4E’s Georgetown Classes Wish List

Class Wishlist

In honor of pre-registration opening up this week, here are a few classes that would be awesome to add to the Hilltop. Take note, John Q. Pierce!

Sociology: The Development of and Societal Influence of the Basic Betch 

Description: Have you ever wondered about the development of this basic species? This course will teach you all you need to know about their pseudo-fascinating lifestyle and increasing influence on society. The course will include a mandatory field trip to Starbucks, the Ugg boot challenge (in which students will be given a pair of said shoes to wear for a week straight) and a final project on the art of dressing for Coachella.

Recommended course materials: Seasons one through five of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “1989” by Taylor Swift, a one-month membership to Soul Cycle and white wine (because after this class, you’ll probably need it)

History: The Historical Outlook of Game of Thrones

Description: Are you an avid Game of Thrones enthusiast or, if you’re not, have you always wondered what all the hype is about? Through this course, you will not only have seen every episode of this fantastic series, but you will also learn the historical background of each kingdom. There will be no more confusion about the origin of the White Walker or the background of the Targaryens and their long rule of the seven kingdoms. By the end of this course, you will know the creed of the Night’s Watch by heart and every lineage of each family. Lastly, this course will teach you how actual historical events are integrated into the plotline of this world.

Recommended course materials: HBO subscription, sweats and snacks

Government: Inside the Mind of Frank Underwood

Description: Frank Underwood is one badass that no one wants to mess with. How is he so successful, classy and relentless all at the same time? This course will explore the motives and mind behind this political social climber. By the end of this course, you will be able to manipulate anyone into giving you what you want and screw over close people in your life without mercy. At the end of this course, there will be a mandatory field trip to Freddy’s BBQ joint.

Recommended course materials: a stone-cold fox of a spouse and a lack of morals

Chemistry: Mixology 101: The Art of the Cocktail

Description: Are you a senior freaking out about finding a higher paying job, but you realized you picked a major that provides no future career? Then this is a course for you. This course will teach you all the skill sets for becoming the best bartender — I mean, mixologist–out there. You will know how to make any and every drink known to man. Seniors only.

Recommended course materials: none, because let’s face it, you should probably start saving your money now

Marketing: How Chipotle Became So Popular: An Overview of a Successful Business Model

Description: Haven’t you ever wished that you could have been the genius to think of Chipotle? It’s fast, it’s amazing, it’s always filling and it’s really one of the very few satisfying meals one can get for under $10 in D.C. For all you entrepreneurs out there trying to come up with the next best thing, this is the course for you. This course will include several trips to Chipotle (all expenses paid) and an end-of-the-course phone interview with the chain’s founder himself, Steve Ells. You’ll learn everything to know about creating a financially sound business venture.

Recommended course materials: an empty stomach, burrito cravings and toilet paper — lots of toilet paper

 

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The End of the Beginning

Study Abroad Guide

The final days of summer are fleeting. All Georgetown students are filled with mixed emotions towards the impending situation.

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Especially for those students, like moi, who are shipping out (well, flying out) to study abroad, the end of this summer is a pretty big deal. You are filled with the excitement of a new country, new people and a new drinking age (you know it’s true) but you’re also pretty sad because YOU WON’T BE AT GEORGETOWN.

Ugh, the struggles. How will we deal with not seeing the beautiful Lauinger Library everyday? It seems, at this point in time, impossible.

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Oh, how majestic!

That being said, I bet you all that in, let’s say, 5 days, you will be praising the study abroad gods. #blessed? (Please never use this hashtag seriously.)

Some things you need to do before you jet-set away…

EAT

Whether you fancy bagels with iced coffee or rich Italian pasta, make sure to get your fill of your favorite snacks. But then, PUT THEM OUT OF YOUR MIND. You will not be able to deal with yourself if all you are thinking about is Mai Thai Pad Thai.

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Netflix

While most countries in the world have come over to the dark side (and by dark side I mean Netflix), there are still some who are resisting the urge (cough cough, TURKEY). Just to be safe, binge watch a few episodes or seasons of your favorite show.

Fotografías 

Yes, fotografías is Spanish for photos. This is essential for your study abroad decor and your sanity. Yesterday, I printed about 50 photos from CVS (you can do it online) of all my friends, family and enemies. Hey, you never know who you are going to keep around and who you are going to de-friend IRL.

Tunes 

It is not always easy to download your favorite jams at the touch of a button while off in the middle of who-knows-where. I always like to have all of the songs I would want to, not want to or possibly want to listen to. Does that make sense? Maybe not now, but you will be bowing down to me when you realize how much of a life saver this is.

