"Trust Me, It Gets Easier" By Olivia S.
Dear New Transfer,
As you enter the front gates and look up at Healy Clock Tower, hearing the bells ring on the first day, you’ll wonder why you decided to do this again.
You have made the decision to come to Georgetown and start your collegiate career over again. After going through the college applications a second time, you’re finally here, and I’ll tell you why you’ve made the best decision of your life.
You’ll step onto campus initially feeling lost – physically and academically. You feel like a total freshman because you don’t know how to navigate the ICC and Leo’s. You’ll sit in class, feel the syllabus hit you like a brick, and think that everyone is smarter than you. But over time, you’ll realize your past experiences only made you wiser and you’ll break out of your shell. You’ll begin to speak up in class, find that perfect study method and spot in Lau, familiarize yourself with campus, and in no time, be the one guiding others when they feel lost.
You’ll say you’re a transfer – over and over and over again. You’ve been marked a “transfer” and feel obligated to tell everyone that you are, and why you left your previous school. You’re grouped with transfers all the time and you may even live on the transfer floor in McCarthy. Sometimes you’ll wonder if you will ever assimilate with the “regular” Georgetown students (you will). Only your fellow transfers will understand why you came to Georgetown, and they won’t even ask you the backstory of why you left because they respect your decision regardless of what it was. You’ll also find out that your fellow transfers are the best people around you, and will be your friends for life. You’re in this together.
You’ll immediately feel like you need to find a job. If you’re interested in business, you’ll put on a suit jacket or a blazer on the second day of class and go to your first recruiting session. You’ll start studying for the LSAT and MCAT during the first month of school and realize that you have to balance labs, essays, and practice tests all at the same time. It’s all so daunting. But you’re more prepared than you think. You won’t regret how much you learn in such a short period of time about the industry that you’re interested in. You’ll score high on your tests and interview left and right, and Georgetown will make sure you will have a place to go after you graduate in two or three years.
You’ll feel alone at times. Maybe this is the first time you’ve actually lived in a dorm or experienced living away from home. You’re forced to engage in icebreakers and to make friends – AGAIN. You’ll be thrown into the Georgetown club and organization culture and be totally perplexed by the whole process. But you’ll decide to study abroad in a miraculous place and meet so many cool people. You’ll find a club that you love, and in the next year ultimately end up on the Executive Board. You’ll talk to your brilliant professors who will watch out for you. You’ll sit next to someone in class who has been at Georgetown since freshman year and she’ll invite you to lunch just to get to know you. You’ll walk back to your dorm and see your transfer roommate, and realize you’re never alone while you’re here.
You’ll balance a hard course load, being forced to speak up in class, late nights, an obscene amount of group projects, Tombs, 17 different clubs, a part-time internship, amazing friends, finding love, incredible speakers and events, and wonderful professors. You will learn so much about yourself in your first year here and how strong you are. You’ll find it overwhelming at times, but step back and realize where you are. Put aside your worries for a second and say to yourself, “I’m at Georgetown, I deserve to be here, and this will be the best experience of my life.”
And trust me, it gets easier.
Olivia Sem (MSB ‘17)