NOVEMBER 12, 2015 – Margot Keale (NHS’16), a health care management & policy major at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, calls her program a “hidden gem.”
“There is an incredibly dedicated team of professors that makes an effort to get to know you as both a student and a person from your very first day on campus,” says Keale, who this year co-chairs the NHS Academic Council. “They support you throughout your growth over the four years and make sure you’re on track to achieve all your goals.”
After graduation, Keale will use the knowledge she has gained at Georgetown working at Deloitte within the organization’s federal consulting practice.
“I’m so excited,” she says, “especially because two of my fellow HCMP classmates and friends will also be working there.”
Keale has been involved with the Academic Council since her first year at Georgetown.
“It gave me a really good sense of the community that the NHS promotes and made me feel like I had a role and purpose on campus,” she says. “I knew fairly early on that if I was ever given the opportunity to hold a leadership position on the council that I would be proud and honored to accept, because I wanted the chance to give back to this school that has given so much to me.”
Her priority, she notes, is to involve all interested students, regardless of class year, in council activities and to maintain a strong sense of community. She is proud of the work she and others have done to host the annual Fall Ball, the fundraiser to support students at St. Aloysius Gonzaga in Kenya, and various other social events.
“The NHS is so much more than stellar academics,” she says. “It is a place interested in fostering the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.”
In addition to her work with Academic Council, Keale has formed some of her “fondest memories” through involvement in extracurricular activity. She serves as a peer mentor, a role that allows her “. . . to welcome a new group of students to the Hilltop and help them navigate a new life” at Georgetown.
She is a member of Georgetown’s student chapter of AcademyHealth, through which she has had the opportunity “. . . to attend health care research conferences and participate on community-based health care projects where I have implemented what I have learned in the classroom in real-life practice.” She is also the student representative on the school’s Committee on Mission and Values.
She says her classmates, “an impressive group of smart and talented people,” really enhance the learning experience.
“There is an unbelievable community in the NHS,” she says. “Part of this is definitely because its small size, but I think, more importantly, people are united in their genuine interest to improve the lives of others. It’s visible in the mutual respect and admiration students, faculty, and staff have for one another. There is no place on campus where I feel more comfortable.”
By Bill Cessato