From myself and everyone here at The Hoya — Georgetown University’s student-run newspaper of record since 1920 — welcome to your first year on the Hilltop!
Moving to a new place is a stressful experience for every new student. The Hoya’s New Student Guide is designed to ease the transition for new students by helping you navigate both Georgetown and the greater city of Washington, D.C. You can find almost anything in our guide: an overview of Georgetown sports, the best place to grab a bite on campus, a list of Georgetown’s resource centers, a recap of all the top news stories you missed from last semester, and some advice on the best jogging routes around campus. No matter your interests, we’ve got you covered.
As you explore campus and learn more about our community, remember: Georgetown is not a flawless place, and it is far from perfect with regard to equitably supporting all students in our community. One of the most important things you can do during your first year at Georgetown is to educate yourself on the student activism efforts across our campus. Look through social media and in the pages of media publications across campus to stay informed. While I hope you read The Hoya, I also highly recommend our fellow media organizations. Stay engaged with the work of students who seek to make the Hilltop a more inclusive place for all, and who knows,
maybe the work of these activists will become your work too.
Finally, some advice from a somewhat experienced senior: go to class as much as possible, and when it’s not possible, go to office hours. Leave room in your schedule to relax and unwind, and always try to get eight hours of sleep. Surround yourself with people who support you. Don’t forget to call the people you love, whether that be friends, family members, or even old teachers. Fill your time with the things that bring you joy. Last, but certainly not least: make your Flex Dollars last (though, if you’re anything like me, you’ll run out by mid-October — please learn from my mistakes).
Go forth and be the change, newest Hoyas, and best of luck with your first semester on the Hilltop!
Katie Hawkinson (COL ’23)
Editor in Chief
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