Hi! My name is Ali Manieri and I am a McDonough Peer Ambassador.
Hometown: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Major: International Business and Marketing
Extracurricular Activities: Georgetown University Dance Company, Georgetown Advertising & Marketing Association, and McDonough Women
Interesting Fact About Me: I love SoulCycle, especially the SoulCycles in Georgetown and in the city at West End. It has been a really positive and fun activity for me to do off campus.
What made you choose Georgetown's McDonough School of Business? I chose Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business because of the school’s cura personalis approach to education, in which students grow both intellectually and spiritually through McDonough’s challenging academics. I also admire how the business school encourages its students to extend their education beyond just the classroom, especially through business-oriented study-abroad programs and internship opportunities.
What are the best things about being a Hoya? For me, one of the best things about being a Hoya is that in many ways, we are like a big family. There are always upperclassmen to talk to and professors to reach out to if you need advice, and we are there to support each other when school and extracurriculars pile up. I also love that us Hoyas are encouraged to pursue all of our extracurricular interests and be well-rounded individuals, as everyone is very unique and involved in many different things around campus.
Why do you love D.C.? I love D.C. because truly, there is no other city like it. You have so much history at your fingertips and several opportunities for jobs, internships, or just fun when you need to get off campus and take a breather. The city is very active and there is so much to do, whether it be taking a run to the monuments or touring one of the several free-to-the-public museums. I have really enjoyed the escape and opportunities for exploration that the city provides when I need a break from school or want to learn new things off campus.
Share a defining and/or transformative classroom/educational moment. My first semester freshman year I took a first-year seminar, Marketing in a Global and Connected World with Professor Goodstein, and it was in this class that I found my love for marketing and realized that I wanted to pursue it as a major and as a career following graduation.
What is your advice to incoming Hoyas? My advice to incoming Hoyas is to take everything one day at a time, know that it will all work out, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and meet new people, even if it feels awkward or uncomfortable. Transitioning to college can feel daunting, but we are all here to help you, and I know that you will love Georgetown.