5 Tips to Start the Semester Right

Helpful HintsWhether you’re a seasoned second semester senior or a freshman who feels like she just scraped by her first few months at Georgetown, everyone can use a little help starting a new semester right. Here are some tips from 4E:

1. Open MyAccess on your phone and screenshot your student week at a glance. Then make it your lock screen picture. That way if you forget where your next class is, it’s right there on your phone at the press of a button (literally).

2. Consider your many book-buying options based on what class you’re in. If you never have to do direct work in the book then maybe look for it online. If it is a book for a popular class (intro bio, CPS, etc.) buy it so you can resell it to someone at the end of the semester.

3. Swap schedules with your Leo’s buddies so you know who will be free to grab a quick lunch between classes.

4. Take 30 minutes to go through all of your syllabi and put all major tests, papers and presentations into your calendar so you know which weekends are for work and which are for play.

5. The finals schedule is already available, so take a look at that, too!

With the second semester underway, follow these tips to start off on the right foot. Though we’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Welcome back, Hoyas!

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Poli Sci for the Average Guy: Christie’s Jam Recipe

polisciChris Christie, the (usually) reputable, Republican Governor of New Jersey (and likely 2016 presidential candidate) has found himself in a bit of a jam. What did he do? We’re actually not entirely sure. But his staffers did do the worst thing people ever could do: They created a traffic jam (GASP!) on the route linking northern New Jersey to New York City. The jam created a sticky situation for all.

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Governor Christie’s (now former) deputy chief of staff has been accused of “endorsing the mysterious closure of several lanes of traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., as retaliation against the Fort Lee mayor for not supporting the governor’s reelection.” (If proven true, Christie’s red party might hit a major red light politically.) Critics of Christie have referred to the fiasco as “Bridgegate,” a pun on the infamous Watergate scandal. Is Christie the next Nixon, the-I-didn’t-do-that-oh-wait-I-did-that-oh-shoot-now-I-have-to-resign-from-presidency-president … or will he successfully dodge this political bullet and continue down the campaign trail?

christienom1Christie’s response to the whole charade has remained a persistent denial of his connection to the poor traffic control that took place. However, recently leaked emails from Christie aides have led Americans  – Republicans and Democrats alike – to question the honesty of this budding political leader. One such email sent from Christie’s then-deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly read: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” and was sent to Port Authority official David Wildstein, a Christie ally, on Aug. 13, 2013.

Kelly has since been dismissed, and Christie recently announced that he was “embarrassed and humiliated” by the actions of his staffers involved in the scandal. The U.S. attorney in New Jersey has also launched an official investigation into the matter.

With the traffic cleared up and the scandal getting foggier, two important questions remain: Was Christie himself tied to the traffic jam? And, more importantly, did Bill Clinton have sexual relations with that woman?

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All We Want for Christmas is This Way to Search for Classes

Search for classesClassy is a super convenient and – more importantly – super chic way of choosing classes during pre-registration. But now that pre-registration and pre-registration completion are done and I am looking forward to actual registration, add/drop period, post-registration, registration post-game and late-night registration, I’m feeling a bit like a Monday morning quarterback. I got into a few classes I wanted, mostly because I actually added alternative classes this time (oops, I was a hopelessly confused freshman this summer). Still, I’m on the waitlist for probably ten classes, and I’m trying desperately to avoid the Intro to Philosophy class I’m scheduled for because I watched my friends cram for that final and I’m just not down for that kind of stress. Also, a big thank you to everybody for taking all of the Intro to Ethics classes. I wanted that.

I just feel like I could be slightly better off than I already am. And as a true Hoya, I only want the best for myself. For that reason, 4E has compiled a few ideas that could improve our search for the perfect class. Here are some search options we would enjoy immensely:

1. Famous/Georgetown-famous professors We want Madeleine Albright and we want her now! We also want that-guy-who-everybody-talks-about-and-whose-class-is-a-transformative-experience-but-we-can’t-remember-his-name-right-now. You know the one I’m talking about.

2. Easy-A professors Sometimes you just need that one class to slide through. Some second semester seniors need five of those classes. Either way, we want to search for that easy A.

