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APRIL 2020

Hello from The Hilltop!

 
As parents and family members of a Georgetown student, you are important partners in your Hoya's success. During these uncertain and unprecedented times, adjusting to the new normal could be hard for everyone in the Georgetown community. Below, we share some insight and resources to support your student while working from home in this new environment. 

We welcome you to stay in touch if you ever have questions related to supporting your Georgetown student. The Division of Student Affairs and Orientation, Transition, and Family Engagement are great places to start.  

Hoya Saxa!

Orientation, Transition, and Family Engagement
Center for Student Engagement | Division of Student Affairs

email: family@georgetown.edu
website: family.georgetown.edu
 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center


Please visit the link below to stay up-to-date on Georgetown's ongoing, proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of our community.
 
Georgetown Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

Tips for Work from Home


At this point in the school year, your college student has established a routine both academically and socially. The new work-from-home restrictions introduces new challenges to collegiate study and engagement. Here are some tips on how students can make the best of completing their academic requirements away from the Georgetown campus. 
  • Ensure a dedicated workspace. It is easy to be distracted when not in normal academic environments such as a library or residence hall. Creating a space within your home establishes a new place where students can feel focused on their work. It is important that this area is separate from a living or recreational space, to help in creating a work-oriented mindset when a student is present at a desk or work table.
     
  • Carve out time for activity. Students will be used to regular activity on campus, from walking around the Hilltop to exercising in Yates. Incorporating physical and mental activity could be helpful for a student to include in their day-to-day timetable. It also helps with boredom and can provide relief from any monotony felt due to the new confines of social distancing. 
     
  • Encourage consistent communication with friends. Perhaps the hardest part of being away from campus is the change in access to community and socializing. Daily video chats or phone calls are a helpful substitute for in-person meet-ups. Apps such as Houseparty and Netflix Party allow for virtual game nights or movie nights, enabling students to connect and socialize from all over the country. 
     
  • Listen to your student's concerns about the new normal. Most people will be strongly affected by these complex times. It is important to encourage a dialogue with the student about their concerns, anxieties, and stresses which may have multiplied in this time of separation from life on campus. Keeping the door open for these hard but necessary conversations can be a huge comfort to students. 

Staying Engaged with Georgetown

 

If your student is looking to stay engaged with Georgetown beyond academics during this time of digital learning and physical distancing, we invite you to share the resources below focused on engagement and wellbeing. To learn more about Georgetown's virtual engagement programs and opportunities, your student can visit the Student Engagement website or Google Calendar. Georgetown has also shared a newsletter with mental health resources for students. Please note that the programs and resources below are in place to support current Georgetown students.
Stay active with a virtual exercise series hosted by Campus Recreation at Yates
Talk it out with digital groups focused on mindfulness and coping through Counseling and Psychiatric Services
Engage spiritually with Daily Chaplains' reflections through Campus Ministry
Hang out with the Center for Student Engagement on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time for weekly
Milk & Cookies
Visit virtual office hours at the LGBTQ Resource Center or the Women's Center.
Listen in to the Georgetown Now weekday segment with
President DeGioia.

Career Support in the Age of Coronavirus

Most employers, like the rest of us, have spent the better part of the last few weeks moving to virtual work environments and are now beginning to think about their approach to hiring and on-boarding. Some are moving forward with full-time and internship hiring, seeking to provide virtual opportunities and shift the substance of internships in particular to be compatible with virtual engagement; some are pushing pause or delaying start dates for full-time employees; some are actively recruiting. Since March 12, over 1,200 jobs and internships have been posted in Handshake, Georgetown’s job and internship platform.

Things will continue to change.  Here’s Cawley’s advice to your student:

  • Prioritize Networking: Reach out to alumni in fields of interest to understand changes and best practices during this time. Hoya Gateway is a great place to find alumni who are eager to assist.

  • Exhibit Flexibility: Be flexible with job title, location, or another aspect of work, but still move forward intentionally. Take time to clarify what is most important to you.

  • Be Patient: Accept that you may need to wait longer than usual for someone to respond to your outreach as everyone is adjusting to this period of uncertainty.

  • Connect with the Cawley Career Education Center. Meet with Cawley staff by attending a 15-min drop-in appointment (M-F 1-3 p.m.) or scheduling a 30-minute advising appointment on Handshake. Read the weekly Cawley newsletters—they are a great way to stay informed. 

Visit careercenter.georgetown.edu, follow Cawley on Facebook, or email with any questions about career support.
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