Eri and Maggie’s Squid Game Review

Warning: This article may contain spoilers of Squid Game Season 1

If you have been on any form of social media the past month, you must have heard all about the new Netflix series, Squid Game. I felt the need to watch it as soon as it came out: As a K-Drama addict myself, why wouldn’t I? Now, this is something I don’t like to brag about, but I stayed up until 2 or 3 AM to finish some episodes in the midst of midterm season. Would I recommend you do that normally? Obviously, not. But, Maggie and I can guarantee you that Squid Game is an exception, and it is worth losing a few hours of sleep for a few days (or one day if you are brave enough to binge everything in a night). Here, we will give our own reviews on the series; while we will *try* to not spoil anything big, there are no guarantees… sorry :(((


Squid Game is a dystopian series where the contestants compete against each other in six childhood-inspired games with deadly twists. The one surviving winner obtains a cash award. Although the participants chose to take part in the games, they were predetermined as those who are in charge of the game picked people who are suffering from crippling debt and would most likely want to gamble their lives for money. 

Eri’s Review

To start off, let me say that Squid Game takes you on such an emotional rollercoaster. The majority of the times that I have cried on campus so far have been by watching this series. As someone who doesn’t cry often, this is a pretty big deal. Let me say the two characters that I got especially emotionally attached to (I will not be spoiling if they die or not):

1. Ali Abdul (Player #199)

Ali is an absolute sweetheart. From the moment he saved Gi-hun (Player #456)’s life in “Red Light, Green Light,” he’s had my heart. Even in this dystopian world where you literally are in a situation of life and death, he still manages to care about the other people in the game and always puts their lives out first. He’s too precious and too good for this world that it’s so so sad to see when he gets taken advantage of. If he’s not your ideal significant other, I can’t talk to you.

I mean, look at him. He’s literally glowing and, overall, adorable.
Source: NBC News

2. Kang Sae-byeok (Player #067)

As with the millions of other people who have watched the series, I am absolutely obsessed with Sae-byeok. First of all, she is so, so gorgeous. While she was risking her life playing the games, I couldn’t stop myself from saying “Wow, she’s so pretty” every few scenes (my friends can attest to this).  I definitely wasn’t the only one because the actress who played the role, HoYeon Jung, gained 13 million followers on Instagram in less than 3 weeks. 

She just *cries* looks perfect. Her hair, her skin, everything.
Source: Insider

In the series, she also has an amazing backstory: She escaped from North Korea with her brother, and she joins the game to be able to get him out of an orphanage and live with him. It makes sense why she doesn’t trust most of the other players in the game, I’m sure that more than 80% of them were snakes. 

For introducing me to these two amazing characters, I give the series 4.5/5. I took the 0.5 points off because the ending was not satisfying; it was as if they were asking Netflix to make another season, but I would have been fine with one season with all the original characters. However, I guess the series got it right, it really does come down to money at the end of the day…

Maggie’s Review

Before I hop into things, I wanted to preface this by saying that I watched the whole series in one day in two-times speed. Yes, that’s right. I like watching my kdramas like how my Philosophy professor lectures – at the speed of light. 

I would say Squid Games is one of the best thriller kdramas I have watched, and, trust me, as someone who’s watched over 100 kdramas (give or take), you definitely want to take that to heart. 

Its unique dystopian twist combined with its commentary on economic inequality keeps watchers on their toes while subtly critiquing the debt-infused system many citizens are lured into by loan sharks and debt collectors. Watchers are so engaged that many have attempted to interpret the director’s purpose of Squid Games – coming up with all sorts of theories about Squid Game’s purpose from a critique on neuroliberal capitalism to a warning against communism. But, whatever the political message behind it is if there even is one, it’s a great drama. 

And now, since Eri went over her favorite characters, I want to take the liberty to go over my favorite character. Drumroll please…

Han Mi-nyeo! 

God, what a misleading picture. Anyway – unlike Eri – I won’t spoil anything, you can thank me later. But, her character is definitely iconic. If you have watched the series, you know why. If you haven’t, be prepared to love and hate her all at once. Take that how you will. I know for sure, I will be looking at bathrooms differently for the next few months…

Overall, I give Squid Game a 4/5 stars rating. I’m not a big fan of thrillers and all the gory blood effects so that’s where the 1 point deduction comes from. Granted, that is a biased rating: taking off a point simply because of the genre it is. Anyway, if you haven’t watched it, what are you even doing? Jump on the bandwagon already! And for all my peeps without Netflix, steal your roommate’s password! If you need any kdrama recommendations or any sites to  *legally watch them, you know where to contact me!

Closing Remarks

Squid Game is definitely worth the hype and a great way to get exposed to kdramas for those who have never watched any. Plus, you can join the trend of making dalgona cookies for a fun cooking process with a tasty reward at the end.

Reviewer’s Eri and Maggie Out.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Losing Your Ren Faire Virginity

Everyone remembers their first: the turkey legs, the mead, the ornate costumes, the jousts. Or maybe you don’t. Maybe you never will. Nevertheless, for those looking to branch out or gain a bit of knowledge beforehand, here are my Do’s and Don’ts of your first time… at the Ren Faire. 

