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Crime log
by The GW Hatchet
Aug 27, 2016
“Theft
Shenkman Hall
8/23/16 - Unknown time
Closed case
A GW student reported that items were taken from her residence hall room.
- No suspects or witnesses.
Drug Law Violation
District House
8/22/16 - 2:40 to 3:48 p.m.
Closed case
University Police Department officers responded to a complaint of a suspicious odor. Officials conducted an administrative search of the residence hall room and found drug paraphernalia.
- Referred for disciplinary action.
Unlawful Entry
District House
8/20/16 - 2:25 to 3:11 a.m.
Closed case
UPD responded to a report of an individual sleeping in the District House elevator. Officers contacted the subject, who was then barred from GW.
- Subject barred.
Public Drunkenness
Public Property on Campus, 2000 block of G Street NW
8/20/16 - 3:15 to 3:33 a.m.
Closed case
GW staff reported an unresponsive individual in front of 2033 G Street. UPD responded, D.C. Fire and EMS were contacted and the subject was transported for medical evaluation.
- No further action.
Burglary
2121 F Street NW
8/23/16 - Unknown time
Open case
UPD and Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to the scene of a burglary at the Alpha Epsilon Phi on-campus sorority house, after residents reported destruction of property.
- Open case.
Theft
South Hall
8/22/16 - 10 a.m.
Open case
A GW student reported that items were taken from her residence hall room.
- Open case.
Harassment on email and electronic media
Off campus
8/18/16 - 8:59 a.m.
Closed case
A GW staff member reported receiving an inappropriate email message.
- No further action.
Theft
Health and Wellness Center
8/18/16 - Unknown time
Open case
A GW student reported belongings taken from a locker in the Health and Wellness Center.
- No suspects or witnesses.
- Compiled by Liz Provencher.”

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Most outlandish student organizations on campus
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 06, 2016
“Media Credit: Dan Rich | Photo Editor
Student organizations have offices on the fourth floor of the Marvin Center. Freshmen have a choice of more than 450 to join.
A high school guidance counselor, tour guide, parent or noisy aunt has probably already told you that you need to get involved on campus to have the quintessential college experience. And at Colonial Inauguration you’ll be introduced to some of the more than 450 active student organizations on campus.
The sheer number of clubs and organizations means you’re bound to find something that piques your interest. Political groups like the College Democrats and College Republicans are popular on GW's politically active campus, and you can join arts and academic organizations, Greek life and student government.
But if you’re looking for something slightly whacky, there are plenty of student organizations that most likely did didn’t exist at your high school. Here are a few of the most unusual clubs on campus.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Looking to alleviate the stress of college classes or a roommate driving you over the edge? Try your hand at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art and self-defense system that focuses on ground fighting, a fighting style in which one or both of the combatants are on the ground, according to the group’s website.
Club members will learn the basics of the art and practice in a “safe and welcoming environment,” according to the group’s OrgSync page. Who knows, maybe you’ll become the next jiu-jitsu master. If not, at least you’ll have an interesting answer on Thanksgiving when your family asks what you’ve been up to at school.
GW Whiners and Diners
Calling all foodies. The GW Whiners and Diners group offers the chance to sample some of Foggy Bottom's and D.C.’s best restaurants. After you eat, you and fellow organization members can write blog posts about the food. And, of course, if you don’t like the food, you can say so – they don’t call themselves “whiners” for nothing.
The whiners and diners also post creative and dorm-friendly recipes on their Tumblr page, where you’ll find tips on how to make everything from gluten-free crepes to sloppy joe casserole.
Knit N Bitch
You’ve heard of a knitting club, but how about a club that mixes knitting and venting.
This organization promises meetings during which you can grab a needle and some yarn and air out all your grievances. The group says it promotes “mental well-being within ourselves and within our communities.”
“Our meetings focus on how we can become better individuals - by facing our difficulties, recognizing our limitations, and building our skills - and how we can build better communities by sharing our skills with others in need,” according to the group's website.
GW Stand-Up Comedy Society
Two GW students walk into a bar and – I forget the rest.
You can create your own punchlines with the GW Stand-Up Comedy Society. If you’ve ever dreamed of following in the footsteps of Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld or Jon Stewart, you might just get your start cracking jokes in the Mitchell Hall theatre, where the group stages open mic nights and performances a few times throughout the school year.
The group also aims to promote "stand up comedy and stand up comedy culture,” according to its website.”

