The GAAP Board is made up of 11 students who work year-round to plan GAAP events. Applications for the board are available in April of each year. Contact the GAAP Board
Georgetown College (COL)
Hometown: Pottersville, NJ
High School: Voorhees High School
Activities: GAAP, Alpha Sigma Nu, Georgetown University Eating Society (GUES), Group Fitness Instructor at Yates Field House, Foundations in Biology & Biochemistry Teaching Assistant
Hello future Hoyas!! My name is Sarah Malzberg, and I’m majoring in Neurobiology, minoring in Spanish, and on the pre-medical track. Coming from a super small, rural town in New Jersey, I knew I wanted to go to a school in a city, but I also wanted to have a campus, and the second I stepped through the iconic front gates and saw Healy Hall, I realized that Georgetown was my ideal combination of the two. As I learned more about it, I quickly found that Georgetown had everything I wanted in a school, but getting accepted here and then going to my GAAP weekend was what showed me that Georgetown really did have it all. Georgetown’s location is perfect, with access to everything going on in the nation’s capital – from events on the Hill to the Smithsonian’s and Nationals games, too – while also having a campus where I can sit on the front lawn every Wednesday to eat at the Farmer’s Market with my friends. On top of that, the passion and drive I saw in all of the students at GAAP weekend has been evident ever since I stepped foot on campus, and it motivates me to work my hardest and pursue my own passions. All of the clubs and activities I have been involved in have contributed to my college experience in unique and exciting ways, and I’ve been able to learn so much from my amazing peers. I also learn so much in my classes – we have world class professors who are extremely invested in getting to know their students and helping us thrive, and they truly care about teaching! Another thing that I love about Georgetown is how everyone here really embodies “cura personalis” (meaning care of the whole person) and “men and women for others.” Jesuit values serve as the foundation of Georgetown and create a collaborative, welcoming atmosphere in which everyone wants to be the best person they can and tries to contribute to the world in a meaningful way. Georgetown is a place where you can explore and further all of your interests and passions, no matter how big or small, and your peers and professors will always support your endeavors. Everyone here really makes the Hilltop their home, and I hope you do, too! If you have any questions, or if you just want to chat, please reach out to me! Good luck this year, and Hoya Saxa!
Georgetown College (COL)
Major: Economics and Mathematics
Hometown: Albany, NY and Atlanta, GA
High School: The Albany Academies
Activities: GAAP, Kappa Alpha Theta, DCYOP, Project Sunshine, GU Chamber Music, College Peer Advisor, Relay for Life
Hey, future Hoyas! My name is Lucie Xu, and I’m a junior in the College, double majoring in Economics and Mathematics, with a minor in French. I’m originally from Upstate New York, but my family has moved a few times in the past couple years. We’ve lived in Georgetown, DC, in National Harbor, MD, and are currently living in Atlanta, GA! While we’ve moved a lot, I’ve spent many summers in the Georgetown neighborhood, and it’s always been like a second home. Going to Georgetown had always been a dream of mine, with the most beautiful, castle-like campus and the perfect location in DC. My love for Georgetown has only grown the past two years. Some of my favorite things to do are kayaking and walking by the waterfront, taking pictures in the Georgetown neighborhood, and doing yoga at the US Botanic Gardens. Regardless of what you’re interested in, there’s always something to do close to campus! On campus, one of my favorite parts of Georgetown is the sense of community. I’ve been so lucky to be able to share my Georgetown experience with so many amazing people who truly love and support me. It is incredible to see just how passionate everyone is about what they do! In addition to serving on the GAAP Board, I am member of Kappa Alpha Theta, one of the sororities on campus. I volunteer on campus with Project Sunshine, which is an organization that makes weekly visits to the pediatrics wing of the Georgetown MedStar Hospital to do arts and crafts with the patients. I also play the cello for the GU Chamber Music Ensemble. We have one concert at the end of each semester, as well as gigs throughout the year. I’m also a peer advisor for the College and am part of Relay for Life. Off campus, I volunteer with DCYOP (DC Youth Orchestra Program), a non-for-profit organization that provides a quality music education for students from the DC area. Coming to Georgetown was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I’m so excited to spend two more years here. I would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have, so please don’t hesitate to email me! I hope to see you soon on the Hilltop! Hoya Saxa!
