Dear Class of 2016,
Welcome to The George Washington University! My name is Ashwin Narla and I’m your Student Association President. I am a senior from Richmond, VA studying criminal justice.
This is the beginning of what will be an incredible four years. At first there will be a lot of information to sort through and a number of people to meet. My advice would be to pursue your passion and don’t be shy. I know these two points may seem cliché and obvious but looking back on my freshman year I realize that these tips really helped me out. From CI to the first weeks of school, you will be receiving handouts and emails about events on campus, student groups, and opportunities in the city. Sort through all this information based on what you are interested in, especially when it comes to student orgs. GW has a number of different clubs and organizations. Whether your interest be in athletics, politics, or theatre (or all three), you will be able to find a student organization to pursue your passion. Along with pursuing what you enjoy, the great thing about a student group is that it helps you to meet new people, interact with upperclassman, and learn about the university. Be sure to get involved, you won’t regret it!
The great thing about college is that this it’s a time in your life where you can pick something new to get involved with or continue your passions from high school. Also, it’s a time where you are moving into a new place and getting to know new people. You are not the only one who is going through this transition process so don’t be shy or worried about being awkward. Get to know the people you meet at CI, in your dorm, and in your classes. One of the best parts about this school is the people. GW has a very diverse student body where students come from all over the country and all over the world. A simple way to get involved is to explore the diversity around you. Also, explore your new home. DC is an incredibly vibrant city that offers so many opportunities from learning about our nation’s history on the National Mall to enjoying a Nats games on the Capitol Riverfront. There is so much to do at GW but it’s up to you to take advantage of it.
Don’t forget that the Student Association is here to help you! We have a lot of resources on how to get involved on campus, are able to answer any questions you might have about the University, and are here to advocate on behalf of the student body. Please come visit us on the 4th floor of the Marvin Center. Our door is always open.
Get ready for an awesome four years!
Student Association President 2012-2013