Daniel SFS'17

Has FOMO (fear of missing out), music director of the Capitol G's,
from Kentucky, DJ for WGTB, leisure editor of Halftime- a blog of The Georgetown Voice,
rode Metro to overnight camping trip in Maryland,
aspires to work in global health issues as a physician
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I came to Georgetown with everything figured out.

It was going exactly according to plan. I had been accepted into the School of Foreign Service, major in Science, Technology and International Affairs and concentrate on issues of Global Health and Biotechnology, fulfilling a life-long dream.

I was sure of everything about myself too. My political beliefs, my faith, my likes, my dislikes were all rock solid. I thought these these things would never change and couldn’t evolve any further. But that’s not really how Georgetown works.

In my first days here, I was bombarded with new people, cultures and ideas. Everyone kept asking me where I was from, why I was here, what I was going to do with my life. As I repeated my answers and listened to the answers of my peers, I felt a bit overwhelmed and a lot inadequate.

These peers articulated opposing political views, they disputed every tenet of my religion, they challenged my opinions on music, food and movies. I didn’t know what to believe, who to listen to, where to go. I walked around in a stupor trying to answer these questions for the first time in a long time.

“Let go of everything within you. Something will return. And that something, is you.”

It felt like I had been startled awake. The words, spoken by Dr. Greg Finch in my Problem of God class, rang true unlike anything else I had heard before. Georgetown was providing me with an incredible opportunity. To empty myself of all my preconceived notions and figure out who I really was.

I feel more like me than I ever have.

Spring 2015

Fall 2014