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News to watch your first semester
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 06, 2016
“Media Credit: Dan Rich | Photo Editor
Forrest Maltzman, former senior vice provost for academic affairs and planning, has served as interim provost since Steven Lerman officially left the post in January. Officials have not yet started a search for a permanent provost.
The search for a new provost
Officials said in May they will begin the search for a new provost this fall, about one year after former Provost Steven Lerman announced he was stepping down.
Faculty and experts have said that finding someone who is able to lead the implementation of the University’s strategic plan effectively will likely be a major goal of the search. The strategic plan was created in 2012 by Lerman and was recently evaluated by officials.
Since Lerman stepped down in January, Interim Provost Forrest Maltzman has taken over the role. He has used his time in the position to reorganize the provost’s office. These changes have included combining GW’s online learning office and the teaching and learning center, moving veteran services under the Division of Student Affairs and shifting responsibilities for the vice provost for diversity, equity and community engagement.
Other changes in the provost’s office involve three ongoing searches for a director of retention, director of Mental Health Services and dean of admissions. The vice provost for faculty affairs, Dianne Martin, will retire from her position in August, and the associate provost for academic affairs on the Mount Vernon Campus, Shelly Heller, will also be stepping down.
In May, officials announced that they had hired a new vice provost for diversity, equity and community engagement, Caroline Laguerre-Brown, who will take over the role on Aug. 1.
Budget cuts
The University cut 40 staff positions while reorganizing and combining a few offices in May as a result of University-wide budget cuts.
These changes are the first in what is likely a series of alterations as a result of University budget cuts, which University President Steven Knapp said in December would call on all administrative units to cut their budgets by 3 to 5 percent each year for the next five years.
The upcoming cutbacks will not cause budget decreases within the schools, and will instead come from central administrative offices.
The new dining system
Officials announced in March that they would implement a new open dining program in the fall, which gets rid of the mandatory spending for freshmen at on-campus locations like J Street.
While GW will still offer some on-campus dining options, they will be scaled back significantly, and students can use the Dining Dollars at any place that accepts GWorld. The changes fall in line with student leaders’ calls for more affordable and flexible dining options, citing a high cost of living in D.C. and few affordable options available on campus.
The changes come after GW’s 10-year contract with Sodexo expired in the spring. Restaurant Associates, which also caters for the U.S. Senate office buildings, the Capitol Visitor Center, the Kennedy Center, the Newseum and five Smithsonian properties, as well as dining locations at Princeton and Harvard universities, will be GW’s new vendor.
Many Sodexo workers said they did not know if they will have jobs in the fall, as the University scales back its dining options.”

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Perks of being a student in GW's different schools
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 06, 2016
“Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo by Keren Carrion | Hatchet Staff Photographer
Students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science have access to labs in the Science and Engineering Hall that other students don't.
When you arrive on campus in the fall, getting adjusted to college life can take some time. A great way to feel settled quickly is to know the ins and outs of your school. Each of GW's four most common schools for undergraduate students have their own career portals and academic advisers, but they also each have more fun perks for their own students.
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Home to more than 50 possible majors, most incoming freshmen will find themselves as CCAS students. Although students in other schools can take CCAS courses, dean's seminars are only available to CCAS students.
Each year there are about 10 dean's seminar courses, with topics ranging from constitutional law to classical ballet. While these courses are not required for freshmen, students can take them to fulfill some G-PAC requirements or to learn more about a new topic.
Taught by distinguished faculty and field experts, these seminars tend to be in high demand among incoming freshmen. The smaller class sizes permit more direct student-faculty interaction – something that is often hard to find during freshman year, which is usually dominated by big lectures. These seminars definitely fill up fast, but if you get the chance, sign up to explore a topic of interest outside of your major.
School of Engineering and Applied Science
The most notable addition the School of Engineering and Applied Science is the recently completed Science and Engineering Hall, which is centrally located on campus and home to several core lab facilities, which are open to SEAS undergraduates. If you walk past the building on 23rd Street, you may find yourself looking through a massive glass wall at the “high bay” – a three-story, reinforced lab complete with a 20-ton crane, loading bay and machine shop.
SEAS students can use the high bay to work on large-scale projects, like bridge beams and plane parts. Upstairs, students will find the five microscopy suites and the brand new nanotechnology teaching lab, recently built and funded by the National Science Foundation. The building is also home to a climate-controlled rooftop greenhouse, which is set to open this fall.
Take advantage of the new building and the chance to design and test student-run projects in specific courses this fall.
School of Business
Incoming undergraduates in the business school should check out the Phillips Student Investment Fund (PSIF), which is designed to teach students applied investment. PSIF manages approximately $1.4 million in assets and investments, and students learn more about creating a successful portfolio. Although this program is certainly competitive and accepts only a dozen students per semester, it is definitely worth looking into for students serious about investment.
Elliott School of International Affairs
Although the school’s headquarters may be on the furthest edge of campus, it is worth the walk for a chance to complete independent research through the undergraduate scholars program that is limited to Elliot School of International Affairs students.
Students who elect to join the program work closely with their own faculty advisers and graduate student mentors in preparation to present their research at the on-campus spring academic conference. Although the program is only available to juniors, interested students can register for the prerequisite courses now to start brainstorming research ideas.
The program provides the opportunity to publish work in an academic journal, and students research stipends start at $500.”

