GEORGETOWN / Upper Northwest, Washington D.C.
Georgetown University was founded in 1789 and is America's oldest Roman Catholic University. It is said that during the Civil War, Georgetown students and instructors joined the Union Army while nearby George Washington University students and faculty joined the Confederacy. No wonder I like Georgetown better... not to mention my namesake EwingPatrick98 who was a basketball powerhouse here, and who helped the team reach the college finals three of his four years. The Georgetown Rowing Team created the school colors of blue and gray in 1876 to show the unity between the north and the south after the Civil War.
Georgetown is a Jesuit University (whatever that means!) with 6,853 undergraduate students and 4,490 graduate students on 100 acres of land on the edge of the town of Georgetown. The school's undergraduate campus and its Medical Center form the main campus, while the Law school is located two blocks from DC's Union Station near the nation's largest transitional homeless shelter.
On campus, the most unique and impressive building is Healy Hall, built from 1877 to 1879. Even older in the school's observatory that was built in 1844. Despite being a Catholic school, Georgetown has a Buddhist monk, a rabbi, and it is known as the first U.S. college to have a full-time Muslim imam.
Notable alumni, all basketball players, include Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning and Allen Iverson. Others, maybe not so famous, are former US President Bill Clinton, President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia.
Just down the hill from the University are the steep stairs that were featured in the 1970s movie the Exorcist.
Georgetown was established in 1751, and while part of Washington DC's Northwest Quadrant, the town is older than the city in which it now lies. Georgetown's location was chosen since it is the farthest up the Potomac ships could navigate, and it became a thriving port for tobacco. Later, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal was constructed along the edge of the Potomac in Georgetown, much of which is preserved today. The neighborhood boasts the oldest building in Washington, DC--the Old Stone House (1765). Dumbarton Oaks (1800) is a grand home and gardens in Georgetown where the UN charter was outlined in 1944.
Georgetown was the home of Francis Scott Key (hence the Key Bridge) as well as John Kennedy before he became President. Famous graduates of Georgetown include President Bill Clinton; basketball players Patrick Ewing and Allen Iverson, and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic university in the country, is in this neighborhood, as are the French, Mongolian, Swedish, Thai, Venezuelan, and Ukrainian embassies. Georgetown today is a favorite shopping and dining center in the city.
Unfortunately, Georgetown is really the only destination neighborhood without a convenient Metro stop, but it's not too far from Foggy Bottom Metro.
Fondest memory: During the NYLF session one summer, I just remember one day when I was heading to a seminar on Alternative medicine at Georgetown University, on foot, with a few others going to the same thing. It was raining, and we were dressed up, getting soaked. Much fun!
Fondest memory: Lister!!!!! Lister was my group name for NYLF. We stayed in Harbin Hall. Bare. Hot. But, a very nice university. Ah, that was a fun trip. We spent fourteen days or so learning about the medical field. If you or your kid ever gets nominated for this, well, I say do it. It is well worth it. Many of the days we spent working and learning and sitting in lectures, or working on projects. We also took trips around the city for fun, say to the Vietnam Memorial, and other places of interest, as well as a side trip to Virginia to go to a theme park. Also, we had trips to other hospitals, my hospital visit was to Temple University's Med School. It was great, and we got to see a lot of how the med schools worked, etc. Great trip.
Favorite thing: Georgetown University. World class university and very interesting place to visit. Located just up the hill from Key Bridge. You can get an idea of the locale by watching the movie, 'The Exorcist', which was filmed in this neighborhood.
Make sure you have a place to stay! (As my plane arrived late i didn't get one, boy was it horrible(cold) to sleep at the airport)
Fondest memory: Georgetown. It's a good place to hang around. And I was told there are the best pubs (I actually just was in one...)
Go to Georgetown which is an area of Washington DC rather pleasant with shops and restaurants. To go there take M Street and go West
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Favorite thing: Galludet College. Located in northwest DC and is a superb, world class collge, established for the deaf.