Georgetown College (COL)
Hometown: Wyckoff, NJ
High School: Ramapo High School
Activities: GAAP, GUGS, New Student Orientation, Georgetown ESCAPE, Economics Teaching Assistant
Hey future Hoyas! My name is Michael Yedibalian, and I am from Wyckoff, NJ (about 30 minutes outside of New York City). I’m a junior in the College studying Economics with minors in Psychology and Spanish. I think it’s safe to say that Georgetown stood out to me from the start; it was one of the first schools that I visited, and I fell in love. While I did give other schools a try during the application process, there really wasn’t a doubt in my mind where I wanted to go. The amazing campus-feel, with close proximity to both the vibrant neighborhood of Georgetown and city of Washington D.C., definitely played a role in my decision. But even more, it was the people that I met while visiting that convinced me this is where I belong; not only is everyone here incredibly smart and ambitious, but also super fun and welcoming. In addition to serving on the GAAP Board, I am a Grillmaster in the Georgetown University Grilling Society (GUGS), an Orientation Advisor for New Student Orientation, and a Teaching Assistant for an Economics course called Poverty and Inequality. Off campus, there are so many awesome things to do, and in my free time you can find me cheering on the Hoyas at Capital One Arena, running down the waterfront to the monuments, going to the Smithsonian museums, or walking around the lively M Street or Wisconsin Ave. Georgetown really is the ideal school— I have made lifelong friends, developed incredible relationships with professors, and been able to be my best self, which is why I am thrilled to spend 2 more years here. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions (if you can’t tell, I love talking about Georgetown). Hoya Saxa!
School of Nursing and Health Studies (NHS)
Major: Global Health
Hometown: Denver, CO
High School: George Washington High School
Activities: GAAP, Blue and Gray Tour Guide, New Student Orientation, College Next Door, Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership and Development, Ethiopian and Eritrean Student Association
Hi future Hoyas! My name is Escadar, and I am a sophomore in the school of Nursing and Health Studies majoring in Global Health with a double minor in Women and Gender Studies and Spanish! I’m from the beautiful Denver, Colorado and made the move over to the east coast! I always knew I wanted to go to school in a city, but I was also looking for a college town and a campus. Georgetown was the perfect combination of the two. From the class discussions with my fellow students, the relationships I’ve built with my professors, and the forever friends I’ve made, Georgetown has truly become my second home. Moving across the country can be difficult, but it’s all of the support I’ve found here that has made Georgetown not just my school, but a community I’m proud to be a part of. During my time here, I participated in the Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership Development pre-orientation program where I made some of my best friends, and I am now a mentor for the Emerging Leaders Program for first-year students! I also tutor local high school students in DC through the Center for Social Justice and give tours of our gorgeous campus to prospective students and their families! I’ve loved being involved with GAAP because of the opportunity to share my Georgetown experience and help others start their own! In the year I’ve been here, I have learned from and been mentored by amazing and accomplished professors, explored the nation’s capital, and grown so much as a student and a person. I think that Georgetown’s Jesuit value of Women and Men for Others is something so unique about our school. All of the professors, students, and members of our community are passionate about using their knowledge and skills for the good of others. Whatever your passion may be, you can surely find a way to pursue it here at Georgetown and use the opportunities you will have to make the world a better place! I’m so grateful for my Georgetown experience, from the days spent on the waterfront, to cheering on our basketball team at Capital one arena, and the late nights laughing and studying with friends in the student center. I could gush about being a Hoya forever, so if you have any questions or just want to talk, please reach out! Hoya Saxa!
Georgetown College (COL)
Major: Computer Science (BA) and Economics
Hometown: Bradenton, FL
High School: Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School
Activities: GAAP, Hoya Blue, Club Soccer, New Student Orientation (NSO), Barista at Café Georgetown
How’s it goin’ Hoyas?! My name is Jonathan Boyd, and I’m from Bradenton, Florida! I’m a junior in the College and recently declared double majors in Computer Science and Economics (I was unashamedly undecided up until the middle of sophomore year, not all college students know what they want to do right off the bat, I promise), with minors in Spanish and Business Administration. In addition to serving on the GAAP Board, I serve as the Director of Personnel for Hoya Blue (Georgetown’s official student section), I am the secretary of Georgetown’s club soccer team, and I am a New Student Orientation first-year advisor. When not involved in activities with these clubs, I’m probably laying on Copley Lawn soaking in the sun, working out at Yates, making coffee at Café Georgetown, or at a concert somewhere! I am lucky enough to have an older sister who is also a Hoya (and just graduated this year, sad!), so I was able to see first-hand what life on the Hilltop was like while going through my college application process. During the time I spent on campus with my sister as a high schooler, I personally experienced and was inspired by all of the amazing things that Hoyas are involved with both on and off campus. Even though I didn’t have the slightest idea of what kind of career path I wanted to pursue coming into college, I was soon convinced that Georgetown’s passionate and involved student body and faculty would help me figure it out, and that was what ultimately led me to Georgetown! If this bio hasn’t been enough indication already, I assure you that there are few things I love more than talking about Georgetown, so please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. I would be more than happy to try to answer them, or at the very least point you in the direction of someone who can! Hoya Saxa!
McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Major: Management & Finance
Hometown: Freehold, NJ
High School: Freehold Township High School
Activities: GAAP, Hilltop Consultants, MSB Writing Fellow, MSB Peer Ambassador
Hey future Hoyas! My name is Lindsey Golotko and I’m a sophomore in the McDonough School of Business, double majoring in finance and management! I’m from Freehold, New Jersey (the home of Bruce Springsteen). If I were to pick one thing I miss the most from home it would be the bagels, but that’s a small price to pay for the amazing community here at Georgetown. When I started applying to colleges, I never could have imagined how lucky I would get to end up on the Hilltop. I was one of those students who applied to 15+ schools and had never visited any of them. When I got into Georgetown and attended GAAP weekend, I knew right away it was the school for me. Every person I talked to was super excited about the school and willing to bring me into the Hoya family. In addition to GAAP, I’m a member of Hilltop Consultants, which is an organization that consults for nonprofits. I am also an MSB Writing Fellow, which means I tutor and assist fellow business students with their papers. I am an MSB Peer Ambassador as well, which means I mentor freshmen and help them get adjusted to life on the Hilltop. With that being said, there are so many different clubs and organizations on campus to get involved in! Whether taking a trip to the monuments, eating lunch at Leo’s, or sitting on the front lawn while studying, every minute at Georgetown is amazing! There is no other school like it in the world! I can’t wait to see you all on the Hilltop! Hoya Saxa!
School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Major: International Economics
Hometown: Mumbai, India
High School: Dhirubhai Ambani International School
Activities: GAAP, India Ink, United Nations Association Georgetown, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, South Asian Society Rangila
Hey future Hoyas! My name is Beverly Lobo, and I was born and raised in Mumbai, India. I am a senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Economics with a certificate in International Business Diplomacy and a minor in Statistics. The last three years at Georgetown have been nothing short of magical! I love being here because I am constantly surrounded by passionate and engaged Hoyas. Georgetown brings together a diverse group of people who love what they do and so no moment on the Hilltop is ever boring. Being at Georgetown, I often take for granted how amazing it is to live in a city like D.C. Morning runs along the Potomac waterfront, late night visits to the National Mall, and weekends spent checking out the newest exhibits at the Smithsonian museums have been some of the best parts of my Georgetown experience. Aside from being a member of the GAAP Board, I am editor-in-chief of India Ink, an online publication on the politics and policy of South Asia; Secretary-General of the UN Association; a board member of the India Initiative; a member of the coed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega; and a regular participant in Rangila, the largest dance show on the Eastern seaboard. The great part about these opportunities at Georgetown is that you will always find a place to pursue what you love and even discover things you didn’t know you would love. Being a Hoya is an experience like no other, and I am so excited for my final year! If you have any questions about Georgetown, being an international student, or the clubs I’m involved in, email me. Hoya Saxa, and welcome to the Hilltop!
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School of Nursing and Health Studies (NHS)
Major: Global Health
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
High School: Canisius High School
Activities: GAAP, Club Swimming, NHS Academic Council, NHS Peer Advisor, Research Assistant (Swift Lab)
Hi future Hoyas! My name is Julian Marable, and I’m a senior from Buffalo, NY majoring in Global Health and minoring in Chemistry, while on the pre-med track. While Georgetown had always been my dream school, it wasn’t until my GAAP weekend that I truly knew it was home. As I walked around campus and talked with current students, I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else. I could tell everyone had great pride for their school, and truly loved being a Hoya. It was then that I knew Georgetown was the school for me, and I couldn’t wait to make the Hilltop my new home! Here at Georgetown, I’ve met the most amazing people, and they’ve helped to make my time here unforgettable. Perhaps one of my favorite parts about Georgetown is its location in the nation’s capital. I love that I can look over the Potomac and see the Washington monument from the classroom or walk to Saxby’s, my favorite coffee shop, just 2 blocks from campus. I love being located in a quaint neighborhood like Georgetown, but still having the entire city at my fingertips. The city is truly amazing and I’m beyond lucky to call the Hilltop home. Aside from GAAP, I’m also on the club swim team, a member of the NHS Academic Council, and a research assistant in the Swift Lab on campus. No matter your interests, there is certainly a place here for you! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, and I can’t wait for you to love Georgetown as much as I do! Hoya Saxa and welcome home!
