2014 Freshmen Thrive Summit
GSP’s 2nd annual Freshmen Thrive Summit was held this Tuesday, February 25th. Both Kimberly Portes (COL’16) and Mikey Sobalvarro (COL’15) gave extremely moving speeches, with stories that resonated with many in attendance. Professor Dinaw Mengestu (COL ‘00), was the keynote speaker of the night. He provided a powerful speech to the GSP freshmen and transfer students. Our students were inspired by his humility, adversity, and success.
We had facilitators who were GSP alumni, supporters, and volunteers lead discussions to give every student an opportunity to openly share and reflect on their experiences. Not only were they given the opportunity to reflect but students who had completed the Freshman Thrive Challenge were recognized. This challenge incentived students to expand their horizons and do things out of their comfort zone that would move them in the right direction to thriving during their time here at Georgetown. Thomas “Wayne” Mitchell our very 1st Thrive Challenge Winner was awarded for his initiative. Congratulations, Wayne!
Thank you to our speakers, facilitators, GSP alumni, Georgetown Faculty and Staff for joining us and making this one of our most successful events of the year. To our students, it does not end here, continue daring to thrive!
Congratulations to Truman Liu, our 2014-2015 GSP Student Board President!
Truman is a junior in the MSB and has been a dedicated member of the Student Board for two years. He also created “GSP Achieve”, our 5-star peer-based career guidance service (offered every week in the GSP Office, sign up here today!) We are thrilled to have him as our new leader!
Apply for GSP Student Board!
Apply to become a member of GSP’s 2014-2015 Student Board! The deadline for the application is Monday, March 10th at 11:59pm and can be accessed here.
GSPers take the UN
Last week two GSPers, Daniela Fernadez (COL’16) and Jemm de la Cruz (SFS’16) had the opportunity to attend the U.N meeting on the Ocean and Seas Sustainability Alliance in NY. After the meeting they attended a reception and spoke to Ambassador Stuart Beck, the Ambassador of Spain & President of Palau. During his opening remarks, Ambassador Stuart Beck recognized Georgetown for being represented at the meeting. Daniela and Jemma hope to start a Ocean and Seas Sustainability Alliance at Georgetown.
We are extremely proud of you, Daniela and Jemm!
Thank you to Maria Davaney, GSP Volunteer, for making this possible.
GSP Achieve Advisor Spotlight
GSP Achieve Advisor: Luis Montes
"Born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, I transferred from Miami Dade College’s Honors program. I am a Senior in the MSB, and am currently pursuing a Finance and Accounting double major with an Entrepeneurship certificate. I am also a member of the MSB Entrepreneurship Fellows. Due to my love for soccer, I have gone through an ACL knee reconstruction, but it did not limit my salsa, merengue, or bachata dancing skills. I was a member and choreographer for Ritmo Y Sabor, Georgetown’s elite latino dancing group on campus. In addition, I have volunteered as a financial aid peer counselor, coaching high school students students through the application process I once faced. I work for the Dean of the Office of Student Financial Aid Services, Patricia McWade, where I prepare and monitor the office’s overall budget (including GSP’s) and promote the Common $ense personal finance workshops. I have been a PEP and a GSP mentor as well.
During my time at Georgetown, I interned as a sophomore in Wealth and Tax Advisory at WTAS LLC in New York, and as a junior in Asset Management at JPMorgan in New York. I have accepted a full time offer with JPMorgan, and will be joining the Latin American Asset Management team in NYC.
As a GSP Achieve Advisor, I tell the students I meet with to reflect on their actions, because their actions today will impact future generations.”
GSP Achieve is a program that seeks to empower GSP students to achieve their personal and professional goals through connecting them to the right resources and networks.
Meet with a GSP Achieve Advisor (such as Luis) today. Sign up here!
Reception for Cristo Rey Students
A few weeks ago, our GSP staff had the pleasure of attending a reception in celebration of Georgetown students who are alumni of high schools in the Cristo Rey Network. Cristo Rey is an extraordinary group of schools, who offer a Catholic, college preparatory education for underrepresented urban youth. Through rigorous academics, coupled with real world work experience, Cristo Rey students graduate high school prepared for success in college and in life. We currently have 49 Cristo Rey graduates from across the Cristo Rey Network in GSP. We’re proud to have them in our program!
Here are some pictures from the great event:
Some of our students sharing moments with President DeGioia
Our very own Berto is also a Cristo Rey alumnus!
Did you know that there’s a GSPer who is a uni-cyclist and a GSPer who was her high school’s mascot? We didn’t either but we do now thanks to Tombs with Ale! Tombs with Ale started last Thursday and will continue to take place twice a month. If you want to have a delicious Tombs lunch on us, get to know Ale, and meet other amazing GSPers like you look out for the sign up link in the GSP Weekly. All spots were filled in 5 minutes last week so sign up fast. She’s very popular and in high demand!
GU Women in Leadership
Elevating Undergraduate Women Personally And Professionally
Did you know that GUWIL was founded by a GSPer last year? Ava Arroyo (C’16), pictured top left, is busy pioneering and building a great foundation for the organization. The top photo is all the GSPers who attended, “The Savvy Girl’s Guide To Impressions” event. To learn more about this empowering organization check out their website or ‘like’ them on Facebook.
The GSP Student Board had their January meeting last night! They have a lot of exciting programming lined up for the semester. If you are interested in joining the GSP Student Board next year please look out for the application link in the GSP Weekly!
Achieve Adviser: Karina Plascencia
Hello everyone! I am a senior in the School of Foreign Service studying International Politics and am pursuing a certificate in International Development and am originally from a small rural town in Oregon.
I have always been very involved on campus and have participated in a variety of clubs. I have held various leadership positions on campus including Community Service Chair for M.E.Ch.A De Georgetown and SFS Academic Council. I love peer mentoring and have been a peer mentor for GSP as well as CMEA.
On a professional level, I have worked in a variety of environments. Some of my previous work experience includes working in the Alumni Lounge as the student manager, in the Fraud Prevention Team for Target Corporation as well as inspecting logging sites with the Bureau of Land Management.
I am currently interning at the United States Agency for International Development, and after graduation in May of 2014, I will stay in the area working as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.
On a more personal note, I love music, food, and fitness. I love different cultures and different types of food so any opportunity I get to try food from another country I don’t even think twice about it. So this is me in a small snap shot. I think I am a very optimistic person and love to help people in any way I can so can’t wait to meet you all during the GSP Achieve Sessions!!!
Mentor Appreciation Day
Thank you to our 100 peer-to-peer mentors for their unwavering support to their mentees. They dedicate so much time and energy to ensuring their mentees have a smooth transition into Georgetown. A huge thank you to Paul & Donald Goodrich for hosting another successful Mentor Appreciation Day. Our students attended breakfast at Gordon Biersch, followed by a Hoya basketball game at the Verizon Center.