Saturday, July 6, 2013

I'm Sold

Today started off just like any other day, we got dressed ate at the hotel buffet then made our way out the hotel door to go adventure at a possible college choice once again. Except today we were staying local. Today we would be visiting Georgetown University, which was a child hood dream of mine to attend after hearing that my favorite NBA player Allen Iverson went to Georgetown. After I found out this fact I was determined to look up Georgetown and know some of the things about it when I was around the age of seven or eight. At that age I found out a lot of things, but they just weren't that important to me at that time.  On our way to Georgetown we pushed it, walking all the way to the campus in a ninety-one degree humid sunny heat. When we got to the campus we walked in gave the students at the table our name and confirmation number, then we sat and waited for the informative part of the session to begin. 

When we began this young lady named Sarah with lots of energy was standing in front of a college theatre like room. As she began talking you could feel her energy and passion for the school and convincing us on going to Georgetown. I knew from the beginning she had something good to say. She first began with a couple of fun facts like who attended the school, and then she moved on to the founder, and what the school seal represents. After some fun facts we got down to business with talk on the total enrollment being 13,500 students, and the undergraduate enrollment being 6,400 students. We even discussed the time limit on discovering your major (Until the end your sophomore year.) Then she said something about famous speakers who constantly come to the campus to give speeches, like Bill Clinton; Obama; Hillary Clinton; Bradley Cooper; etc. This really impressed me because students get advice and communicate with some of the strongest leaders in the world. I also thought the class size was great with a 26 student per class average, and a faculty to student ratio of 1:10.

What I personally thought was the best part about Georgetown was the fact that it had over 200 cultural special groups, such as the black student alliance. Which meant the school was diverse and that it taught black pride. Another great fact was that the school, also requires you to live your first two years on campus. We also discussed that students can make a club if they want to, all they have to do is bring it up to I believe the dean. The last thing we talked about was the amount of students who applied which was 6850 and the amount admitted which was 880 or a 13% rate.

The informative session was over so we went on the tour and viewed the beautiful campus. Then made our way to the gift shop where I spent a lot of money on souvenirs (Specifically $278.) After a spree of spending we walked our happy behinds to the Food Network televised D.C. Cupcakes, where we waited in line for twenty minutes while Mr. Mannix got lunch for us. By the time he came back we all had our cupcakes ready to eat and the one I ate was a delicious light strawberry cupcake, which tasted very familiar but was definitely worth it. With cupcakes in our stomachs and lunch packed we attempted to go to the spy museum in a race against time, but unfortunately the line was extra-long with a forty-five minute wait so we found ourselves in the gift shop. After the gift shop we rushed to the hotel got in the shower and all dressed up in a suit and tie, and made our way to dinner around 6:00 PM.

Then we got to the restaurant that blended in with the scenery like a needle in a hay stack. This building was a building that I had walked past then turned around to go in, because Mr. Mannix walked in after knocking on the door. When we got in we were escorted up stairs by a man in a white button up and a black tie. There on the third or fourth floor of a regular condo like building we would eat dinner. In the room was a college graduate of a couple years back Paul Conner. Then after him showed up Sean Redmond the President of the Georgetown alumni association who talked with us about the history of the building and how it is considered a piece of history. The building is history because former president John Adams had his dinners in the 1800's at this building, and president Ronald Reagan had his pre-inaugural speech dinner there as well with a couple of other great American figures like Thomas Jefferson.

Then while the discussion of the history the building carries is going on, Adam Ramadan and Nate Tisa (Current Georgetown students,) show up and introduce themselves. Then Mr. Conner decides to give us an amazing tour of the building and what room was to what person, and during his tour he shows us an original map of what the founding fathers planned D.C. to look like. Not too much changed as far as the mapping, but the city limits did grow and the street names did change from the simple ones that they were originally given. After the wonderful tour we all sat down at the table spread out from each other so we would be forced to communicate with new people. So everyone sat next to their person and the person I sat next to was a stranger named Adam Ramadan.

He is a current student at Georgetown, form Long Island who sold me on the idea of going to Georgetown University. He first asked me what I thought of the other schools I toured so far, and then I told him that I now consider Penn, and Columbia is now out of the question. Then he asked me what I honestly think about Georgetown, and I replied I like it, but by the end of this dinner I would love it. What I liked about the school was that first I had only wanted to go there because Allen Iverson went, but then I mentioned that I loved the fact that the school had African American courses. Then he went on to pitch me ideas of the school like their financial aid system, which is a blind aid. Meaning that Georgetown looks at your application and figures out if they want you or not before looking at your aid needs, and if they want you they will do everything in their power to get you. I loved the idea of this program because the school is not basing if you get in or not on how much money you have, but how much they enjoyed your application.

He also went on to talk about the internship program that allows you to work with adults in your field, gain connections, experience, money, and possible find yourself a job after graduating. Which was great to me seeing that most college graduates have a hard time finding work right after college. Then he went on to explain this program that gives back to the community, which sealed the deal for Georgetown. This program allows you to give back to the community in a way connected to your major. All the things, plus what Adam said about Georgetown being announced on the AACP awards as the school to compete with Howard ,which is another dream school of mine really put the cherry on top off the sundae. The dinner was complete and everyone headed to their place of living after exchanging contact information and a couple of pictures, for a nights rest and for Vandy to pack for their Tennessee trip tomorrow!      

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