1. Timing your trip to Leo’s is a science
During the lunch (12-12:30PM) and dinner rush (6-6:30PM), O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront can be a madhouse. Escape the long lines by going during non-peak times – but avoid the off-hours! Leo’s doesn’t serve hot food between 10-11AM, 2:30-4:30PM, and 8-9PM. At these times, you will be faced with a meager arrangement of salad and cold cuts.
2. Escaping Lau is crucial
Georgetown’s campus – although somewhat small – is blessed with beautiful views and a ton of great study spots. Despite this, student tend to cram themselves into the “dungeons” of Lauinger Library. If you find yourself losing your mind in Lau, check out spots like the secluded fifth floor of Regents Hall, the riverside terrace at the Healey Family Student Center, or one of the many quiet classrooms on the upper levels of Healy Hall. Don’t be afraid to explore campus to find your new favorite study spot.
3. Just because there are a million applications…
…doesn’t mean you have to apply to everything. When you set foot on campus, you will be immediately inundated with applications to Georgetown’s many extracurricular groups. Don’t let this stress you out. You will realize very quickly that many (but not all!) Georgetown extracurriculars are highly selective. As a result, many Hoyas take the shotgun approach and apply to everything. Research campus groups carefully, and be sure to commit to activities that you are passionate about. As a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon, part of the Hilltop Microfinance Initiative and a member of Georgetown’s club soccer team, I think I’ve found the perfect balance by pursuing the activities that I love.
4. Don’t sleep on the glorious Epi quesadilla
It’s 2AM and you are starving. End your night with a gut-punch from Epicurean’s finest line cooks by ordering a hefty, greasy quesadilla from Georgetown’s very own 24-hour dining establishment (beneath Darnall Hall). If you want to wake up with marginally less regret, try my personal favorite sandwich – the Prospect Street.
5. Schedule your semester with Classy
Prereg is hard, Classy is easy. Enough said.
6. Not all cupcakes are created equal
For some reason, cupcakes feature prominently in life at Georgetown. Most days, the line at Georgetown Cupcake stretches up 33rd Street for an entire block. You’ll soon get used to the sight of frosting-hungry tourists crowding the sidewalk. But, if you follow the advice of this post, you will never waste your time waiting in that line. That’s because Baked & Wired – the true cupcake king of Georgetown – is located just a few blocks away. Hiding in a small storefront near the canal, Baked & Wired is generally recognized by Hoyas as tastier, faster, and more fun than its overrated counterpart.
7. When to buy textbooks
Every semester, most students seem to end up with at least one or two textbooks that become heavy, expensive desk ornaments. Avoid buying textbooks you’ll never use by waiting to order books after the first few days of class. After syllabus week, it should be pretty clear which textbooks will actually be important, and which ones are “required”.
8. Go to office hours
This is advice that everyone receives, but that relatively few people actually take to heart. We are lucky to have world-renowned faculty members, and it would be a shame to let four years slip by without getting to know a few of them outside of class. Professors are incredible resources for both personal and professional development, and the same goes for deans.
9. Break the Georgetown bubble
In DC, the world is at your fingertips. Unfortunately, Hoyas are notorious for being a somewhat insular group – our hilltop location and lack of a metro stop certainly don’t help. Some of the best aspects of a Georgetown education actually occur outside of Georgetown. Grab a GUTS bus or rent some wheels from Capital Bikeshare right outside the front gates – adventures in the city seldom disappoint. You have four fleeting years to see all the incredible things DC has to offer. Go out and make the most of them.