"Follow your own path!" by Febin B.
Dear Georgetown Transfer,
Upon transferring to an amazing school like Georgetown, you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of the most brilliant and gifted students in the world. I learned that it’s normal if you initially feel out of place or take time to adjust to the environment on the Hilltop, especially when many of the students have already established their solid group of friends during their first or second years on the Hilltop.
I learned that there is a place for everyone here the Hilltop. You just need to find it, and not feel pressured to fit into a certain mold. Initially, when I first transferred to Georgetown, I felt the pressure to fit in and pursue the same interests as my peers. It’s known that over 60% of students in the McDonough School of Business major in Finance. Inevitably, I felt obligated to also follow that crowd, even though I personally had very little interest in the field. I encourage the prospective first years and transfer students to take the courses that excite you! I took both of Professor Bies’ courses, Imagination & Creativity and Courage & Moral Leadership, and they have been a highlight of my McDonough experience. His Imagination & Creativity course really taught me how to think outside of the box and how to think critically. It was very different from any other McDonough course that I took in prior semesters, and his Courage & Moral Leadership course encouraged the students to step out into the DC community and find an issue that is targeting an underprivileged group of people, and tackle it head on—which is what led me to start my own non profit, Unsung Heroes. Taking these courses helped me develop my real passion—social entrepreneurship. I’ve always wanted to start my own non profit but initially felt afraid to do so, because it wasn’t the traditional route that people take after graduation. But after some soul searching, I realized that it’s what makes me happy and is something that I’ve always wanted to do! “And if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Febin Bellamy (MSB ’17)