How to Make the Most of Your Internship

internshipIt’s hard to believe that summer is almost halfway over. For some of you, this is a horrific thought. You’ve been lounging on the beach, maybe life-guarding or working as a camp counselor and you never want the fun to end! But for some of us, the ones who have been slaving away as unpaid interns, we could use the much needed break. And we hate everyone on the beach right now.

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Stop having fun

That being said, there are still a few more weeks left in that 10 or 12 week internship, and plenty of ways to make sure you go out with a bang! So here are some suggestions on how to spice it up these last few weeks, and make sure you get the most out of that internship experience.

1. Steal things! It’s wrong, but it’s so right.

Start small, maybe snag all that free candy in the office, pocket a couple of K-cups or take those snazzy pens you’ve been eyeing. You’re not being paid, so you might as well swipe some free swag. Maybe you even graduate to some larger items. Working on the hill this summer? I bet no one will notice when the state flag goes missing.

Get creative with what you steal, like someone’s identity!

2. Wear something CRAZY.

You’ve been stuffed up in suits/dresses all summer and it’s time to branch out! On one of your last days wear those patterned pants or that cheetah print dress you’ve been to shy to try out. They can’t kick you out of the office on your last day, so maybe you should come to work looking like this.

3. Give that cute other intern your number.

You’ve been sitting next to him/her all summer, and let’s face it, you’re interested. How could you not be after making semi-awkward small talk everyday for several months. Now is the time to be BOLD. Stop flirting-ish and blatantly give them your number. They’ve got two weeks left in DC and you don’t want to miss that opportunity for the perfect date. (OK, OK it’ll probably be a DFMO.)

4. Take super long lunch breaks.

Does anyone really notice when you’re out of the office? So why not stretch your lunch hour a bit. Meet up with friends working nearby, finally try that food truck down the street and don’t worry about what you’re missing back at the office: NOTHING.

There are a few ways to spice up your last few weeks in the office. Remember, while your internship may be hellish, and you’d much rather be one of those people lounging on the beach (like all your friends sending you annoying summer snapchats), you are gaining a valuable experience. So take pride in your last few weeks, you’re almost there. Get to know the people in your office, ask questions and work hard. Like any good Hoya, remember that work hard is followed by play hard.

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A Guide to DC Happy Hours

2012-09-17-image04Finished with finals and ready to get your drink on? Not finished with finals but ready to procrastinate with some cocktails? Happy hours are the best, but it can be difficult to know where to go for all the best deals. If you’re looking to get out of Georgetown for the afternoon, here are some great happy hour deals around DC.

1. El Centro (1218 Wisconsin Ave): Ok, so this one is a little close to home, but its happy hour menu is a hidden gem here in Georgetown. From 4-7pm you can get $5 Margaritas and free salsa lessons. The trick is, the more margaritas you have, the better your salsa dancing becomes.

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2. Grillfish (1200 New Hampshire Ave): I love to knock back cocktails as much as the next girl, but sometimes you just need really good food on a happy hour menu. If you want to try something a little more sophisticated than the classic nachos and wings, head over to Grillfist for $1.50 oysters (only $1 on Wednesdays and Fridays). You can even get fish tacos for $3 ($2 on Monday). Plus, their beers are relatively cheap ($6 and under). So if you want some good beer and fancy food, head over to Grillfish.

3. District Commons (2200 Washington Cir): Yes, this is a GW bar, but they also have some fantastic happy hour deals. If you’re willing to shlep it down to Foggy Bottom you can enjoy specialty cocktails and draft beers for only $5 from 4-6pm and 10pm-close. Better yet, some of their signature appetizers are only $5 too!

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 4. The Pig (1320 14th St NW): I realize that some of our readers might not be interested in the sugary cocktails and are looking for something a little stronger. If you’re a fan of dark liquor then you should head on over to The Pig from 4-7pm for bourbon happy hour. You can also get a crap ton of bacon… and who doesn’t love that?

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5. Vinoteca (1940 11th St NW): If you’re looking for a classy happy hour that is a bit more lively, head over to U street for Vinoteca’s happy hour, every day from 5-7pm. Not only are there $5 glasses of wine and draft beers, you can also play bocce while you drink! Why, you might ask? The answer is why not!? So if you want to look like a swanky adult for the night, without going over your $15 dollar budget, this is the place for you.

DC has some of the best happy hours around. While these are 5 fabulous options, be sure to check out all DC has to offer (especially if you’re around this summer). While going to Tombs every night is fun, sometimes its important to GTFO and search for new venues. Remember, you must be at least 21 to hit up these alcoholic deals and please drink responsibly. No one likes a Sloppy Sally during adult happy hours.

