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Home is on the Hilltop: Welcoming Georgetown’s Next Class

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The days of being a prospective or accepted Georgetown student may seem like forever ago to those of us who know what a Hoya is or who can rattle off an impressive list of Georgetown-related acronyms. But, most Hoyas distinctly remember how influential their Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program weekend was in deciding to attend Georgetown or how one tour guide made them feel like Georgetown was the right school for them.

Famous for their balloon arches, bright smiles and welcoming words, GAAP volunteers make it their job to answer the question, “What is Georgetown?” for prospective students. GAAP staff and Blue and Gray tour guides are passionate about presenting the true Georgetown experience and giving prospective students the chance to explore Georgetown. GAAP weekends and tours of campus are a time to view Georgetown from a new perspective and give admitted students the opportunity to discover what Georgetown means to them.

Note: All video was captured on an iPhone 4s, using FiLMiC Pro. Final editing was done with Final Cut Pro X.

Pampering the Posh Pups of Potomac

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Peter Drake has been grooming for seven years, but he just recently made the move to Potomac, Md. when Doggie Styles Inc. opened seven months ago. With his bedroom located just up one flight of stairs from the shop, it’s clear that he just can’t get enough of his job. The royal treatment involves numerous stages of brushing, shaving, shampooing and final trims. However, it’s no spa day for Peter, as dog grooming is a long, detailed process that involves a lot of precision and patience.

Peter has dedicated clients willing to make an hour-long commute to the shop because they say he’s the best at calming their dogs during the anxiety-producing ordeal. So what is Peter’s special touch? He explains that it’s a combination of his authoritative attitude and experience as a master dog trainer. While a background in dog training is not a requirement to become a groomer, Peter believes it should be, as it makes the experience better for the dog, the owner and the groomer. He often consults with clients about a pet’s health during the groom and finds that as a groomer he not only helps animals, he also helps people.

Note: All video was captured on an iPhone 4s, using FiLMiC Pro. Final editing was done with Final Cut Pro X.