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GAAP Chairs Profiles

Regional Chairs

School of Health
Year: 2024
Major: Human Science
Hometown: Northport, NY
High School: Northport High School
Activities: GAAP, Kappa Alpha Theta, Relay for Life

Hi prospective Hoyas! My name is Katie, and I am a junior in the School of Health, majoring in Human Science and minoring in Public Health. I’m from Northport, NY which is on the north shore of Long Island. On the Hilltop, I am involved in Greek life, serving on the executive board of my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, as well as being the President of Georgetown’s Relay for Life Club. My time at Georgetown has introduced me to many new fields of study, one of which I’m planning to pursue as a career. My contacts with my professors have allowed me to develop lasting relationships and have given me internship opportunities that I would not have otherwise had. The intersection of healthcare and social justice in the SOH places Georgetown in a unique position amongst other universities. I feel that I have truly found a sense of community and school spirit with academic opportunities, extracurricular clubs, and athletic events. I have also been enjoying the benefits that Washington, D.C. has to offer, such as visiting the Smithsonian Museums, the National Monuments and exploring the neighborhoods around Georgetown. I love talking about Georgetown, DC, and life as a Hoya so please feel free to reach out with any questions. I look forward to seeing you on the Hilltop soon! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail:  kgm65@georgetown.edu

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2023
Major: Neurobiology/Jewish Civilization
Hometown: Potomac, MD
High School: Winston Churchill High School
Activities: GAAP, Georgetown Scientific Research Journal, Cognitive Recovery Lab (GUSOM), Georgetown Slavery Archives Database, Catholic Charities Spanish Catholic Center Medical Clinic

Hi prospective Hoyas! My name is Christina, and I’m a senior in the College on the pre-med track, majoring in Neurobiology and minoring in Jewish Civilization (JCIV). Originally, I’m from Pennsylvania, but I moved to New Jersey when I was 7, and now I live in Potomac, Maryland (about 25 minutes from Georgetown!). Stepping onto campus my freshman year, I was dead set on only studying Biology. However, through taking different core classes and getting to know my classmates, I heard about the important forensic Holocaust research being done by professors in the Center for Jewish Civilization and decided to pursue a JCIV minor. My favorite thing about Georgetown is the diversity of people and interests that have influenced and challenged me to explore areas outside of my original passions as a pre-med. Outside of class, other than getting to talk to prospective students as Southeast Regional Chair of GAAP, I’ve done Neuroscience research in the medical school and American Slavery Research in the History Department. Currently, I am on the Content Board of the Georgetown Scientific Research Journal, volunteer at a free clinic off-campus, and teach at a local DC public high school. Outside of campus, I love exploring different restaurants and stores as well as enjoying the picturesque neighborhoods of DC. Reflecting on my Georgetown experience so far, I know I made the right choice to be a Hoya. There are endless opportunities here at Georgetown, and the tight-knit community of Georgetown students inspires me every day. That’s enough about me, I want to hear your story and help you through the college admissions process, so please reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I am so excited to share with you what Georgetown has to offer and hope that you consider joining us here on the Hilltop. Hoya Saxa and Go Georgetown!
E-mail: clz8@georgetown.edu

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2024
Major: Science, Technology and International Affairs
Hometown: Austin, TX
High School: L.C. Anderson High School
Activities: GAAP, Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society

Hi future Hoyas! My name is Robin Brinkmann and I am a junior in the School of Foreign Service from Austin, Texas majoring in science, technology, and international affairs (STIA) and minoring in German and computer science. Georgetown has always been my dream school, and I was drawn to it as a prospective student because of its location in DC, the professional opportunities it presented, and the inherent diversity of student thought and background that comes with its Jesuit identity. All the things that made me initially choose Georgetown are a huge part of why I love it here—I’ve had so many amazing experiences, from research to internships to exploring DC, that I wouldn’t have gotten at another school. On top of the opportunities Georgetown offers on paper, though, I’m also so grateful for the friends I’ve made here. Georgetown truly draws some of the most driven and inspiring people I have ever met, and I am so proud to call some of them my best friends! The people at Georgetown are what really ensure that, no matter how far I am from Texas, I never feel far from home on the Hilltop. I can’t wait to hear from all of you, and to share my Georgetown experience with you. Best of luck, and Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: rlb147@georgetown.edu

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2023
Major: Government and History
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
High School: Edina High School
Activities: GAAP, Student Advocacy Office, DCivitas, Bossier Magazine, H*yas for Choice

Hey future hoyas! My name is Alex Seitel and I am a senior in the College from Minneapolis, Minnesota double majoring in government and history. On campus, I am currently one of the Deputy Directors of the Student Advocacy Office, and have also been a project manager for DCivitas, a non-profit consulting group, and an editor for Bossier, a magazine that seeks to amplify feminist voices across campus. Georgetown was always my dream school, and as cliché as it is to say, I really have found my home here. The students and professors are so passionate about what they are learning and teaching, and I have found that students care more about helping each other succeed than competing against one another. The Georgetown neighborhood is also the perfect place to go to school – we have the benefit of having our own city with restaurants and shops, but can also go into DC and visit the monuments, museums, or National Mall very easily. Coming to Georgetown, I was very nervous about being so far from home (because I love Minnesota with my whole heart), but it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I would love to see more Minnesotans (and of course other midwesterners) on the hilltop, so please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions! I can’t wait to meet you all!
E-mail: als389@georgetown.edu

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Biology of Global Health with Pre-med
Hometown: Castle Rock, CO
High School: Regis Jesuit High School
Activities: GAAP, Residential Assistant, Club Swimming, Biology Teaching Assistant, HOPE: Georgetown Homelesness Outreach Programs and Education, Research Assistant

Hello prospective Hoyas! I am immensely excited that you are considering Georgetown, and I hope to be a source of inspiration and insight for anyone applying. Especially for those of you from the Western United States that may soon be making the trek from the majesty of the Rockies and shores of the Pacific to the vibrant, dynamic city of Washington DC, I am thrilled to offer unique advice on making the transition. My name is John Katial (he/him), and I am originally from Castle Rock, CO: a wonderful town in the foothills of the Rockies. Growing up alongside the Front Range instilled a passion in me for everything outdoors, and at home you may find me doing anything from biking down the trail near my house to enjoying the fresh snowfall in Keystone. Here at Georgetown, I have been able to fulfill this passion alongside life in the city by spending many hours along the Potomac or walking in the greenery spread throughout the city. D.C. also has unparalleled spring colors! I am a student in Georgetown College (’25), and I am planning to study a global health and climate science degree I designed through the interdisciplinary studies major. I am also enrolled in the pre-medical program. Georgetown’s imperative to educate versatile global citizens helped me weld my passions for human health and the environment into one degree. I am currently involved in many activities on campus including: residential living as a RA, an opportunity that enabled me to provide support to my peers while gaining leadership experience; club swimming, as I wanted to maintain my fitness in a social setting; HOPE, one of Georgetown’s homelessness outreach clubs; and more. My advice, regardless of which stage you are at in exploring Georgetown, would be to maintain an open mind and truly reflect on what you want in a college experience. If you are seeking four years that will provide rigorous challenges yet deliver value-driven, unforgettable growth then I recommend Georgetown. For those of you currently applying, tap into your inner strength as you finish the extensive application process. The opportunities that await you are life-changing! Feel free to reach out to me or anyone else here at Georgetown with questions! We truly want to help and assist you in ensuring that this is the right match for you. Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: jmk448@georgetown.edu


State Chairs

ALABAMA

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2023
Major: Justice and Peace Studies
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
High School: Madison Academy
Activities: GAAP, The Blaxa, B.R.A.V.E, NSO, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, WGTB

Hi future Hoyas! I am Sydney Greene (she/her) from Huntsville, AL. I am a senior in the College studying Justice and Peace Studies with a double minor in Disability Studies and Theology. Being away from home was definitely a big transition, especially because most of my friends went to college closer to home while also knowing people going to the same school. But all of Georgetown’s advisors, programs, and interesting classes made it easier to adjust and enabled me to feel at home sooner. Coming into college, I had no idea what I would be studying, but I was able to explore my interests in classes, and peers and advisors helped me to find my passion in my areas of study. The thing I love most about Georgetown is the diversity of thought. I have had some of the best conversations while sitting in the dorms, hanging out with friends, and with my professors during office hours. These conversations have really expanded my mind and led me to think outside of my own perspective. Outside of class I am involved with GAAP, I am an Orientation Advisor for New Student Orientation, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, a residential contributor for The Blaxa, and a Board Member for the B.R.A.V.E. Summit, which is the Black Women and Allies Summit that takes place each spring. In my free time I love hanging out with friends, discovering D.C., and trying different restaurants in the city. Georgetown has inspired in me a passion for others and for learning. Here you will have opportunities to hear amazing speakers, meet new and interesting people from every walk of life, and get to know who you truly are. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns! I cannot wait to share my experiences with you and get to know you as well! Hoya Saxa, and hope to see you on the Hilltop!
E-mail: ssg75@georgetown.edu

ALASKA

McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Year: 2024
Major: International Political Economy and Business
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
High School: West Anchorage High School
Activities: GAAP, Georgetown University Alumni & Student Federal Credit Union


E-mail:  jlb405@georgetown.edu

ARIZONA

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2026
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
High School: Highland High School
Activities: GAAP, GU Dance Company, Hoya Blue, Pre Law Society, Alexander Hamilton Society

Hey future Arizona Hoyas! My name is Claire Cheah, and I am from Gilbert, AZ. I graduated from Highland High School where I was involved in everything from varsity pom to National Honor Society. I’m currently a first year in the SFS planning to major in either Business and Global Affairs or Science, Technology, and International Affairs. I know that choosing to move across the country, far away from your family and friends for college is extremely daunting, but I am so happy that I chose to make Georgetown my home, and I hope you will too! In my short time here, I’ve already spent way too much money in M-Street shops, ate several Call Your Mother bagels, scootered to the monuments, and met Bill Clinton, but there is still so much more both Georgetown and DC have to offer which I am excited to explore further. One of my favorite things about Georgetown is the people. There truly is a community atmosphere here which is unique among academically prestigious universities. Everyone I’ve met has been friendly and willing to help, and this support system has been integral in my transition both academically and socially. So, get prepared for lots of variations of “You’re from Arizona? Isn’t it really hot there?”, but also for making a ton of new friends. Furthermore, the professors and deans are easily accessible and enjoy getting to know you and your interests. There are also so many opportunities here to join clubs and make connections while engaging with different activities, guest speakers, workshops, social events, and more. So far, aside from GAAP I am a member of the GU Dance Company, Alexander Hamilton Society, and Hoya Blue, but I am still hoping to expand that roster. If you have any questions about life on the Hilltop or just want to chat, feel free to contact me!
E-mail: cec354@georgetown.edu

ARKANSAS

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2023
Major: Culture and Politics
Hometown: Cabot, AR
High School: Cabot High School
Activities: GAAP, French Club, European Club, Special Olympics, Southern Eating Club

Hey future Arkansas Hoyas! My name is Claire Tebbutt. I am from Cabot, home of the Panthers! I am currently a senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Culture and Politics and minoring in Disability Studies! After going to the Early Action GAAP Weekend in March, I knew Georgetown would be my new home. I loved the community, the opportunities, and the area. Washington D.C. is definitely different from Arkansas, but in the best way. Just since I’ve been here, I’ve been to countless Kennedy Center shows, studied at the Library of Congress (honestly the best study spot in D.C.!), interned in the Senate, and watched 5 Presidential candidates speak right here on campus! I also cannot forget to mention the amazing Georgetown neighborhood. I have had many Georgetown Cupcakes, walked down to the waterfront several times and have eaten way too much delicious food on M Street and Wisconsin Ave. While the D.C. environment is top-notch, Georgetown itself is also pretty spectacular. I have found all of my classes really interesting, and have actually enjoyed the readings and lectures (Who would’ve thought?). It is so cool to find people on campus that have the same interests as you, and have similar goals for life after college! There are countless clubs for different interests as well! In addition to GAAP, I am involved with the European Club, the French Club and Special Olympics. You are bound to find something that interests you! I hope you all will love Georgetown as much as I do, and I can’t wait to see more Arkansans next year! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail:  cet74@georgetown.edu

CALIFORNIA

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Biology of Global Health
Hometown: Ventura, CA
High School: Ventura High School
Activities: GAAP, Club Swimming, The Hoya, One Tent Health, Special Olympics, Slow Food, Residential Assistant

Hi future Hoyas! My name is Jason Hepfer (he/him/his), and I am a sophomore on the pre-med track, majoring in Biology of Global Health in the College. I am currently living in Ventura, California, but my childhood has been split among SoCal, Texas, Florida, and Maryland. Having lived in so many different places, I am all too familiar with the nervous feeling that accompanies moving across the country. However, I quickly felt at home among the Georgetown community. One of my favorite things about Georgetown is the multitude of opportunities that are available to students. For example, I was fortunate enough to be able to join a lab in the Department of Chemistry within the first couple of weeks of my first year. I have also gotten involved with One Tent Health, a non-profit organization that provides free HIV screening, and SNUGS, a non-profit organization that provides free swim lessons to children with special needs. In addition to serving as the California State Chair, I am a part of numerous clubs on campus such as Slow Food, club swim, and our university’s newspaper The Hoya. But looking back at the many opportunities Georgetown has given me, none are greater than the chance to be part of a community that inspires and challenges me every day. I have truly found myself surrounded by friends who make me feel at home. I hope to help do the same for all of you if you decide to join us on the hilltop. Please reach out if you have any questions!
E-mail: jih21@georgetown.edu

COLORADO

McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Year: 2026
Major: Accounting and Management
Hometown: Parker, CO
High School: Legend High School
Activities: GAAP, Hoya Helpers