School Work? 

Contrary to popular belief, study abroad does actually include some studying. While you are also there to have fun and meet new people, make sure to save yourself and download all the things you may need from Blackboard beforehand.

Plans 

Make a list of all the things, places and monuments you want to see so that you can easily plan out your trips! Of course you’re going to learn about new places as you go, but it is always good to have a jumping-off point!

There are a ton of other things you should/need to do before you leave, but of course the most important is to continue reading the 4E.

Enjoy your time being Americans and drinking all the iced coffee you can. Maybe people will miss you when you’re gone.

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.

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The Five Stages of Finals Acceptance

5 Stages of Finals Acceptance

Study Days: a time when classes are over, alarms are turned off and fashion doesn’t exist. Sadly, they are simply a precursor to final exams, those pesky little tests that cover basically everything you’ve learned in the semester. Here at 4E, we know all too well that it takes a little time to come to grips with the impending doom. Here are your five stages of finals acceptance:

1. Denial

Finals? What finals? The first stage is always denial. It’s just too easy to go on, blissfully “unaware” of the impending finals-induced pain. You enjoy your final semi-formals, sleeping in and not having to go to class — ignoring the reason why you don’t have to go to class.

2. Procrastination

OK, so it starts to set in that all of your final exams and papers are about to hit you like a giant brick wall. That doesn’t mean that you necessarily start studying, though. It just means one more Sporcle quiz, one more phone call to your mom or one more load of laundry. Maybe it’s time for a new profile picture? Literally any excuse not to study.

3. Studying Begins

So you’ve finally exhausted all other options. It’s time to gather your books and head to Sellinger, Lau 2, Starbucks or any other social study environment. After all, you won’t be seeing your friends for a while after the next couple weeks. Who says you can’t study and have fun?

4. Panic

Looks like you’ve been having too much fun and not enough studying. It’s time to make the dreaded trip to the “bookends” of Lau (see what I did there?) and head to the silent sanctums of either Lau 1 or 5. You’ve got six pages of a Problem of God paper left to write and a microeconomics exam tomorrow. The Self-Control app is a necessity.

5. Relief

 

At long last, you are finally free! You hand in that last paper, fill in your last Scantron-bubble and crank up Queen’s “We Are the Champions” — maybe that last one is just me. Sure, you still have a lot of packing left, and yes, end of the year goodbyes are sad. But the burden of finals week is finally off of your shoulders.

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Why We DON’T Miss High School

you don't miss hsNow that we’re all on spring break and some of us are home for the week, you’re probably feeling nostalgic and reflecting on your pre-college life, or you’re somewhere warm lying on a beach with your mind blank. If so, take a break from all that sun and read on anyway. You might miss some of your teachers and classmates and all the local spots where you used to hang out. Before you go wishing you could do it all over again, I’m here to remind you why you really don’t miss high school.

Class all day Whether you’re the type that likes to get up early and work out before class or you’d rather sleep the day away, I think we can all agree that classes from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every day is NOT ideal.

Running into teachers outside of school Whether you lived in a small town or in a big city, we’ve all had awkward encounters running into our teachers on weekends or break. Whether it’s waiting in line at Starbucks, at the grocery store or the movie theater, it can be really disconcerting and totally awkward. Luckily, you’re not going to run into many professors at Leo’s.

The high school cafeteria We all hate on Leo’s now and then, but let’s be honest, it’s 10 times better than your high school cafeteria. Eating bagels or a salad for lunch five days straight is not the most exciting. Even if your cafeteria was really nice (that in itself is miraculous), I bet there was no make-your-own wok or pasta station. And let’s not forget about those omelets.

Standardized tests SATs, ACTs, SATII’s, AMCs, APs, the list of acronyms goes on and on. Yes, you might have to take the MCAT, GRE or LSAT while at Georgetown (good luck with that) but at least you’re not constantly bombarded with school-wide standardized testing.

Limited classes Want to take Italian, Arabic, Film Studies, International Relations and Astrology? Chances are your school didn’t have all of these. You were probably stuck with French or Spanish, and Latin if you were “lucky.” Even the largest high school couldn’t offer everything. My school didn’t have psychology, government or economics — awkward how those are now my major and minors.

Prom drama It’s that season again! If you’ve been at home and have younger siblings (I have two little sisters) you’ve definitely been hearing about all the prom angst. Who is going to ask me? What dress do I wear? What corsage should I get her? How do I rent a tux? Who is hosting after prom? It goes on and on. Luckily for us there isn’t much drama surrounding club formals or Dip Ball. College kids just want to have fun, right?