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Employees students most frequently encounter around campus
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 06, 2016
“Media Credit: Dan Rich | Photo Editor
Mickael Rabezanahary, a customer service associate for mail and package services, is one of the people new students will encounter when trying to pick up their new books.
The most important faces on campus aren’t necessarily those of administrators or professors. They’re the people you’re going to see every day at some of the most frequented spots on campus. These employees, some of whom are also fellow students, have some advice for newcomers on how to beat the lines and stay on time.
Starbucks
You’re bound to wind up at the Starbucks in Gelman Library – affectionately known as Gelbucks – for many late nights of studying and early mornings for classes. When you’re there, you’ll probably see Starbucks barista Phedra Benoit.
If you’re looking to beat the long line on weekdays, Benoit said to come before 8 a.m.
Benoit, a rising junior, said some students are friendly to baristas about the lengthy lines, but some are less sympathetic.
“Sometimes the other students are really nice and understanding that you have a line out the door and others will get in a fuss if there’s a speck of foam in their no foam latte,” Benoit said. “To new customers of Starbucks, take your time and please be patient with us.”
Package services
Want to beat the long line to pick up a package? Mickael Rabezanahary, a customer service associate for mail and package services, said the longest lines for picking up packages are during the first four weeks of each semester and around holidays, when students are receiving packages from home.
To beat the rush, Rabezanahary said to order what you need a few weeks before classes start or a holiday approaches so that the packages will arrive before the place gets busy.
Remember to have your GWorld card handy, as it is required to pick up your package. Rabezanahary said he’s seen freshmen make the common mistake of bringing a tracking number but not their GWorld cards.
Freshmen get “kind of loud” as they are waiting in line and aren't always paying attention when they're next in line, Rabezanahary said.
Colonial Crossroads
Daniela Keeve, a front desk staff assistant for Colonial Crossroads and a rising junior, said freshmen are often not aware of all of the services offered at the centralized offices on the fifth floor of the Marvin Center, which include career services, study abroad information and undergraduate fellowships and research opportunities.
“Ask for what the different offices can offer you,” she said. “Look around GWork for career appointments.”
Keeve said students should arrive five minutes early for their appointments because the coaches will usually take the next appointment as they become available and not necessarily wait for the next appointment time.
Vern Express
All freshmen make the commute from the Mount Vernon Campus at some point during their first year – either because they live or take the required University Writing course on the campus.
Smith Labrousse, a Vern Express driver for four years, said that while GW brochures say the commute between the campuses takes 15 minutes, he advises students to leave 30 minutes early.
Traffic gets the heaviest before 11 a.m. and after 3 p.m., he said. Labrousse said that the longest delay he experienced was an hour-long crawl from the Mount Vernon campus down to Foggy Bottom.
If you are hungry and want to grab some food while going to the Mount Vernon campus, Labrousse said that the drivers will stop at Jetties on Foxhall Road if students request the stop at the beginning of the ride.
Resident Adviser
Miles Healy, a rising senior resident adviser in Madison Hall, said that being a fellow student let him connect better with his freshmen residents in Potomac House last year.
“Particularly for freshmen students, the role of an RA revolves around building a community and working to broaden students’ horizons, making them feel comfortable in their GW family,” he said.
Julia Weiss, a former RA in Mitchell Hall who will work in Thurston Hall this year, said students should use their RAs as resources.
“My priority is to exist for them as some combination of friend and mentor,” she said. “I can point them in the right direction, offer suggestions on clubs to join or classes to take or just listen to them tell me about their day.”
Weiss recommended to not force friendships with roommates, but rather to set boundaries and a general understanding for how the room will be used.”