You’re in the right place, prospective Hoyas! I’m thrilled you’re considering Georgetown and to represent the great state of Colorado. My name is Pruthvi Jasty and I’m a first year in the McDonough School of Business interested in studying accounting and management with a minor in math. I’m from Parker, CO, but I often take the easy way out and say I’m from Denver. Like many Coloradans, I love the outdoors—hiking, playing tennis, swimming—but also watching movies (my favorite is Ocean’s Eleven!). In my relatively short time on the Hilltop, I’ve had to take every experience and adjust. Each time, learning more about myself, I’ve pushed myself to new lengths. I’ve always valued close-knit relationships with my family and friends. Being 1600 miles away doesn’t make that easy. Yet, just a month into my Georgetown journey, I feel more independent and confident to do things for and by myself. Whether that’s laundry, public transport, or navigating DC, Georgetown has put me out of my comfort zone. And that’s an incredibly worthwhile experience. I’ve also been surrounded by truly inspirational people and professors, bringing so many unique perspectives and stories to one place. While adjusting takes time, Georgetown’s special since you can operate on your own timetable. Everybody here wants to help and radiates unmatched levels of passion while doing so. I know your current stage seems overwhelming and uncertain, but I urge you to embrace this process of soul searching. Dig deep to find out who you are, what’s important to you, and where you will grow into the best version of yourself. Focus on how you want to best represent yourself. Most importantly, all the help you need is here. You just have to ask—I know I have on numerous occasions. We’re here for you so please reach out whenever! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: pvj3@georgetown.edu

CONNECTICUT

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2025
Major: International Politics
Hometown: Wallingford, CT
High School: Choate Rosemary Hall
Activities: GAAP, Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society, The Hoya, New Student Orientation, Peer Advisors, and a Teaching Assistant

Hi everyone! My name is Hannah Wallinger and I am a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service (SFS) majoring in International Politics and minoring in Spanish. On campus, I am in the Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society, a copy deputy at The Hoya, and a teaching assistant for the “Principles of Macroeconomics” course. I am also a peer advisor for the SFS and was an orientation advisor for New Student Orientation, and am involved with GAAP. I have absolutely loved my time here at Georgetown thus far. Being interested in international relations, I knew that Georgetown would have so much to offer, from incredible speakers to fantastic professors, and this has all held true throughout my past year at the Hilltop. I have absolutely loved my classes and been exposed to some incredible opportunities. Outside of the academic sphere, however, Georgetown has truly become my home. I have found fantastic communities within my extracurricular clubs, through my courses, and in my dorm. These people have become such great support systems that have made my time here even more enjoyable. Georgetown students are some of the most passionate, hardworking, and down-to-earth individuals you can meet and I am so thankful to be surrounded by such wonderful people each day. Beyond the student body, Georgetown’s location in D.C. provides us students with so many opportunities. Whether it is simply grabbing a bite to eat in the Georgetown neighborhood, heading over to the monuments, or seeing a show (with student rush prices!) at the Kennedy Center, being able to go on excursions and explore a place much more exciting than Connecticut suburbia has been amazing. Georgetown has fostered an amazing community for me and provided me with endless opportunities that I hope you can take part in, as well. Please reach out to me with any questions you have! Good luck to you all and Hoya Saxa!
E-mail:  hjw38@georgetown.edu

DELAWARE

School of Health (SOH)
Year: 2026
Major: Health Care Management and Policy
Hometown: Hockessin, DE
High School: Charter School of Wilmington
Activities: GAAP, GUMSHOE, GU Jawani

Hi Future Delaware Hoyas! My name is Saanchi Jain (she/her/hers) and I’m a first year in the School of Health, majoring in Health Care Management and Policy and possibly minoring in Statistics on the pre-med track. I’m from Hockessin, Delaware and I went to the Charter School of Wilmington (go calculators!) where I was involved in Girls Who Code and more. I was definitely a nervous wreck during the college application process, however, I am forever grateful that I chose Georgetown for the next 4. Although I’m fairly new to the hilltop, My experience so far has been phenomenal! I’ve already been able to immerse myself in the vast pool of opportunities; Apart from the best club on campus, GAAP :), I’m part of GU Jawaani, GUMSHOE, Georgetown Program Board, South Asian Society, and more. (Reach out if you’re interested in any or want to learn more!) As you can see, Georgetown has something for everyone and as soon as you step foot on campus there are endless ways to find your Georgetown family. Since I have lived in the suburbs of Delaware for the majority of my life, I was very nervous about coming to the city and finding my people. However, Georgetown’s diverse student population has given me some of my best friends, who call home London, San Francisco, Chicago, and more. Georgetown’s location is also one of its most rewarding features. Whether it is exploring the myriad of shops on M Street, or taking the GUTS Bus to the Museums, there is always something new to check out. Please let me know if you have any questions, I can’t wait to get to know you all!
E-mail: sj920@georgetown.edu

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2024
Major: American Studies
Hometown: Washington, DC
High School: Jackson Reed High School (formerly Woodrow Wilson HS)
Activities: GAAP, Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society, Mask & Bauble, Kappa Alpha Theta, Peer Advisor for Georgetown College

Hi, future DC Hoyas!! My name is Kat Bouker (she/her/hers) and I am a junior in the College, majoring in American Studies, with a minor in Disability Studies. I absolutely love being a student at Georgetown. It is an added bonus that I get to go to my dream school in the city I have called home for my entire life. Georgetown is a reflection of the diversity of DC. Georgetown students, faculty and staff come from all different areas of the world, have varying interests and distinct points of view. Even though I am a native Washingtonian, I am still finding new parts of the city, restaurants and stores to explore. This city is filled with possibilities and there is always something new and exciting to do here, even as a DC kid. Another perk is, if you miss home, you can always go home for a nice home cooked meal. I completely understand how chaotic and stressful the college process is. Although I am a junior, it still feels like yesterday when I opened my acceptance letter to Georgetown. It is such a blessing to be able to go to a school that cares for me and will help me to grow into the person I aspire to be. Please reach out if you have any questions about life at Georgetown. I would be happy to chat with you. I wish you all the best in your application process and I hope to see you on the Hilltop soon. Hoya Saxa!!
Email: kab385@georgetown.edu

FLORIDA

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Government & Mathematics
Hometown: Marco Island, FL
High School: Lely High School
Activities: GAAP, Women’s Openweight Rowing, Hoyalytics, GUPolitics, Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society

Hi FL-hoyas and welcome to the hilltop!! My name is Ellie Poling and I’m from Marco Island (the farthest south you can go on the west coast). Though Washington, D.C. has less palm trees than I’m used to, Georgetown has been the perfect home away from home for me. I am a sophomore in the college hoping to double major in Government and Math, with a minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice. In addition to my role as the Florida State Chair for GAAP, I am an athlete on the Openweight Women’s Rowing team, an analyst with Hoyalytics, and a frequent member of GUPolitics events. What I love most about Georgetown is how enthusiastic students are about literally everything. In my math classes, we get so excited when we’ve figured out how to parameterize a linearly dependent matrix. Our official student section, Hoya Blue, will spend time researching the opposing team to create fact sheets and chants. Let’s just say Georgetown doesn’t do anything halfway. When people have a passion, it is almost guaranteed that someone else feels the same way. Our clubs and extracurriculars reflect the passions of the student body. Our excitement isn’t limited to one field or one activity, people have so many layers which makes getting to know them so much more interesting. When I’m not freaking out about math, going to sporting events, or doing homework, I love going into the city to explore new (free!!) museums, restaurants, running paths, and pretty study spots. Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or jokes (everyone needs a good laugh). I can’t wait to see you straining to get up the Lau hill, grubbing in Leo’s, or going feral in Vital Vittles. Mostly I look forward to you thriving here on the hilltop!! Hoya saxa forever!
Email: egp44@georgetown.edu

GEORGIA

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Economics and Mathematics
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
High School: The Lovett School
Activities: GAAP, HoyAlytics, Georgetown FinTech, The Caravel, Club Swim, Georgetown University Math and Science Hands-On Enrichment (GUMSHOE)

Hey, future Hoyas! My name is Mina Derebail (she/her), and I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. I’m currently a sophomore in the College, double majoring in Economics and Mathematics and minoring in Public Health. Looking back on last fall, I remember how terrified I was to move to a new city and be around completely new people. Though I had tried to familiarize myself with Georgetown through the admissions office’s various offerings, I still felt unsure about whether or not I would like it. Luckily, upon arriving on campus, my nerves quickly dissipated. I lived in Darnall Hall during my first year, where my floor was extremely social. Here, I met so many people from different backgrounds and different places who were all so friendly. Flash forward to now, over a year later, and the people who lived on my floor last year are some of my best friends. Throughout my Georgetown experience so far, I’ve also joined a number of clubs which have both allowed me to explore my own interests and meet others with similar interests. During fall of my first year, I joined HoyAlytics, The Caravel, club swim, and GUMSHOE. HoyAlytics is an organization which does data analysis for non-profits and start-ups and provides consulting services to these groups. The Caravel is Georgetown’s international affairs newspaper, and I write for Compass Money, which covers economic and financial current events. GUMSHOE is a club through the Center for Social Justice (CSJ), where I tutored elementary school kids in math and science. Before sophomore year, I joined Georgetown FinTech, an organization through which I do research and write publications about emerging topics in financial technology. Georgetown is an amazing place because you can explore any of your passions and also form friendships with great people. I am so glad that I came to Georgetown because of the wonderful experiences that I’ve had here thus far, and I hope that you will join us! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to talk about my experience. Hoya saxa!
E-mail: mad403@georgetown.edu

HAWAII

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Government
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
High School: ‘Iolani School
Activities: GAAP, Hawaiʻi Club, Club Filipino, Club Golf

Aloha everyone! My name is John Vierra and I am from Honolulu, in the great and beautiful State of Hawaiʻi. I am a Sophomore in the College majoring in Government and (if all goes well) minoring in Business Studies. Georgetown is a long way from Honolulu! I made my college decision without ever stepping foot in DC. My move-in to Georgetown started on a cold, cold, cold ten hour flight, but once those wheels touched the ground, I was ready to go. I quickly found that DC offers so many opportunities to get involved. Going from an island in the Pacific to the nation’s capital was an amazing experience that I appreciate still today. I have had so many “DC” experiences since I’ve gotten here. One day, I was walking down O street and stumbled across a bunch of rifle-wielding Secret Service Agents a block off campus. Yeah, that was definitely a first for a Hawaiʻi boy. When I’m not in class or stumbling upon the Secret Service, you will most likely find me working the morning shift at the front desk in Yates Field House (if you’re an early morning gym fanatic come talk story!). Want to rent a tennis racquet? Come see me at the pro shop—Vierra’s got you covered. I’m also involved in the Georgetown Hawaiʻi Club, where we have a truly great community of people who share a love for Hawaiʻi. Even though I’m thousands of miles away from home, I still love local music and good food. I know how it feels to take that leap of faith to get here. If you ever want to talk story and socialize, that is right up my alley. Finally, my advice: jump in and hit the gas, baby!
E-mail: jav103@georgetown.edu

IDAHO

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Boise, ID
High School: Riverstone International School
Activities: GAAP, Women’s Club Soccer, Outdoor Education, The Hoya, Spoon University

Hi future Idahoyas! My name is Maeve Pierson, and I am a sophomore in the College studying psychology and planning to minor in journalism. Although I grew up visiting the east coast frequently, I’m an Idaho girl through and through. I’m just going to tell you now, prepare yourselves for a plethora of different reactions when you tell people where you are from; the primary ones are surprise, curiosity, and “do you grow/eat a lot of potatoes?” But fear not, be proud to be from Idaho—it’s a great conversation starter! It goes without saying that DC is very different from Idaho, but I could not be more thrilled to call this city my second home. Upon arriving at Georgetown, I was captivated by the liveliness of the city and the passion of the student body. Georgetown students care. They care about all sorts of different things, and they want to share those things with others. I think this might be my favorite thing about the school. It also means that among so many different interests, there is a place for everyone. On campus, I’m an Outdoor Education guide, a member of the women’s club soccer team, and a writer for The Hoya, but if you’re trying to track me down, try looking on Healy lawn. My other favorite things to do in DC include trying new restaurants, attending the plethora of art and music happening in the city, visiting the Dupont Farmers Market every Sunday, running on the C&O Canal, and petting everyone in Georgetown’s dog. If you have questions about any facet of life at Georgetown, please feel free to reach out! Hoya Saxa!!
E-mail: mdp125@georgetown.edu

ILLINOIS

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2023
Major: Linguistics
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
High School: New Trier High School
Activities: GAAP, Bioethics Bowl, Georgetown Undergraduate Languages and Linguistics Society, Nomadic Theater, GU Oncology Patient Support, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics (FLL) Hager Scholars Program

Hello, future Hoyas! My name is Leigh Meyer, and I am a senior in the College majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Philosophy-Bioethics and Medical Humanities. I grew up in Wilmette, IL, and I love that I can call Illinois and the Hilltop home! One of the questions I often get as a GAAP member from prospective and accepted Midwesterner students is, “Are Georgetown students as nice as people from the Midwest?” The answer? Undoubtedly, YES! Georgetown is made of kind, insightful, and inclusive students eager to learn and excited to make new friends. As a Hoya, I have found that both students and faculty are enthusiastic and passionate about what they are learning or teaching and deeply care about sharing their passions with others. I know moving away from home can be a big transition and can make feeling comfortable challenging, but the Georgetown community is a welcoming and energetic environment that is easy to feel comfortable and yourself in. Physically, I find the Georgetown area is a perfect balance of city and suburb, with the university nestled among historic houses and only a quick walk or bus ride away from the Kennedy Center, National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, and the Capitol. Georgetown’s location and academic philosophy encourages students to foster broad perspectives and seek out interdisciplinary learning, ways of thinking, and passions. I look forward to welcoming you to the Hilltop soon. Please reach out if you have any questions. I would love to talk. Best of luck and Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: lem166@georgetown.edu

