Summer Classes Abroad are the Worst…

Summer Classes Abroad are the Worst

One of our very own 4E bloggers has jetted off to the land of love, lights and (most importantly) wine. Her experiences abroad have been challenging and tiresome, but she has managed to push through to blog about her experiences.

Reader Discretion Advised: Article may contain references to pastries, cheese and lack of homework. 

The words “summer” and “classes” shouldn’t go together; summer is best spent tanning, not studying. But since I chose to study abroad in Tours & Paris this summer, I’ve taken some time out of wine tasting, chateaux visiting, walking along the Seine, and (I guess) class to compile a list of the worst parts about taking summer classes abroad (in my experience, France).

Classes. A few hours of classes in French everyday can be pretty tiring, but the worst classes are the wine tastings. Especially when bread and cheese are included.


Field Trips. Remember those things? Soooo middle school. Really, half a day at Versailles? A tour of The French National Assembly? Meeting the French Minister of Foreign Affairs? The worst.

~footage from our field trip~

The Homework.


The People. Meeting new people is always hard, but meeting people then having to spend six weeks in France with them is just the worst. Does anyone really want to walk along the Seine, laughing in the rain?


The National Pride. France, why did you have to host the Euro Cup this year? Everyone getting super hyped about soccer football? Where is the national pride for the Olympics trials?

And finally, the food.
In France, you can have….

A different cheese every day of the year.

Gelato galore.

And don’t even get me started on the bread.

Ugh, summer classes are the worst… But in all seriousness, there’s no better way to learn about a culture than by studying abroad. Whether you want to take courses over the summer or the school year, I cannot stress enough to you that one MUST study abroad. No matter where you choose to plant yourself for 6 weeks to 5 months, learn and embrace all that your ~host~ country has to offer!


End of Year Freshman Fears

freshman fears

Happy study days! There are less than two weeks left of freshman year. It felt like only yesterday that I was trying to figure out what GUTS meant, how to pre-register and find my way around campus (okay the last one may have happened yesterday). But freshman year is almost over, and I have a few end of year freshman fears!

Getting lost isn’t cute anymore. Let’s face it, not knowing where the first floor of ICC was as a freshman is completely acceptable. But as a sophomore, not so much.

dylan o brien thomas the maze runner

I have to leave my beloved VCW. How am I supposed to roll out of bed twenty minutes before class in WGR and still make it on time? I’m sure going to miss waking up to the Jes Res fire alarm. Moving to VCE is going to be such a big change.

I’m going to miss my floor. It’s really comforting to know exactly who wakes you up in the middle of the night with their screaming.

FirstAndMonday anchorman loud steve carrell loud noises

Leo’s won’t change. 

stacy sarah paulson oh no american crime story the people v oj simpson

I have to choose a major. Next year I have to choose an acronym that could define the rest of my life ~G[C]ULP~ .

Joce sheldon breathe paper bag

But first I have to get through a few finals and memorize the map of the World.

her library campus studying struggles


I Owned It

Own it

This weekend, I owned it. To those of you who may have been living under a rock or may have thrown your phone in the Potomac, Georgetown hosted its third annual OWN IT Summit on Saturday. The summit included speakers such as Megan Smith, CTO of the United States, Dava Newman, deputy of NASA, Anne Friedman and Aminatou Sow, co-hosts of Call Your Girlfriend podcast. Along with Abby Wambach, Two-time Olympic gold medalist & FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and also this year’s keynote speaker and Own It award recipient. These are just five of the 100 speakers that graced our campus to talk about feminism, equality, life and simply how to OWN IT.

As I heard inspiring talk after talk, not just about how to be a strong woman leader, but how to be a strong woman in general, the owned it feeling kept growing and growing inside of me. It truly was a game changing day (which is the summit’s motto). If you’re already having withdrawal like me, or wish to simply relive the day (also like me) or are just curious about what this summit is all about, below you will find a rundown of my day, supported by small details, pictures, and quotes from the #ladymafia themselves. (If confused at anytime or want to learn more about OWN IT check out for more information on the event and the wonderful speakers.)