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Names you need to know as a GW student
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 06, 2016
“Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo by Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer
Coming to a university from high school can be overwhelming with all of the departments, offices and organizations full of new names.
This is a guide to the top six names you should know as a GW student:
Steven Knapp
You’ve probably at least heard his name once or twice, but if you need a reminder, Steven Knapp is the University’s president. As part of the 10-year strategic plan, Knapp has prioritized research, affordability and sustainability and supervised the building of the Science and Engineering Hall. A University-wide review is currently being conducted as the Board of Trustees contemplates renewing Knapp's contract, which is set to expire in 2017. Knapp holds monthly office hours for students.
Peter Konwerski
Peter Konwerski’s official title is the vice provost and dean of student affairs, but most students just know him as Peter K. Students are familiar with his Twitter handle, @GWPeterK, which he uses to update students on information from throughout the University or to celebrate students’ successes. Konwerski works with various offices that relate to students' interests and wellbeing.
Erika Feinman
Rising senior Erika Feinman was elected president of the Student Association in March. They ran a campaign focused on opportunity, affordability and accountability. Some of their main goals include adding student representation to the Board of Trustees and putting together a list of off-campus health care providers for students.
RaShall Brackney
University Police Department Chief RaShall Brackney leads the University’s police force. Hired last June after previous UPD Chief Kevin Hay retired , Brackney has served as UPD chief for about a year. She recently expressed a goal to improve the atmosphere within the department by offering promotions to officers.
Forrest Maltzman
Ever since former Provost Steven Lerman officially resigned from the position in January, Forrest Maltzman has served as the interim provost. Since then, Maltzman has reorganized various responsibilities within the provost’s office, including reconstructing the duties of the vice provost for diversity, equity and community engagement. Knapp said officials will begin a search for a new provost after Maltzman has made changes. You can find him at the provost’s office in Rice Hall.
Tim Miller
Tim Miller is the associate dean of students at the Center for Student Engagement. This means he is involved with student life on campus, including student organizations, like Greek life and GWTRAiLS, as well as residence hall activities. Miller stepped down as SA adviser in 2015, only to begin in the position again in the fall. Miller also has a Twitter handle, @GWTimMiller, where he posts updates about the CSE. You may come in contact with Miller when involved in student organizations.”

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Things your CI leader won't tell you
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 06, 2016
“Colonial Inauguration Cabinet Members will tell you all the basics: which floors it’s acceptable to take the elevator to in Thurston Hall, that the Colonial Health Center provides free condoms and how to handle living with a roommate for the first time.
But there are some parts of life at GW that University-employed students won’t tell you. We’ve got you covered with some need-to-know information:
You can get out of the $50 library donation
GW charges a $50 “voluntary gift” to your student account each semester that goes to Gelman Library. While donating to the library where you’ll spend hours cramming for midterms and finals is nice, there’s an option to remove the gift through Banweb.
View your student account eBill, which allows you to decline the gift. You can also go to the registration office in the basement of the Marvin Center to have a staff member remove the charges.
GW is not completely smoke-free
GW launched the smoke-free policy that prevents anyone from smoking cigarettes in public places on campus or within 25 feet of campus buildings in 2013. But that policy, which was meant to be peer-enforced , is largely unenforced by University officials. The University Police Department has cited people on campus for smoking cigarettes, but smokers outside academic buildings and residence halls are common.
Liquor stores on campus probably won’t take your fake ID
It’s best to think twice before trying to use your fake ID at a liquor store near campus. You can imagine that the employees working at places on campus are presented with fake IDs on a regular basis, so they are pretty strict. You might want to pass on trying to use your fake at places like FoBoGro or Riverside Liquors, if you don’t want yours rejected or taken away.”