3. Funny professors A professor with a sense of humor can make an 8 a.m. or a ridiculously late Friday class way less painful.

 4. Jesuit professors teaching this semester Wait. The 4E already did this for you. You’re welcome.

5. Most interesting classes to fulfill our gen-eds This is for the student who doesn’t want the average Georgetown experience. You’re so alternative.

6. Classes where we’ll meet new friends FRANDS! Let’s get social!

7. Classes where we’ll meet our one true love/a beautiful person we can stare at and will at least keep us awake in a warm, dark lecture class Call me, maybe.

8. A class with no final It’s a happy thought to realize summer awaits us at the end of this semester, but nothing would make us happier than skipping right from Georgetown Day all the way to the beach. Or maybe the Potomac, because the beach is far away. But the Potomac is gross. Yeah, we’re going with the beach.

9. A class that will change our lives A life-changing class would be pretty cool, I guess. Go ahead, blow my mind. I dare you.

10. Any combination of these There’s a combination option on the Classy search, but I have no idea what it does. It should do this.

I know this seems impossible; sorry for asking so much of the world. (But, seriously, The Corp, take notes. If Classy adds this, I will love you more than life itself.) We may not have a magical search bar (yet), but it’s important to remember that our classes will probably still be quite incredible. After all, we go to Georgetown! Hoya Saxa and Merry Christmas!

The Finals Coffee Drinking Game

coffee_olympics2At this point in the week, Lau-goers have become downright restless. With the Christmas lights at the end of the tunnel, it’s time to push through those last few papers and memorize those last few chapters you forgot to take notes on. If there’s any time in the finals process that caffeine equates to the nectar of the gods, it’s now. We at the 4E have decided to spice up your caffeine intake with this coffee drinking game. Enjoy, and good luck on those last few exams!

Take a swig of that coffee…

1. Every time you finish a page of an essay or a chapter for your final tomorrow.

2. If you see someone sleeping in the comfy chairs on Lau 2.

3. If you hear a pre-med kid say he’s going to drop pre-med.

4. Every time someone recites their finals schedule to you.

5. Every time you’re asked, “When do you leave?”

Take a shot (of espresso)…

1. If your casual night studying in Lau just turned into an all-nighter.

2. Every time you see laughter turn to tears. (Bonus: Finish your drink if those tears become real.)

Finish your drink if…

1. You see someone with three or more empty coffee cups, an entire meal or a pillow-blanket combination in their cubical. These are all signs that this person has decided to forgo their dorm for the week and move into Lau, and they deserve your caffeinated support.

2. You’re already home. Ugh.

Drink ’til you drop that last paper on your professor’s desk! Good luck, Hoyas!!

Struggle City: the Best and the Worst of the Finals Wall

Finals WallEvery semester, it’s the same trip to Struggle City for us Hoyas. Whether you’re writing a 20-page paper, studying for Orgo or just avoiding all of life on Lau 2, finals week at Georgetown gets really real really fast. Really. The Finals Wall, located in The Midnight MUG on Lau 2, serves as a record of all the pain and strife Georgetown students have faced – and continue to face – during this strenuous week. After examining the Finals Wall, I’ve come to the conclusion that some of us clearly struggle better than others. Here are the best and worst struggles of the Finals Wall:

The Best

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This post with questionable grammar neatly summarizing the struggle.

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Wow.

This person who remembered why we put ourselves through the stress:

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I can see my success in her self-titled visual album.

This person who we’re a bit concerned about. The detox that is winter break is closer than you think, anonymous orange-crayon-user!

Fear of missing out #FOMO
Fear of missing out #FOMO

The Worst

This person who is in a really tight spot.

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Good luck, bro.

This person who shares in one other struggle many of us Lau-goers have faced.

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CAPUCCINOMORE.

This person who eloquently described all of our feelings towards econ.

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AMEN!

And, finally, amidst all the struggle, the unifying theme.

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Everyday I’m strugglin’.

Whatever your strife, the 4E believes in you! Own that essay, ace that test. Remember: After enduring all these struggles you can’t possibly fail!

