It is a historic event in Tall Girl Travels this week. This week I went on my first college tour. As a counselor for a high school, it is one of my responsibilities to have as many college visits under my belt as possible. This week, I am going on my first college tour at Georgetown University. I have to admit, this is not technically my first college visit. I have hosted, planned, organized, and been a part of counselor fly-ins (which is usually what it is called.)
I have to admit, Georgetown and the town around it is beautiful. It is
an old campus (founded in 1789) and is considered one of the top schools
in the east. It is a Jesuit campus but doesn’t scream Catholic. There
are not crucifixes in every classroom, mass is not required, and priests
are not walking around in robes. The campus seems to slowly be renewing
itself away from the creepy old charm. There are several new buildings
including the state of the art science building on campus. The new
buildings fit well with the old charm and it seems that they are trying
to update the older buildings to maintain the charm and history of the
campus. Known for great Law and MBA programs, this institution also offers great undergraduate programs. Even though I shy away from saying "top majors, or this school is known for", Georgetown is truly in the heart of DC. Although feeling somewhat of a rural campus, it has access to the DC metro system and a great downtown area. The students know they are they for their education but are also aware that they are in The District. Internships seem rampant, students are concerned about their future, and the extracurricular events include famous speakers, lectures, and meet and greets. Even though they have all of this going around them, they still make time for fun and games. (Just look in the quad!)
The dorms on the other hand…not so much. There is no old charm. There is just old.
We are staying in Village West C. As counselors we are staying in the dorms and all of us agree, these are not the dorms we were expecting for a top east coast university. I understand that there are other better buildings on campus, but the dorms—where kids live year around—are straight out of the 70’s. The mattresses are terrible, the showers are small, the furniture old. I refuse to walk around without shoes on and the smell of old is intoxicating. I don’t know how students live here during the year, but seeing as Georgetown continues to fill their classes the students live somewhere and probably think of it as another instance of old charm.
I hope that these dorms are upgraded soon because the newer construction on campus is phenomenal. The business building is beautiful and offers a great meeting space as well as a well connected student body. The campus is really coming together, hopefully the dorms can catch up.
From our experience with our student guide, it seems students are happy here. He was knowledgeable and very involved in school. It feels good that students can find a good fit, a challenging academic program, and fun times. Because isn’t that what college is about? Fun times? Learning about yourself, figuring out what you want your first career to be, and enjoying the last summers of your life. They seem to have a good nightlife, strong internships and a dedicated student body.
Georgetown overall is a great campus. Its big, a bit confusing, full of stairs and everything you’d expect from a university that is one of the oldest on the east coast. It has old world charm with a scattering of new.
Students seem engaged and have a personal mission to succeed and be involved. I have had fun being in this part of DC and look forward to recommending this school to my students.
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