Ryan Shymansky

July 2015—I’m a rising senior majoring in government and minoring in economics and theology. I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and am involved with Georgetown's student government and the Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society. When I have the time, I enjoy going for a long run to Gravelly Point Park in Arlington, Virginia to watch planes take off and land from National Airport.

I will tell every first-year exactly what my OA (Orientation Advisor) told me on the first day of NSO: rely on your mentors. Often, students who are admitted to Georgetown have been at or near the top of their classes in high school, never having faced a challenge when good advice was a necessity rather than a supplement to personal decision-making. But finding success on the Hilltop means leaning on mentors who are all too willing to help new students find their way. 

This is not to say that personal confidence is unimportant—it is. But students who serve as peer advisors and OAs are quite literally signing up for the privilege of helping fellow hoyas. Once new students know that trusting mentors is a good thing, the role of a peer advisor becomes immeasurably more important.