*Note: These quotes may not be 100% accurate. Scribbling them into my OWN IT notebook, with my OWN IT pen, while owning it, was no easy task.

In planning the first summit, Co-Founder & Executive Director of OWN IT, Helen Brosnan wrote in emails to speakers: “Hillary and Oprah are big fans!”

“I sat next to a man… who smelled like a lunchable” – Ayure Antoinette, Spoken Word Poet. “You give them you, you give them magic.”

“If you ever hear no, I would just ignore it.” – Dava Newman, Deputy Administrator of Nasa.

Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer, on racing a solar powered car across Australia. “I did it. Just do it… take that first step.”

After Newman and Smith’s conversation on THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Female innovators solving 21st century problems, I – who had been feeling nervous about taking Chem-001 next semester, was ready to own chemistry.

WOMEN IN NEW MEDIA: Breaking barries and creating new spaces for women online and in print Panel: Carla Zanoni, Liza Donnelly, Amel Monsur, Amani Alkhatahtbeh, & Alison Overholt.

“I have a cramp in my back since waiting in formation for Beyoncé’s new album.” – Amel Monsur, Creative Director of Vice’s Broadly’s.

“The people who seem very lucky are the one’s who see opportunity.” – Alison Overholt, Editor-in-Chief of ESPN Magazine & espnW.

“I asserted my voice, asserted my representation in that space.” – Amani Alkhatatbeh, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of on writing a column for Forbes. 

“it is exhausting. I just want to be a leader, not a female leader.” Carla Zanoni, Exectuive Emerging Media Manager, Audience Development at Wall Street Journal. “I can own the sh*t out of it… first of all I would just say own it.”

“Until things are equal you just have to keep spotlighting.” – Liza DonnellyThe New Yorker contributor & political cartoonist. “I was just following my passions and became a leader.”

Abby Wambach and Norah O’Donnell

Two-time Olympic gold medalist & FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Abby Wambach said a lot of awesome things :

“Everywhere I walk I leave the trailblazing dust.”

“I made a mistake, I’m owning it.”

On not starting in the 2015 World Cup: “I didn’t want to be pissed off for the rest of my life with not winning the World Cup… I can pout and whine about this or I can own it… Every time I say that do I get a dollar?” (one of the best quotes of the day).

“I was able to stay focused on playing soccer for 30 years, that’s pretty good.”

“What do you want to do now? I guess I want to change the world… you guys, wanna change the world with me?”

As the youngest of 7 children Abby decided, “I’ll just become a pro-athlete so there’s no way to look away.”

“What it meant to be a champion… to sacrifice yourself and represent your country” on what Mia Hamm taught her.

“We do deserve to be treated equally” – Norah O’Donnell, Co-anchor of CBS This Morning. 

So then I went to some pretty awesome breakout sessions…

The First was, Gun Reform: Is It A Feminist Issue?:

“It takes everyone’s voice and creativity.” – Abbey Clements, Elementary school teacher; Survivor of the Sandy Hook shooting on December 14, 2012 and advocate for gun reform.

“And I found myself organizing a dildo protest.” – Jessica Jin, Founder of #CocksnotGlocks campaign to fight campus carry. “None of us planned to get into this.”

“No one’s gonna mess with the moms… they’ve done the work to build communities.” – Amber Goodwin, National Advocacy Director at Americans for Responsible Solutions

“We have kids, they have guns… if we lose our kids, we have nothing left to lose.” – Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

My second Session was Run Like a Girl: Women in Sports: 

“The biggest win for me is [my players].” – Natasha Adair, Head Coach of Women’s Basketball at Georgetown. “Tired isn’t an option when you have a job to do.”  “Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done… we have to tell ourselves not to be afraid.” The Women’s Basketball team is incredibly lucky.

“Live with or chip away at the bias.” – Liz Boardman, Senior Client Partner in Global Sports Center of Expertise at Korn Ferry (also Georgetown alum and former field hockey player!)

