Class of 2007:
Are you excited? Do you realize the opportunities that lie ahead of you? Trust me, you have no idea. Today marks the beginning of a new journey in your life, one during which you get to decide who you are and where you want to go. Don’t think for one second that you will be anything like you are right now in four years. This is only the beginning, the beginning of the time of your life. Welcome to The George Washington University.
Wanna be an art major, or learn about the philosophy of human sexuality? Will you work in the U.S. Congress or Amnesty International? Ever thought about participating in Greek life or playing rugby? Are you the next chairman of the International Affairs Society or College Republicans or student body senator or even the next student body president? Do you know anything about GW’s secret society, the Order of the Hippo? The possibilities are endless; the window of opportunities is larger for you now than you may ever comprehend. Realize today that you have the ability to map out the course of your life here at GW and make it the one best for you.
GW is a unique university, one of unparalleled opportunities that will continually surprise you. Challenge yourself to make the most of it. Meet a lot of people. Keep an open mind and do something you wouldn’t have done before. Personally, I came into the University despising “frat guys” and without interest in student government. I have learned the most over the last two years as president of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and now of the Student Association. I never thought I would go greek, yet it was one of the best decisions I have made as it has introduced me to some of my best friends and has always created good times.
I will see you around. Make sure you stop and say hi, if you just want to chill, or if you need help. The SA office is Marvin Center 424 and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you ever need anything, let me know, or just visit the Student Association website at www.sa.gwu.edu for information about classes and teachers, and for old tests.
You are the luckiest people on campus. Make sure you live it up, enjoy it all and make life-long friends and memories. The choice is yours; this is your George Washington University. Welcome and good luck.
–The writer, a junior in the School of Business and Public Management, is Student Association President.