Welcome Freshman!

To the incoming class of 2022,

On behalf of GW College Democrats, welcome to GW! We are so excited to finally have you on campus.

Going to college in the nation’s capital is an experience unlike any other. Whether you’re excited to start classes, intern, join student organizations, or explore the city you can now call your new home, you have so many things to look forward to in the next 4 years. But there’s no doubt that the first few weeks on campus can be confusing or overwhelming. It can sometimes be tough to figure out how you can best get involved on campus, be an activist, and have your voice be heard.

That’s where we come in. Regardless of your background, major, past political experience, or current political involvement, we want to help you get the most out of your college experience here at GW. Here are some ways helpful resources for campus life and how to navigate them, as well as some ways you can get involved and make a difference.

Resources

Handshake 

Handshake is GW’s online career portal, and this is a great resource for finding internships and jobs in DC. Using your GW email address, you can set up your profile, search for jobs according to your major or areas of interest, and apply for them through the job posting. You can also upload cover letters, resumes, and other documents to your profile to make applying that much easier. If you’re interested in working or interning around DC, Handshake is a fantastic place to start!

EngageGW (Saturday, September 1, 2018)

This year, GW’s largest student organization fair is taking place on Saturday, September 1st. EngageGW is the event where you can find almost all the student organizations at GW in one place. The org fair will be in the Smith Center, and it’s the perfect time for you to come and see what clubs you might be interested in joining. With over 475 registered student organizations on campus, you’re bound to find other students who are passionate about and interested in the same things that you are!

Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service

The Nashman Center is the home for everything public service related. The Nashman Center website has available a wide variety of community service based opportunities, including scholarships, campus-wide events, partnerships with local DC organizations, and information on logging community service hours. The Nashman Center website is also where you can find information on Freshman Day of Service!

Making a Difference

College is the perfect time to start finding out what you love and what you care about. And because you’re going to college in DC, you’ll have more opportunities than you’ll know what to do with to put your desire to be an activist into motion. Use social media (Facebook is especially helpful) to find out about events, rallies, and protests that are going on around the city. Go to events and fundraisers on campus to support clubs and organizations dedicated to causes you believe in. But the biggest piece of advice we can give you is this. If there’s an issue you’re passionate about, a cause you want to advocate for, anything at all you want to fight for: find the group on campus that cares about it too. The GW student body is full of people who are motivated and passionate, and the easiest way to find your voice and make a difference is to surround yourself with people who want to do the same thing.

If you are interested in getting involved with GW College Democrats, please join us at our first general body meeting of the school year on Tuesday, August 28 at 7 p.m. in the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom or come to our interest table on Monday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Kogan Plaza. We can’t wait to meet you, and we wish you the best of luck in the upcoming weeks!