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Officials dissolve parent services office in student affairs division shuffle
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 06, 2016
“Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo by Olivia Anderson | Contriuting Photo Editor
Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski said reorganization within the Division of Student Affairs will help staff support students and families.
Updated: June 6, 2016 at 11:13 a.m.
GW is now the only one of its peer universities without an office devoted to parents.
Officials announced last month that as a part of sweeping budget cuts to the University's central administration, the Office of Parent Services would be dissolved into a new department that includes Colonial Inauguration, the CARE Network, student support and retention, and family outreach. Officials said the changes wouldn’t impact how those offices function, but the shift means some of the University’s most well-known support programs will no longer have their own leaders.
The new department, called Student Support and Family Engagement, is unique among GW’s peers. While many parent programming offices are involved in planning parts of student orientation, the combination of student wellbeing, parent services and orientation under the same umbrella department exists only at GW.
The move will make GW one of its only peer schools not to have a specific office that plans parent programming. Over the past three decades, GW’s parent's office also offered scholarships for parents to visit their students at school and oversaw a Parents’ Association Advisory Council.
Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski said in an email that the Division of Student Affairs was “excited that this new office will help us bring both students and their families together to provide support and address any concerns quickly and consistently.”
At the time of the announcement, Konwerski said the new structure wouldn’t impact staff's communication with families and that the new department would continue programs from the parent services office.
“We remain committed to providing services to parents and families and believe this structure will better align staff resources to work with parents and families to support their students through graduation,” he said.
He declined to say whether the changes would leave fewer staff specifically dedicated to parent services, the CARE Network or CI.
Last year, the student affairs division housed 10 separate departments, ranging from housing to student health to career services and student conduct.
This is the first year in a planned five years of budget cuts to the University's central offices. In December, University President Steven Knapp announced that all central administrative units would have to slash their budgets by 3 to 5 percent each year for the next five years.
Impact on student support
Ellis Gardner, a member of the Parents' Association Advisory Council, said he didn’t think the transition would negatively impact the group.
“The function is going to be the same,” he said. “There’s no question that we have commitment from the administration.”
Gardner added that former Parent Services Director Andrew Sonn, who will now head both the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services, was “overqualified” for his previous position and said his promotion would be a “great thing for the University.”
Incoming Council President John Wiles and several other members of the council did not return requests for comment.
The move to dissolve the parent services office comes about a year after its founder and longtime leader Rodney Johnson left his position. Johnson launched the parent services office at GW about three decades ago.
The office shuffle is also the latest change to GW’s landmark orientation program, Colonial Inauguration. For the past few years, officials have prioritized making the three-day program more pertinent to everyday life as a student at GW. Since 2007, officials have done away with the laser light show and engraved chocolates on pillows in favor of a more modest program. Last year, CI added mandatory sexual assault prevention training.
Changes for student health
Konwerski said Tracy Arwari, who has headed the CARE Network since 2013, would lead the new department within the Division of Student Affairs.
Mainstay Mark Levine, the former senior associate dean of students who led the University’s student health efforts, was let go as part of the office's staffing changes.
Konwerski said the department would instead create a new position – the executive director of the Colonial Health Center.
During his tenure at GW, Levine worked closely with Student Health Services and Mental Health Services. MHS was plagued by high turnover and the resignations of two directors in the past five years. In September, Director Silvio Weisner resigned after officials discovered that he was not a licensed psychologist in the District.
Student Association President Erika Feinman said in an email they hoped the new health center director “is open to listening to students about their experiences with health services in order to make the services provided more affordable and of better use to students.”
They added that it was important to ensure DSA offices remain active after the changes take effect.
“The Student Association will continue to work with DSA and other administrators to ensure that important services for students are not decreased or disregarded throughout this process of merging offices,” they said.
This post is updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that CI programs changed in 2012. Those changes took place after 2007. We regret this error.”

