Then and Now: Graduation 2013

April 30, 2013

Please follow our Facebook feed in the coming days for the reflections of several of our soon-to-be graduates of the McDonough Business School. Here is John Balkam's reflection on his time here:

"From day one at Georgetown, I knew that I was stepping on to a special campus. I grew up in Bethesda, MD with two Hoyas for parents and three great older brothers (one of which is another Hoya). We would spend a lot of time on campus when I was really young, and I fondly remember going to mass at Dahlgren Chapel and helping my Dad hand out coffee and donuts in Healy Hall after mass.

While I love those early memories of Georgetown, having my own experience in the McDonough School of Business was truly transformative. As you might expect, I've learned the nuts and bolts of business and I feel prepared to take on the challenges of the real world after graduation.

However, what will truly stick with me as I move on from this university is that you can be successful in business and in life by doing good in the community. For me, that is the unique message that Georgetown sends to its students when they start on the Hilltop. I couldn't be more grateful for all of my friends, classmates, professors, and mentors who made these four years so memorable. You all have been a daily inspiration."