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Econ 001 Study Guide

12_09_13_Opinion_StressedStudent_ThinkstockFinals are upon us. Lau has become ridiculously crowded and the beautiful weather outside mocks all the gloomy students on campus. We know how stressful finals can be on the Hilltop, so your friends here at 4E have decided to help you out by typing up a few study guides. At least 250 students will be taking an Econ 001 exam soon but, luckily for you all, I’m a TA for that class. I am happy to impart my wisdom upon you.

Here is what you need to know for your “Intro to Microeconomics” exam:

Lesson #1: Supply and Demand: If you’re in the class and still can’t understand the basics of supply and demand, there is a good chance you’ll fail this final! But, for our less economically inclined readers, let me explain. People sell stuff, and other people buy stuff (simple, right?). However, these curves unfortunately move around for all sorts of reasons that no one really understands. Luckily for us, one of those reasons is Ryan Gosling:

complementsLesson #2: Normal vs. Inferior Goods: In economics we like to judge people’s choices harshly by declaring that certain goods are inferior to others. Essentially, an inferior good is a cheaper good that you want less of when your income rises. Well, that kind of makes sense but then why is the demand for Natty so high at Georgetown? After I get my paycheck from being a TA, and my income rises, I go straight out and buy myself some cheap-ass Andre. Looks like some economist must have overlooked this crazy phenomenon…

Normal goodsLesson #3: Budget Constraints: Although I wish I could buy an unlimited amount of Andre and easy mac, I do unfortunately have budget constraints. Luckily, these constraints change with the price of goods I buy and with my income. However, it’s important to note that what’s weird about income and price changes is that they’re all relative. If prices and income all go up by 10%, you gain nothing.

incomeLesson #4: Externalities: Occasionally, people do things that harm you indirectly. For example, when your neighbors host random parties at 2am on a Tuesday and you can’t sleep. This would effect your benefits, and thus changes the socially optimal quantity of parties. Clearly this is hypothetical since the socially optimal number of parties is infinity.

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So, if you can memorize these four lessons, you might be almost, sort of, half way to passing your Econ 001 exam! Just remember kids, getting an A in this class will basically define the rest of your life. Happy Studying!

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GAAP Time Travel

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In honor of yet another GAAP weekend this weekend, I would like to take you on a journey. This is the journey of a young accepted student, eagerly awaiting her arrival at Georgetown, who couldn’t resist the burning urge to post things in her GAAP group. Yes, this is the story of my life as an admitted student…

Flashback to 2012, upon being admitted in December, naturally the first thing I do is desperately try to make new friends.

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Typical pre-frosh move, but it could be worse

The next person to post writes about wanting to do crew. Since I rowed in high school I naturally respond to his post. I proceeded to comment 9 times in this conversation thread. I felt it was neccesary…

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Look and me I’m cute and small

So I’m probably not leaving the best impression, but I doubt anyone reads these posts anyway…

Unfortunately that was not my only comment that conveyed far to much information. Another girl posed this question to the group “What’s your favorite food”. Clearly I needed to respond:

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But clearly they needed more specific information than that.

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Well at least these were just comments on other peoples’ posts. That makes it better. Right?

Fast forward one month. I find out, much to my dismay that I cannot go to the early action GAAP weekend. Naturally I share my distress:

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But I still wanted everyone to have fun…

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Don’t worry! I did attend a later GAAP weekend, and of course I posted about that too:

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Ok so these posts are getting slightly excessive I know. But can you blame me? I clearly have important things to share, and lots of thoughts on my mind!

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Because that’s going to make people think I’m unspoiled and down to earth
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Pretty sure they saw this and didn’t let me in
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I already hated pre-registration
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And was disillusioned by the Hoyas, if only I could have foreseen FGCU

I also had a lot of pressing questions for upperclassmen:

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Clearly I was very considered about my academics. Where did all that effort go!

While these are a select few of my posts in the Georgetown 2016 GAAP Group, they are far from all of them. While I am slightly ashamed by the fervor with which I posted before coming to Georgetown, I have #noregrets.

In honor of GAAP weekend I challenge you to backstalk yourself in your own GAAP group. (Or better yet, do it to your friends) You’ll uncover the awkwardness you thought you’d blocked out and relive what it was like before coming to campus.

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Pre-Registration Fails

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Every semester I go into pre-registration feeling excited and confident. I plan out the perfect schedule and envision a fabulous next semester for myself. Yet, something always seems to go awry and I end up confused, angry and in despair. I’m not a pre-frosh registering for the first time, so why is this happening to me?

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If you’ve felt this way in the last few days you are not alone. Pre-registration tricks you into thinking you have control over your own schedule and then it pulls the rug out from under you and you end up lying facedown on the floor. Here are some typical pre-registration fails we’ve all encountered to help you feel better about submitting those classes today.

