GUWIL Hoya Spotlight: Olivia Hewitt (MSB ’16)

Meet Olivia Hewitt! She is a Marketing and International Business double major in the McDonough School of Business and is our latest Student Spotlight!

 Q: Outside of school, what are your favorite activities?

 AOutside of school, I love to cook, run, and travel. I try to cook as much as I can even though it’s difficult in the midst of the school year. One of my favorite things to do when I go home for breaks is to try new recipes with my mom. Running has always been a great outlet for me to relieve stress and keep my sanity. Although I really like running with other people, running alone gives me chance to be with my thoughts, which is oftentimes difficult with my schedule at school.

I’ve always had a travel bug. Studying abroad last semester made me realize how small I really am and how much of the world (especially the U.S!) I haven’t seen. Ultimately, I hope to have a career that will allow me to travel to different parts of the world. I’m hoping my next stop will be somewhere in South America; Chile and Peru are at the top of my list!

 Q: What leadership roles do you have on campus and what have you learned from these experiences?

 A: I am a vice president of Sports, Media and Entertainment for GAMBLE. Through this leadership role, I have gained some very valuable skills in terms of managing people and planning events. Oftentimes, I have the mentality that if something is not getting done I should just go ahead and do it myself. While being in this leadership position, I have learned that this is not the most effective way to get things done, and tasks get completed much easier when you work with other people as a unit.         

 Q: Who is your role model?

 A: I would say that my Dad is one of my biggest role models. He is one of those people that I have been able to look at see how hard work and treating other people with respect every step of the way will get you somewhere. He’s always encouraged me to go after what I want and constantly reminded me if I get knocked down its just part of the process. One of the things that I often struggle with is remaining optimistic. When things get stressful, my Dad has always been able to see the bright side, and that is definitely one trait I hope to develop and improve upon for myself.

Q: What has been your most formative Georgetown experience?

A: Although not on campus, studying abroad last semester has been an integral part in my Georgetown experience. Through the travel mishaps, taking classes in a completely different language, and adjusting to new experiences, I learned the power of adaptation and being comfortable with the uncomfortable. My host family was a huge part in helping me grow in that regard.  I am someone who likes to have a plan for everything, but my host family was definitely the opposite, but in the best way possible. They taught me that sleeping and lounging around the house until 4pm is ok sometimes and taking a little “me time” is necessary to be the best version of yourself. Although I still haven’t fully mastered these concepts, carrying that mentality over to hectic Georgetown life has helped me clear my mind and breathe a little bit easier.

 Q: What is the biggest challenge you have faced during your time at Georgetown and how did you overcome it?

 A: I think one of the biggest challenges that I’ve faced at Georgetown is learning balance. Georgetown is filled with students who are absolute rock stars in their respective fields, and a lot of times it’s intimidating. Over the past 3 years, I have learned that running your own race is one of the best things you can do for yourself. As soon as I decided that I was going to focus on my own performance, rather than everyone else’s, I was much happier and I even performed better. Through focusing on my own goals and aspirations I was able to achieve my own sense balance. It’s a process everyday but I think I am much better for it!

 Q: In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception about young women today?

 A: I think a lot of people focus on how young women are insecure, but I think people fail to realize we are much stronger than that. Women in their teens get most of the flack, but I think they’re doing some pretty amazing things! At the OWN it summit a few weeks ago Norah O’Donnell recounted an interview she had with Malala Yousafzai. When Norah O’Donnell asked if she is scared of her attackers, she replied that she was scared of dragons and ghosts, but why should I she afraid of people who are scared of people who were scared of her. Malala is one of the many young women that will make the future brighter for everyone. Young women today are more educated than they have ever been before, and making a mark on the world at earlier and earlier ages. It’s something that needs to be celebrated rather than hidden to serve as a source of empowerment for young women and girls.

Q: What are your post-graduation plans?

 A: Through some of the awesome classes and professors I have had at Georgetown and my work with GAMBLE I realized that how people work and operate fascinate me. In the future, I hope to be doing something along the lines of Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. I would love to work for a company to help promote conversation regarding diversity and create a workspace where people feel like they can bring their whole selves to their jobs.  This is one of the spaces in management that is constantly growing and changing, in order to keep up with a dynamic workforce with constantly changing needs.