The uniform/dress code Yes, it was nice to be able to get up in the morning and not think so hard about what you want to wear. But sometimes you just want to roll out of bed in sweats or a tank top or pajamas. Chances are your high school didn’t let you wear those. Leggings didn’t suffice as pants in high school, which is really just a shame. Luckily for the public school kids, they are free to carry on scrubbing it as they always have.

Having friends that live far away Everyone had one friend who lived a couple towns over, or maybe even 45 minutes away. You couldn’t walk down the hall and knock on her door to borrow clothes, a spoon or some soap or to see if he wanted to hang out, watch a movie or go get dinner. The 10 minute walk to LXR seems like an eternity, but you used to have to put in a lot more effort to coordinate with your friends.

So, while I had some great times in high school, and I’m sure you all did too, don’t be fooled by the nostalgia; we all loved high school — sort of — but being at Georgetown is just way better.

GET ALL THE SPOONS: Snow Day Rituals You Need to Do Now

SnowDaySo Hoyas, it’s been one of those weeks. It’s freezing cold, you’ve got three midterms and you can barely force yourself to leave your room. If only there were a way to postpone things for a little while. Well, you’re in luck! Another snowstorm is set to hit D.C. Wednesday night, with the current estimates between five and eight inches. I know what you’re all thinking… snow day, SNOW day, SNOW DAY! Believe me, I want a snow day as much as the next Hoya, but we all know the weather here is completely unreliable. If you really want a snow day this Thursday, we’re going to have to perform a few snow day “rituals” in order to seal the deal.

If you love snow and don’t want class, these are the eight things you need to do:

1. Put a scarf on John Carroll. Once the snow starts he’s going to be cold! Providing him with a scarf could be the good karma we need.

2. Cut snowflakes out of paper and disperse them throughout the ICC. Not only will it make that place a little more festive, but it might put teachers in a better mood and make them cancel class in advance.

If not, you’ll be waiting all night for that GU alert.

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3. Steal a spoon from Leo’s and put it under your pillow — assuming of course that you can actually find a spoon somewhere in there.

4. Wear your pajamas inside out; this classic snow day ritual never fails, plus you’ll look super stylish walking into the bathroom the next morning.

5. Eat a lot of cold foods before bed — preferably a pint of ice cream. Eating cold foods will decrease the air temperature and make it more likely to snow (guys, its science). You’ll garner extra good luck if you eat Ben and Jerry’s Americone Dream in bed, watching Netflix and ignoring all your homework.

6. Tweet lots of hopeful snow comments; you never know what the snow gods might hear.

And we really don’t want this to happen:

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7. Turn on the holiday lights you still have set up in your dorm room. Let’s face it, no one ever gets around to taking them down. If we all turn them on, we can trick the weather into thinking it’s December.

8. Do a traditional snow dance, optimally involving jumping, prancing, squawking, thrashing and frolicking. Do it on Lau 2, and everyone will join in. Maybe

Tomorrow you might not be able to enjoy snowy festivities:

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Get ready for an epic snow day this Thursday. If you don’t take these rituals seriously, you’ll only have yourself to blame.

(Also: The Fourth Edition does not condone stealing spoons from Leo’s. But when was the last time 4E was your moral barometer?)

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Poli Sci for the Average Guy: Vlad’s Games

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST on NBC, the world will discover that Sochi is a real place. World-class athletes from almost 100 different nations will participate in an event first held 3,000 years ago in Olympia, Greece. Although today we use the Olympics to celebrate the gods among men rather than the gods themselves, the Olympics remain the lynchpin of the international sporting community.

sochi-2014-logoHowever, it’s not all about luging — but if it were, I wouldn’t complain. Time and time again the Olympics have provided a platform for political revolution and revelation. By hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, Russia has invited international criticism of many fronts.

In the late 1800s, Sochi was home to the genocide of the Circassian people — historically Sunni Muslims in North Caucus — who today, still united as a global Circassian community, protest Russia’s hosting the games on the grounds that Russia never apologized for its wrongdoing.

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The criticisms don’t end there. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, a “Pride House” was instituted to welcome LGBT athletes, but this year, the Russian Ministry of Justice shot down the idea of a “Pride House” for the 2014 Games, claiming that creating one would incite “propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientation which can undermine the security of the Russian society and the state and provoke social-religious hatred, which is the feature of the extremist character of the activity.”

The safety of LGBT athletes in the Sochi games has been hotly contested and brought to the forefront of the international community; just recently, Vladimir Putin signed into a law a series of “anti-gay” laws that challenge the protection the Olympic Charter provides for members and supporters of the LGBT community.