Georgetown College (COL)
Hometown: Okinawa, Japan
High School: Henry E. Lackey High School
Activities: GAAP, Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership Development, TEDxGeorgetown, Club Fencing
Hey future Hoyas! My name is Venishea Smith, and I am a junior in the College majoring in Sociology and double minoring in Government and either Linguistics or Psychology. Since my dad is in the military, I’ve moved around all my life; I lived longest in Okinawa, Japan, and most recently in Maryland! Moves can be tough, especially the move to college, but the community at Georgetown makes it so much easier. Everyone is so welcoming – students and staff alike – and the care they have for each other is amazing, which is so helpful when adjusting to new surroundings. From the moment I stepped on campus for Hoya Saxa Weekend and GAAP weekend, I could feel just how excited everyone was for me to be there to experience the Georgetown they know and love. And, now that I’m here, I am just as excited to be that person for other students! One way to get involved in the Georgetown community is through clubs, and there’s a club for everyone! In addition to GAAP, I am a member of Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership Development, for which I am a coordinator after being a participant and mentor for the GOLD pre-orientation program, Leadership & Beyond, and I’m also the director of logistics for TEDxGeorgetown. These activities allow me to explore my passions while I learn valuable skills, and create lasting bonds and friendships while I’m here on the Hilltop. Georgetown has a club for any of your interests, and it’s in a great city full of opportunity! There are so many things to do in D.C., from food and sightseeing to professional opportunities and observing and participating in government. Everyone makes their own path at Georgetown but not without the support of everyone else. I’m so proud to be making my path at Georgetown, a place that I can call home, and I hope you will soon, too. If you have any questions about life on the Hilltop, D.C., or just want to talk, feel free to reach out! Hoya Saxa, and hope to see you here!
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School of Nursing and Health Studies (NHS)
Major: Health Care Management and Policy
Hometown: West Chester, PA
High School: Villa Maria Academy
Activities: GAAP, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Relay for Life, Georgetown University Women in Leadership, Student Assistant at the Center for Student Engagement
Hi future Hoyas! My name is Allison Van Grinsven, and I am a junior in the School of Nursing and Health Studies majoring in Health Care Management and Policy. Although I was born and raised in West Chester, PA (about 40 minutes outside of Philly), Georgetown and Washington, D.C. feel like a second home to me. I remember taking my first tour of campus and knowing that there was something unique about this university. Since becoming a student at Georgetown, there hasn’t been just one thing that has confirmed this is where I am meant to be. It’s truly been a combination of the caring and driven student body, the intelligent and approachable faculty, some of the best friends I’ve ever had, and all the amazing events and opportunities that happen right on campus. Because of Georgetown’s location, you also get the best of both worlds: a campus in a picturesque neighborhood that is just a short bus ride or walk to downtown D.C. Like any freshman, I was filled with nerves before starting at Georgetown, but now returning to campus only fills me with joy and excitement! Apart from being on the GAAP Board, I also coordinate a service project for Georgetown’s co-ed service fraternity (Alpha Phi Omega) and am an active member of Relay for Life and Georgetown University Women In Leadership. Outside of academics and extracurriculars, I love to explore D.C. by trying tons of new restaurants and coffee shops (I have a running list of places to try in my phone!), checking out the different museums, or just taking a walk around a new neighborhood with friends. No matter what your interests are this school and this city give its students limitless possibilities to take advantage of, and I’m so proud to call myself a Hoya! I love to chat about Georgetown and D.C., so please feel free to reach out with any questions! Hoya Saxa!
School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Major: Science, Technology, and International Affairs
Hometown: Centennial, CO
High School: Arapahoe High School
Activities: GAAP, Photographer for The Hoya; Chair of the SFS Academic Council Centennial Committee; President of Hoya Snaps; ESCAPE leader; Catholic Faith Community small group leader; Orientation Advisor
Hi future Hoyas! My name’s Kirk, and I’m in the SFS majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs, with a minor in Spanish. I’m originally from Centennial, Colorado, but I’m loving living on the Hilltop in D.C. My college decision wasn’t always an easy one, but there was just something about Georgetown that kept drawing me back. I knew I was interested in the SFS’ unique combination of a top-notch education and its equally strong commitment to service, and after I came to GAAP weekend, I was confident I could make Georgetown my new home. During those busy two days, I was introduced to engaging potential classmates who brought with them an impressive range of diverse experiences and perspectives, and met professors who challenged me to succeed and whom I now admire greatly. After my first year as a Hoya, I’ve continued to build close friendships and expand my intellectual horizons. I’ve enriched my college experience by joining clubs: you can find me photographing sporting events and speakers for The Hoya, piquing students’ interest for the upcoming SFS Centennial as Chair of the SFS Academic Council Centennial Committee, or walking around D.C. taking pictures with Hoya Snaps, to name a few. My first year at Georgetown challenged me academically: I studied everything from the deeper meaning of Hamlet, to the impact of National Geographic on environmental policy, to major bird migration routes and their impact on global health. Every step of the way, my professors supported me, believed in me, and helped me find my true potential. I’ve developed close relationships with Georgetown faculty by having dinner at my dean’s house and even snorkeling with my Spanish professor, as we did this past summer on a study abroad program in Ecuador. Here on the Hilltop, I’m confident you’ll find new opportunities and be one step closer to achieving your goals. I love Georgetown for all these reasons, and also because we have Jack the Bulldog as a mascot. I’d love to talk to you or try to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to reach out! Hoya Saxa!