Senior Sign-Off

By Emily B. Cyr

For my last GUWIL blog post, I chose to reflect on my time in college and at Georgetown, mostly because I thought this would be easy and something my sleep deprived brain could handle.

I was wrong, of course.

As I looked back on my time here, I was trying to find lessons I learned and relevant stories to tell. I thought one would stand out, but every time I tried to articulate an example, it sounded generic or preachy.

“Took advantage of DC!”

“Met such a diverse group of people!”

“Challenged me in ways I did not know were possible!”

“Abroad was the best decision I ever made!”

I do stand by all of these, but they also sounded like lines out of my admissions essays… which it turns out, they were.  I actually went back and re-read my application to Georgetown. It certainly had its cringe inducing moments, but despite all the winces, it was well worth the read.

I had the idea to do this because I am currently a student reader on the Transfer Admissions Committee. There is no way to describe this experience as anything other thing than humbling. Reading the work of people coming from all walks of life and hearing their stories about why they are meant to be Hoyas makes me feel nothing but lucky to have caught someone’s eye in the admissions office three years ago.

These applicants have dreams that sound larger than life, but so did I when I first got to Georgetown as a transfer student in the fall of 2013. I had big eyes and a bigger appetite, but you know what? I did what I came here to do.

That might make me sound like a classic Type A student, but I don’t write this because I got all the internships I wanted or took the exact classes I had researched. I didn’t. But I did accomplish my underlying goals, like pushing myself past what I thought was possible, gaining a new perspective and making a wide range of friends. All the ideas that sounded like total cliché nonsense actually have truth to them.

I am trying to think of ways to articulate my thoughts, feelings, and nostalgia, but I can’t in a way that is going to be relatable or productive to anyone reading this. Nobody needs me to tell them the lessons I’ve learned in this post. I can’t do it justice, and besides, everybody is figuring things out in a totally unique way.

What I can say is, do this yourself. Go back to your admissions essays after major milestones in college and see what’s there. It might be painful, it might be embarrassing or it might be comforting, but no matter what it will remind you of why you go here, how you’ve grown, and what you still have left to do.

And enjoy your time on the Hilltop, because it goes by more quickly than you can believe! Thank you, GUWIL, for letting share my thoughts these past two years. I look forward to see what you do in the future!