The Closing Address

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I remember the exact day that I became Deputy Blog Editor and began my climb up the 4E ladder of power. I was sitting in a random hostel in Tel Aviv, Israel, on a trip with a subset of my abroad friends. It felt like a dream to me, both because I had just achieved one of my goals and because I was in ISRAEL (Read: wut). Anyway, I know for many this does not seem #lifechanging, but for me it was (cue emotions). Over the past two years, 4E and the bloggers have given me so much. It has defined so much of my Georgetown career, and for that I couldn’t be more grateful.

However, the time has come for me to give up my power and become an actual wash up. It is scary leaving something you love. But graduation is coming (even though I am trying to fight it) and it has come time to accept that the end of Georgetown is near.

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While this won’t be my last 4E post — because I am not ready for that yet — I am writing this to close the chapter of my dictatorship editorship. And, what better way to do this than by reminiscing on my favorite posts (of the 124 I have written) from the past two years.

From my heart to yours:

  • The End of the Beginning– “Oh, and when you are finally at your study abroad destination complaining about ‘how weak your internet connection is,’ just think about your favorite blogger (a.k.a. me) trying to stream videos in Turkey. God help me.”
  • 4-eign E: All About that Mosque– “Other than the untimely alarms, Turkish society is pretty normal. In Alanya, there are TWO Starbucks (and yes, they do serve iced coffee), local shops, a beach and a million and a half tourists.”
  • Campus Confusions: Post-Study Abroad– “My friends and I have realized that we have missed out on some key phrases that have been added to this beautiful language of ours. Excuse me, but what is ‘on fleek?’ Is that like a compliment? So beyond confused.”

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  • The Five Times when You Know You are a Senior– “The youth has been deprived. I explained the saga of going to Tuscany’s yesterday and actually got emotional. Who doesn’t miss the curb sing-a-longs? Or, wait, was that just me?”
  • Friday Fixat10ns: Freshman Year Throwbacks– “Let me set the scene: The year was 2012, fall to be exact. The place? Georgetown. Obama hadn’t been re-elected. Libya and Syria were all over the news. Gay marriage was not illegal nation-wide. Kim Kardashian and Kris were still technically married. And these songs were the hits of the time….”

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  • Finals Fashion: A Guide to Dressing Down– “This is me. I am leggings…There are many different ways to pull of this innovative look. Pair them with a t-shirt for a relaxed, ‘I might work out today’ look. The athletic, dressed down combo is sure to make people think that you might be fit and actually do something with your life. Or you can do what I usually do and pair your leggings with a sweater. The best part about this look is that people often will think you are put together. Joke’s on them.”
  • 5 Reasons Georgetown Students are Really Olivia Pope– “You’re awesome at delegating work and watching it all come together. Georgetown students work hard (and we Netflix even harder). Hoyas all possess the natural skill to command and demand attention. Come on, all of us have at least once delegated tasks and reaped the rewards. Life is a battlefield.”

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  • What flavor of Burnett’s are you?– “Sweeter than Whipped Cream, you are Sugar Cookie Burnett’s! This flavor should be illegal because it does not even seem like alcohol. You are perfect for fun night out, but not always for a crazy one! Maybe as the evening goes on…?”
  • Snapchat Updates Again: Emojis– “Fire- This emoji is the compliment to end all compliments. You guys are on a snapchat streak! Either you are besties missing each other or you are both too obnoxious on social media. Nonetheless, you have been snappin’ back and forth for the number of consecutive days indicated. Congrats!”

Honestly, I could list all my posts here. I have had such a blast being part of this amazing publication. Also, I’ll miss you all. Even those who rarely read my posts. Just having the opportunity to bring my thoughts to the world has been a gift to me. Don’t miss me too much.

Signing off from the Lau 3 reading room, forever 4E editor Coco.

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The Many Faces of Bernie Sanders

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Right now, Georgetown students are lining up for the chance to hear possible democratic nominee, Bernie Sanders, speak at Gaston at 2pm. Bernie will be speaking about democratic socialism in the United States.