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1. Choosing the wrong professor. You plan to take the same boring intro class as your best friend so that you can help each other through the pain. A month later, you realized you signed up for different professors of the same class….

2. The infamous “any section” button. You really need the class to fulfill a requirement, so of course you say yes to “any section”! Only later do you realize that you never actually checked what the other sections of HUMW I actually are…. thus you end up in the Germanic Christian Hero (is that even a class you ask? Why yes, I took it Freshman year).

3. Picking a class that you thought fulfilled a requirement… but it turns out your maths need to be consecutive to count towards the general distribution requirement. I’m sorry, what? Calculus and Stats, those are consecutive right?

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4. Plugging in the wrong CRN number. This doesn’t happen as often, but when it does it’s a disaster. You copy and paste so many CRNs into those little boxes that eventually you are bound to make a mistake. If you don’t realize it in time you might find yourself in some interesting classes next semester.

5. Pre-registering for a class because your friend told you it was “great”… only to later learn that “great” is synonymous with “torture”. You’ll never look at your friend the same way again. You call this enjoyable?

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So no matter how hard you fail, just know you’re not alone. Also, chances are you will graduate in the end. And who knows, sometimes those random classes you accidentally pre-register for turn out to be the coolest ones!

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What Does the Fox Say?

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You may have noticed around campus that there are a myriad of orange fox stickers that look something like this:

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This adorable little fox started popping up in odd places on campus towards the beginning of the semester. At first I only noticed it on a few cubicles in Lau. But now, as you go about your day you probably have seen this guy on the walls of the ICC, the brick pathways near Healy and even on a couple of trashcans. So what does this mean?

At first, there were various speculations. One student told me it was a secret society on campus- I really wish this was true, but alas, not the source of the fox stickers.

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Another student told me it was for GAAP weekend, as a way to guide new students around campus. Instead of following footprints or arrows you simply follow the fox! While that would be highly entertaining to watch confused high school students and parents search for strangely placed foxes, this is also not the true source of the sticker.

What it is, is the logo for a new app called Secret. While it does have a clever name and an adorable fox as its mascot, people seem skeptical about the app itself. The purpose of Secret is that it allows you to post anonymous secrets for other people to read. Ironically the tag line for the app is “be yourself”, despite the fact that the entire purpose of the app is anonymity.

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Don’t worry kitten, we are too

So what exactly do people post on this Secret app? According to the app description, you can post things such as what is your biggest lie and what would you tell your 13 year old self?

The app promotes expressing yourself and making new friends. It kind of sounds like Facebook and Instagram without all the stalking, YikYak without the helpful tips or Formspring minus all the nasty questions and teen angst.

Unsurprisingly, there have been some concerns about vulgarity and bullying on the site. But who knows, maybe Secret is just about to catch on. Only time will tell. For now, the biggest secret seems to be, who has been putting up these secret fox stickers all over campus!?

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St. Patty’s Day

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Anyone who has been out and about around campus today can probably tell that today is St. Patrick’s Day! The copious amounts of green and festive leprechaun attire have been very helpful in reminding those of us who cannot seem to keep track of what day it is. I know everyone has a lot of work to catch up on after break, and we’re all a little disappointed St. Patty’s day is on a Tuesday, but that is no reason to turn down!

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This could be you, only more enthusiastic!

But in all honesty, if you’re looking to rage, celebrate your fellow Irishmen or just have a good time, you have ample opportunity to do so tonight. For those Hoyas who are 21 and over, the Georgetown Irish Dance Team is performing tonight in three wonderful locations. They start the night off at Tombs at 8:15 pm. Grab a friend, grab some dinner and watch some fantastic people dance their heart out. Can’t make it that early? That’s cool, they’re moving onto Piano Bar at 9:00 pm and Ri Ra at 9:30 pm so you have time to catch them later in the night. You could go out and still be back by 10:00 pm to study for that midterm you’re grossly underprepared for tomorrow… because that’s realistic.

All jokes aside, tonight’s going to be fabulous, and the GU Irish Dance team could really use your enthusiasm and general love of all things Irish. They’re also heading to their first intercollegiate competition in Ohio this weekend! So this is your chance to cheer them on. If you want a little preview of what is in store, you can check out one of their previous performances here.

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Just remember, there will be great dancing and awesome outfits that you don’t want to miss!! So put on some green, close your books and make your way down to M St. tonight.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHoyas/photos/gm.1020178071344654/1007441279279759/?type=1&theater and https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/club-going-up-on-a-tuesday

The Aftermath of Midterms

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By now you’ve either powered through your midterms or had them delayed until after Spring Break by snow. You’ve stayed in Lau all night, made study guides, drank copious amounts of coffee and sat through hours of studying and preparation.

