus but won't feel stifled by such activity like on American U or George Washington U's campuses. Recently, for example, students from American U publicly criticized Georgetown students in a number of different media outlets for not joining the Occupy DC protests in large enough numbers. Despite a slightly left-leaning majority, Georgetown students feel as though protest involvement is not a substitute for finals studying.
Because Georgetown values both legacy and international diversity, the common stereotype is that the campus consists of trust fund preps and foreigners. While one walk around campus will confirm that many students dress up (think Polo, J Crew, etc) and that there's a plethora of diversity, you'll find that just about everyone is surprisingly down-to-earth. I attribute the lack of egotism to the fact that there's no legitimate greek life, which goes a long way in uniting the school rather than dividing it.
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