Voices is the Op-Ed and personal essay section of The Georgetown Voice. It features the real narratives of diverse students from nearly every corner on campus, seeking to tell some of the incredibly important and yet oft-unheard stories that affect life in and out of Georgetown.
On the brink of Roe reversal, we must strengthen pro-choice arguments
Those affected by the loss of Roe have no obligation or duty to convince their opponents that they should change their minds—just living with the new reality is enough—but for those who do choose to take up this mantle, it simply isn’t enough to rely on those same arguments you put to friends who already agree with you.
Grief is the ghost we don’t know how to talk about
Healing from grief is a necessary life skill, both in that it is a part of life, and requisite to a healthy one.
How the medical housing process reinforces ableism at Georgetown
There’s an unmatched agony I associate with the university housing process.
Love Letter, Hate Mail: Making meaning at Georgetown
In truth, my college experience has not been the reverie that I imagined.
It’s time for Georgetown to fulfill its promises to Descendants
We students demand transparency from the Foundation where there has been none, equal investment from Georgetown in a wider range of projects outside of the Foundation, consistent material reparations, a seat at the table that for too long has been missing for descendants in the decision making process, and a highly visible, meaningful memorial on campus.
Yes, I know where the masjid is
Hijabis are like the lighthouses of Muslims: We’re easy to see and people gravitate towards us when they have an Islam-related question.
A love letter to the core curriculum
The core curriculum is a tool that can either push you out of your comfort zone or help you add a new dimension to your chosen area of study.
Lessons from my atypical freshman year
After exchanging GroupMe direct messages for two days, I committed to living with four other Georgetown freshmen I didn’t know and hadn’t talked to before. Less than a month later, we all moved in together.
Know your rights: 10 demands SFS students should make
The SFS is failing its undergraduate students. Here's 10 demands SFS students should make.
President DeGioia, tear down these tents!
The tents’ existence makes progressively less sense, an impressive feat since they’ve always been unnecessary.
A Letter from the Georgetown egger
This week, the Voice received an anonymous letter, apparently hand delivered. In the interest of avoiding angering the author further, we have elected to publish a copy of this letter... Read more
STEM Fatale: The pitfalls of the “Women in STEM” label
I’m a “Woman in STEM”—I used to love saying that. It felt important to have a title that recognized my love for science, as well as the challenges associated with... Read more
The merit to rethinking meritocracy, and why we need to change ‘elite’ admissions
The conversation around meritocratic admissions that dominates elite institutions promotes an us-versus-them mentality that drives a wedge between minority groups.
The power of paint—graffiti and its pursuit of justice
Graffiti is an expression of hope, a demand for justice, and a representation of community solidarity.
Georgetown is abandoning its student leaders
Georgetown, flush with lackluster resources, is knowingly relying on an under-supported, undertrained, and largely unpaid crop of student leaders to create a basic system of community care.
I pledge allegiance as a stan: Breaking down Twitter subculture
Just like any other subculture, Stan Twitter has its rules and conventions; allegiances and local personalities; and, most of all, dangers and downsides.
How I navigate achievement anxiety, and how you can too
Affixing our worth to achievement is no way to live—our love for ourselves shouldn’t be conditional on societal views of what makes us valuable.
A letter to my hometown: Racial justice in Minneapolis still has a long way to go
This uncritical attribution of the nationwide increase in crime to the protests of that summer, without regard for other potential contributing factors, is a disservice to the Black Lives Matter movement and racial justice efforts more generally.
Sorry, Not Sorry: How apologies are ruining us
We apologize for our sensitivity in expressing our emotions. We apologize for having needs. We punctuate our words with apologies, thinking nothing of it, and unknowingly face the consequences.