Photo: Matt Sullivan for The Hoya, Zelchandlerpresents.wordpress.com

Ideal Alternatives to Studying

ExamsIt’s been over a week since the last day of classes, and finals studying is in full force. The prospect of two weeks on campus with no classes seemed like it might be fun. There would be so much time for activities – if only that pesky thing called “studying” were not in the way of you and holiday-spirited revelry with friends. After that sentiment fled, Lau became a time-warping alternate universe of notecards, Word documents and cabin fever. However, we know that Hoyas have other things on their minds than studying.

We asked what you’d rather do than study for exams … and here’s what Hoyas have to say:

  1. Sleeping
  2. Running a marathon, because it would be less painful
  3. Playing with my pet bird
  4. Watching Elf
  5. Drinking
  6. Traveling back in time to actually pay attention in class the first time around
  7. Stealing the Healy clock hands while everyone is too busy on Lau 2 to notice
  8. Watching TV
  9. Apparently reading Thought Catalog, since I’ve been doing that for the last hour
  10. Studying something I’m more interested in
  11. Lying next to a crackling fire with hot cocoa while watching all 8 Harry Potter movies
  12. Cuddling and listening to Christmas music
  13. Figuring out how much wood a woodchuck actually would chuck
  14. Squash
  15. I’m not really sure it’s appropriate
  16. Dancing
  17. Watching a movie
  18. Christina Hendricks
  19. Watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on my bed with my dog and a hot piece o’ ‘za
  20. Playing soccer
  21. Watching the entire series of New Girl online. Oh wait, that IS what I’m doing.
  22. Tanning on the beach in San Diego
  23. Flying a blimp!
  24. WATCHING MRS. DOUBTFIRE, DUH!
  25. Eating a banana Nutella crepe
  26. Literally anything
  27. Be on a tennis court, racquet in one hand, beer in the other
  28. Kissin’ my dog on the lips
  29. SITTING ANYWHERE THAT DOESN’T HAVE FLUORESCENT LIGHTING
  30. Going to the premiere of the new Hobbit movie solely for Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug
  31. Eating a wheel of cheese, but the wheel has lots of different sections and each one is a different kind of cheese
  32. Snapchatting the entire song “Royals” line by line while dressed as Lorde
  33. Walking through Costco eating free samples while drinking a slushie
  34. (This response was deemed too explicit to print on 4E)
  35. Babysitting Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s kids
  36. At home, on my couch, watching the latest episode of Homeland with a warm slice of pizza from my fave pizza restaurant
  37. Making a gingerbread house
  38. Flossing my teeth
  39. Hiking in the Adirondacks and eating PB&Js and trail mix with my two favorite people in the world
  40. Taking my chances with a poisonous frog
  41. Laying in bed covered in puppies
  42. Wrestling a great white shark
  43. Catching the rats in Darnall with a loincloth and a small hunting spear
  44. Scouring the city for knives to donate to Leo’s
  45. Petting little Jack … for hours

So there you have it. That’s everything you’d rather be doing than studying for finals… Now get back to studying for finals.

Photo: Pauleannareid.com

Finals Fashion: A Guide to Dressing Down

Finals Week FashionAs we near the middle of this fabulous finals season (read: gag me with a spoon), it comes time to discuss the elephant in the room: the Hoya finals wardrobe. Finals force us to spend unthinkable amounts of time in unspeakable locations (cough: Lau). They also make us Georgetown students lose our minds and, sadly, our fashion sense (gasp!). During exam time, we even start looking like … normal college students (double gasp!). There is a wide spectrum of clothing worn during these troubling times. Here are the 4E favorites:

Pajamas The best part about finals is definitely that you are not obligated to leave your dorm room, except for the actual finals part. While many of us do study in other places (cue again: the madhouse that is Lau), sleepwear is seen throughout the Georgetown campus. It is comfy, casual and sometimes correct for the occasion. However, I would advise that you do not make this a habit. While you may feel good about your choice now, if you make this into a pattern you will not be psychologically ready to encounter the high fashion standards that will re-emerge in January.

We're ready for Lau!
We’re ready for Lau!