Ok, let’s be honest, AN hour of studying and preparation.

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Sounds about right

But now the pencils are down, the papers are turned in, so what’s left? What do you do in the wake of midterms, when the constant stress and studying is replaced by silence and free time?

Here are a few ideas:

1. Shred/burn all of your notes! Sayonara Suckers!! You definitely will not need those for finals or anything.

2. Rely on your pals to help you de-stress. There is nothing that a late night movie marathon cannot fix.

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3. You could also find that special someone to keep your mind off of the realization that you’ll be getting your grades back soon.

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4. President Underwood will be happy to keep you company while you contemplate your life choices.

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See, you’ll be fine in the long run.

5. Go out and experience the world… play in the snow, build a snowman or feel the rain on your skin. rain

Just remember, that as empty as you might feel right now, a whole new round of exams will start up after break. You’ll get to go back to those late night Lau parties, daily breakdowns and crippling self-doubt once more! So enjoy spring break while it lasts.

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The Final Days of Rhino

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As you probably know by now, Georgetown’s quintessential bar, Rhino, is closing for good this Saturday, Feb. 28. While Georgetown technically has other bars such as Bandolero, Mason Inn, Piano Bar and Mr. Smith’s… oh wait that’s right, Mr. Smith’s also left because of the ridiculously high rent (and let’s be honest you’re never going to make the trek all the way to Mason Inn anyway), so there is no place quite like Rhino. Sorry Tombs.

Underage students all across campus are lamenting that they will never be able to attend this classy establishment. One junior expressed her regret: “I just want to be accepted at Rhino for me, not the random blonde girl I occasionally pretend to be”. One sophomore described an amazing birthday celebration: “I spent my 23rd birthday at Rhino, I wish I could have gone there for my 21st!” A freshman articulated her longing to go: “I want to be one of those girls, wearing 4 inch heels and too much makeup, waiting in line in the freezing cold, they just look so sophisticated”. Unfortunately these students will never have the true Rhino experience, and that’s a crying shame.

However, if you are 21, you’ve still got four days to live it up at Rhino. Go wild, go crazy!

Here are some ideas:

1. Wear something ridiculous. Those hot pink leopard leggings in the back of your closet? Now is your chance to show them off.

2. Order drinks on someone else’s tab. Shots for everyone!

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3. Ask the bartenders for ridiculous mixed drinks with weird made up names. Can I have a Snowmuncher: tequila, coke and orange juice please!

4. Steal as many coats as you possibly can. Hey, it’s cold outside!

But in all seriousness, if you’re feel adventurous this week, Wednesday night is the last ever jersey night. So if you own a sports jersey, and are ready to get rowdy, start the weekend early by heading to Rhino at 9:00 pm! You have a midterm? Not a good enough excuse.

Come on guys, it’s closing time. One last call for alcohol, so come get your whiskey and beer!

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Introducing Starbuck’s New Tiramisu Lattee

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For all the Starbucks lovers out there, I have good news! There is a new signature latte joining the fold, the Tiramisu latte!

Why go out and buy overly priced deserts at a restaurant when you can consume them in liquid form at Starbucks?

On a healthier note, Starbucks is bringing in a coconut milk option by popular demand. Allergic to dairy and soy? Never fear coconut is here.

Although I applaud these new changes, I can’t help wondering, why stop there? So many delicious desserts are just waiting to be turned into lattes. Here are just a few suggestions for you, Starbucks.

1. Carrot Cake Latte. I mean, it’s essentially the same as the PSL but with carrot, am I right? I think this orange, foamy drink would be especially delicious.

2. Key Lime Pie Latte. St. Patty’s day is right around the corner, what could be more festive?

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A latte Shrek would approve of

3. Glazed Donut Latte. Buy this and an actual donut, dip and enjoy.

4. Chocolate Gelato Latte. Just got back from Study Abroad or just really like chocolate? Starbucks, if you could melt some gelato and pour in milk that would be a latte right?

5. Thin Mint Latte. This is needed because it’s more socially acceptable than walking around and shoving an entire box of Girl Scout cookies in my mouth.

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So there you have it, a plethora of new latte ideas courtesy of the 4E. Although I doubt you’ll be seeing any of these flavors in a Starbucks near you, it’s probably better not to add to the already extensive list of dessert lattes.

We’ve already got the caramel brulee, caramel flan, cinnamon dolce, pumpkin spice, chestnut praline, Christmas cookie, eggnog, gingerbread, toffee nut and the new tiramisu latte*. So go forth and latte.

*Consuming more than 4,000 calories per day in liquid latte form is probably bad for you. Please drink responsibly.

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