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)
Major: Economics and Mathematics
Hometown: Albany, NY
High School: The Albany Academies
Activities: GAAP, Kappa Alpha Theta, Project Sunshine, GU Chamber Music, GU Orchestra, College Peer Advisor, Protestant Vestry
Hey, future Hoyas! My name is Lucie Xu, and I’m a senior 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 three 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! One of my favorite parts of Georgetown is the sense of community that you can feel the second you walk onto campus. Everyone is so passionate about what they do, and I’ve been able to learn so much and step outside of my comfort zone. I’ve met some of the greatest people at Georgetown, and I’m so lucky to be able to share my Georgetown experience with those who love and support me. 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 and the GU Orchestra. Both groups 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, where I help mentor incoming freshmen, and a Vestry member for the Protestant Sunday Night Worship, which consists of me helping out with service, as well as events we have throughout the week. 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, Georgetown University Grilling Society, New Student Orientation, Georgetown ESCAPE, Economics Teaching Assistant
Hey future Hoyas! My name is Michael Yedibalian, and I’m from Wyckoff, NJ (about 30 minutes outside of New York City). I’m a senior in the College studying Economics with a minor in Psychology. 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. 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 along the waterfront to the National Mall, going to the Smithsonian museums, or walking around the lively M Street or Wisconsin Ave. Georgetown really is the perfect school for me— I have made lifelong friends, developed incredible relationships with professors, and been able to be my best self. For these reasons and many others, I am frankly in denial that I am entering my final year on campus! 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: 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
Hi future Hoyas! My name is Allison, and I am a senior 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. Like any freshman, I was filled with nerves before starting at Georgetown, but now returning to campus only fills me with joy and excitement! Over the last three years, there have been a multitude of experiences that have made me grow to love and appreciate Georgetown. Georgetown has challenged me intellectually, surrounded me with a caring and driven student body, allowed me to study abroad for a semester, and encouraged me to take advantage of all the amazing events and opportunities that happen right on campus. Plus, I’ve gotten to know our vibrant city of Washington, D.C.! Because of Georgetown’s location, you 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. My experience at Georgetown has been one of a kind and I can’t believe I only have one year left! Aside from serving on the GAAP Board, I belong to Georgetown’s co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and spent my sophomore year coordinating a service project. I am also a 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 opportunities to take advantage of, and I’m so proud to call myself a Hoya! I love to chat about all things Georgetown and D.C., so feel free to reach out with any questions. Hoya Saxa!
Director of Communications
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)
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 In-Game Officer 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, or at a concert somewhere! I am lucky enough to have an older sister who was also a Hoya, 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!
Co-Directors of Prospective Student Outreach
Georgetown College (COL)
Hometown: Okinawa, Japan
High School: Henry E. Lackey High School
Activities: GAAP, Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD), Club Fencing, Blue & Gray Tour Guide, After School Kids (ASK) Tutor, COL Peer Advisor
Hey future Hoyas! My name is Venishea Smith, and I am a senior in the College majoring in Sociology and minoring in Government. 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, staff, faculty – 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 development chair after being a participant and mentor for the GOLD pre-orientation program, Leadership & Beyond, and a coordinator for GOLD. I’m also a tour guide, a tutor for the After School Kids program, a peer advisor for the College, and a member of the club fencing team! 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 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 General Membership Committee; President of Hoya Snaps; Catholic Faith Community small group leader; Jack Crew walker; Orientation Advisor
Hi future Hoyas! My name’s Kirk, and I’m in the SFS majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs, with minors in Computer Science and Spanish. I’m originally from Centennial, Colorado, and 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 enthusiastic 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 two years 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, walking Jack the Bulldog around campus, advocating for students as Chair of the SFS Academic Council General Membership Committee, or exploring D.C. and taking pictures with Hoya Snaps, to name a few. My first two years at Georgetown challenged me academically: I studied everything from National Geographic’s impact on environmental policy, to the deeper meaning of Hamlet, to the plethora of security and global health issues currently playing out in the Arctic. 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 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!
Co-Directors of Admitted Student Outreach
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, 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 junior 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 student coordinator 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 two years 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. I could gush about being a Hoya forever, so if you have any questions or just want to talk, please reach out! 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, The Corp, Hall Council
Hey future Hoyas! My name is Lindsey Golotko! I’m a junior in the McDonough School of Business and am double majoring in finance and management! I’m from Freehold, New Jersey, 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 be 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, where I tutor and assist fellow business students with their papers. I am an MSB Peer Ambassador as well and mentor freshmen to help them adjust to life on the Hilltop. I also am on the marketing strategy team for The Corp, which manages coffee shops and convenience stores all across campus. 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!
