Well folks, it’s that time of year. We’ve come to the last installment of our column.
We will spare you the inner existential turmoil all this is causing us, and instead leave you with a compilation of our best stuff. Similar to the way we are trying to cram all the good of Georgetown in our last few weeks here, this is our last attempt to cram in our best advice about how to navigate this place we call the Hilltop. The following is a simple listicle (because we are lazy millennials and listicles are fun) detailing our best wisdom and advice for you to consider during your time here:
Befriend a Jesuit. We can’t stress this one enough. Even if you haven’t had one as a professor, knock on a door, attend a cookie night, whatever. The Jesuits are awesome; they’re people just like us but with extra insight into just about everything.
Chill out every once in a while. You will not remember the night you had to stay up late to finish a paper, but you will remember the spontaneous fun you had. Take a midnight walk to the monuments, have a wild night with friends, storm the White House and leave the paper at home.
Ask for help when you need it. There are people all over campus (not just in those places marked as resources for students) who really want to help you. Find a dream team of advisers, mentors, counselors and wise friends at Georgetown. How do you find them? Start talking.
Take a class just because you think it sounds interesting (even if you know nothing about the topic and it doesn’t count for anything). Pro tip: If you’re in the College, “Fundamentals of Finance” is both fun and useful.
Walk up to the front gates or up the Lau steps and stop and pause and take in a deep breath of gratitude every once in a while, but don’t step on the seal when you get to Healy. Seriously, don’t do it.
Develop friend crushes, and act on them; that cool kid in one of your classes? Ask him or her to coffee to get to know him or her better as a person and don’t think too much into it. Chances are he or she will probably think you are just as cool as you think he or she is.
Show support for a cause that has absolutely nothing to do with you; join a march, attend an event, donate money to something that doesn’t serve you directly, but that you believe in.
Go to those random lecture events in the evenings such as poetry reading and business panels. These extra opportunities to learn are one of the most rewarding, unique things about college and you’ll miss them when you’re gone. Take advantage of the fact that we have some of the most interesting speakers taking Gaston stage.
Know D.C.; see the sights, eat the food, do an internship and give back to the community. Don’t just “break the bubble” by going to Busboys and Poets one night but spend time learning about the city, the people who live here and the issues that are important to the community.
The Hot Chick is the hidden gem of Wisey’s. Beats the Chicken Madness every time.
Grapple with spirituality — go to a religious service from a tradition different than your own. Go to a religious service you think you’ll hate. Read books, talk to professors. You don’t need to come away with answers, just face the hard questions. Pro tip: 7:30p.m. Sunday Mass is one of our favorites.
As always, you’re free to take what we’ve written here, or leave it. These are some of the lessons that worked for us, or at least, they would have if we’d taken our own advice, so we hope they are helpful to you. If we have any final words of wisdom they are this: The common denominator between all Georgetown students is the incredible privilege we have to live and learn in this space.
Take full advantage of this privilege. Spend your days here soaking knowledge in, giving energy and ideas back, questioning the status quo, as well as your own assumptions. Reflect on your experiences, play, make lifelong friends and leave this place in a better state than you found it and as a better person than you’ve ever been.
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