INDIANA

School of Health (SOH)
Year: 2026
Major: Global Health
Hometown: Carmel, IN
High School: Carmel High School
Activities: GAAP, DC Schools Project, Muslim Students Association

Hello, fellow Hoosiers! My name is Tala Assaf, and I am a first-year in the School of Health on the pre-med track majoring in Global Health! I am from Carmel, Indiana, and went to Carmel High School (Go Greyhounds!). Although I have only been in DC for a few weeks, I’m already used to seeing the shock on peoples’ faces when I say I am from Indiana. Despite this, I am always excited whenever I get to talk about where I grew up and how kind the Hoosier community has been to me. These first few weeks at Georgetown have definitely been an
adjustment, but every second has been amazing. I have just begun to get involved in some extracurriculars like Club Swim, Muslim Students Association, Arab Society, and DC Schools Project—a tutoring program for immigrants and their families. Indiana is very different from Georgetown (in the best ways possible!), but the transition is not unmanageable, and I am here to help you every step of the way. On campus, you truly feel like people want you to succeed, including professors and classmates. Your fellow Hoyas will prove to be the kindest people, even if they tease you for your Midwest slang. The opportunities you will have access to are unparalleled, and the city is just a short distance away! The extensive support system and guidance I have been greeted with here at Georgetown has made this transition as seamless as possible. I was intimidated by the idea of a completely new place with entirely new people, but Georgetown already feels like home. I can confidently say that there is a place for everyone here, regardless of who you are and where you grew up! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions about Georgetown or if you want to chat!
E-mail: ta616@georgetown.edu

IOWA

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2023
Major: Government
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
High School: Roosevelt High School
Activities: GAAP, Transfer Council, The Hoya, Resident Assistant

Hi, prospective Hoyas! My name is Lucy Karlin (she/her/hers), and I am a senior majoring in Government and minoring in Public Health. I am proudly from Des Moines, Iowa and transferred to Georgetown from the University of Iowa. I chose to come to Georgetown for three reasons: I sought greater academic rigor and smaller class sizes, a stronger sense of campus community, and access to all of the resources of a metropolitan area. Coming to Georgetown was the best decision of my life, and I have been able to find a great sense of community on campus and take advantage of many of the opportunities Georgetown and D.C. have to offer. Second semester of my first year at Georgetown, I participated in the Capitol Applied Learning Lab (CALL) Program, which allowed me to live just three blocks from the White House, take full-time classes, and have a part-time internship on the Hill. The CALL is the perfect opportunity for students who want to take full advantage of D.C. I now feel like I’ve mastered the Metro routes and have a better understanding of what it’s like to be a young professional working in government. Back on campus I serve as the president of the Transfer Council, and I love attending weekly discussion sections with the GU Institute of Politics and Public Service fellows. Deciding where to go to college is a challenging decision, and I am here to share advice and answer any questions you have throughout the process. Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: lmk110@georgetown.edu

KANSAS

McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Year: 2023
Major: Finance and Marketing
Hometown: Wichita, KS
High School: Wichita Collegiate School
Activities: GAAP, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society, Concert Choir, McDonough Women

Hello, fellow Kansans and prospective future Hoyas! My name is Zoe Corrigan, from Wichita, and I am the GAAP State Chair for Kansas. I am a Senior in the MSB majoring in Finance and Marketing, also minoring in Classics. A few things about me: I’m a sunset enthusiast, La Croix connoisseur, foodie, a huge fan of the color yellow, and a showtune and Disney throwback lover. On the hilltop, I am involved with GAAP, Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society, Concert Choir, McDonough Women, and the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. Back home in Wichita, I attended Wichita Collegiate School, a small K-12 private school. I worked with the American Heart Association, performed in musical theatre productions at school and around the community, competed and performed with Wichita Flight Showchoir, studied dance and music, and was involved with academic clubs such as Latin Club, Math Club, Art Club, Thespian Society, and Scholars Bowl. City life in DC is quite different from back in Kansas, but I couldn’t be happier to call the hilltop my home! I love walking and exploring everything the charming Georgetown neighborhood has to offer, as well as discovering all the sights and opportunities available in the greater DC area. Georgetown is the perfect combination of a challenging and engaging academic environment, and a supportive and loving home. One of my favorite things about Georgetown has been meeting so many brilliant people from such diverse backgrounds, from all over the world. Each person that I meet teaches me something and continues to enrich my life and perspective on life in some way, both intellectually and as a person. I have made lifelong friends—and Hoya family—here at Georgetown! As your state chair, I have major Kansas pride, and I feel honored to be here on the hilltop representing our state and to be able to connect with you! Please reach out to me if you have any questions or just want to chat! I am looking forward to hearing from you and connecting with fellow Kansans! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail:  zac14@georgetown.edu

KENTUCKY

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2025
Major: Culture and Politics (CULP)
Hometown: Versailles, KY
High School: Woodford County High School
Activities: GAAP, Club Tennis, College Democrats

Hey y’all! My name is Claire Pinkston (she/her), and I am a sophomore in the SFS majoring in Culture and Politics! My hometown is Versailles, Kentucky, where I lived my entire life prior to Georgetown, and my family has lived in the state for generations. I stand on the UK side of the UK-UL rivalry, love hiking at Red River Gorge, and watch the sunsets every night when I’m home (because they’re the best in the world!). To get to know me some more, I am a huge tennis player; you can often find me on the courts or watching the most recent Grand Slam. Other than tennis, I enjoy baking, reading, being outdoors, and exploring D.C. At Georgetown, I am involved with the club tennis team, the Georgetown University Grilling Society (come find us in Red Square on Fridays!), GAAP, and the College Democrats. I am also a Teaching Assistant for one of the School of Foreign Service freshman proseminars. Coming to Georgetown was a huge transition from Kentucky, but I definitely believe it was worth it. Coming here, you will make amazing friends with unique backgrounds and interests, and have unparalleled opportunities made available to you. From hearing Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren speak, to being able to wander around a pop-up French Market on a random Saturday, to having dinner on the Lincoln memorial steps with your friends, Georgetown truly provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won’t find at other schools. If you have any questions about applications or the Georgetown experience, please feel free to reach out to me, and I hope to see you on campus next year! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: cop7@georgetown.edu

LOUISIANA

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Biochemistry and Economics
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
High School: St. Martin’s Episcopal School
Activities: GAAP, Project Sunshine, Georgetown Collegiate Investors

Hi, everyone! My name is Izzy Bartholomew (she/her). I am from New Orleans, Louisiana (born and raised) and attended St. Martin’s Episcopal School. I am a sophomore in the College studying Biochemistry and Economics on the pre-med track. I am currently a member of Project Sunshine and Georgetown Collegiate Investors, and I participate in clinical research at the Georgetown Medstar hospital. Being a part of these clubs has allowed me to meet so many different people and learn so much, and I am so grateful for the experience. I have absolutely loved my time at Georgetown. The people are wonderful, and the city is so fun to explore. The national mall, with all its monuments and museums, is only a walk away (and free)! The music concerts are also extremely accessible if you want a night out, and M street is great for a quick boba and falafel trip! Georgetown’s campus provides a quaint college bubble with a city bustling with life right outside. Coming from a small school, I have loved the larger community here at Georgetown. I came here without knowing a single person and quickly formed some of my strongest relationships. I even went random with my first year roommate, and here we are a year later—new room, same rug! From seeing familiar faces around campus to hanging out in the common room, I can definitely say I have found my home away from home. Other activities I enjoy include reading (high-fantasy mostly), running, swimming, finding cool spots on campus, and planning for the zombie apocalypse. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or if you just want to chat! Can’t wait to see you next year!
E-mail: iyb5@georgetown.edu

MAINE

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2023
Major: Global Business
Hometown: Scarborough, ME
High School: Scarborough High School
Activities: GAAP, Kappa Alpha Theta, GU PRIDE, New Student Orientation

Hello, and welcome to Georgetown Maine Hoyas !! My name is Gwyneth Barry (she / her), and I am from Scarborough, ME. I am a senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Global Business with minors in Economics and Women and Gender Studies. Although I was actually born in Washington, D.C., my family soon moved to Maine, where I spent the rest of my childhood until returning back to the hilltop for college. Growing up in Maine, I spent a majority of my time in and on the water soaking up as much of the sun as I could before what we all knew would be another freezing winter. During the summer months (in between trips to our local ice cream shops), my friends and I loved road tripping to explore the state’s beautiful nature – from Acadia National Park, to Sebago Lake or even catching the ferry for a day at Peaks Island. My winters were spent dreaming of snow days (sleeping with spoons under my pillows and flushing ice cubes down the toilet), drinking plenty of hot chocolate, and shoveling my car out of mounds of fresh snow. At Georgetown, I serve as the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Theta Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. On campus, I have also spent time as a New Student Orientation Advisor, and an Advocacy Deputy for Georgetown University Pride. Aside from my activities on campus, I often explore the Georgetown and greater D.C. area with a walk to the monuments, trying a new restaurant, or visiting one of the museums. I know the transition to Georgetown can be daunting at first, but I am here to support you in any way I can. I am so excited to be your GAAP Maine State Chair this year. You’re always welcome to reach out for any reason, or even to get a little taste of home on the hilltop with a trip to T-Sweets or Luke’s Lobster on Wisconsin. Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: ghb18@georgetown.edu

MARYLAND

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2026
Major: Business and Global Affairs
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
High School: Whittle School and Studios
Activities: GAAP, Club Basketball, the SFS Academic Council

Hi Future Maryland Hoyas! My name is Calla O’Neil, I am a first year from Bethesda, Maryland, and I am in the SFS planning to study Business and Global Affairs. Living only forty minutes from Georgetown’s campus, I’ve grown up with the notion that Georgetown is a really special place. From meeting alumni around my city to heading to the Hilltop for girls basketball games and even a couple of weddings, I always heard from other people what an incredible community Georgetown is and how lucky each person feels to be a part of it. Now that I am experiencing that community for myself, I can not tell you how true it is. Since being welcomed onto campus by a cheering squad at the front gate on the first day, this community has wrapped its arms around me in the most amazing way. Having resources like my academic advisor and the Career Center has helped make my transition from high school to college as smooth as possible, my RA and the comradery fostered in my dorm (woohoo Darnall floor 4!) has given me a family on campus, and my professors’ passion for what they do and sharing it with students in and out of class time makes me confident that I will grow so much here as a student and person. There is so much Georgetown has to offer in addition to an incredible education and lifelong friends. I am also getting involved in club basketball, a foreign service pre-professional sorority, the SFS academic council, and GAAP! As a fellow MD native, you may have your fair share of Georgetown connections and interactions. However, the transition from Georgetown observer to member is the most special experience I have ever had (cheesy, I know). I can’t wait for you to experience it too!
E-mail:  cro39@georgetown.edu

MASSACHUSETTS

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2024
Major: Science, Technology, and International Affairs
Hometown: Douglas, MA
High School: Douglas High School
Activities: GAAP, Club Ultimate Frisbee, Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority

Hi everybody! My name is Lauren D’Amico, I use she/her pronouns, and I am a third year student from Douglas, MA! I am in the School of Foreign Service (SFS) majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) with a minor in Classics, and a Certificate in Diplomatic Studies. Outside of the classroom, I am involved in GAAP, Georgetown’s Ultimate Frisbee team, and Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority. I have been involved with GAAP for the past two years and am excited to continue helping future hoyas! Outside of my academics, I love to run, read, and explore DC – I’ve even made it my goal to visit every Smithsonian before I graduate! I finished high school in 2020 and remember how deciding which college to go to seemed like the most terrifying idea in the world. I had no idea what I wanted to study, and I couldn’t visit any campuses in person due to COVID-19. That’s where GAAP came in, in spring of my senior year, I was able to video chat with a current Georgetown student, who answered all of my questions, and reassured me that I would love being a Hoya. He wasn’t wrong. The last two years as a Georgetown student have been some of the best times of my life. From late nights studying on Lau 2, to cheering on my best friends dancing in Rangila, and even waking up before the sun to road trip with my frisbee team, I have made so many incredible memories as a Hoya. I know that the college admissions process can be an intimidating one, but we at GAAP are here to help. I love the Georgetown community and would love to help you find your home here on the Hilltop. Please feel free to send me an email and, as always, HOYA SAXA!
E-mail: led96@georgetown.edu

MICHIGAN

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: English and History
Hometown: Traverse City, MI
High School: Traverse City Central High School
Activities: GAAP, GIVES Random Acts of Kindness Club, Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society, Hot Hoyas Walk

Hi Michiganders! My name is Amelia Shotwell (she/her/hers), and I am a sophomore in the College double majoring in History and English. I am from Traverse City, Michigan, and I attended Traverse City Central High School. Although I have lived in Michigan my whole life, Georgetown has quickly become my second home. I decided to come to Georgetown for the fantastic academic opportunities and the vibrant campus. The passionate professors, challenging classes, and encouraging community are everything I hoped they would be. Outside of the classroom, I am involved in the random acts of kindness club GIVES, Hot Hoyas Walk, and Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society. Every club has welcomed me with open arms and instantly made me feel part of the family. When I am not studying in the sunny student center or busy Lau 2, you can find me roaming the Georgetown neighborhood or grabbing a bite to eat (Dumplings & Beyond is my favorite spot to frequent). I enjoy watching movies at the Waterfront AMC theater, cuddling kittens at the Cat Cafe, trekking to Trader Joe’s through Rock Creek Park, and grabbing a matcha from Compass Coffee with my friends. Between campus, the Georgetown neighborhood, and DC itself, I never run out of adventures. I have also met the most inspiring, kind-hearted, empathetic, and hilarious people in my time here. They have already earned their rightful place as friends for life. Georgetown is home to so many unique people and unbelievable opportunities, everyone can find their perfect place. Please feel free to reach out! I would love to hear from you and see another Midwestern face on campus! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail:  ams741@georgetown.edu

