Opinions

Cartoon: Making new friends on the first day of class

Media Credit: Cartoon by Juliana Kogan

Devon Fitzgerald: How to cope if GW wasn't your first choice

I’m not telling you to settle. But if you’re starting this week wishing you were somewhere else, don’t give up on GW right away.

Staff Editorial: When reflecting on Lerman's tenure, the good should outweigh the bad

Lerman will leave behind a strong relationship with the GW community and a mixed legacy — one dotted with both monumental successes and failures.

Melissa Holzberg: Make the most of syllabus week

Instead of blowing off syllabus week this semester, we should all strive to channel our excited nerdy selves a little bit more.

Jonah Lewis: Waking up for your Freshman Day of Service will be worth it

By showing up and being present at Freshman Day of Service, you will learn something about yourself and your interests.

Melissa Holzberg: Choose classes outside your comfort zone

Take a class that will make you a more knowledgeable person, not just one that you need to graduate.

Cartoon: Families arrive on campus for Colonial Inauguration

Media Credit: Cartoon by Juliana Kogan

Op-ed: The Student Association president's tips for a successful experience at GW

I turned to a range of student leaders in the GW community who have changed my life for the better, seeking their thoughts on what they would advise new students.

Staff Editorial: An introduction to the editorial board

The goals of The Hatchet’s weekly staff editorial are simple: Make our voices heard and affect real, tangible change.

Jonah Lewis: During the financial aid process, students should receive individualized attention

Each student should be assigned a specific financial aid counselor who is responsible for that student’s aid, and can be their point of contact for all financial aid issues.

Staff Editorial: Stay tuned: Stories to keep watching this year

It’s tempting to block the University from our minds, but you should keep these issues on your radar while you’re lounging at the pool or fetching coffee as an intern this summer.

Andrew Costello: Make the results of course evaluations available to students

If students had as much information about classes and professors as possible while making their course selections, many of the problems that they experience with professors could be alleviated.

Familiar faces share their favorite college memories

Thankfully, our favorite college memories stay with us. This week, we asked some of GW’s administrators and professors to share some of theirs.

Dan Grover: Focus on opportunities to support the arts

As students, we need to encourage the University to host more events in support of the arts, and get more involved in the already existing communities on our campus.

Staff Editorial: Graduates, remember D.C.'s complicated past

Recent graduates making a home in D.C. should think of themselves as residents, and should consider whether they have a moral obligation to support the communities they’re moving into.

Margot Besnard: Avoid gender stereotypes when evaluating professors

When we read reviews on RateMyProfessor and fill out course evaluations at the end of the semester, we should remember that our perceptions might be influenced by gendered stereotypes that disadvantage female professors.

Sarah Blugis: To increase visibility, Knapp should teach a class for freshmen

Teaching a class would make Knapp much more of a friendly, familiar face on campus. Right now, students may only hear him speak briefly at an event or catch a glimpse of him through his car window.

Staff Editorial: The dos and don'ts of student advocacy

There has undeniably been an upward trend in attention-grabbing student advocacy that aims to change policies at GW or bring attention to important issues.

Jonah Lewis: What I learned from reading my admissions file

I filed my own FERPA request. I anticipated that, given classic GW bureaucracy, this wouldn’t be easy – and I wasn’t wrong.

Robin Jones Kerr: How I learned to root for the home team

When I head to the University-wide ceremony on the Mall, I can rest a little bit easier knowing that though I may not adore GW as an institution, the part of it that gave me my academic home for four years is still going strong – and that’s as good a reason to support the team as any.

Melissa Holzberg:Admitted students days don't give a real "inside" look at GW

We won’t know whether the revamp to GW's admitted students days was a success or a failure until high school seniors enroll on May 1. But in the meantime, it’s important to note that an elaborate five days in April are not a good representation of college life, and for most students, won’t be the reason they choose one school over another.

Sara Merken: How GW can make sustainability cool

GW can make sustainability a fun aspect of campus life that actually interests students, rather than a chore.

Georgia Lawson: Ease the transition for new freshmen from your hometown

As incoming freshmen from our hometowns prepare to start their college careers, we should personally try to help them transition by giving advice, answering questions and offering help.

Justin Peligri: Stop scorning my college degree

There’s nothing wrong with not going to college. There is, however, something very wrong when a neutral fact of life – that some people attend college – is belittled in the form of a political talking point, which I’ve seen echoed across cable news recently.

Staff Editorial: New UPD chief can repair damaged department, rebuild student trust

When a new police chief is chosen as early as next month, he or she won’t find the department in the best shape.

Robin Jones Kerr: Recognize the value of graduate student connections

Grad students can offer both graduating seniors and underclassmen valuable career insights, connections and resources, and it’s time we start putting real effort into our relationships with our more senior counterparts.

Felipe Chiriboga: To find the best students, GW should consider MOOC performance

Because MOOCs are designed by college professors and based on college courses, high schoolers can take them to show their mastery of a topic before ever enrolling.

Margot Besnard: Why GW should partner with Uber

The only advantage of 4-RIDE now is that it’s free – but that means students who can’t afford a service like Uber are left without a reliable, efficient option.

Staff Editorial: Don't abandon hope for GW's long-term plans

Students, faculty and staff should keep in mind that the headlines don’t always give the full picture of the state of GW – one that’s actually more stable than scary.

Shwetha Srinivasan: A mission to improve campus mental health should go beyond the UCC

It’s time to consider the adoption of a more holistic approach to tackling mental health issues.