Alumni Pass On Hoya, College Advice to #GeorgetownBound Students

Each year, hundreds of students from various walks of life step foot on the Hilltop, anxiously awaiting the start of their collegiate journeys. From first-generation college students to #GeorgetownBound students from abroad, the class of 2022 is already making waves at Georgetown with a whopping headcount of 1,620.

Campus is abuzz with Hoyas and their families get settled in for move-in. For the hundreds of incoming first-year students and transfer students, college may seem daunting and unpredictable as they adapt to life on the Hilltop. To help curb #Hoyas2022 stress before this semester's classes begin, here are some gems of advice from those who have lived—and survived—the early jitters: Georgetown alumni.

"Find out what you're passionate about. Study that, build a career on it and you will excel."

- Achim Müllers (G’81)


“Be smart in following your heart.”

- Flavio Arosemena (L’03)


“I challenge you to find a community here at Georgetown who will love you for who you are and let you become your most authentic self.”

- Reed Howard (F’17)


"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."

- James McGrail (C'87)


“[...] do not be afraid to try new things, to be courageous, to take risks, to push yourself, and above all, to make your next four years, years of yes[es].”

- Lilyan Tay (C’17)


“Your true value is not in your degree. It is in you – your difference, your experiences, your perspective. Who you are has made you hustle differently; you see the world differently; you bring to the table ideas people cannot even make up. Do not shy away from that. Live the life you are meant to live. You are worthy to sit at the table.”

- Pamela Nwaoko (C’10)


“Being a person for others really works”

- Rev. Guy Consolmagno, S.J. (H'14)



If you’d like to drop some gems of advice for incoming Hoyas before classes start on Aug. 29, use #DearHoyas2022 on Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to tag us @GUalumni on Twitter and @georgetownalumni on Instagram.