MINNESOTA

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Biology
Hometown: Cambridge, MN
High School: Cambridge-Isanti High School
Activities: GAAP, HOPE, H*yas for Choice

My name is James Moran (he/him) and I am currently a sophomore in the College studying General Biology on the Pre-Medical track. I grew up and lived in Prospect park near the U before moving abroad for 8 years and then coming back and settling down just north of Blaine. Minnesota is my home and I still consider it to be even after moving halfway across the county to attend Georgetown. Although I love GU and D.C. in general, Minnesota and the Twin cities hold sweet spots in my heart that I just can’t seem to let go. I think most students from Minnesota can agree with me that the summer heat takes some time to get used. I remember my first week on campus I was just dying from the humidity, and, although it was tough, I can proudly say I got used to it and occasionally even enjoy it. When I am not in class or studying, you will probably find me working out at Yates Field House (Georgetown’s Gym and fitness facility), doing random things with friends or volunteering on campus with various clubs/organizations. One of the driving factors for deciding which school I wanted to attend was the campus and the community feel of the school and I can wholeheartedly say that Georgetown has met my criteria for both. The community here has been incredibly accepting of everyone and the general diversity of both people and thought is something you do not often see in Minnesota but particularly the rural areas. I can confidently say that attending Georgetown and becoming a part of the Hoya community has been incredibly rewarding and I do not regret it one bit. Please feel free to reach out to me with questions you may have about Georgetown or anything in general really and always remember, Hoya Saxa!
E-mail:  jm3335@georgetown.edu

MISSISSIPPI

McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Year: 2024
Major: International Business and Marketing
Hometown: Columbus, MS
High School: Heritage Academy
Activities: GAAP, The Hoya, Georgetown Ventures, HoyAlytics, Georgetown Running Club, Georgetown Photography Club, GU Public Speaking

Hi Mississippi Hoyas, my name is Allison Yingst (she/her) and I am currently a junior at Georgetown. I applied and came to Georgetown for the endless amount of opportunities–both on and off-campus–and have tried to take full advantage of them despite being virtual my first year. I lived in a hotel in Dupont Circle in downtown DC during the Spring of my freshman year and have a great love for the amazing people that I met while living there. You will probably hear this a dozen times, but the people are definitely the best part of Georgetown. Everyone is extremely motivated and encouraging, but also always interested in having a good time. Academics-wise, I am in the McDonough School of Business and am very interested in entrepreneurship. Last spring I was connected with an internship through Georgetown Startup Interns at a local DC startup in the food industry. Now, as a sophomore on campus, I am a teaching assistant for a first-year class and am involved in several different clubs. I publish articles for the school newspaper, learn and practice creative and data consulting with two consulting clubs, go on runs around DC with the running club, and get to follow my creative passions through meetings with the photography and public speaking clubs. Throughout clubs, classes, intramural volleyball, and daily trips to the dining hall, my favorite part about Georgetown life is the friendly and inspiring atmosphere. Mississippi has a uniquely special level of hospitality, but I can confidently say that Georgetown brings a similar level of friendliness and charm.
E-mail: aky15@georgetown.edu

MISSOURI

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2023
Major: Economics
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
High School: Visitation Academy
Activities: GAAP, Hoya Blue, Catholic Faith Communities Leader, College Peer Advisor

Hello future Hoyas!! My name is Margaret Williams, and I am a senior in Georgetown College studying economics and minoring in theology. I lived in St. Louis my entire life before coming to Georgetown, and I attended Visitation Academy for high school. Georgetown was my dream school growing up, and the experiences that I have had during my time here have exceeded my expectations by far. From running or walking down to the National Mall to engaging in invigorating conversations with my peers in the classroom, I am constantly occupied with things to get involved in, both at Georgetown and in the wider D.C. community. Outside of GAAP, my time is filled with a variety of activities on the Hilltop, such as cheering for our Division I athletic teams as a proud member of Hoya Blue or guiding incoming first years as a Peer Advisor. Each day, as I walk across Healy Lawn to get to my classes, I think to myself how fortunate I am to attend school here! The last three years at Georgetown have been nothing short of amazing for me, and I would be so happy to share my experiences with you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions that you may have; I will be so excited to hear from you! Good luck and HOYA SAXA!:)
E-mail: mgw54@georgetown.edu

MONTANA

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Billings, MT
High School: Billings Central Catholic High School
Activities: GAAP, Prison Outreach, GU Active Minds, Project Lighthouse

Hello future MT Hoyas! My name is Bekah Powell and I am currently a sophomore in Georgetown College studying Psychology and Cognitive Science. I moved to Billings, MT when I was 13 and will forever consider Montana my home. Although moving from MT to a big city like DC seemed daunting at first, I have quickly found a home here on the hilltop and hope that you can soon too! There are endless opportunities here on campus and within the city for you to branch out and explore all of your interests, whether it’s joining one of the 300+ clubs, exploring the many restaurants and shops on M street, or volunteering in the city, there is something for just about everyone. When I start to feel homesick and miss the small town vibe, I like to take a walk in the quiet Georgetown neighborhood or in the nearby nature to remind me of home. If you find yourself missing the beautiful landscapes and nature of Montana, there are also plenty of opportunities to get out of the city whether that be through the ESCAPE program or Outdoor Education. The tight knit community on campus is unlike any other. I constantly find myself surrounded by supportive friends, classmates, and professors ready to help with anything I might need. There is no shortage of engaging and diverse classes with world class professors for any academic interests you might like to pursue. I know the college application and decision process can be very stressful so I am here to answer any questions you might have about Georgetown or the college application process in general. I am so excited for you in this journey and wish you the best of luck. Hope to see you on campus soon and Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: rlp77@georgetown.edu

NEBRASKA

School of Health (SOH)
Year: 2024
Major: Global Health
Hometown: Omaha, NE
High School: Skutt Catholic School
Activities: GAAP, Caring for Children with Cancer (C3), Bossier Magazine, Research Assistant, Catholic Ministry

Hello future Hoyas! My name is Alaina Anderson (she/her), and I am a junior in the School of Health studying Global Health with a minor in Medical Humanities with the hopes of one day going to medical school. I am originally from Omaha and went to Skutt Catholic High School. In high school, I was involved in the school newspaper, HOSA, National Honors Society, Student Council, and more. At Georgetown, I am a layout designer for the literary magazine Bossier and am a member of C3 which works with pediatric patients at the cancer center. If you’re interested in research, I am a research assistant at Lombardi Cancer Center focusing primarily on cancer screening and prevention. In my free time, I love volunteering, working with kids, and exploring DC, especially looking for DC’s best restaurants. I love exploring all of DC’s different neighborhoods and trying new food. I especially love going to the Wharf or to Union Market. Even though DC is very different from Nebraska, I have come to see DC as my home away from home and have truly found an amazing community here at Georgetown. My favorite thing about Georgetown is the diverse opportunities that being here on the hilltop, as well as DC, offer. You will always be able to try something new, get in contact with someone who is willing to help you on your journey, and so much more! If you have any questions or just want to chat about anything or everything, please feel free to reach out to me! I am looking forward to meeting all of you! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: aaa564@georgetown.edu

NEVADA

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
YEAR: 2025
MAJOR: International Politics
HOMETOWN: Las Vegas, NV
HIGH SCHOOL: Palo Verde High School
ACTIVITIES: GAAP, ESCAPE Retreat Leader, Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service, Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD), Research Assistant, Resident Assistant, H*yas for Choice, Teaching Assistant

Hello my fellow Nevadans! My name is Madison Dwyer, and I am a second-year student at the Walsh School of Foreign Service studying International Politics. I grew up in Summerlin, but lived in beautiful Downtown Las Vegas throughout high school, as well as having traveled to many other cities and towns in our lovely state. Here at Georgetown, I am a part of the ESCAPE Retreat Program, GAAP, Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service, Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD), and H*yas for Choice, as well as working as a Research Assistant, a Resident Assistant, and a Teaching Assistant. It’s hard not to feel like a cactus out of the desert when you first arrive in DC—I have to say that the humidity here really did catch me off guard the second I stepped off the plane!—but there is so much to love about this place that you will soon call home. Believe it or not, on my very first explorative walk off campus, I ran into President Biden as he was getting back into his motorcade after coming home from church! In my first week, I had the opportunity to meet the former Afghan Ambassador to the United States for a coffee chat. If you are more into other areas of exploration, there are so many research opportunities to get involved with your professors. Attending Georgetown really does give you a front-row seat to history, there is absolutely nowhere on Earth quite like it. As our school song says, “it’s been so long since we last met,” Nevada, but I am beyond excited to get to know each and every one of you. Hoya Saxa Nevadans!!
E-mail: mbd87@georgetown.edu

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2023
Major: Government
Hometown: Nashua, NH
High School: Nashua High School South
Activities: GAAP, Pep Band, New Student Orientation, LGBTQ Resource Center

Hello prospective Hoyas! My name is Ben Telerski (he/him), and I am a senior in the College majoring in Government and minoring in Philosophy and Spanish from Nashua, New Hampshire. Outside of class, I am the conductor of the Pep Band, involved in New Student Orientation, and I spent three semesters working in the LGBTQ Resource Center. My favorite part of attending Georgetown is the academics. All the professors are so amazing, and I do not have enough time to take all the classes I want to. Aside from attending class, I love being part of New Student Orientation. As a member of the NSO team I have had the opportunity to share my love for Georgetown with new students and ensure that they are prepared to succeed on campus. Moving to Washington, D.C. was a big change for me, and I love every second living in our nation’s capital, but it has made me appreciate the beauty of New Hampshire so much more when returning home for breaks. Please reach out to chat about Georgetown, the Granite State, or anything in between. I hope you choose Georgetown, and I cannot wait to answer any questions you have and welcome you to the Hilltop soon!
E-mail: brt16@georgetown.edu

NEW JERSEY

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2026
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Middletown, NJ
High School: Ranney School
Activities: GAAP, Georgetown Program Board, Club Ice Hockey

Hello future NJ Hoyas! My name is Addison Basile, and I am a first-year in Georgetown College. I am currently undecided but I am leaning towards a Psychology major and a minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice. I am so excited to be representing New Jersey in GAAP and to have the opportunity to connect with fellow New Jerseyans. I was born and raised in Middletown, New Jersey in Monmouth County (the heart of the very REAL region of Central Jersey!) I graduated from Ranney School in Tinton Falls in 2022 and am now making my second home at Georgetown. I love New Jersey (this is not a secret), and I’ve acquired even more New Jersey pride since coming to the Hilltop! I began my time at Georgetown as part of the Leadership & Beyond Pre-Orientation program, and I am now a part of GAAP and the Georgetown Program Board (GPB) which helps plan free and fun events for everyone on campus. I also play goalie for the Georgetown Club Ice Hockey team! Coming to Georgetown is a huge transition filled with ups and downs, but rest assured that you will find your place here, and you will learn more about yourself and the world than you ever have before. And I can promise you that what Georgetown lacks in bagels, it makes up for in community. Georgetown will introduce you to compassionate, intelligent, driven people, provide you with invaluable experiences, and allow you infinite opportunities to improve yourself and the world. When you come here, remember you’re not from outside of NYC or Philadelphia, you’re from New Jersey, loud and proud! Hoya Saxa, and hope to meet you soon!
E-mail:  alb405@georgetown.edu

NEW MEXICO

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2024
Major: Science, Technology, and International Affairs
Hometown: Rio Rancho, NM
High School: Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School
Activities: GAAP, Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society, UNICEF, GJIA

Hi future Hoyas! My name is Cambria Barnes, and I am a junior in the School of Foreign Service from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, majoring in science, technology, and international affairs (STIA) and minoring in Spanish. Outside of school, I love finding ways to be creative and explore. I go to concerts, hike, travel, sew, paint, do yoga, and cook! Moving halfway across the country to Georgetown was an intimidating experience, but when I got here, what struck me the most was the genuine passion Georgetown students have for what they are interested in. Be it sociology, climate change, or finding the perfect coffee shop to study in, Georgetown students are passionate and engaged. During my time at Georgetown, I have met some of my closest friends and made some of my best memories. Please reach out if you have any questions about the transition from New Mexico to Georgetown or just want to chat about life as a Hoya. I can’t wait to see you on the hilltop. Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: cb1608@georgetown.edu

NEW YORK

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2025
Major: International Political Economy
Hometown: Northport, NY
High School: Northport High School
Activities: GAAP, Georgetown Program Board (GPB), Homeless Outreach Programs & Education (HOPE), SFS Academic Council, Pep Band, New Student Orientation (NSO)

Hi future New York Hoyas! My name is Griffin Crafa (he/him/his), and I am a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service (SFS) majoring in International Political Economy (IPEC) and considering minors in Italian and European Studies! I was born and raised in Northport on Long Island, and I am so happy to represent the Empire State for GAAP! Back home, I was involved in my high school’s marching band, school newspaper, and math tutoring program. On the Hilltop, I am an Events Chair for the Georgetown Program Board (the coolest organization on campus, besides GAAP of course), where I help plan free or low-cost events (with lots of free food!) on campus! I am also the General Membership Chair of the SFS Academic Council, a Friday Foods Coordinator for Georgetown HOPE (Homeless Outreach Programs & Education), a clarinet player in the Georgetown University Pep Band, and a New Student Orientation advisor! I really love New York (we have the best beaches, the greatest city, and the prettiest mountains!), and I was a little homesick when I first came to Georgetown. But in a short time, Georgetown and Washington, DC became my second home. Here, I have found a truly supportive community, from my professors that held office hours just to get to know us better to my friends with whom I have spent many hours studying for Map of the Modern World in Lau (our library!), climbing the John Carroll statue at night, and making trips to 90 Second Pizza (the best pizza place in Georgetown — and that’s coming from a New Yorker!). While I certainly miss New York, I absolutely love Georgetown and am always down to talk! So if you have any questions, or just want to chat about anything Georgetown-related, please reach out! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: gec67@georgetown.edu