Sweatpants Finals are the one time of the year when you can get away with wearing completely comfortable clothes outside. If you walk into Lau during the semester, almost everyone is dressed presentably (and sometimes painfully). Walk into Lau now, and the ratio of sweatpants to jeans is unbelievable. It makes sense; sweatpants are both comfy and cute, and many Hoyas have been seen making their sweatpants look chic. You go Glen Cocos.

Leggings This is me. I am leggings. I would say that leggings are the most popular type of clothing during finals … for female Hoyas at least (though we totally support any male legging – megging? – aficionados). 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.

Scarves Baby, it’s cold outside. Therefore, scarves are a must. Whether they are for warmth or for fashion, they are a staple in the Georgetown finals style. They make an outfit seem cute, while in reality, it could be a hot mess. This is the beauty of accessories. Use them to hide your inner finals meltdown.

See? Even Pope Francis advocates scarves during finals week!
See? Even Pope Francis advocates scarves during finals week!

Jeans Some Hoyas do opt for the more put-together look during finals. Yes, I mean jeans. During finals, however, most Hoyas do not wear their jeans the same way as they usually would to class. Perhaps you’re breaking out the baggy “boyfriend” jeans, or even those white wash dad jeans that you only wear when you don’t want to do laundry. Personally, I’m not a fan of wearing denim jeans during finals. It’s just too much for the occasion. Jeggings, on the other hand – those I can work with.

Hats Sometimes our schedules get too busy to create beautiful hairstyles. The hat (no matter the kind) is the perfect fix. No one will know that your hair is less than presentable.

WHAT? While many Hoyas take advantage of the break that is finals and wear whatever they want, there are some people out there who have not hopped on the bandwagon. Over the last week, I have seen various people who were actually dressed up in the library. Excuse me, are you not taking finals? Do you not like comfort? Do you have a date? If so, you should not be dating during finals because it will distract you from your studies! The point is, it is imperative that you take advantage of this dress down occasion!

See you in the library, folks. I’ll be the one in the sweater, leggings and slippers. ‘Tis the season.

Photos: Flickr, Twitter @GUAlumni, Getty Images

The Drinks You Should Study With

Finals CoffeeFINALS. You are desperately searching for any source of caffeine like a dying man in a desert searching for a drop of water, and you’re utterly convinced it is the key to all of your success in school and in life. You may have a point. It is a known fact that the key to actually passing more than one final is that anxious jittery high that comes from a cup o’ joe. But this time, we are taking it to the next level. Directly from 4E to you is a list of our favorite coffee drinks to have handy for each subject we are studying.

History

Ah, the cappuccino. Difficult to make and fancy to say, this drink will transport you to a small little cafe in an obscure part of Europe where you can watch it all go down. As you enjoy the fluffy foam hovering over the crucial espresso shots, remember the Titans. Or watch the movie Remember the Titans for a study break and then go back to studying for Early Fill-in-the-Blank-Area-of-the-World.

Math

If you are stuck taking derivatives all day and night, the only hope for you is a nice large black coffee. Only the darkest java will provide the necessary fuel without the unwanted distractions of a more eclectic drink. It’s a serious drink to remind you that you are doing serious work, something employable in the real world one day. Congrats! Just don’t mess up on that final. Better keep drinking.

English

English is all about getting those creative juices flowing, finding the inner meaning and reading between the lines. What better drink than a Frappuccino or smoothie, an opportunity for creativity. Try any and all flavor combinations, with and without whip, and reap the delicious rewards of your genius. Just don’t spend as much time picking a flavor as you do working on your paper.

Foreign Language

Bonjour Madame, quieres espresso? When it comes to a foreign language, your best bet is a small cup with an even smaller amount of espresso in it. Consider just one or two shots because each one has as much caffeine as a full cup of coffee! Asking for a shot or two (sometimes known as a solo or dopio) will make you sound and feel as sophisticated as someone who is bilingual (maybe you if you keep studying).

Economics

If you are studying economics, you are going to need to treat yourself. Go mocha or go home. In fairness, you are studying what people want, and what do people want more than chocolate and coffee? You must experiment with a mocha yourself to understand what all the (economic) fuss is about. Believe me, only a mocha can bring you to Pareto efficiency.