Director of Digital Media
Georgetown College (COL)
Hometown: Middle Village, NY
High School: Dominican Academy
Activities: GAAP, The Blue and Gray Tour Guide Society, Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union (GUASFCU), Georgetown Stories, College Peer Advisor, Club Softball, Irish American Society
Hey, future Hoyas!! My name is Lea Frawley, and I’m a sophomore in the College, currently undeclared but planning to pursue Psychology, Bioethics, and Public Health Studies. I’m originally from Middle Village, NY, and I went to an all-girls school in Manhattan. I first fell in love with Georgetown as a six year old, when my brother was a student here. Now that I am here, I continue to fall in love more and more with Georgetown every single day, and this love has driven me to invest my time and energy in activities on campus that promote Georgetown in this light. More specifically, after I attended GAAP weekend in Spring 2019, I knew GAAP was an organization I would be very passionate about. In addition to GAAP, I am a tour guide with the Blue and Gray Society, a Marketing intern at our Credit Union GUASFCU (check out those rewards!!), a storyteller for Georgetown Stories (check out the videos on our Youtube page! they’re made for people just like you), a Peer Advisor for students in the College, a player on the Club Softball team, and Secretary of the Irish American Society. I see GAAP as the perfect culmination of everything I love on campus, and I could not be happier to be a member of the Board this year. Overall, Georgetown has become my home away from home and I have grown so much just in my very first year. I have met some of the greatest, most intelligent, accomplished, and driven people here that I know will go on to do amazing and beneficial things with their lives. From the best friends I’ve made and classes I’ve taken, to the unparalleled pre-professional experience I have gained, I will be ready for anything I set my mind to. There is a place for everyone at Georgetown truly, so I hope you decide to make Georgetown your home. Please feel free to reach out with any questions about anything ranging from the first year, being undeclared, or fun things to do in DC! I would love to help in any way possible. Good luck with everything! Hoya Saxa 🙂
Director of State and Regional Chairs
Georgetown College (COL)
Major: English and Spanish
Hometown: Oradell, NJ
High School: The Academy of the Holy Angels
Activities: GAAP, Writer for The Hoya, New Student Orientation, Hoya Blue, Georgetown GREEN
Hi, future Hoyas! My name is Kirsten Garino and I’m a sophomore in the College double majoring in English and Spanish. I’m a proud North Jersey native, but I always knew I wanted to go to college in a big city, and I fell in love with Georgetown the first time I walked across Healy Lawn. To me, going to Georgetown meant having the amazing culture of DC at my fingertips, from museums and art galleries to opportunities for political engagement, without ever having to sacrifice a beautiful campus and the tight-knit, spirited community that comes with it. But more than anything, the people that I have met at Georgetown have made my experience special. They’re of course smart and ambitious, but they are also incredibly warm and down-to-earth, and the deep friendships I’ve made on campus are what have truly made the Hilltop into a home for me. In addition to GAAP, I write investigative features for The Hoya and help keep Georgetown’s beehives with GREEN. If I’m not in class or extracurriculars, though, you’ll probably find me exploring the neighborhood with friends, hanging out in the art studios, or watching some Hoya basketball at Capital One Arena. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions, want to talk, or just want to listen to me go on and on about why I love Georgetown! Hope to see you on the Hilltop soon—Hoya Saxa!
Director of Operations
School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Major: International Politics
Hometown: Hockinson, WA
High School: Hockinson High School
Activities: GAAP, Campus Outreach, Protestant Student Association, Hoyas Inspire Language Learners (HILL), Student Centers Operations Coordinator
Hi future Hoyas! My name is Cole VanderMaas and I am a junior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Politics with minors in Spanish and Russian. I grew up in the amazing Pacific Northwest in south-west Washington state, about 30 minutes outside of Portland, Oregon! While I definitely love the Northwest and think it’s one of a kind (you all should definitely visit!), the other Washington (DC!) has truly become my second home. If I could sum up all of the amazing things about Georgetown, it would be opportunity. Whether it be on campus or off, going to school on the Hilltop has provided many unique experiences and interactions you just wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else! Throughout all of the programs at Georgetown there are many amazing and distinguished faculty that truly care about their students and desire to see them learn. There are also many ways to expand your interests and/or ambitions through many of the volunteer and internship opportunities at Georgetown and in DC! Georgetown’s location is also the perfect combination of a traditional college-campus feel within an urban setting. D.C. is an awesome city to explore with so many different sights and unique neighborhoods. Not to mention going to restaurants and coffeeshops (like a true Pacific Northwestern native). Going on these adventures (visiting 50+ coffeeshops) has taken me all over the city and showed me all of the places you have access to just by being at Georgetown! Finally, I can’t express enough the endless opportunities on the Hilltop alone, there is truly a club or organization for everyone! You will never run out of things to do between all of the interesting speakers and exciting club events that happen every week! In addition to being on the GAAP Board, I’m also active in campus ministry, specifically Campus Outreach and the board of the Protestant Student Association. I’m also a part of Hoyas Inspire Language Learners that helps teach foreign languages to elementary school students and I work for Student Centers on campus! Don’t get me wrong, moving across the country to Georgetown was a very difficult transition, but looking back on my first two years, it’s hard to stop myself from continuing to talk about Georgetown! The opportunities from caring and intelligent faculty, endless activities on campus, a great city to call home, and the relationships with driven and compassionate people have all helped me to love Georgetown! If you have any questions or simply want to talk, please don’t hesitate to reach out!