NORTH CAROLINA

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Psychology, Pre-Medical Track
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
High School: Ardrey Kell High School
Activities: GAAP, The Georgetown Phantoms, HOPE, Relay for Life, Organizational Behavior Lab, Psycho-Oncology Lab, Music and Neuroscience Lab, Georgetown Ambassador for Hatch Tutors

Hey prospective Hoyas! My name is Samhita Vellala, and I’m a sophomore/junior in the College majoring in Psychology on the Pre-Medical Track! Heading into the college application and selection process as a first-generation student was very confusing and nerve-wracking. However, meeting with GAAP members helped me to realize Georgetown was the place for me! As State Chair this year, I plan to provide these same resources for you all, especially first-generation students. Leaving my rich, diverse community in North Carolina, I was worried I wouldn’t find such a diverse community on any college campus, especially one with a rich South Asian community. However, Georgetown offers so many opportunities to broaden your cultural horizons! I love to participate in activities hosted by the South Asian Society, where I get to meet individuals from such diverse backgrounds. Georgetown positively surprised me in many other ways as well. Coming in, I was dead set on pursuing a major in biology. However, having the opportunity to take a variety of interdisciplinary courses helped me to realize that my true passion lies in the intersection of psychology and medicine. Georgetown provides so many unique resources to guide you in finding the career path that is right for you! With its national reputation as a music state, my home state of North Carolina offered me so many opportunities to hone in on my crafts of singing and songwriting. When looking into Georgetown, I realized that the rich arts community would offer me the opportunity to further my passion for these crafts. As a current member of the Phantoms, I find nothing more rewarding than having the opportunity to do what I love with the people I love. Finally, being from the green state of North Carolina, spending my college years at Georgetown is an absolute dream come true. I love spending windy Saturday mornings on group runs to the monuments and grabbing brunch at our favorite spot on the Waterfront, Farmers Fishers Bakers. If you have any questions about Georgetown or the college experience in general, or would even just like to chat, feel free to contact me anytime! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: siv9@georgetown.edu

OHIO

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Biology of Global Health
Hometown: Broadview Heights, OH
High School: Saint Ignatius High School
Activities: GAAP, Lightweight Rowing, Pre-Med Society, the Corp, Grassroots Project

Hi fellow Ohioans! My name is Peter Turk (he/him). I’m a sophomore in the College majoring in Biology of Global Health while on the Pre-Med track and I grew up just outside of Cleveland (Go Browns!!). I personally had a difficult time with my college decision, but I could not be more happy with my choice. Coming from Ohio, Georgetown appeared very unfamiliar, and at times, very intimidating. But once I arrived on campus, it was anything but that. I was welcomed with open arms into a tight-knit community that truly cultivates its students’ ambitions and passions. This school truly cares about your personal development. One of its core values is “cura personalis,” meaning “care of the whole person,” and Georgetown takes that to heart. During my time here, I’ve engaged with and befriended people of all backgrounds and perspectives, and it has helped mold me into the person I am today. I am involved with the Georgetown Men’s Lightweight Rowing Team, Pre-Med Society, 1634 Society, volunteer services on campus, and other amazing groups. I understand all the questions and concerns you may have about Georgetown University… I had my fair share as well. Whether you are comparing it to one of Ohio’s many state schools, similar Catholic universities like Notre Dame, or another Ivy, I’d love to answer your questions and walk you through what led me to land at Georgetown. I truly believe attending Georgetown University is the best decision I’ve made in my lifetime, and I know it would be an amazing place for you too!
E-mail: pjt57@georgetown.edu

OKLAHOMA

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2025
Major: Regional and Comparative Studies
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
High School: Booker T. Washington High School
Activities: GAAP, Georgetown Program Board, SFS Academic Council, Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership Development

Hello future Oklahoyas! My name is Kate Huckaby and I’m from Tulsa. I’m a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Regional and Comparative Studies with a concentration in Latin America. I knew no one coming to Georgetown, but the Hilltop and D.C. have quickly become my home away from home. On campus, I am an events chair for the Georgetown Program Board, which plans fun and low-cost events, the professional development chair for the SFS Academic Council, and a mentor for the Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership Development Pre-Orientation Program. I also studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador this summer which was an incredible experience and made me even more excited to pursue a career in foreign service. The amount of clubs and opportunities here feels endless and there are so many different ways to build community at Georgetown, which was something I was pretty nervous about before coming to campus. While there is so much to do inside the gates on campus (think speaker events with famous politicians and a weekly farmer’s market), one of my favorite parts about Georgetown has been exploring D.C. itself. My friends and I have studied in the Library of Congress, attended events hosted by various embassies, and had picnics under the blooming cherry blossom trees, just to name a few. Georgetown’s location is unmatched and offers the best of both worlds: a close-knit community-oriented campus in a walkable neighborhood and a major city with museums and monuments just a walk along the waterfront away. Above all, my favorite part about Georgetown is the people. I have found a close group of friends that are some of the kindest, wittiest, and most welcoming people I have ever met. There is always someone to help you brainstorm ideas for an essay or join you on a midnight ice cream run. Navigating the college process and making the decision to move halfway across the country can be difficult, so please feel free to reach out with any questions. Hoya Saxa!
E-mail:  kqh2@georgetown.edu

OREGON

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2023
Major: Government
Hometown: Wilsonville, OR
High School: Jesuit High School
Activities: GAAP, New Student Orientation (NSO), GU Rangila, GU Irish-American Society

Hey future Hoyas! My name is Brian Coen (he/him), and I am from Wilsonville, Oregon! I am a senior in the College majoring in Government and minoring in History. To let you know a few things about myself, I love watching and playing soccer and basketball, watching a lot of movies, and going for long walks in D.C. Although my time at Georgetown will be coming to an end this spring, I must say that I have had a truly wonderful experience on the Hilltop, and I know that you will too! Some of the clubs I have been involved in besides GAAP that have helped make my experience so incredible include: New Student Orientation, where we help welcome new Hoyas to campus each fall, GU Irish-American Society, which is a cultural club that hosts Irish dance performances, dinners, and other fun events, and finally GU Rangila, which is a philanthropic South Asian dance showcase put on by Georgetown every fall. Coming into college, I had no idea what I wanted to study and I was extremely nervous about going to school all the way across the country; Georgetown’s support network of faculty, staff, advisors, and fellow students provided me with the help that I needed to transition to college. Now, as I think back on my time on the Hilltop, I can truly say that I would not trade my Georgetown experience for anything else; I have been able to take advantage of so many amazing opportunities during my time here, and I know that the friendships I have made here will last a lifetime. So, I can’t wait for you to join us here on the Hilltop and make your own unforgettable Georgetown experience! Please reach out to me if you have any questions or if you just want to chat! I would be incredibly excited to talk about my experiences and get to know you a little more. Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: bjc106@georgetown.edu

PENNSYLVANIA

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2026
Major: Government, Psychology
Hometown: Paoli, PA
High School: Conestoga High School
Activities: GAAP, GU Politics SST, H*yas for Choice, GU Pre-Law Society, Asian American Student Association, Korean Student Association

Hi future Pennsylvania Hoyas! My name is Suzie Ahn (she/her/hers) and I’m from Paoli, PA (near Philly). I’m a first year in the College, currently planning on double majoring in Government and Psychology with a potential minor in Business Studies. But, that’s subject to change! I was definitely very anxious and indecisive when the time to apply and choose a college came. However, my GAAP weekend made it clear Georgetown was my next home and where I wanted to be. I made many new friends, who I still keep in touch with today, and explored the beautiful campus. People will often say one of Georgetown’s best features is the fact that it’s in Washington D.C., which I definitely agree with. I’ve heard from people with expansive political experience and explored the beautiful historical monuments for fun on the weekends. Plus, the sunsets here are so beautiful. Though I was nervous about college when I first arrived, this feeling quickly subsided because everyone at Georgetown is genuinely so welcoming and supportive. I’ve met some of the coolest people with big ambitions and intellectual curiosity. Not to mention, the academics and professors are unparalleled. At Georgetown, I am a member of GAAP, the GU Politics Student Strategy Team, Asian American Student Association (AASA), Korean Student Association (KSA), H*yas for Choice, and GU Pre-Law Society. There’s so many clubs here that you’re bound to find at least one that piques your interest. There’s something about going to M-Street with your friends, eating Epi quesadillas at 1AM with your floormates, and having a picnic on Healy lawn that makes Georgetown truly special. I’m so grateful to be here. Please reach out if you have any questions! I would love to talk to you about my time here so far. Hoya Saxa!!
E-mail: ssa148@georgetown.edu

PUERTO RICO

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2025
Major: International Politics
Hometown: San Juan, PR
High School: Academia del Perpetuo Socorro
Activities: GAAP, Hatch Tutors, LASA, Teaching Assistant

Buenos días, Puerto Rico! My name is Mariana Rosado-Rivera and I am a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Politics and minoring in Economics and French. I was born and raised in San Juan. I lived in Condado for most of my life, but now I live in Miramar. Here at Georgetown, I am involved with Hatch Tutors, GAAP, and LASA. In my first year, I was also involved with The Hoya. Now, I am also a TA for Principles of Macroeconomics. I’m not going to lie, getting adjusted to life in the states was a challenge. For me, some of the more difficult adjustments were the food, the lack of beach, and the language barrier. Despite this, the experience of being in DC is extremely rewarding. DC is a city for foodies, and we know how important food is for us coming from the Caribbean. Additionally, DC offers many diverse experiences, from going to the monuments at night to the cat cafe on M street! Besides the incredible adventures DC has in store for you, Georgetown itself offers a great variety of opportunities for you to explore your passions. For example, this summer I went on a six-week study abroad program to France! It is incredible opportunities like these that truly set Georgetown apart. Plus, on campus, you can find any resource you would ever need, ranging from your advising dean to the Career Center. Georgetown offers an amazing learning environment, as your classes, professors, and even peers will contribute to your growth as a person. I am here to help you throughout your time here at the Hilltop, so feel free to reach out with any questions. Aquí a las órdenes siempre!
E-mail: mcr129@georgetown.edu

RHODE ISLAND

McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Year: 2026
Major: Marketing and Management
Hometown: North Kingstown, RI
High School: North Kingstown High School
Activities: GAAP, Club Volleyball, Innovo Consulting, Hoya Blue, McDonough Women

Hi Rhode Island Hoyas! My name is Cassidy Cole and I am from North Kingstown, Rhode Island. I am currently a freshman in the MSB thinking about double majoring in Marketing and Management. I have lived in Rhode Island my entire life– first in Warwick, then in North Kingstown. Although moving away from RI seemed scary, Georgetown has become a second home for me in the short time I have been here. One of the best things about Georgetown is the amazing community that it fosters. I have met some of the most kind, inspiring, and hard-working people that have helped to make Georgetown feel like home. Another great thing about Georgetown is that there is always something to do. You can explore the monuments and museums in DC, go shopping on M Street, go kayaking on the Potomac River, or find one of the countless events happening on campus. There truly is something for everyone. Overall, deciding to come to Georgetown has been one of the best decisions I have ever made and I hope I can help you to make the same one. If you ever have any questions or just want to chat, please feel free to reach out! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail:  clc312@georgetown.edu

SOUTH CAROLINA

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2024
Major: International Politics
Hometown: Charleston, SC
High School: Academic Magnet School
Activities: GAAP, the 202 Society, Eating Society, Best Buddies, the Tombs, Hoya Blue, Blue and Gray

Hello South Carolinian Hoyas! My name is Mason Leath, and like you I hail from our beautiful state of South Carolina. More specifically I am from Charleston, but I have traveled all over our state—seeing everything from our beautiful coastal beaches to the dramatic mountains visible near Greenville. Coming to Georgetown has been one of the best opportunities of my life, and being in DC has provided me with endless experiences, shaping my personal and professional development. Georgetown has it all—whether you are interested in politics, business, or liberal arts, you will be able to explore all of your interests here in depth. Right now at Georgetown, I am currently a junior studying international politics in the SFS, which has been an incredible academic experience. On campus, some of the activities I am involved in are the 202 Society, Best Buddies, the Tombs, and a local news station. Each of these groups has greatly enriched my experience here, and I highly recommend getting involved in some of the many great extracurriculars that Georgetown has to offer! In coming to Georgetown, you will be surrounded by a vibrant intellectual community that contains some of the biggest movers and shakers of our generation. The passion on campus is palpable, and everyone here is looking to enact positive change—whether that be at Georgetown, home, or abroad. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for anything, and let me know how I can best help YOU in any way related to Georgetown or South Carolina. I look forward to welcoming you and many more South Carolinians to the hilltop! HOYA SAXA my friends!!
E-mail: mpl70@georgetown.edu

SOUTH DAKOTA

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2024
Major: Biology
Hometown: Rapid City, SD
High School: St. Thomas More School
Activities: GAAP, Kappa, Transfer Council, Caring for Children with Cancer, Hoya Helpers, and Club Tennis