While most Georgetown students know who Bernie is, 4E wants to provide you with even more background information. You know, just in case you aren’t in the know.

This is Vermont senator, Bernie Sanders:

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In 1991, Sanders was elected into the House of Representatives:

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Sometimes Bernie is very pensive, like when he listened to testimony by Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson in 2014:

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Sometimes he invokes FDR in his speeches, like in this picture:

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He’s got a lot to say:

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So if you are interested, you should get yourself to Gaston and listen:

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Can’t make it today? No worries, The Hoya will be live tweeting the event starting around 2pm. Look out for updates on our twitter account!

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Georgetown is #GSProud

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You may have noticed that today Hoyas are taking to social media with cover photos, testimonials and the hashtag #GSProud. Well, this is all part of a campaign headed by the Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP) to celebrate the GSP community and its contributions to the Georgetown community and to raise awareness for GSP in general! GSP is a program that largely focuses on serving Georgetown students who are first generation college students. Within GSP, students have access to an accomplished alumni network, career assistance, mentoring programs, campus connections and more. GSP’s innovative program helps Georgetown to be a global leader in enrolling scholarship students and providing them with dedicated support throughout their college experience.

To further the #GSP love, 4E has complied some Facebook testimonials:

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-Jenna Clifford (COL ’18)

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-Rashid Darden (COL ’15)

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-Steeve Simbert (COL ’15)

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-Kayla Schmittau (COL ’17)

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-Lizzie Pinede (COL ’16)

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-Chris Fisk (COL ’17)

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-Melissa Gonzalez (SFS ’18)

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-Tala Anchassi (SFS ’18)

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-Patrick Bylis (SFS ’17)

Wanna learn more about GSP? Check out the video they created for the Class of 2019:

We are #GSProud.

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DCAF 2015 Preview

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If you happened to miss DCAF last weekend, do not fear: there is another night of DCAF coming to you this weekend! As the official 4E a cappella enthusiast fan girl, I thought that it was only fitting that I let you know what you can expect this Sat. Nov. 14.

Just in case you didn’t know, DCAF is a 2-week event, with one weekend hosted by the Georgetown Gracenotes and the other weekend hosted by the Georgetown Phantoms. Each weekend is graced by the presence of some other amazing groups, both from Georgetown and other schools across the east coast.

Last weekend Georgetown was wowed by The Chimes, Superfood, The Phantoms, The Gracenotes, The Columbia Kingsmen and The Princeton Tigressions.

This weekend, ticket holders will hear the amazing voices of:

The Capitol G’s: My friends all know that this performance kinda changed my life. The song was (and kinda still) is in my head. Can’t wait to see what twist they bring next.

The Saxatones: Even though I was abroad, the Saxatones version of this song was stuck in my head for at least two months. So on point.

The Phantoms: So incredible, what else can I say. They always bring it and I cannot wait to hear their new stuff.

The Gracenotes: Kinda biased because I am kinda a sucker for Misterwives, but they also did such an amazing job with this!

The NYU N’Harmonics: Few people can do Whitney well, and they certainly did. Do it again, please!

The JHU Octopodes: Their version actually made me like Lady Gaga again (possibly). Killed it.

So, if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you should probably go do that right about now right here. 7:30pm. Gaston Hall. See ya there~

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Senior Memories: Things that Only Seniors Remember

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As the first semester has begun to wind down, my nerves about leaving Georgetown in only a few months are increasing. I can barely remember my freshman year, the people I met then feel like people I have known my entire life. However, there are some things that have not been so permanent. From bars to fads, Georgetown has seen a bunch of turnover during the last three years.

So underclassmen, give me this one post to rant. And seniors, join me in my trip down memory lane.

Things Only Seniors Remember:

1. Tuscany’s. The pride and joy of our freshman year. If you didn’t sit on the sidewalk with a large slice, make friends with a stranger or get into a fight about who ordered first than you haven’t lived.

