Prefrosh Preview: LGBTQ at Georgetown

Editor’s note: this is a repost of Tim Annick’s excellent post on LGBTQ on the Hilltop from July 2014.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, LGBTQ, as the Georgetown LGTBQ Resource Center defines it, stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning.

Georgetown has come a long way from its cisgendered, anti-gay rhetoric of decades-past, but it should come as no surprise that Catholicism, Georgetown, and the LGBTQ community have an immensely complex relationship. Despite Pope Francis‘ progressivism (by Catholic Church standards, anyway), the Catholic Church still does hold that homosexual acts are gravely sinful.

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Prefrosh Preview: Mental Health at Georgetown

We like to look like we’re the perfect candidates for everything—a job, an internship, a marriage … Admitting that you struggle with mental health issues means admitting that you’re not the perfect candidate, and that makes you look weaker.


—Student interviewed in Voice feature, “Not crazy, just a little unwell: Mental health at Georgetown,” by Julia Lloyd-George, Nov. 2013

A new world of academic rigour. Moving on from previous relationships in high school. Homesickness. Loneliness. Competition. A previously-diagnosed mental illness. These are just some of the causes of mental health issues experienced by students around the world, including here at Georgetown.

Unlike physical injuries, mental health problems are problems people are often ashamed or even afraid to talk about—creating a paradox in which the afflicted person needs help and often knows he/she needs help, but dreads admitting so. Why? We tend to associate issues of the mind with personal weakness—as though they’re our fault.

According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness, the chances that you or someone you know will experience a diagnosable mental illness during college is one in four. That’s four people in your sixteen-person English class. Fifty students in your 200-person economics lecture. Even more suffer more minor mental health issues including stress and sleep deprivation.

Fortunately, there are quite a few ways to take care of your mental health that The Voice has conveniently compiled below.

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Prefrosh Preview: Traditions at Georgetown

Editors note: This is a repost of Grace Brennan’s excellent overview of traditions at Georgetown from last year’s Prefrosh Preview.

In a couple of weeks when you and the rest of the Prefrosh move onto campus, you’ll find that becoming a Hoya is much more than just receiving your Convocation robes and participating in the endless New Student Orientation activities. There are certain antics that make being a Hoya timeless. Whether it’s a large celebration or a subtle unwritten rule, here is a guide to the many Georgetown traditions that link Hoyas together throughout the generations.

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Prefrosh Preview: Getting fit at Georgetown

At Georgetown, students both work hard and play hard. While the more popular meaning of play hard will be covered later on in another preview, the more literal meaning refers to the fact that Georgetown students love their physical activity.

That love manifests itself in many forms. Whether it’s intramural flag football games under the lights on Multi-Sport Field or lifting weights at Yates Field House, Georgetown students love to stay active. This preview will cover the various ways you can become involved in sports and also stay fit on the Hilltop.

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Prefrosh Preview: D.C.’s internship scene

To enroll in Georgetown is to live in what is becoming one of the most dynamic and attractive metropolitan areas for young professionals in the country. There’s a reason why you’ll come to realize why many people at this school choose to give off a pre-professional vibe. Yeah, they probably like to indulge in a pretentious aura, but it’s also relatively easy to find an internship and gain some professional experience.

Plus, since you’re resident in D.C. for the school year, you don’t need to compete with the massive throngs of other students from across the country who descend into Washington every summer hungry for opportunities.

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Prefrosh Preview: The Arts at Georgetown

For a school known for its preppy atmosphere, the performing arts are certainly not the centerpiece of Georgetown. But if you look hard enough, you’ll find a tight-knit community of students who manage to find outlets for their work. Whether you’re a singer or an instrumentalist, there are plenty of outlets on the Hilltop through which you can express yourself. Read More


Prefrosh Preview: Breaking the Georgetown Bubble

Note: This is a repost of former Vox editor Marisa Hawley’s excellent overview of D.C.’s landmarks and attractions from last year’s Prefrosh Preview.

Georgetown students have certainly earned their reputation as the most prestigious and preppy students in the city. Unfortunately, we are also known for being the least city-savvy. (Vox has even overheard Georgetown seniors confess that after three years in DC, they still do not understand the metro or how else they can get around the wonderful District.

Although Georgetown students are certainly lucky enough to attend a school that is constantly buzzing with excitement, it is all too easy to get sucked into life on the Hilltop and forget that America’s coolest city lies right outside the Healy Gates.

Vox understands that as a freshman, you will certainly have your hands full. Attempting to balance the new college life of studying, socializing, and (occasionally) sleeping is no easy feat. That is why she has compiled a nifty list of ways to take advantage of this amazing cultural hub over your four years at Georgetown. Read More


Prefrosh Preview: Transportation and getting around in D.C.

For reasons ranging from Georgetown’s small campus footprint to our prickly relationship with our rich and influential neighborhood residents, you can’t bring a car onto campus. So don’t go asking around for student parking permits. In fact, doing so would be a violation of the student code of conduct.

But fear not! There are still plenty of ways to get around the city. Going places without a car might seem overwhelming at first, but once you know the ropes, you’ll realize that there are numerous ways to get around the city efficiently and quickly without breaking the bank.

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Prefrosh Preview: Off-campus restaurants you could use

Prefrosh Preview is the Voice’s annual guide for the incoming freshman class on all things Georgetown. Look out for posts from Voice staffers each week on tips to get through your first year on the Hilltop.

As the semester goes on, pretty much every Hoya gets tired of Leo’s or Epicurean. However, every Hoya should be grateful by the fact that they live in one of the country’s most culturally vibrant and diverse cities. While by no means exhaustive, here is a handy list of eateries and places to try some delicious and affordable food.

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Prefrosh Preview: The world of Leo’s and on-campus dining

If you’ve ever toured Georgetown with Blue and Gray, you might have heard student tour guides wax lyrical about Leo O’Donovan Hall, the only dining hall on campus. Whether you believe them or not, you don’t have a choice: as a freshman, you’re required to have a meal plan, because the university believes that “participation in the dining experience is a fundamental part of developing community among resident students.” (If you don’t live in an apartment your sophomore year, you’re still stuck with a mandatory meal plan.)

So, whether you like it or not, you have to eat what the university’s food establishments are going to feed you. Here are some tips on how to best manage this arranged marriage between you and a meal plan. Read More