Hello future Hoyas! My name is Ainsleigh Scott, and I am from Rapid City, SD. I am a junior in the College studying Biology on the pre-med track. Being from South Dakota, I know everyone stays close to home for college and going so far away seems daunting. However, Georgetown’s many advisors and staff make the transition easier, and the Hilltop is somewhere I am blessed to call home. The reason that I chose Georgetown was that I was looking to experience living in a large city, but New York and Los Angeles seemed too scary. When I visited Georgetown it was nice to feel like I was in a place that had a lot of people, but I still got the classic college campus feel. However, the thing I absolutely love most about Georgetown have to be the life long friends met here that are willing to try anything with me whether that is running around D.C., going to the Georgetown Flea Market, or enjoying a coffee at 11:30 p.m. in the library because we all have a test tomorrow. Georgetown gives me a passion for others, and it offers me opportunities to listen to amazing speakers, meet new people from everywhere, and get to know who you are! Do not hesitate to reach out to me about Georgetown, D.C., or South Dakota! Hoya Saxa, and hope to see you on the Hilltop!
E-mail: als412@georgetown.edu

TENNESSEE

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2024
Major: STIA
Hometown: Brentwood, TN
High School: University School of Nashville
Activities: GAAP, Georgetown Program Board (GPB), Women’s Club Ultimate Frisbee, New Student Orientation (NSO), D.C. Reads, Center for Global Health Science and Security

Hi future Tennessee Hoyas! I’m Hannah Laibinis (she/her/hers) and I’m originally from Brentwood, Tennessee! I’m a junior in the School of Foreign Service studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) with a concentration in Biotechnology and Global Health. I’m also considering minoring in Mandarin Chinese and/or Statistics. Besides serving as a GAAP State Chair, I am president of the Georgetown Program Board (think fun events with free food!), a player on the women’s club ultimate frisbee team, a new student orientation captain, a tutor with D.C. Reads, and a research assistant at the Center for Global Health Science and Security. Living in D.C. is also one of my favorite parts of going to Georgetown. From interning at the U.S. Capitol to studying at the Library of Congress to running to the Lincoln Memorial, there are so many professional and recreational opportunities that you cannot experience anywhere else. Though I definitely miss the nature, music, and food of Tennessee, I have found a second home here in Washington, D.C. at Georgetown. I was definitely nervous about leaving Tennessee and moving to a new city in a different part of the country, but I felt so welcomed into the Georgetown community as soon as I stepped on campus. I have made friends from all over the world, discovered new passions and hobbies, and learned from professors who are experts in their fields. Becoming a Hoya has been the best choice I have ever made! I cannot wait to meet you all and have more Tennessee Hoyas on the Hilltop! If you have any questions, or just want to chat, please feel free to reach out to me! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: hhl11@georgetown.edu

TEXAS

McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Year: 2025
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Frisco, TX
High School: Frisco High School
Activities: GAAP, Georgetown Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union (GUASFCU), Georgetown Marketing Association (GMA), Business Undergraduates Invested in Leadership Development (BUILD), McDonough Women

Hey Texas Hoyas! My name is Daniela Delgado and I’m a sophomore in the McDonough School of Business, majoring in Marketing. I’m also considering pursuing a minor in the Global Business Fellowship. Aside from my involvement with GAAP as Texas State Chair, I am a member of the Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union (the largest student run financial institution in the world!), the Georgetown Marketing Association, and many other fun clubs! Aside from participating in some of our clubs, I like to spend my free time down on M Street, where I love to walk around and shop, and also eat at some of our local restaurants. One of my favorite spots in Georgetown is the Waterfront! There’s nothing like a Texas sunset, but I’d say these ones are pretty close in comparison. The classes at Georgetown are great too! I’ve gotten the chance to learn from some pretty amazing professors, and take classes in subject areas I never would’ve thought to explore before I got here. However I’d say the best part of Georgetown is the people. There are so many people from tons of different backgrounds and walks of life that really help make Georgetown feel like home. Choosing to go so far away from home was hard, but a well-worth decision. Becoming a Hoya has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. If you have any questions, or just want to chat, please feel free to reach out! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: dd1065@georgetown.edu

US VIRGIN ISLANDS

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2025
Major: STIA
Hometown: St. Croix, USVI
High School: Good Hope Country Day School
Activities: GAAP, The Corp, DPE, HASA, DCSP, Hoyas for Choice

Hello future VI Hoyas!!
My name is Saba Alfred and I am a Sophomore in the School of Foreign Service thinking of studying STIA (Science, Technology, and International Affairs) and Spanish! I am from St. Croix but I represent all of the VI here at Georgetown! Moving from a small island to a big city like DC was a big transition as you might expect but I thought the biggest change was going from a place where everyone knows you and your family to a place where you have to introduce yourself to everyone you meet. It might be a hard adjustment at first but I assure you that after New Student Orientation you’ll get the hang of it and be apart of a really cool, nice, diverse, and passionate student body. While I haven’t been here long, I have absolutely loved my time at Georgetown! Some of my favorite experiences have been exploring all the farmers and food markets in DC, going to the sporting events (basketball and soccer are my favorites!), getting Insomnia cookies at 1 am with my friends after studying the night away, exploring coffee shops in the DC area, and weekly movie nights whether its at the AMC or just in the dorm common room. Besides being the GAAP USVI State Chair, I am involved with research at the Center for Global Health, I am apart of the Corp (Snaxa!!), and Hoyas for Slavery Accountability. At Georgetown, there are so many opportunities, on and off campus, to immerse yourself in whatever you’re passionate about and explore new things! There is a place for everyone at Georgetown and I have no doubt that you can find your home on the hilltop. Feel free to reach out with any questions!! I can’t wait to welcome fellow Virgin Islanders to Georgetown! Hoya Saxa!!!
E-mail: sda57@georgetown.edu

UTAH

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2023
Major: International Politics
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
High School: West High School
Activities: GAAP, Asian American Student Association, Eating Society, Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity – Alpha Chapter, Georgetown Collegiate Investors

Hello! My name is Keven, and I’m a senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Politics and minoring in Chinese. I was born and raised in Salt Lake City and I love to ski, cook, and play piano in my free time. On campus, I’m a Co-President of the Asian American Student Association, an orientation advisor for New Student Orientation, and a member of the Eating Society and Georgetown Collegiate Investors. Even though more than half of my past three years at Georgetown have been online, I’ve loved nearly every minute, building genuine friendships that have spanned time and distance and even survived Zoom. Going to school in DC is an absolutely unparalleled experience. It blows my mind that important political developments are constantly happening just a couple miles away and that I can run past the Kennedy Center to the Washington Monument and back in a few hours! DC is a city full of rich culture and I’ve easily spent hours exploring the different neighborhoods, museums, and nightlife. The Georgetown neighborhood is filled with cool storefronts and restaurants, and even the occasional supercar. Life on the hilltop is also great; our smaller campus helps everyone get to know each other and there’s a club for nearly every interest and cultural background! The transition from Utah to DC was a bit of a challenge, but meeting new people and learning interesting subjects from passionate and qualified professors have made it impossible for me to see myself anywhere besides Georgetown. I can’t wait to meet you and introduce new Utah Hoyas to life on campus! Please reach out with any questions. Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: kyz6@georgetown.edu

VERMONT

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2026
Major: Justice and Peace Studies
Hometown: Stowe, VT
High School: Stowe High School
Activities: GAAP, H*yas For Choice, GIVES

Hello fellow Vermonter’s and future Hoyas! My name is Alaena Hunt (she/her/hers) and I am a first year in the College planning on majoring in Justice and Peace Studies with a minor in French. I am from Stowe, Vermont and went to Stowe Elementary, Middle, and High School. At Georgetown I am involved in H*ya’s For Choice, GIVES (Georgetown Individuals Vocal and Energetic for Service), and GAAP (Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program). I also participated in a Pre-Orientation (Leadership and Beyond) so send me an email if you have any questions about pre-o’s! I have wanted to go to Georgetown since I was little, and it did not disappoint. As you can probably guess, there is a lot less skiing, foliage, and maple lattes in D.C, but Georgetown and the D.C. area itself has so much to offer. Going on morning runs along the Potomac or walking around M street with my friends has become some of my favorite things to do. I’m not really a city person, but I have fallen in love with D.C. and the Georgetown community. The professors are all so kind, encouraging, and understanding, and make classes really fun and enjoyable. I came to Georgetown looking for a community that cared as much about the world as I do, and that’s exactly what I found. I have never been surrounded by so many people who I can have exciting and in-depth conversations about topics that range from inequalities in education to the best place to eat at Leo’s (our one and only dining hall here on campus). I know how stressful the college application process can be, so if I can help to ease any of your worries or answer any questions, please reach out to me!
E-mail: alh325@georgetown.edu

VIRGINIA

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Computer Science and Economics
Hometown: Woodbridge, VA
High School: Woodbridge Senior High School
Activities: GAAP, Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society, The Hoya, Scholars of Finance

Hello future Hoyas! I’m Marwa Katir and I’m currently a sophomore in the College studying computer science and economics (tentatively) and minoring in Spanish. I spent my early years in Arlington, VA but now live in Woodbridge. Choosing Georgetown was an incredibly difficult decision for me because I did not want to give my parents the satisfaction of picking a nearby school but, alas, I could not give it up. I loved the idea of cura personalis and I found that Georgetown really goes the extra mile to meet you where you’re at, whether that be spiritually, academically, pre-professionally, or socially. The combination of passionate people, renowned professors, and being situated in DC makes for an incredibly unique and fulfilling college experience. Georgetown really makes you think about the impact that you have on the world, which I have found very unique for STEM majors. I have always loved the many ways I was able to engage with history in Virginia (whether that be Jamestown or Old Town Alexandria), and outside of classes I’ve loved being able to explore DC more deeply and the history that comes along with it. Georgetown allows everyone to find a home on the Hilltop, and I’m incredibly thankful to have found so many different homes.
E-mail: mk2008@georgetown.edu

WASHINGTON

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Olympia, WA
High School: Olympia High School
Activities: GAAP, Ultimate Frisbee, Jumpstart, Department of Performing Arts, Kappa Alpha Theta, H*yas for Choice

Hello future Hoyas!! Greetings from the other Washington! I’m Phoebe Chartock (she/her) and I’m a sophomore from Olympia, Washington in the College, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Performing Arts and Women’s and Gender Studies. I’m super excited to meet all of you and hear what you’re excited for here on the Hilltop! One of the best things about the Georgetown experience is that there’s a place/group for absolutely everyone, no matter your passions and interests. Some of the campus organizations I’m involved in are the Georgetown Jumpstart, Ultimate Frisbee, the Performing Arts Department, and of course GAAP! I also love getting to explore DC with my friends; the cherry blossoms in the springtime, seeing Hadestown at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and exploring the local farmer’s markets have been some of my favorite DC memories! Coming from across the country from a massive public high school, I had really overwhelming feelings before arriving at Georgetown for my first year, and I almost decided to delay a year. Reflecting now, I cannot believe how much has changed since then, and how settled and happy I am to be here, every day. The opportunities that are constantly available here (educational, career, and social) are some of the most exciting benefits. One of the best resources by far in the arrival process was the kindness of my academic dean, professors, and the other students I was meeting, coming from all over the globe with all kinds of different experiences. The process of choosing a college and settling into a new home is intense, but so wonderful and worth it, and I’ll be so excited to hear about your experiences. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or worries, or just to talk! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail:  pfc44@georgetown.edu

WEST VIRGINIA

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2023
Major: International Politics
Hometown: Charleston, WV
High School: George Washington High School
Activities: ESCAPE, Call your Mother, Catholic Faith Communities, Georgetown Running Club, Best Buddies, and The Georgetown Voice

Hello from the Hilltop!! My name is Adam Pack and I’m a senior in the School of Foreign Service studying international politics and Chinese. Before coming to Georgetown, I lived in Charleston all my life and attended George Washington High School. Go Patriots! Georgetown has had so much more to offer than my high school education afforded me. In my four years on campus, I’ve been involved with campus ministry, student-run newspapers, club running, dance showcases, part-time coffee shop gigs and so much more. There are unlimited opportunities for you to get involved on campus and find something that interests you. The course list is so varied that if you’ve been eager to study a certain subject or field I’ll bet you Georgetown has a class on it! Many of the classes I’ve taken, such as World War One-era art and literature, US-China relations, and the writings of Flannery O’Connor have changed the way I think about the world. Not to mention the faculty at Georgetown who bring incredible amounts of energy and passion to the classroom that every lecture and class discussion is engaging. There are also countless opportunities to continue learning outside of the classroom. Because of Georgetown’s prime location in Washington, DC, hundreds of government officials, business leaders, academics, and best-selling authors come to campus every year to engage with the student body and further our education. For me, the best part about attending Georgetown has been my fellow students. I’ve never met such thoughtful, inquisitive, and kind people anywhere else. Since coming to the hilltop for GAAP weekend I’ve been in love with Georgetown—the campus, the opportunities, the people. Please reach out if you have any questions about life at Georgetown or just wanna talk. I’d love to chat. Hoya Saxa!!
E-mail: ap1386@georgetown.edu

WISCONSIN

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Government
Hometown: Appleton, WI
High School: Appleton North High School
Activities: GAAP, HOPE, The Hoya, GUCD, GREEN

