Michael PoortenWELCOME TO GEORGETOWN!

Hi! My name is Michael John Poorten and I am a McDonough peer ambassador.

Hometown: Sycamore, IL

Class: 2018

Major: International Business, & OPIM

Extracurricular Activities: Student Assistant at Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown Knights of Columbus, Juggling Club, Georgetown Collegiate Investors, Intramural Sports

Interesting Fact about Me: I’ve studied abroad twice as an undergraduate: once for a summer program in Quito, Ecuador and a second time for a semester in Madrid, Spain.

What made you choose Georgetown's McDonough School of Business? This is not a school to which people come to be ordinary. We come here because we have the potential to become extraordinary global business leaders. The McDonough School of Business challenges its students to reach their full potential while adhering to the Jesuit value of being men and women for others.

What are the best things about being a Hoya? This best thing about being a Hoya is that you are part of a network of remarkable people. Our strong community and abundant resources allow each of us to chase our dreams with full support at our backs.

Why do you love D.C.? Everything you could possibly ask for is at your fingertips here in D.C.: endless opportunities and excursions in all seasons, beautiful landscaping and architecture, diverse and intelligent people. Couldn’t be better. The only issue is finding enough time to seize it all.

Share a defining and/or transformative classroom/educational moment? I had an outstanding Problem of God (a required theology course), Jesuit professor the first semester of in my first year. His course helped shape and change many of my perspectives and philosophies on a number of topics for the better.

What is your advice to incoming Hoyas? It is only natural to feel overwhelmed and disoriented at first, but don’t let that impede you from taking advantage of everything the university and city has to offer! Explore the area and find places and activities you love as soon as possible! Above all, never forget to embrace the things that were most important to you growing up.