In addition, reporters arriving at the games have described stunning conditions in Sochi: unsafe drinking water, unfinished buildings and the “elimination” of stray dogs from the city. In other words, everything’s a hot mess.

t-A-T-u-tatu-23149208-800-600The silver lining? Russia has spent $51 million on tonight’s opening ceremonies, featuring none other than the R-Pop stars t.a.T.u. Stay tuned!

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Poli Sci for the Average Guy: State of the Union

polisciOn Jan. 19, 55.9 million “Joe Six Packs” watched the Seattle Seahawks triumph over the San Francisco 49ers and earn their seat at the 2014 Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos.

Last night, Jan. 28, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address – a tradition coined by former President Franklin Roosevelt in 1934 as the “Annual Message to Congress on the State of the Union” – to a whopping audience of 30 million (probably students earning extra credit in social studies). The State of the Union address began under President George Washington to ensure the transparency and accountability of the executive branch, and it is now used to test the ability of the vice president (Joe Biden) and speaker of the House (John Boehner) to stay awake. I kid.

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In case you missed yesterday’s State of the Union, 4E is here to fill you in with the President’s major points (with a few jokes laced throughout):

Jobs: “Insourcing” is the new outsourcing, just like “Scandal” is the new “West Wing” (not sorry about it). Obama aims to co-invest with American businesses in American-made technologies and rewrite tax laws that make outsourcing feasible.

Housing: President Obama is handing over $15 billion to create new construction jobs and to help recover foreclosed properties.

Minimum Wage: Things are looking good for entry level workers: The president proposed a federal minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $9 by the end of 2015 with adjustments according to inflation.

Gun Control: Background checks and mental health services are part of Obama’s plan to combat gun violence.

Afghanistan: 34,000 U.S. Military forces are coming home.

Immigration: President Obama wants new legal citizens, and he’s willing to develop new pathways to achieve it, but until then, the 11 million immigrants in the U.S. … can wait? Work? But not illegally!

The Ladies: Obama stated that all American women should be protected and promised to investigate and prosecute instances of sexual assault or domestic violence under the Violence Against Women Act.

Early Childhood Education: The executive hopes to make preschool available to children of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Trade: Hey European Union … lemme get wit you …

Federal Budget: We’re aiming at a $4 trillion deficit reduction, but take a load off, we gave ourselves 10 years to reach that number.

Energy/Climate Change: The plan is to implement tax credits on the production of renewable energy sources.

Education: Mo’ high quality high schools means mo’ college students … and mo’ money … and mo’ problems? Or maybe just more education.

Well, that’s the SOTU in a nutshell for you. For a more detailed analysis of last night’s speech, head here. In the meantime, keep checking in for the next installment of Poli Sci for the Average Guy.

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Career Crisis Center: 5 Steps to Get The Internship You Want (or Need)

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As the pressure to find and obtain an internship grows with each passing hour, the desperate masses descend on Leavey to seek salvation at the hands of the Cawley Career Center staff. Imposing though it may be, navigating the career services at Georgetown is both possible and practical, and thus, we present a handy guide to making the most of Cawley:

Step 1

Like many things in this life, the first step is admitting you have a problem. Still trying to work the high school activities resume? Unsure what exactly a cover letter covers? Coming to the unfortunate conclusion that there is no preregistration for life after Georgetown, and the freedom to decide your own future is pushing you toward an existential crisis? GET YOURSELF A WALK-IN. These nifty little appointments let you talk to the generalists of the staff, who can help point you in the direction of more serious aid, including resume workshops and industry-specific advising. Sign up online, Tuesday-Friday, here.

Step 2

Log on to Hoya Career Connection. Nothing soothes a troubled junior’s soul like seeing the literally thousands of internship opportunities posted on this site by employers who want Hoyas. They actually WANT you. You can search by field, desired majors, dates and really any other condition your heart desires. Many of the employers on HCC come to campus to interview, which leads us to the next step…

Step 3

Go to the On Campus Interviewing Workshop. It is not fun. There is no free food. It is not visually dynamic. But it IS absolutely necessary if you want to apply for an internship that conducts interviews on campus. As in, the Career Center will not allow you to even apply if you do not go to their workshop. THIS IS IN CAPS BECAUSE IT IS SERIOUS. You can see workshop dates and sign up by logging on to Hoya Career Connection a la Step 2.