Hoya Saxa to my fellow Wisconsinites! My name is Sarah Sisto (she/her), and I am a sophomore in the College, studying Government and considering a minor in Business Studies and Spanish. I was born in Menomonee Falls, WI, but I moved up to Appleton for high school! Living right in Packer Country has solidified my status as a football superfan, so while I can’t wear my cheesehead to Georgetown games, you can find me cheering the Hoyas on! I’m a member of the social section for one of our school newspapers, The Hoya. I’m also a part of HOPE, a homelessness outreach program, and GREEN, a club dedicated to sustainable practices on campus. Along with helping prospective and admitted students through GAAP, I’m also a part of New Student Orientation for incoming freshmen and transfers. I’m a huge coffee addict, so I’ve spent my fair share of time exploring and ranking the coffee shops in Georgetown and the surrounding neighborhoods. While DC is a huge change from the suburbs of Wisconsin, I’ve loved taking advantage of all the great things DC has to offer, like concerts at Capital One Arena, the various weekly markets around the city, and late-night picnics at the monuments. So while the cheese scene here is sorely lacking, I have loved my time here on the Hilltop so far! I’ve been able to find a strong sense of community and purpose here at Georgetown. With incredible professors and advisors along with passionate students from around the world, there really is no other place like it! I would love to see more Wisconsinites around campus, so please feel free to contact me with any questions! Whether about classes, living in DC, or the most recent Packer game!
E-mail: sis41@georgetown.edu

WYOMING

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2026
Major: Biology
Hometown: Jackson Hole, WY
High School: Appleton North High School
Activities: GAAP, GUWIL

Hi future Wyoming Hoyas! My name is Kate Frederick, I was born and raised in Jackson Hole and attended Jackson Hole High School. I am a first year in the College studying biology and am currently on the pre-med track but have also been looking into a potential STIA (Science, Technology, and International Affairs) minor! Though it was a bit of a cultural shock moving away from my small mountain town to Washington D.C, it is already clear this was the best choice I could have made in pursuing my academic career. As someone who also attended a public high school I know the thought of transitioning to a school with such high academic rigor can be intimidating, however, I’m confident in Georgetown’s plethora of resources and amazing professors that upholding academic success throughout the year is well within reach. Georgetown is nothing short of exemplary in every aspect of both campus life and academics. Living in Wyoming, my exposure to other cultures, lifestyles, and people in general was certainly not vast. However, since coming to Georgetown I’ve found myself enthralled with learning more about life outside of the rather rural west and truly cannot say enough about how impactful and informative this experience has already been for me — I seriously cannot wait to continue meeting more people and hearing more stories. You’ll frequently find me trying to justify that Wyoming is in fact a real place where real people live, trying to explain where I live in relation to Yellowstone (as that is frequently the only point of reference for living in Wyoming), or trying to find a better way to tell people where I call home without referencing the “ye mountains” seen on Kanye’s “Ye” album cover. As I continue to learn more about people from not just all over the country, but all over the world I will continue to preach that Wyoming is in fact the best state and I cannot wait for you to join me on this endeavor. I’ll be excitedly awaiting the arrival of fellow Wyoming-ites to the hilltop next fall so please feel free to reach out! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: kmf158@georgetown.edu


Transfer Chairs

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2023
Major: History and Art History
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Previous Institution: Boston University
Activities: GAAP, Nomadic Theater, The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, SAPE, Georgetown Environment Initiative, Cornerstone mentor

Hello future Hoyas! My name is Marion Cassidy and I’m currently a Junior in the College studying History and Art History with a minor in Theater and Performance Studies. I’m from Brooklyn, New York and transferred from Boston University. Everyone has their own transfer journey and I was certainly on the fence about whether I should transfer, but for me, Georgetown was a better fit. I was drawn to Georgetown due to its ambitious students, incredible location, liberal arts education, and community values. Transferring during a pandemic was definitely challenging, but I’ve been impressed by the camaraderie of everyone at this school, both students and faculty. I’m involved with Nomadic Theater, a fellow at the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, a Sexual Assault Peer Educator (SAPE), and work for the Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI). When I was choosing whether to come to Georgetown I called with several GAAP transfer chairs and it really helped me make my decision. I’d love to talk to prospective transfers about anything Georgetown related as well as the transfer process and adjustment that comes with it!
E-mail: mec376@georgetown.edu

School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2024
Major: Culture and Politics
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Previous Institution: Bauxite High School
Activities: GAAP, GIRC, The Women’s Network, GSP

Hi future Hoyas! My name is Zoee Clifton, and I am currently a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service. I entered Georgetown as a sophomore transfer in the fall of 2021, after spending my first year at another university. Here at Georgetown, I plan on majoring in Culture and Politics and minoring in French. While I loved my old university, I knew that Georgetown was where I needed to be in order to better understand my passions and how they translate into a career path. And, although I just recently arrived, I have already made progress towards doing so! While being a transfer student is undoubtedly daunting, the support I have received is truly unparalleled. From the moment I was accepted, I have been in communication with my academic advising dean and not one, not two, but three (!!!) peer advisors! Further, I am currently a resident in the Transfer Living Learning Community (LLC) in McCarthy Hall, where I get to live with fellow transfer students. This is where I have found some of my closest friends and strongest support systems. There’s never a lack of activity in our common room, and, in fact, it’s so popular that it’s not uncommon to see friends from other residence halls around campus hanging out there! I’m also involved with GAAP, Georgetown International Relations Club, The Women’s Network, and the Georgetown Scholars Program. Outside of classes, clubs, and the never-ending opportunities to be involved on the Hilltop, I enjoy taking time to explore DC and all that it has to offer. One of my favorite things to do so far has been ‘monumenting’ (aka going to the monuments late at night). It sounds crazy, but it’s actually super fun! I look forward to sharing all of my favorite spots here in DC and hope to speak with you soon! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: znc6@georgetown.edu

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2024
Major: Comparative Literature
Hometown: New York, NY
Previous Institution: McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Activities: GAAP, AASA-PAC, The Anthem, GAFAS

Hello! My name is August and I’m a sophomore in the College majoring in Comparative Literature. I attended my freshman year of college at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, transferring to Georgetown for the fall of my sophomore year. Transferring schools was a big decision for me, and it certainly paid off! One of the things I have loved most about Georgetown is the accessibility of academic advising, it’s so simple to email my academic advisors or dean with questions about courses to take or building a schedule. As a Chinese-adoptee, I was also super impressed to learn that there is an affinity club for adopted students: GAFAS, the Georgetown Alliance of Fostered and Adoptee Students. It is communities such as these that have made my first semester at Georgetown such a wonderful experience! I’d love to talk with prospective Hoyas about campus life, academics, and my own experience as a transfer student. My Please email me if you’d like to get in touch! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: azc7@georgetown.edu

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2023
Major: Government
Hometown: Dubai, UAE
Previous Institution: University College, London
Activities: GAAP, The Voice, NSO, GU Bipartisan Coalition, MSA, SAS

Hello future Hoyas! My name is Kulsum and I am a junior in the College majoring in government and minoring in Arabic and Public Health. I began my college career at University College London studying history, but quickly realized that I was craving the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects and experience a campus university. It’s for these reasons that I chose to apply to Georgetown and the College specifically. Other than being involved in GAAP, I am an Assistant Editor for the opinion section of the Georgetown student magazine The Voice. I was also an Orientation Advisor during New Student Orientation (NSO), and am part of the GU Bipartisan Coalition and several cultural clubs. I was undoubtedly nervous about transferring to Georgetown because I would be changing both universities and academic systems. However, Georgetown is the most welcoming community I’ve ever been a part of. The transfer community here is particularly strong, and I’ve made some of my best friends among people I met on my first day. As an international student, I have loved exploring D.C. and other parts of the east coast. D.C. is a fascinating city, and there’s so much to explore, even just around Georgetown. I know that I made the best possible decision when I decided to apply to Georgetown, and I would love to talk to any of you about the transfer process! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any and all questions you might have. Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: kzg2@georgetown.edu

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2022
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Cape Cod, MA
Previous Institution: Cornell University
Activities: GAAP, The Hoya, Kappa Alpha Theta, GUSHME

Hi, future Hoyas! My name is Kaia and I’m from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I’m a senior studying psychology on the pre-med track and I transferred to Georgetown during my junior fall from Cornell University. Transferring was an immense undertaking and I’m sure any other transfer student can relate to this. But, I can 100% assure you that it is so worth it in the end! And, being a transfer student has given me an entirely new identity as a college student, and it’s something I wear with pride. It’s also exposed me to a myriad of perspectives that continue to influence me. As a new Hoya, I made sure to join as many clubs as I could, which has truly helped me integrate into the Georgetown community. Although I had the unique experience of starting at a brand-new school from home in a virtual capacity during the height of the pandemic, I was struck by how immediately welcomed I felt at Georgetown. The fact that I was able to meet friends (some of whom are now my roommates!) over Zoom speaks to the fact that Georgetown is a vibrant community of down-to-earth and enthusiastic people. I am always so amazed by my peers because of their genuine curiosity, passion for innovation, sheer compassion, and diverse interests. Now a senior and fully immersed on campus, I love Georgetown even more and am so happy to have found a home here. Georgetown, located in the metropolitan D.C., is also a cozy and beautiful campus with its very own bustling community — I feel like I get to enjoy the best of both worlds that is urban and suburban at the same time! All in all, I feel like I’ve been pushed beyond the bounds of my comfort zone on various levels here at Georgetown, which I know has made me grow as a person; I’m so grateful for everything Georgetown has given me within the past year and I would love to speak with you about transferring or about Georgetown in general! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: kch80@georgetown.edu (new window) 

School of Continuing Studies (SCS)
Year: 2023
Major: Liberal Studies
Hometown: Dartmouth, MA
Previous Institution: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Activities: GAAP, Hoya Blue, GU Space Initiative

Hello prospective Hoyas! My name is Shane and I am currently a junior in the School of Continuing Studies pursuing an individualized concentration in business. I attended my first two years of college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and transferred to Georgetown University the fall of my junior year. While it was tough to leave UMass, life on the hilltop has been awesome. I really appreciate how Georgetown offers small class sizes and a campus feel all while being located in a major metropolitan city. In addition to GAAP, I have become involved in Hoya Blue and the Georgetown University Space Initiative. Because of the school’s location, I have also had the opportunity to spend time working on Capitol Hill while completing my studies. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like to talk about campus life, the transfer process, or anything else. Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: scr84@georgetown.edu

McDonough School of Business (MSB) 
Year: 2022
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Lorton, VA
Previous University: South County High School
Activities: GAAP, Entertainment & Media Alliance, GAAP, Independent Magazine, The Women’s Network

Hey, future Hoyas! My name is Arushi Sharma and I am a senior in the McDonough School of Business, studying Marketing. The idea of transferring going into my junior year was scary. How would I catch up in my coursework? How would I make new friends? Well, within a week of my acceptance letter, my advisor transferred my credits over and made a personalized academic course plan for my next two years. Every transfer was eager to meet and to go out to explore all the famous restaurants in Georgetown. And every current Hoya was so excited to share their love for Georgetown and to help me get involved in the over 350 organizations on campus. I transferred because of the vast amount of career development opportunities Georgetown offers, industry specific coursework like Luxury Marketing that you cannot find anywhere else, the gorgeous scenic beauty of the campus overlooking the Potomac river, and a catalog of unimaginable study abroad experiences, some of which don’t even require more than one prerequisite. But I now call Georgetown University my home because of the Hoyas who have pushed me to be stronger not only academically, but socially, Hoyas who have made me feel like I was a part of them from day one, professors who have the funniest career anecdotes, and a campus that makes you feel safe but has open doors to not only Fortune 100 companies, but the best restaurants, monuments, and museums the country has to offer. I can go on and on about why I love Georgetown so please reach out about transferring. I hope to see you on the Hilltop soon and Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: as4709@georgetown.edu


International Chairs

ASIA

School of Nursing and Health Sciences (NHS)
Year: 2024
Major: Human Science, Pre-med
Hometown: Dubai
High School: American School of Dubai
Activities: GAAP, Arab Society, Georgetown UNICEF

Hello future Hoyas!!! My name is Tuana and I am currently a sophomore and a Pre-med Human Science major in the School of Nursing and Health Studies (NHS). I’m ethnically Turkish and Lebanese, but spent my first 12 years growing up in Bahrain before finishing middle and high school in Dubai. I remember the daunting college application process and the anxiety/uncertainty it came with as if it were yesterday, and I couldn’t be happier to be part of this team to help ease the stress that comes with it. As an international student, being so far away from home is hard sometimes, but Georgetown made the distance feel as comfortable as possible – the community and diversity that this school holds is unlike anything I have experienced, and there is genuinely a place for everyone here. In addition, your academic advisors are truly there to support your every need and guide you through every uncertainty, whether it’s school related or not. I struggled a lot on my path as a Pre-med student this year and almost gave up, but after several conversations and constant support from my dean, I embraced the challenge with open arms and am grateful to complete my first in-person semester in the same major and school. Georgetown was my dream school, and it’s safe to say that my experience here so far has definitely lived up to my expectations. As you go through this process, I only wish the same for you! Please do not hesitate to reach out to chat or ask any questions you may have in mind. We are all here to support you. Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: tf511@georgetown.edu

School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS)
Year: 2025
Major: Health Care Management & Policy (HCMP)
Hometown: Singapore / Jakarta, Indonesia
High School: United World College of South East Asia – Dover Campus
Activities: GAAP, AASA-PRG, Club Singapore, Heroes for Hearts

Hey, future Hoyas! My name is Nicole, and I’m a freshman in the NHS. I’m currently majoring in HCMP on the Management track, but I’m thinking of switching to Computer Science with a minor in Public Health. Though I’m Chinese-Indonesian, I spent a large part of my life in Singapore after living in Jakarta, so I consider both places to be my home. The process of committing to any school is daunting, but Georgetown provides a comprehensive support network of academic advisors, peer advisors, and international advisors to help make your transition easier — so hang tight, you’re in good hands! Additionally, because Georgetown has a relatively small undergraduate population size, it’s much easier to connect with professors and TAs alike and find a tight-knit community. This is even more apparent in the NHS, which is the smallest school within Georgetown. Also, with the abundance of classes on offer, Georgetown offers the perfect environment to explore your academic interests (which is how I kickstarted my passion for coding). Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about campus life, academics, or anything else! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: ngg19@georgetown.edu

