Prefrosh Preview: A guide to the School of Nursing and Health Studies

This week, Vox wanted to give the Class of 2015 a sneak peek into each of Georgetown University’s four undergraduate schools. Today, we take a look at the School of Nursing and Health Studies (NHS).

So you’re in the NHS, easily the smallest of the undergraduate schools. There’s a good chance you’re pre-med, a better chance you’re female, and a sure-shot that you’re a particularly good finder (we win the Hogwarts game, College).

Class-o-physiology

Being in the NHS means having fewer general education requirements than most of your friends. Everyone is required to take two classes each in humanities, philosophy, and theology, but that’s usually all the liberal arts you’ll have to take. And, with the exception of International Health, there is no foreign language requirement.

But that doesn’t mean you can take whatever classes you want. The would-be gen eds are replaced by a slew of major-specific requirements, which don’t leave much time for electives. For instance, Nursing majors can only take three open classes.

For most students, freshman year is synonymous with Human Biology, a memorization-heavy anatomy and physiology course that will test your commitment to your major. Be prepared for the workload, and remember to take advantage of the weekly tutoring sessions the NHS holds because, when it comes to Human Bio, there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

Also, the school all but guarantees you a spot in its required in-house classes. Be glad, as this will spare you the semesterly headache that is preregistration.

St. Mary’s and beyond

Student life in the NHS benefits from its intimate size. The academic council treats students to a couple pancake breakfasts and faculty dinners throughout the year. Also, the NHS holds a barbecue in the St. Mary’s parking lot each semester – a good time to schmooze with next semester’s professors.

Oh, and the best part about the NHS Academic Council? You can run and win without sacrificing your dignity to campaign fliers you’ll see plastering the stairwells of freshman dorms. In fact, campaigning is frowned upon in the NHS. Clearly we’re not the ones with senatorial aspirations.

Another neat thing about the NHS is the access to the medical school facilities it gives its students (fun fact: the NHS is technically part of the medical school).

Of course, the entire student body has access to the medical school library (we’re not the MSB), but NHS students tend to be the only undergraduates who (a) know where it is and (b) are willing to walk north of Yates to reach it.

The medical school, besides having a fantastic library, has plenty of outdoor seating in its gardens as well as the cheapest coffee on campus: if you bring your own cup to Dr. Mug, coffee is only 99¢.

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