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Continue your hobbies from home in the District
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 06, 2016
“Media Credit: Dan Rich | Photo Editor
Students in music organizations have access to music practice rooms in the basement of Shenkman Hall
You may be concerned when you move away from home that you’ll lose touch with your childhood or high school pastimes. Here’s how you can continue your high school hobbies once you've moved to D.C. and become a GW student:
If you were a band geek
Whether you spent your high school years playing electric guitar too loud in the basement or playing classical music in your school’s band, you don’t have to stop the beat at GW.
The Student Musicians Coalition is a group on campus that provides five practice music rooms in the basement of Shenkman Hall. The spaces are free to use and give students access to bass and guitar amps, a drum set and a PA system. The group also rents equipment to students to practice and perform anywhere they want.
If jamming out alone isn’t really your thing, you can join a variety of student music groups, including seven a capella groups, an orchestra and a flute choir.
If you were an artist
GW offers classes in painting, drawing and other artistic disciplines. Any GW student can enroll in these classes, and most of them fulfill a G-PAC requirement for students of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
Students enrolled in those classes can access art studios, so you don’t have to worry about getting paint on your roommate’s side of the room. During the time you are enrolled in an art class, you can use the lockers in Smith Hall to stow your supplies and artwork.
If you were the all-star athlete
The Foggy Bottom campus doesn’t have much space for outdoor sports because of its location in the heart of D.C., but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for athletics at GW.
Former all-star athletes can work out in the Lerner Health and Wellness Center, which houses a three lane 25-yard lap pool that is free to students, or ex-athletes can live vicariously through GW basketball players by attending games in the Smith Center.
D.C. is also a prime location for runners. The National Mall makes a great running route, especially for freshmen, because it’s just four blocks down 19th Street from Thurston Hall. Endorphin junkies can also head down to Rock Creek Park to find some green space with longer running trails.
If you’re an ex-athlete looking for some competition or camaraderie, D.C. has several popular running clubs, including the D.C. Road Runners and D.C. Front Runners. The groups typically meet a few times a week for distance runs and are open to all ages and abilities. Most groups even offer student discounts.
If you were always breaking out into dance
For the dancers who want to do more than just twerk at a club, it's easy to find ways to keep dancing. GW offers at least 15 dance groups that range in style from ballet to hip hop to cultural dance.
If getting out into the city and meeting new people is more your style, visit a Northwest D.C. dance studio to take a class or join a performance group. Joy of Motion Dance Center is a short walk from campus and offers dance classes in more than 16 styles, fitness classes and groups that perform around the District. Joy of Motion offers drop-in classes, so you can choose how much time you want to commit.”