School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2025
Major: Undeclared
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
High School: Seoul Foreign School
Activities: GAAP, Georgetown Eco-Consultants, Vibe, AASA, KSA, Think

Hello future Hoyas! My name is Madeline Lee and I’m a freshman in the SFS. I was born and raised in Seoul, but also I lived in Virginia and Toronto. I am currently undeclared as I plan on majoring in Global Business, but I am also interested in applying to the BSBGA program. As an international student, it was difficult for me to hear from current students about their experience at Georgetown and I didn’t get the chance to visit the campus before NSO, so I was definitely nervous coming to college. However, just a few months on the Hilltop made me realize that coming to Georgetown was one of the best decisions I’ve made. The tight-knit community is extremely welcoming and supportive and the diverse student organizations and clubs has not only allowed me to further develop my passions, but also discover new interests. As Georgetown is located in the heart of the capital, there is always something to do off-campus such as going to a museum, taking the GUTS bus to Dupont Circle or walking around the waterfront. On campus, I talk to prospective international students in GAAP, work for organizations such as the Potomac River Keepers Network in Georgetown Eco-Consultants, dance at Vibe, socialize with fellow Asian-American and Korean students in AASA and KSA, and fundraise for North Korean defectors in Think. If you are wondering if you are a good fit for the school, what academic and non-academic opportunities the school offers or just want to chat, please feel free to reach out! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: rl1043@georgetown.edu

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2025
Major: Undeclared
Hometown: Wuhan, China
High School: Wuhan Britain-China School
Activities: GAAP, MUN

I’m Cameron Li, a freshman in the SFS and currently undecided about my major. I’m from Wuhan, China and I attended high school back home. I find the core curriculum especially helpful for finding a true academic interest. I’m also involved in MUN on campus. Back in high school I never thought I would end up on the Hilltop but now I’m proud to call it home. Coming from a not-as-international city, I felt that applying to colleges in the US was especially hard. I’d be more than willing to share my advice on applications so feel free to reach out! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: xl610@georgetown.edu

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Economics
Hometown: Shanghai, China
High School: Fudan University/Sidwell Friends School
Activities: GAAP, Vibe_, Model UN/International Relations Club, Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society

Hi future Hoyas! My name is Penny and I’m a freshman in the College potentially studying Economics. I was born and raised in Shanghai, China. Coming from a non-English speaking high school, I know it could seem intimidating having to adjust to a completely new college environment, both academically and culturally. Therefore, I am here to help and I would love to share with you my Georgetown experience. Georgetown is a welcoming place that has so much to offer – classes, clubs, social events, pre-professional opportunities – and everyone can find a community with those who share the same interests. On the Hilltop, you can find me making friends from all over the world at IRC, practicing Kpop dance with Vibe’s performance group, stage managing Mask and Bauble’s show, exploring museums in DC, and checking out Chinese restaurants in the neighborhood. Please feel free to reach out with any questions and I would love to share more about life at Georgetown! Good luck and Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: fl466@georgetown.edu (new window)

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2023
Major: Business and Global Affairs
Hometown: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
High School: Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong
Activities: GAAP, International Student Association, International New Student Orientation, SFS Peer Advisors, Bossier Magazine

Hey, future international Hoyas! My name is Aiganym, and I am a third-year student pursuing a dual degree in Business and Global Affairs between the Walsh School of Foreign Service and the McDonough School of Business with a minor in Economics. I am originally from Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, but I spent the last two years of high school in a Hong Kong international boarding school. I remember being in your shoes three years ago and how incredibly excited (and nervous!) I felt about choosing a university. While Georgetown had been my dream school for a long time, I did not expect it to exceed my expectations the way it did. The university community is something a lot of my peers would highlight because it is truly unique – there is a place in it for everyone. Expect to learn more about the world and yourself not only through your classes with leading experts in your field but also through your daily interactions with other Hoyas as you explore the nation’s capital together. Some of my favorite Georgetown memories involve trying out new restaurants or visiting museums around DC with my friends. In addition, the variety of clubs on campus will allow you to try out new hobbies (or consolidate your current ones) – and if you don’t find something you like, you can always start your own club! Besides being involved with GAAP, I am a member of different cultural clubs (including the International Student Association), and I occasionally write for the on-campus feminist magazine, Bossier. I also serve as an International Ambassador within the OGS to help welcome new international students on campus every semester. So feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns – from coming to the US for college to class recommendations – I’d be delighted to help!
E-mail: an800@georgetown.edu

Georgetown McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Year: 2025
Major: Undeclared
Hometown: Yangon, Myanmar
High School: International School of Myanmar
Activities: GAAP, DCivitas Consulting, CSA, BuSA

Hi everyone! I’m Yoon, a freshman in the Mcdonough School of Business (MSB). I‘m from Yangon, Myanmar and spent my entire academic life at a K-12 international school there, so I knew that going to college overseas would be a huge change. I was exactly in your shoes just a year ago, conflicted on which school to commit to. But Georgetown and the community of students and faculty here have made the college experience super delightful and rewarding so far and I have truly never felt more welcomed. At Georgetown, you have access to many one of a kind opportunities, whether it be attending speaker events featuring prominent figures like Hillary Clinton or consulting for local or international nonprofits as part of your First-Year Seminar Social Impact Consulting Project. I’ve also had the chance to connect with Hoyas from around the world through my Literature and Writing class which is specifically designed for internationals, and also through events hosted by clubs like the International Student Association and the McDonough Global Student Association. In addition to being an International Chair for GAAP, I am also a Marketing Specialist for the student-run consulting club DCivitas and am also part of the Chinese Student Association and Buddhist Student Association. I know that choosing to further your education abroad is a huge commitment for any student so do reach out to me if you have any questions about the college application/decision-making process, the visa process, or about Georgetown/DC in general!
E-mail: yo122@georgetown.edu

Georgetown College (COL)
Year: 2025
Major: Economics
Hometown: Shanghai, China
High School: Shanghai YK Pao School
Activities: GAAP, Georgetown Collegiate Investors, CSSA, AASA, International Relation Club

Hello future Hoyas! My name is John (Qi Ang) Yang. I was born and raised in Shanghai, China. Before coming to Georgetown, I attended YK Pao School in Shanghai. I’m currently a freshman in the College. Given that freshmen can’t declare a major yet, I’m still undecided. But I will be double majoring in economics and computer science. One year ago, I was in your shoes, unable to decide what I wanted to major in and wondering what college life would be like. No worries! Georgetown’s core requirements allowed me to explore fields that I’ve never thought about doing. It was challenging to discuss religious issues in a Problem of God class or to analyze a cuisine in a food study class. However, they all provide diverse perspectives to help you find your true passion. If you are still unsure or hesitating, Georgetown will be a great place for you to explore your academic passion. Life on the hilltop is much more than academic. On campus, I’m the Outreach chair of the Chinese Student and Scholar Association, in which I manage the association’s partnerships with more than 20 sponsors including LinkedIn China and Bank of China. I’m also a member of the Georgetown Collegiate Investor club, which is a student-run, student-funded investment fund on campus. Please feel free to reach out to talk about the pre-professional culture on campus if you are interested. Of Course, as an international Chair of GAAP, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Georgetown life and this caring community. Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: qy80@georgetown.edu (new window)

EUROPE

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2025
Major: International Politics/Regional and Comparative Studies
Hometown: London, UK
High School: TASIS England
Activities: GAAP, GeorgetownDC Reads, The Hoya, IRC

Hello prospective Hoyas! My name is Josh and I am currently a Freshmen in the School of Foreign Service with an intended major of International Politics or Regional and Comparative Studies with a focus in East Asia. Besides GAAP, I am also involved with The Hoya, DC Reads, and International Relations Club! I was born just outside of London (Kingston-upon-Thames), but was raised in the US (Philadelphia/northern NJ) and Singapore as well. I am currently based outside of London in Surrey. Having grown up abroad and applying to college as an international student, the application process seemed daunting as I would be living so far away from home. Nevertheless, trading London for DC has been an amazing opportunity that I am incredibly grateful for, and I feel that I have truly found my home in the Georgetown community. I love the campus spirit that I encounter everyday at Georgetown and the sense of pride that comes with being a Hoya in an incredibly supportive community. Despite only being a Freshmen, I know that I have already made friends for life and I hope to inspire future Hoyas to make the most of the wonderful college experience that Georgetown has to offer. I would be more than happy to answer any questions about applying to college as an international student, life at Georgetown, or just questions about transitioning to university in general! Please feel free to reach out and I look forward to seeing you on the Hilltop soon!
E-mail: jjf106@georgetown.edu

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2025
Major: International Politics
Hometown: France
High School: Lycée International Victor Hugo
Activities: GAAP, Philodemic Society, Boardgame Club

Hello future Hoyas! My name is Liam. I am originally from California, but when I was 11 I moved to France. I lived there for seven years and attended the British International Option of the French Baccalaureate in a lycee in Toulouse. Now, I am a first-year in the School of Foreign Service Class of 2025. I’m studying International Politics and doing a certificate in Diplomacy, reflecting my international experiences and my deep passion for politics, which developed with my high school engagement in activities such as Model United Nations. But on campus, I’m involved in student organizations such as the Georgetown Admissions Ambassadors Program, the Philodemic Society (our debating club), and the Boardgame club. After graduating, I hope to become a foreign service officer for the Department of State to work in the American foreign service corps. Georgetown prepares its student well for the careers they choose to pursue, with their excellent professors and classes and their fantastic research and internship opportunities. I’ve always been very interested in philosophy, politics, and debating, and I believe I’ve found a home on the hilltop. There are many student organizations on campus, which I encourage all of you to check out. For me, the clubs I chose really helped me to find my place here. As an international student, I find it helpful to remember that many others are in the same situation you are in and you’ll always have amazing support. Everyone is nervous regardless of their origins, but we all eventually find our place. Georgetown will definitely be one of the most memorable experiences in your lives, whether it’s meeting Hillary Clinton in Healy Hall, doing an all-nighter with your friends at Lauinger Library, or exploring the wonderful city of Washington, DC. If you have any questions about anything or just want to talk about your experiences, email me. Don’t hesitate to reach out! See you on the Hilltop! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: los11@georgetown.edu

LATIN AMERICA

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2024
Major: International Political Economy (IPEC)
Hometown: Lima, Peru
High School: Colegio Nuestra Señora del Carmen – Carmelitas
Activities: GAAP, Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society, Catholic Ministry, and the International Relations Club (IRC)

Queridos futuros Hoyas, I’m Renato Llontop, a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service from Lima, Peru. Coming to Georgetown has been such a wonderful experience, especially after finally meeting many of my peers from the virtual world in real life. I’m currently majoring in International Political Economy and minoring in Math with a possible certificate in International Business Diplomacy. As an international student, transition to Georgetown was not complicated as you might think: my American friends were comprehensive enough up to the point of teaching me some American traits and, at the same time, the cultural richness that arises from the big international student community in this campus makes everybody feel welcome. Georgetown’s location in DC makes the college experience even more enjoyable, as there are tons of opportunities to do in the area from a personal and professional point of view. I think that one of the things that makes this place unique is the people you get to know, from your classmates to the workers, and that’s something that no matter the distance traveled and the time lived, it will always be there. Applying to Georgetown was an adventure, as not many students from my high school were used to applying to schools abroad. Please, let me know if you have any questions about the process and Georgetown life in general. I will be more than happy to help and make sure your time of getting to know Georgetown is as enjoyable as possible. ¡Fuerte abrazo y Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: rjl97@georgetown.edu

NORTH AMERICA

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2024
Major: Culture and Politics (CULP)
Hometown: Vancouver, Canada / Hong Kong
High School: St Michaels University School
Activities: GAAP, ASK Tutor Program, Georgetown Strategy Group, Club Badminton, Club Field Hockey, Resident Assistant

Hi future Hoyas! My name is Jessie and I am a sophomore in the SFS majoring in Culture and Politics and minoring in philosophy. I was born and raised in Hong Kong but have always gone between the big city and Vancouver, Canada – so I consider them both my home. I committed to Georgetown during COVID without ever seeing the campus before, but this year has definitely been an unforgettable one so far. In addition to GAAP, I’m involved in educational work (my academic interest) through Georgetown Strategy Group and the ASK Tutor Program, stay active with the club badminton and field hockey teams, and help freshmen out as a RA. One of the things I have really loved about Georgetown is its academic flexibility. My internal transfer from the College to the SFS has allowed me to tailor my concentration towards education design and social justice, two things that I could equally focus on in the SFS’s interdisciplinary major. Small classes and professor accessibility have really allowed me to get the most out of my experience at Georgetown. If you have any questions about academics, F-1 visas, residential life, or just want to chat, don’t hesitate to reach out to me! See you all soon 🙂
E-mail: jc3182@georgetown.edu

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Year: 2025
Major: International Political Economy (IPEC)
Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
High School: West Point Grey Academy
Activities: GAAP, Hoya Blue, AASA, IRC, Outdoors Club, Intramural Sports

Hey future Hoyas! My name is Jeremy and I’m currently a freshman in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Political Economy. I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. On-campus I’m involved in most things active. Recently I was able to travel with our student section club, Hoya Blue, to North Carolina and cheer on our men’s soccer team in the national college cup. Being from Canada, we’ll have a little bit of a different path and requirements than other international students, but the transition is truly seamless to life on the hilltop. Whether you’re working on your visa or settling into life on campus, you’ll have a great support network wherever you look. Even though it’s only my first year, Georgetown has really lived up to my expectations. If you have questions about absolutely anything, or just want to chat, my email is jhf64@georgetown.edu. Please don’t hesitate to reach out! Hoya Saxa!
E-mail: jhf64@georgetown.edu