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2. Rhino. Okay, some underclassman might remember this one. But, only we remember how magical Rhino was once upon a time. Do I miss the idea of it? Yes. Do I actually miss it? To be honest, not at all.

3. Shit Georgetown Girls Say. This video defined my freshman year, and I still recite it weekly. While I was heartbroken that these guys took this video down, I am still petitioning for them to bring it back. Favorite lines include:

  • “Does Rhino take Go-Card?”
  • “What to chase with, what to chase with.. Diet Coke, zero cals!”
  • “Betch I’m drunk in Leo’s I need your help.”
  • “He must be cute, he went to Delbarton.”
  • “Son of a betch where is my Go-Card?”

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5. Reiss Pathway. As a former Darnallian, the Reiss Pathway was basically family to me. Best people watching and easy access to Leavy… what more could you want?! It makes me so incredibly sad that some people think that the construction has always been there. They don’t know the great things they have missed.

6. Omelet Lady. Feel free to correct me, as I have not been to Leo’s in a while, but I’ve heard that the omelet lady no longer exists? How does one get his or her omelet without the signature “getcha omelet” call? That was the only acceptable way to end a weekend.

7. New South before the Heal Fam Stu Cen. I had to explain to a freshman the other day what was in the HFSC’s place prior to its creation… and all I could say was nothing. It literally seems like that building sprung from nowhere. If only it had been around my freshman year, I probably would have been more inclined to study!

8. Leo’s Burrito Bowls. Ugh, back when Leo’s did so many things right. Their burrito bowls were my favorite thing. Like Chipotle, but from a meal swipe! You didn’t even have to pay extra for guac!!
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9. Juicing ‘Cuse in 1 Season. Way back when Syracuse was in the Big East. We were so lucky to see 2 wins against ‘Cuse in only one season. Hopefully we can juice ‘Cuse again this year on Dec. 5!

10. Epi before it became a hotspot. My underclassman sources have informed me that Epi is the new “late night hot spot.” Back in my day, it was just a great place to get a quesadilla and chill with friends. I guess we can blame the loss of both Tuscany’s and Eat & Joy for this one!

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A Guide to Bagels in D.C.

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Note: I may or may not have been eating a bagel while writing this.

After living in D.C. for the past 3 years, I have become known to some (read: no one) as the bagel connoisseur of the District. I take my bagels very seriously, as any respectable person should. Primarily, this is because I am a New Yorker and bagels are a religion. Mostly, it’s because bagels are amazing and #worththepraise.

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As you probably hopefully know, bagels in D.C. basically s-u-c-k. I don’t understand it. There must really be something in the New York water. However, over the last 3 years, I have determined the best bagels in the D.C. area. While they are nothing like the New York bagels, they are worth the try.

Ranked from worst to best bagels:

5. Einstein Brothers Bagels: Their only redeeming qualities is their location proximity and the fact that you can use your swipes. Otherwise, the bagels are the definition of sub-par. I have a theory, the more weird bagel type options there are, the worse the bagel quality. Still waiting on that being tested.

Ranking: Not worth it. But, if I was starving in the middle of midterms, maybe.

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4. Corp Bagels/Saxby’s Bagels: These are a little better, but not much. For some reason, they are infinitely better when toasted, go figure. Totally worth it, especially when you are trapped in Lau for the 10th hour straight. But don’t get crazy with the flavors. No one likes the pretentious bagel orderer.

Ranking: A for sure for a Lau lockdown, but otherwise you could do better. 

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3. Bagels Etc.: Located at 2122 P Street NW in Dupont, Bagels Etc. is on point. Fair warning: they only take cash. Nonetheless, this place is great and really understands the bagel to cream cheese ratio. Thank God, someone who gets it.

Ranking: If you are in Dupont, this place is worth it. Wouldn’t travel across the city for it though. That’s why we have Postmates, duh.

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2. Bethesda Bagels: Located in Dupont and Bethesda, this place is on point. This place has everything: cream cheese, a loud atmosphere and fabulous egg sandwiches. They are also on Postmates, but watch the delivery fee. A New Yorker’s paradise.