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Nate Muramatsu: A rising sophomore's advice on transitioning to college
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 06, 2016
“The most confusing thing about the transition to college might be the advice that everyone gives you. Every adult in your life seems to have an opinion on what your freshman year should be like, and often the advice is conflicting.
When I got to college, I remember being told conflicting advice on how to make the most of my four years as a student.
"Grades should be your priority, but don’t spend all your time on schoolwork."
"Don’t worry if you don’t have an internship, but why don’t you have an internship yet?"
"Make sure you take time to enjoy the city around you, but don’t let the city distract you from studying."
As the members of the Class of 2020 approach their transitions into college, they’re inundated with dizzying expectations. In the summer between high school and my freshman year, I tried to get a sense for what everyday life in college would be like. I looked at the social media posts from college students I knew, talked to my parents and processed the things I heard during admitted students’ days and Colonial Inauguration.
But in the end, my transition to college was difficult because the expectations I created for myself weren’t very realistic. I thought I could handle classes and extracurricular activities without sacrificing a lot of my free time. I didn’t realize that meeting people and making connections took time and effort. To me, it felt like all of these stressors came out of nowhere, and that somehow, the other freshmen around me didn’t feel the same way.
I eventually realized that the best advice I got came from memes I found on college students’ social media – and that advice was much different than what admissions representatives and my parents had told me. Now as a rising sophomore who had a slightly difficult transition to college, I think I’m more qualified to give the Class of 2020 some advice.
The memes are right. Books are overpriced, the residence halls have a bunch of problems and you will most likely be – or at least feel – like you are broke. College classes are challenging, and because freshmen register for classes last, you’ll probably be stuck with taking classes at 8 a.m. If you feel like you’re having a particularly hard time adjusting, remember that you’re not the only one who’s dealing with the stress.
By understanding that what you’re feeling is completely normal, you might be able to better regroup and focus. It’s important to remember that these negatives are a part of college life.
Finding ways to deal with stress is important. Some students go on runs, take walks and explore museums and memorials. While you won’t always be able to take a two-hour break from work to walk down to the National Mall, finding your go-to study spot outside of Gelman Library is helpful. Some of my favorite places to study are coffee shops in Dupont Circle and by the White House.
It might sound cliche, but make time to do the things you loved to do in high school. The reason many people choose to go to GW is because it’s a new and exciting experience in a city. Combine these new experiences with things that you already know you love.
Find opportunities to speak publicly, network and meet new people. Some clubs and organizations at GW have tryouts or positions that require elections. Even if you haven’t done something like it before, it never hurts to try, and you may make friends along the way.
Despite what you might see, many students I know feel enormous pressure to succeed on the first try – I do, too. It’s easy to succumb to the feeling that everyone around you has their life together, and you’re the only one who doesn’t. You need to know that not everyone has a job. Not everyone has an internship. Not everyone has good grades, and almost everyone else feels an equal amount of pressure. It’s completely acceptable to feel these things, and you wouldn’t be a normal college student if you didn’t.
Approach all of your new experiences positivity, and work hard. Eventually, the cool GW moments you’ve heard about on social media will also come your way. You already fought most of the battle just by completing the college admissions process, and you’re ready for the next challenge. So, enjoy yourself. See music festivals and live performances with friends, take lots of pictures and make memories. When you find this balance in life at GW, you’ll overcome the transition and finally feel at home.
Nate Muramatsu, a sophomore majoring in international affairs, is a Hatchet opinions writer. Want to respond to this piece? Submit a letter to the editor.”

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• On the Student/Faculty Ratio

• FAFSA: Who is a Parent?
• FAFSA: Parent Contribution
• FAFSA: Dream out of reach

• College Financial Planning
• Survive College and Graduate
• Sniffing Out Commuter Schools
• Preparing for College: A HS Roadmap
• Talking to Your Parents about College.
• Is a top college worth it?
• Why is college hard?
• Why Kids Aren't Happy in Traditional Schools
• Essential College Tips
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• Cost of College Increasing Faster Than Inflation
According to NPR, the cost of college... more→
• For parents filling out the FAFSA and PROFILE (from a veteran paper slinger)
Just so you know, filling out these forms is a lot more than penciling... more→
• How to choose the right college?
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• Create The Right Career Habits Now
Getting ahead in your career can be easier if you make the choice to b... more→

• Senior Year (Tips and experience)
It's the end of junior year and everyone is anticipating the arrival o... more→
• Informational Overload! What Should I Look For in a College or University?
We are in an instant information age, where you can find almost anythi... more→
• Personality Type and College Choice
Personality type is something very important to consider when deciding... more→
• A Free Application is a Good Application
As a senior finishing her scholastic year, I feel that it is my duty ... more→

• College Academic Survival Guide
The leap from high school to college academics is not an insignificant... more→
• Getting Involved: The Key to College Happiness
As a tour guide, the absolute, most frequently asked question I got wa... more→
• Choose a Path, Not a Major
Unless you're one of the fortunate souls who's already found their cal... more→
• The Scoop on State Schools
A recent college graduate, I vividly remember touring campuses as a p... more→

• The Purpose of a Higher Education
You are one of the millions of people this year applying for admission... more→
• The Importance of Choosing the Right College Major (2012)
One of the most important academic choices you'll make while in colleg... more→
• How to choose a college major
I was not sure what college major to choose. When you are in your late... more→
• How to guarantee your acceptance to many colleges
Are your grades are not what you think they should be from high school... more→

• Nailing the College Application Process
College applications seem to always be put on top of students procrast... more→
• What to do for a Successful Interview
Interviews seem to become more commonplace in every facet of life as o... more→
• I Don't Know Where to Start (General College Advice)
Preparing for college is a difficult time for every student and it?s o... more→
• Attitude and Dress Code for an Interview (General College Advice)
An interview is something we all have to go through when we get a job... more→

• Starting College (General College Advice)
College is a huge milestone in your life. You?ve seen the castle like ... more→