“You made the right choice” by Catherine C.
Dear Georgetown Transfer,
Welcome to the Hilltop! Home to Jack the Bulldog, dozens of notable alumni, and you!
Georgetown can be overwhelming, and being thrown into a new school as a sophomore or junior can be tough. Seeing everyone around you saying hello to, what seems like, any and everyone and the groups of friends formed on a freshman floor can be intimidating.
The questions going through your head are endless: Where am I going to meet people? Am I taking the right classes? Are the other transfers cool? The answer to all of these questions is YES!
Everyone here is friendly and welcoming, and you’ll be surprised by how much they want to help and get to know you. There isn't a bad class at Georgetown. Some are incredibly hard, but you’ll come out better for it. And transfers are the best people because they’re all going through the exact same thing as you. If you don’t believe me, Bradley Cooper transferred to Georgetown, too.
It’s natural to miss the friends you made as a freshman, but I promise you Georgetown students are kind, inclusive, and engaging, despite how stressed out and busy everyone seems. Sure, there will be days you’ll wonder what you would’ve been doing at your old school, and the day's old friends text you asking to “grab a coffee and catch up” or invite you to countless Facebook events can be both saddening and awkward. I swear to you, whatever they are doing isn’t going to be as fun, invigorating, and challenging as your next few years on the Hilltop will be.
You made the right choice.
I know some days that won’t be the easiest thing to believe, but trust me it’s true. So what if everyone around you seems to have their lives so much more together, and knows how the school and professors operate – they’re just as stressed and confused as you are. You’re starting over, and at times that added pressure may make you question your decision. It’s normal to feel like a freshman again because you’re going through a very similar process as you did last year! But, just like then, you’ll start recognizing faces in the hall, in Saxby’s, or at the Farmer’s Market, and everything will start falling into place.
The endless possibilities for classes and internships, the amazing and vibrant neighborhood, and the proximity to some of the most amazing monuments in the world are all things unique to Georgetown, so take full advantage! Wander around M Street, walk to the Washington Monument or hang out by the waterfront and watch the kayaks ride through the Potomac.
Remember how much you want to be here. Transferring can be one of the hardest decisions you’ve had to make so far in your life, so you didn’t make it on a whim. You saw something in the Hilltop, and it’s still here, and it will find you. Take time to experience everything you could ever want to, because “life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”
Catherine Corrente (MSB ‘17)