“You have to be persistent with who you are.” – Tisa Huff, Ballerina and dance teacher in D.C.

After the Breakout Sessions we went back to Gaston for more main stage panels!


Redefining Activism Panel, cartoon by OWN IT speaker Liza Donnelly.

“I am just running from the haters and having fun, who doesn’t love a dildo march?” – Jessica Jin. “I’ve started something I didn’t mean to, and I’ve owned it.”

“We should all be lighting each other up… it might be the thing that gets [someone] through the day.” – Sarah McBride, LGBT Activist & Campaigns and Communications Manager at Center for American Progress.

“Get involved and repair the world.” – Shannon Watts

“Taking ownership of our own freedom.” – Jamia Wilson, Director of Women, Action, and the Media.

“If you google hell the DMV is the first thing to pop up.” – Jenna Arnold, Co-Founder of ORGANIZE. She had a lot of wisdom to offer:

“Being human means being confused 99% of the time.”

“When you wanna get something done give it to a busy person.”

“That was a great lesson my mom gave me, no one really cares what you’re doing.”

Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow interviewed by Dr. Marcia Chatelain.

“There’s not a better time to be a lady than today.” – Aminatou Sow, Co-host of Call Your Girlfriend Podcast & Founder of Tech LadyMafia.

A great reminder from Sow: “when you think about someone just get in touch with them in that moment.”

It’s true… “Secrets out. Women make great friends.” – Sow

“We don’t think periods are personal.” Ann Friedman Co-host of Call Your Girlfriend podcast & New York Magazine columnist.

“Mainstream media doesn’t treat young women like they matter.” – Sow “Young women put Michelle in the White House.” – Friedman

“What’s your guilty pleasure? Reading the Wall Street Journal.” – Sow

Friedman on her and Sow’s friendship… she gives me “permission to be myself, to be great, to be vulnerable… and really good GIFS.” Sow’s response to the GIFS: “when someone gives you something you didn’t know you needed, it’s beautiful.” I feel like they both would make great additions to 4E. (Okay so they may have said gifts but I heard gifs… same thing right?)

That was it for the speakers, but perhaps two of my favorite quotes came at the close of the summit. Co-founder of OWN IT and recent graduate, Kendall Ciesemier congratulated her Co-Founder and Helen Brosnan:”if you don’t know Helen to know her is to love her.”

and to that Helen responded “that’s gross no one likes that.”

It’s hard to accurately capture how amazing this day truly was in just a short blog post. But “when the patriarchy is just pulling me down” – Helen Brosnan, I will return to the memories of this game-changing day, and go out and OWN IT.


The wonderful OWN IT team


Pictures: Facebook: Georgetown University & OWN IT. Twitter: @xoamani & @lizadonnelly.

Where To Move If Donald Trump Becomes President

Banner - Trump MapWalking down M, lost in ICC and even in the depth’s of Lau, you hear the whispers: “where will I move if Donald Trump becomes president?” As the impossibility of a President Trump becomes ever more likely, people throughout our 50 states, and even territories (@Puerto Rico & @Guam), find themselves asking the question. So if you’re looking to say “America, you’re fired” if the former reality TV star becomes the next holder of our nuclear codes, and move out of here fast, 4E has a few ideas of where you could go.*

*Disclaimer: this post was not sponsored by Trump Realty, but in fact is an attempt for a freshman to begin studying for Map of the Modern World, by choosing random countries to search on Wikipedia.

Many people have decided to go straight to Canada if January 2017 brings a Trump inauguration. But while Canada is close and has great maple syrup, it’s going to get crowded really quickly. Even The New York Times published an article entitled “Fleeing Trump (or Clinton): Look Out, Canada, Here They Come” following Super Tuesday. So Canada may not be an option much longer…

But there is no need to panic. We have plenty of options for you!

Gabon, is an African nation located on the Atlantic Ocean. Its capital is Libreville which in French means free city. If you choose Libreville, you will be free from Donald Trump, in this lovely city. aeriel view of Libreville Gabon Africa

Guyana. The capital of this South American country is Georgetown, so it’ll be like you never left! Except it will be, because Guayana has rainforests and beaches and not snow.