Ranking: A diamond in the rough. Thank god for some semblance of a New York bagel. 

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1. GW Deli: THE HOLY GRAIL (of Foggy Bottom). I love this place, it is my favorite restaurant in the District. They are closed on Sundays though, fair warning. If you don’t order an egg, swiss, bacon and avocado sandwich on a whole wheat everything bagel, you are doing it wrong.

Ranking: If I could go here everyday, I would. They must ship their bagels in from Midtown. Obsessed, obsessed, obsessed.

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Do it for the ‘gram. And the nomz.

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Georgetown-Themed Halloween Costumes

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It is that time of year again Hoyas, Halloween. Right now, you are most likely scrambling to find a costume that is both “cute” and “funny” — AKA the incredible feat. Why not rep Georgetown this holiday season? Here are some ideas to get the ideas flowing:

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1. A Go-Card. This costume is especially easy since we all have a model of what it should look like (unless you lost it). Steal a piece of cardboard from Prospect Street on Thursday as Friday is recycling day and there is bound to be something you can use. Grab some blue and while paint, and cut out a whole for your face. Extra points if you use yourself to swipe into a dorm.

2. The Omelet Lady. Does she still exist? I haven’t been to Leo’s in about a century. Nonetheless, she is for sure the most important person on this campus because she controls the omelets, AKA the only cure to your Sunday hangover. Carry around a pan, those little omelet order slips and scream “Get ya omelet” at everyone you see. Extra points if you bring me an omelet.

3. Georgetown Study Abroad Student. If you are a junior, it is very likely that a large majority of your friend group is off being “cultural” right now. Why not #TBT to them and go as a Italy/France/Spain/Ireland/Australia/WHATEVER study abroad student? All you need is a selfie stick and a “new found view of the world.”

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4. A Corp Barista. The easiest one on the list! If you have ever bought a coffee, tea, chai or whatever you fancy at a Corp location, you know the baristas have a certain style that will never go out of style. Throw on an artsy/hipster outfit (bonus points for overalls) and a backwards hat and you are golden. You should 100% carry around a coffee, as well.

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Get Xcited for TEDx Georgetown

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If you haven’t heard or seen on Facebook, TEDx is coming to Georgetown this Saturday. So you should probably attempt to contain your excitement and stop re-watching your favorite TED talks. Or continue, 4E will not judge you (read: This is mine).

For those of you out of the know, TED talks are speeches given about specific topics that are intended to spread ideas and start conversations. TEDx is a TED talk for specific communities or organizations who want to spark conversation and connection in a TED-like manner. For the past few years, Georgetown has been hosting its own TEDx conference. This year’s theme is RISK TAKERS (Cue: goosebumps).

Obviously, you need to attend. Tickets are free for Georgetown students (with GoCard). The event starts at 10AM and goes til 6PM. Do you need more of an incentive? Thankfully we’ve got you covered.

You should attend TEDx Georgetown because:

1. The legacy of being part of a TED talk. Nowadays it seems like everyone in the world has seen a TED talk (and loved it). Being able to take part of one of these momentous occasions is a serious privilege and something we should all take advantage of. Plus, a bunch of celebrities we know and love have done TED. Like Shia LaBeouf.

2. The theme is “Risk Takers” for goodness sake. I mean this inherently has to be cool. Don’t we all want to be edgy and risky? Just me? Nonetheless, we all here at Georgetown could learn a little bit more about taking risks in our daily lives, especially if Georgetown students themselves are telling their risky stories.

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3. TasTED, their food market, is such a perfect pun. Also, food. Who can pass that up? After all that #knowledge being dropped on you, you will most likely be hungry. Their food lineup is like their speaker lineup, flawless.

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4. The social media game here is out of control and you should become part of it. Friends with any of the team members or speakers on Facebook? If so, you prbably understand what I am talking about. They have gone above and beyond to make TEDxGeorgetown one of the most publicized events on social media this semester. We know you want to be like them. #‎RiskTakers2015‬

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5. The speakers are on point. The best part about TEDx is that the speakers are people you might see while on line at Midnight Mug or have never seen before. Sure, we talk a lot about community here at Georgetown, but this takes community to the next level.

