Author Archives: Tori Jovanovski
It’s Education Week, a week of lectures and panels put on by the D.C. Schools Project and D.C. Reads, and Georgetown students have been exploring issues like racial diversity, income inequality, and immigration status in an educational context. These events are making me impatient to graduate and, if I’m lucky, to start working as a [...]
Early adulthood is a time of both self-discovery and self-doubt, so it’s by no means a new phenomenon that a work of art defines and inspires solidarity within a generation that is coming of age. The online publication Thought Catalog, though, is no Rebel Without a Cause. A collection of short opinion pieces emphasizing sincerity, [...]
Last Friday, like many Hoyas, I managed to overcome some serious pre-post-grad anxiety and make my way to the Fall Career Fair in the Leavey Center. What greeted me there was a pretty overwhelming sight: The ballroom was full of recruiters singing their firms’ praises, alumni waiting to be networked, and students wearing varying degrees [...]
Like lots of Georgetown students, I like to stay fairly informed about domestic politics. Maybe I couldn’t write a column in Politico, but I’m knowledgeable enough to crack a joke at the expense of a variety of elected officials from both parties. As such, I made sure to watch most of the major speeches from [...]
Due to a slight Housing Office mix-up, when I arrived on campus for early move-in a few days ago I was informed that my apartment was not quite ready, and that I would be assigned a temporary room in New South for a few days until it was. I reacted to the news of being [...]
It’s an all too common conversation opener at NSO: “Well, my dad’s from Singapore, my mom is French and Japanese, but I grew up in South Africa and then went to high school in New York City…”
In these situations, quite a few Georgetown students can rattle off impressive and exotic responses about their own backgrounds, very often in several languages. I’m not one of them. After the cosmopolitan Hoya has recited a laundry list of enviable places of origin, it’s my turn to declare that I hail from Michigan—more specifically, from the Detroit area. My interlocutor usually responds with something to the effect of, “Ouch,” or “Oh, I’m so sorry.”
Before you dismiss this piece as a personal gripe coming from a homesick, Hilltop-crazy Hoya, a disclaimer: my semester in Strasbourg, France, was fine. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Like any student abroad, I met interesting people from all over the world, I got to know a little bit about my host region’s culture, I ate way too much delicious local food, and most importantly, my French improved in ways it simply couldn’t have at home. I reenacted some of the tamer scenes from In Bruges on a trip to Belgium, and made some awful puns in the south of France (I couldn’t help myself, the weather was just so “Nice”). Memories of bike rides along picturesque canals and picnics in verdant parks remind me that I’m incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to go abroad.
Dorm-storming, flyering, and Red Square antics were once enough to win an election. But members of today’s generation of would-be GUSA executives would be remiss if they neglected to engage students on the Internet as well as in real life. Whereas online campaigning may have started out as a way to get a leg up on the competition, it is now expected that candidates keep up appearances on multiple social networking sites.
Earlier this fall, Bill Nelson (COL ’11) began noticing some alarming signs in Midnight Mug, one of his favorite spots on Georgetown’s campus. Nelson says he witnessed evidence of mice—torn or gnawed packaging—about half the times he’d been in Midnight Mug this year. Corp Chief Executive Officer Brad Glasser (COL ’11) has acknowledged that Midnight Mug had problems with mice, although he stressed that the coffee shop does not have an infestation.