If you’re thinking Europe for your next home, but you don’t want a mainstream country like say France, try Liechtenstein! It’s central location (see below) makes traveling quite simple. This small country has “more registered companies than citizens” according to Wikipedia. But maybe we can change that when Donald Trump becomes president!

Location of  Liechtenstein  (green)in Europe  (dark grey)  –  [Legend]

Nation of Brunei, the Adobe of Peace, otherwise known as Brunei, is an Asian nation on the South China Sea. I don’t know about you, but just the name of this seaside state screams not Donald Trump’s America! 

If none of these countries appeal to you, there is no need to worry! Below are a few more options for the more ~adventurous~…


The transportation logistics may be a bit complicated, but there is plenty of ~space~ so bring the whole family!

The Bermuda Triangle

The Island from Castaway

*You in five months

And when everywhere else is full and you’re about to lose all hope just create a time machine! Chilling with the dinosaurs may be a better option than Trump’s America.



How To Look Your Best At Dip Ball

Dip ballTickets for Georgetown’s Diplomatic Ball are on sale this week. Although it may be a time to ~hang out~ with some diplomats, we all know the best part of the night is dressing up. So if you’re unsure of what to wear and how to look fab in that #insta we all know will be posted, 4E has a few ideas for you!

Low budget options:

The classic Trash Bag Dress. This outfit is just a step out of your dorm room. Find the nearest trash can in your hall and get ready for lots of jealous stares!

A Duct Tape Dress is a timeless look that involves only a few rolls of duct tape. The more patterned the tape, the more people will notice you, so be sure to begin working on your dress today.


Nothing says diplomatic like wearing your convocation robe! All those diplomats will know how serious you are about your studies and stealing their jobs working with them in the future.

Celebrity Inspired Outfits:

Celebrities always have the right idea when it comes to fashion, so if you’re looking to wear something that says “I’m cultured!” these next outfits are for you!

The Hunger Games fire hunger games the girl on fire katnis everdeen

Set the dance floor on fire with Katniss’s Girl on Fire Look!

To make the entrance of a lifetime, try Lady Gaga’s 2011 Grammy Egg Look.


If you want an outfit that screams State Department, but has a nice pop of color, try one of Hillary Clinton’s pant suits! This outfit guarantees a conversation starter with your favorite diplomat.

To add a little ~magic~ to your outfit and the night, try Ron Weasley’s Yule Ball Look. Just make sure to stay far away from all the Slytherins at the ball.

Group Outfits:

Grab a date and go for the wow factor with Justin and Britney’s infamous denim look!

This last look is for the whole squad. If you want to meet some diplomats, but don’t want them to meet you, grab some blue paint and a couple of friends. To take the look a step further and to be extra memorable, bring some blue paint with you and throw it all around the dance floor!



What We Learned From Instructional Continuity

Banner - Instructional ContinuityJust last week, many of us thought that Georgetown snow days would be filled with sledding, hot cocoa and even a snowball fight with Father O’Brien himself. But Georgetown had a special surprise for us: instructional continuity! What is instructional continuity, you may ask? Well, not even all of our professors are quite sure. Below are some things we learned from instructional continuity.


Professors are truly gifted when it comes to technology. The Zoom interruptions from the tech guy were obviously part of the pre-planned lesson.

hi computer

Reading an extra book and writing three Blackboard blog posts on top of completing your already assigned readings, is way more enjoyable than building a snowman or binge watching ‘Making of a Murderer’.

read book

Lau never closes. Who knew 1970s architecture could be just as warm and welcoming as your fire place back home?


Sometimes instructional continuity is in the classroom. State of emergencies are merely suggestions to professors.


The internet moves especially fast when every student attempts to access Blackboard and lecture files at the same time.

throw computer

And finally, classes will resume, Lau will still be open, professors will still be great with technology and everyone will still be on the internet! Happy first full week of classes.