The quintessential Georgetown student is often one associated with more extracurriculars than you can count on both hands, double majors with double minors and an ability to succeed without any apparent need for sleep. Matt Chung (COL ’14) embodies just that. With a number of leadership positions under his belt and a double major and a minor, Chung is proof that it’s possible, and that if you really love what you’re involved in, nothing feels like work.
What are you involved in around campus?
I’m a senior in the college, double government and English major, minor in theology. I’m the president this year of the Georgetown Running Club. I’m also the vice chair for ABCS, the Advisory Board for Club Sports and the marketing chair for the Class of 2014 Fund, which is very exciting. I’m also very involved in orientation. I was an OA during my sophomore year. I was a coordinator last year, and then I was a captain this year.
What made you decide to get so involved with orientation?
I didn’t have the best orientation experience. I thought that my advisor was very supportive during orientation but right after went back to life as a senior. That’s fine, but I thought that there deserved to be more support there and there deserved to be more effort put in. I wanted to be an OA to reverse that trend and be more of a support system for new students as well. I got to meet some incredible people and it was such an amazing experience that I wanted to give back in an even larger role as coordinator.
How was your experience with a larger role with orientation?
Coordinators design orientation in all of the forms. From every program that you would see, all of the night programming, “Pluralism in Action,” all of the giveaways that the new students get, that all comes from five undergraduate students. It’s very unique for Georgetown that they would entrust such a huge program to five undergrads, which is awesome. I learned a lot about my own leadership potential and skills.
What is your role with the Class of 2014 Fund and ABCS?
[It] is basically just students who want to give back to Georgetown in some way and create a legacy for our class. As marketing chair, my job is to build a brand for the Class of 2014, to brand our events and to get the word out that we’re doing these things. I’ve been involved in running club since my freshman year, and I rose up through the ranks to president. Various club sports are engaged in a lot of community service and have stories that need to be told. That’s another thing that the advisory board does. We try and promote club sports to the administration and to the wider Georgetown community.
How do you plan to utilize your majors in your future careers?
I love my majors. I can take various classes and pull in different ideas and different authors from various academic areas because my majors intersect. I’ve always been interested in government and how our government works. I was also always interested in media and how government uses media to get a message out or how media is used to twist the message of government or vice versa. That’s where the English piece comes in, because the government utilizes language and social media to rally support around an idea.
What prompted you to minor in theology, as it seems different than your career goals?
Theology is something I have always been interested in. I’m one of the 9:30 Mass coordinators. For me, my personal theological path is a personal journey. I think that religion is something that we all have to deal with, whether you decide you don’t want anything to do with religion or you want to take different pieces of the mainstream religions.
What do you think is the most important thing you have taken away from Georgetown?
What I have taken away from Georgetown is that students here are really powerful. They’re really powerful thinkers. They’re really powerful individuals. They’re really passionate about what they do. You will walk through campus or Red Square and see everyone trying to get people to join their various organizations or clubs, trying to make people feel invested in a different panel discussion that they’re putting on or a different competition that they’re entering. I think that student engagement at Georgetown is very high, much higher than at other universities. We have the largest entirely student run nonprofit organization on the planet. The CEO is an undergraduate. We have our own credit union, and the president is an undergraduate. At other universities, that’s unheard of. Each one of those is so incredible and so great, and people are so passionate about what they’re into, and those passions make this place so incredible.