So there you have it! Your best bet is never to stop drinking some form of caffeine. Though your sleep schedule may be completely thrown off by the time you get home for winter break, your plan should be to sleep through the next three weeks until you’re allowed back to Georgetown anyway.

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Laungevity: Signs You’ve Been in Lau for Too Long

Lau StrugglesReaders, let me give it to you straight: I am writing this article to you from Lau 2 at 5:30 a.m., ending an all-nighter preparing for my looming finals that started at 7 p.m. yesterday. I don’t know where the time went. I don’t know how I managed to survive on only vending machine Fritos and hours-old coffee. I’ve been in Lau for so long that I don’t even know if the sun set last night. All I know is that I’ve been in Lau for too long.

So now, I am sharing with you the telltale signs of Laungevitythe long duration of time spent in Lau, so you can avoid it for your sake. Here’s how you’ll know:

Every. Single. Person. Is. Gone.

Lau 3 is completely empty. Literal ghost town.
Lau 3 is completely empty. Literal ghost town.

Yet someone is vacuuming (and it makes your head feel like it’s exploding).

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But eventually, even the workers go home. Then, all you see is cubicle after ominous cubicle.

Nobody on Lau 1, just Post-It Notes of a lost student. Probably a ghost at this point.
Nothing but cubicles and the Post-It notes of a lost student. Probably a ghost at this point.

Then, Lau stops being a library.

Wow it's so late even the BOOKS are gone on Lau 5!
Wow! It’s so late even the BOOKS are gone on Lau 5!

You start feeling all sorts of weird emotions.

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Finally, common sense (and the clock) tell you that you have to leave.

For the love of God, PLEASE GO HOME! DO NOT BE HERE AT THIS HOUR!
PLEASE GO HOME! DO NOT BE HERE AT THIS HOUR!

Then you step outside … and even though you’re cold, exhausted, miserable and borderline delusional, you feel like this:

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Good luck on your finals, Hoyas, but please be wary. Avoid Laungevity at all costs!

Photos/Gifs: Matt Sullivan for The Hoya, Tumblr, Blog.Visual.ly, Wikipedia

 

Friday Fixat10ns: Brace Yourselves, Finals are Coming…

Study Friday Fixations

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Classes end today. Finals begin Wednesday. Having survived the whole semester up until this point, it’s a good idea to relax and enjoy some downtime before getting into the thick of paper writing and studying. Your relationship with Lau is going to be taken to the next level very soon, so in the meantime, enjoy this playlist:

Berzerk – Eminem The end of classes brings a temporary stress relief for most Hoyas, so why not take Eminem’s advice and “grow your beard out, just weird out and go berserk”?

Good Good Night – Roscoe Dash Take a night off this weekend to de-stress and spend some time with friends, or, at the very least, catch up on some much-needed sleep.

Say It Ain’t So – Weezer Yeah, sadly it is so. At some point you’re going to have to get back to studying.

In Too Deep – Sum 41 During this time of year, it can sometimes feel like finals are controlling your life. Keep your head above water and plow through those finals; it’ll be over soon and you can return home!

Lonely Boy – The Black Keys Don’t isolate yourself too much now that classes are over and study days are beginning. Study with friends, get Leo’s together and commiserate over how much work and studying you have to do for finals.

Sleep All Day – Jason Mraz Okay, so it’s probably not a good idea to sleep all day, but you’ll definitely want to get enough sleep to do well on your finals.

Never Saw It Coming – Tigers Jaw Describes exactly the feeling of taking that final you’re unprepared for.

Enjoy The Ride – Krewella Whatever happens with finals, it’s a good idea just to appreciate where you are now: in college, living the dream and nearly finished with this semester.

Time is Running Out – Muse Can you believe it’s already December? Neither can we. And that means Christmas is coming…

Another Christmas Song – Stephen Colbert This hilarious rendition of a Christmas song by Colbert is perfect for those of you who love Christmas songs but want something new. It’s only Dec. 6, but it’s never too early for Christmas music!

Enjoy the holiday spirit, get some rest and ace those finals, Hoyas!

Photo: HelloKaiShin