Step 4

Check out the schedule of employers coming to campus here or by logging on to Hoya Career Connection (really trying to drive this one home). There are three primary reasons to attend these events:

1. You can **network** with alumni/others amongst the employed who may help you snag yourself a job, or at the very least, help you understand more about their company.

2. Many of the employers (looking at you, PwC!) turn their session into a workshop where they will teach you a specific skill, from writing resumes to case interviewing. Learning to interview from the people who will be conducting it? Good call.

3. Unlike the OCI Workshop, any employer worthy of your time (at least in my opinion) will provide free food.

Step 5

The most important thing to remember is that it’s not too late. The stress around finding an internship is reaching astronomical levels: Blame it on the bankers for already interviewing, blame it on your cousin who had a full-time offer junior year, blame it on the obscene proportion of Hoyas who appear to have their career goals all laid out, but don’t let it get you down. Most of us have no clue where we are headed in June, and you still have plenty of time to find out.

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Poli Sci for the Average Guy: Chris Christie’s Big Ole “Really?”

polisciWe all thought it would be yesterday’s news already, but the question has only seemed to gain momentum: Is Chris Christie responsible for the George Washington Bridge Scandal? As of late, the New Jersey state government has subpoenaed 20 potential perpetrators and participants (many of whom are members of Christie’s administration) in the scandal for the Assembly’s investigative committee. All those subpoenaed, including Christie’s incoming chief of staff, will be expected to testify in the coming weeks to bring this hot scandal to a close.

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So far it seems like a lose-lose situation. The people of “New Joisy” lost three hours of their lives that could’ve been spent feeling inferior to New Yorkers (I kid), and Chris Christie is slowly but surely losing his legitimacy as a potential Republican Party presidential candidate. But, does anyone win?

Why, yes! Remember the Mormon Republican with the five kids, the five point plan and the five shades of gray in his hair he deviously tries to hide? Well, Mitt Romney (former Republican presidential candidate) has profited ideologically from Christie’s charade. Christie forbade Romney from raising money for his campaign in the state of New Jersey, and let’s just say between that and Christie’s wishy-washy response to his possible vice presidential nomination, Romney is laughing somewhere five times. Perhaps the “big government moderate” doesn’t have what it takes… Apparently he showed up late to the Grand Ole Party due to traffic.

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 As always, stay tuned for the latest installment of Poli Sci for the Average Guy.

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How to Talk to a Second Semester Senior

Second Semester SeniorsAs they begin their last semester of college, the members of the Class of 2014 are in a strange place. Some of them have job offers and graduate school acceptances, but many of them do not. Whether they’re happy to graduate or wishing they had four more years, they should be handled delicately. Here are some tips from an expert (i.e., one of those stressed seniors) about what to say to these tender children.

Do not ask what they’re doing next year.

Most seniors do not have concrete plans yet. Even the few who do have law school acceptances, offers from consulting firms or Teach for America acceptances aren’t exempt from the self-doubt and anxiety that can come from contemplating the post-grad life. If you’ve somehow found a senior who doesn’t freak out when considering what lies beyond May 2014, at the very least they’re tired of talking about it.

Do not ask what it feels like to be a second semester senior.

It feels scary and exciting and weird and wonderful. Often at the same time. Do not use this as small talk unless you really want to know those things.

Do ask for advice.

Seniors are full of advice, and they’re also really self-absorbed, so they love giving it. They have wisdom about basically everything: classes, internships, relationships, extracurriculars and friendships.

But do not ask about the future of their relationships and friendships.

Your single friends have never felt more hopelessly single than they do right now, after winter break and a litany of aunts and uncles asking if they have a “special someone.” Those in relationships are all worried about whether they’ll last post-May 17. This also applies to all of their friendships, so don’t ask how much they’re going to miss their best friends. The answer? A lot.

Do accompany them to the Tombs.

Seniors love Tombs and as many of them begin 99 Days next month, they’re going to need some company. If you’re not 21, there’s always weekend brunch, lunch and dinner.

Do not judge them for the #SWUG life.

A SWUG is a senior wash-up girl. The SWUG life means going out without getting dressed up, staying in to drink wine and watch movies and napping at inappropriate times. We know your judgement is just envy.

Do be their cheerleader.

Whether they’re applying to grad programs, going to a job interview, starting a blog or finally showering, support them in their endeavors! A cheerful text or a hug might just make their day. For my fellow seniors, here’s a piece of advice from the latest episode of “Parks and Recreation” and my personal hero, Leslie Knope:

In times of stress or moments of transition, sometimes it can feel the whole world is closing in on you. When that happens you should close your eyes, take a deep breath, listen to the people who love you when they give you advice and remember what really matters.

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