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Photos/Gifs/Videos: youtube.com; Facebook; ted.com; tumblr.com; giphy.com

New Emojis on the Block

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IOS 9.1 has answered our prayers. According to BuzzFeed, the new update comes with over 150 new emoji characters. ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY!!

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These new emojis include:

The “Cheese” emoji: For when you really need a wine & cheese night or when you want to feel cheesy.

The “Taco and Burrito” emojis: Use them together, use them individually. But always use them at Chipotle.

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The “Sign of the Horns” emoji: For the inner biker guy or gal in all of us.

The “Middle Finger” emoji: FINALLY. Our society needed it. Now you can tell that super annoying person in your group chat how you really feel.

The “Popcorn” emoji: Finally, we can signal a movie night without expressing a single word.

The “Nerd” emoji: Very appropriate, given that it is midterms season.

The “Unicorn” emoji: ‘Cause we fancy like that.

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The “Poppin’ Champagne Bottles” emoji: I could have really used this one on the 21st…

The “Red Pepper” emoji: Use it in reference to the band or just a super hot food.

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That is only a few of them! Update to IOS 9.1 and see all the new ways you can express your emotions.

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Studying for Midterms: Freshman Year vs. Senior Year

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It is that time of year again, when Lau becomes our second home, Mai Thai delivery orders spike and classroom friendships emerge solely out of necessity.

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That’s right, midterm season has hit the Hilltop. While all my midterms are not this week, this “time off” has given me some time to reflect on this horrible time of year. The way I approach midterms nowadays is extremely different than my approach when I was a freshman. Time to take a trip down memory lane…

1. Study Guides:

Freshman Year: You take the time to collaborate with a variety of people to create the most comprehensive study guide in the planet. Naturally, you add your own information to it and even include reading summaries.

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Senior Year: Now midterms are a game of Google Docs, and how many smart people can you get to work with you and share their knowledge. There is no way your notes are indicative of what was taught, making finding that Google Doc key. If you think you need reading summaries, you are living in a delusional world. You have real life to worry about, HELLO.

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2. Study Groups

Freshman Year: Study groups are a jumping off point for friendships, buddies or whatever may have emerged. You struggle together and all pull your weight. Oh, those good times on Lau 2. Best Friends Forever.

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Senior Year: Take a look around your classroom and there is a good chance you don’t know the majority of people in your class. Ugh, don’t you hate being old? Midterms have become a game of “Who do you know?” and the more people you know, the better off you will be. There is much less of a chance of long term friendships in this case, these people will be here after you are gone. Now, that is just sad.

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3. Office Hours

Freshman Year: If you didn’t show up to your professor’s office hours at least once during midterms, you are doing something wrong. Naturally, you have to show up with a list of questions and be extremely prepared.

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Senior Year: Office hours is now about how much information can you get your teacher to tell you. There is no chance you know enough to ask a question. Time to learn by osmosis.

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4. Study Style

Freshman Year: You actually spend time looking good because you are going to Lau and are going to be around people potential love interests. You never know, what if you met the love of your life there? You heard that is a thing, right?

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Senior Year: If you make it to Lau, it is an accomplishment. If you look presentable, you get an award. You would only be caught looking better than SWUG-ish if you had an internship or an interview. Other reasons are not acceptable.

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5. Coping Methods

Freshman Year: The pain is over, thank god! Time to relax in your New South common room, try to find a good party and catch up with your friends. Not for too long though, those five classes will keep you significantly busy and you don’t want to fall behind!

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Senior Year: If you don’t have a drink in your hand at least an hour after your midterm, I will question your life choices. Is it a Monday? Who really cares? Do you? Are you sure you are a senior?

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Godspeed friends. Hope your internships, job searches, part time jobs and activities don’t get in your way of passing those midterms. We are rooting for you.

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