Hi! My name is Kelly Sikorski and I am a McDonough peer ambassador. Hometown: Lansdale, Pennsylvania Class: 2018 Major:Accounting & Finance Minor: Psychology
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Interesting Fact About Me:
Both of my parents are deaf so I’m fluent in Sign Language.
What made you choose Georgetown's McDonough School of Business?
Honestly, I had no idea what I wanted to do when I applied to college. Business piqued my interest and I thankfully ended up loving accounting (strange, I know). I committed to McDonough because of the incredible opportunities it provided for studying abroad and learning from experienced professors.
What are the best things about being a Hoya?
This is going to sound cheesy, but my fellow Hoyas. I’ve made some of the most incredible friendships here on the hilltop with some of the most talented and intelligent people I’ve ever met. The food is a close second though. With the farmer’s market in red square on Wednesdays, Wisey’s chicken parm sandwiches, midnight Snaxa runs, and Leo’s chicken finger Thursdays; you’ll never go hungry.
Why do you love D.C.?
I love DC because there’s always something to do. Aside from the cliché runs to the monuments and visiting the cherry blossoms (don’t get me wrong, I do both), there are endless restaurants to enjoy, karaoke places to embarrass yourself at, and stores along M to blow your savings on. You can study at the Library of Congress instead of Lau, see Bruce Springsteen on the National Mall, or pass Hillary Clinton on your way to class.
Share a defining and/or transformative classroom/educational moment?
Fall of my sophomore year, I took a class called “Introduction to Global Cinema” taught by Professor Sky Sitney (if you ever get the chance, take the class). After talking with her about our interest in film festivals, she extended an invitation for us to attend an investigative film festival held at the Smithsonian. We received free all-access passes to screenings and receptions and had the opportunity to see the film Spotlight, which later received an Academy Award, a month before it came out in theatres. That experience really showed me how many opportunities professors can present you with if you take time out of class to get to know them through stopping by their office hours every now and then.
What is your advice to incoming Hoyas?
First, don’t be afraid of failure; you’ll never know what could’ve been if you’re too afraid of failure to even try. And second, don’t be afraid to ask for help; you never know who has the connections or experience to give you that extra boost that you need. Do things that scare you and take chances, they will pay off.