Paul Aklilu

Hi! My name is Paul Aklilu and I am a McDonough peer ambassador.

Hometown: Farmington, CT

Class: 2019

Major: Finance and Management

Extracurricular Activities: Member of Georgetown Sports Analysis, Business, and Research Group; McDonough Peer Ambassador; McDonough Technology Center Student Staff

Interesting Fact About Me: After watching the movie How to Eat Fried Worms, I was dared to eat 5 live worms. I put all five down with ease.

What made you choose Georgetown's McDonough School of Business? My sister went to Georgetown and during my four years of high school she did not let a moment go by where she wasn’t telling me how great the hilltop is. After coming around to the idea that Georgetown could be the school for me, I was convinced by the school’s amazing faculty, location, and great range of clubs to join.

What are the best things about being a Hoya? The best thing about going to Georgetown is how diverse our student body is. We have students from as close as across the bridge in Arlington and as far as around the globe in Australia. This diversity offers great range of opinions and stories, making the Georgetown class that much more unique.

Why do you love D.C.? No matter what your interests are D.C has something for you. You can check out the Wizards play, go to different museums, or even just walk down M street with some friends. With so much to offer, you’ll never have a hard time finding something to do in D.C.

Share a defining and/or transformative classroom/educational moment? When I took Problem of God my first semester. This was my first class ever in regards to theology. I really struggled to acclimate myself to the type of thinking and mindset needed to succeed in such a class. I started going to office hours, and to my surprise these sessions were extremely helpful. This class taught me that asking for help when you really need it is not a sign of weakness, but shows your devotion to succeeding and overcoming obstacles.

What is your advice to incoming Hoyas? Don’t be afraid to fail. Here at Georgetown you’re going to meet tons of high school valedictorians and class presidents, but don’t let this discourage you. Not getting into your top choice club shouldn’t be the end of the world. There are tons of different groups to join, and even if it takes a little bit of time, you’ll definitely find your niche eventually.