Do: Dress up! 

The costumes are what sell the experience, and if you don’t have anything to wear, that’s no problem. Around almost every corner there are vendors selling folk-ware, ranging from elf ears and flower crowns to entire pirate ensembles and artisanal suede cloaks. 

Don’t: Expect to use Apple pay. 

They didn’t have Venmo in the 1500s! Sure, maybe they could’ve picked up contactless payment during the plague, but hindsight’s 20/20 on that one. Instead, bring cash, sacks of gold, or some valuables with which you can barter. 

Do: Come with an empty stomach.

Part of the fun of Ren Faire is trying all the weird foods you would only see there. Besides the obviously popular turkey legs to be washed down with meads and ales, the faire will typically have tents with cuisine from all parts of the world. You can try Mediterranean, East Asian, Mexican, Irish, Nordic, and North American goods all in the same picnic area.

Pro tip: Go to the shortest line if you’re really hungry. All the food is so good, you won’t be missing out on the 45 minute donut wait. 

obligatory picture of me eating fajitas at Ren Faire

Don’t: Try to cram everything into a couple hours.

Take it from me. I was to be traveling back to Washington, D.C., the day I went to the New York Ren Faire, and even with the six hours I was there, I felt like I could’ve spent the whole weekend without even scratching the surface of what the faire had to offer. Get a schedule of the shows and performances they have planned, and try to see as many as possible. After all, they are the only things included in the price of admission (around $25), and you may as well make the most of your money. 

Do: Use the Ren Faire jargon.

If I’m not hearing “Huzzah!” at least every fifteen minutes, why even go? In all seriousness, get into the spirit of Ren Faire! Even if it isn’t particularly your scene, it has something for everyone! The most fun way to be involved in the faire is to really immerse yourself in the 1500s, for the most part. You may not be losing stool in the streets, but the port-a-potties will be labeled “latrines.”

Overall, the Ren Faire is what you make of it. If you want a really fun day full of living it up in your best wench-wear, then I highly recommend going. I’m just here to make sure your first time is a memorable time, whatever that may be.

My First ~Official~ Month as an On Campus College Student in Review

My life is currently spiraling out of control (yay midterms!), but hey, so is Georgetown University, so at least I’m not in it alone. Midterms kicked my butt while also providing me with the academic validation that I so desperately needed. So, I guess I can’t complain too much, but I still will. As a sophomore who spent last year online, being on campus for the first time is definitely a new experience. I’ve officially been on campus for over seven weeks (ignore the title, because as I said, yay midterms!) and it’s been wild. Ok, so this isn’t really a ~one-month~ review, but what are you gonna do about it? Be prepared for some major word vomit about my first official month on campus as a college student.

How I felt before my midterms.

My first night here, I obviously had to go see what was happening on the Vil A rooftops. I was immediately disappointed when the first thing someone said to me was, “Are you a first-year?” I said, “No, I’m a sophomore.” And this boy had THE AUDACITY (because if boys have anything, it’s the audacity) to say, “Oh, so you’re basically a first-year.” Of course I had to ask how old this inquisitor was, to which he responded with “a junior.” I mean, doesn’t that basically mean he’s a sophomore by his logic??? I think the Class of 2024 has a collective frustration with this.

An accurate representation of how I react internally when people call me a first-year.

We already missed a whole year of college. We are already upset that we know virtually nothing about this school,.YOU DON’T NEED TO KEEP REMINDING US!!! And the worst part is it’s not just annoying boys on Vil A rooftops, but it’s also the girl working at Outdoor Voices when I went with my friend to pick up her online order, parents who come to visit campus, their friends and everyone else!!! It’s just obnoxious at this point. I think being here for a month should count me officially as a sophomore now because otherwise I’m going to be a junior whom people are calling a sophomore. If that’s the case, maybe I should get a refund on my first year and Georgetown can keep us sophomores here for another year. However, I’m not too sure if we want that right now though because this school feels like it’s falling apart. 

I don’t even think I can list all the problems this school has had in the last month on one hand. First, there were the extremely long lines at Leo’s the first few days. Not sure why I waited for over 30 minutes to eat uncooked chicken, but I guess I was just too naive considering I’m a “first-year.” (Please note the sarcasm.) 

My reaction to my first bite of Leo’s after a summer of home-cooked meals.

Then of course there were difficulties with the mailroom. I was only slightly bothered by the weeklong processing delays to receive my packages after they were delivered. What bothered me more was when they just lost two of my packages and then ghosted my emails. The packages were successfully located weeks later, but it was rather inconvenient considering one of them was a textbook for my psych class that put me weeks behind in the reading. When I was at home last year, I definitely don’t remember having this many problems receiving my packages. Sometimes my mom or my sister would intercept them, thinking it was for them, or my mom would try to teach me a lesson for buying so much online and steal my packages until I inquired about them. 

The way things are going, it’s honestly possible.

The school might be falling apart, but hey, so are all of the students. The unprecedented early flu outbreak was enough to wipe out all of us.


Speaking of sickness, I obviously can’t forget about frat flu/common cold. It’s not like I could forget about it because it’s like every day in class I have someone coughing down the back of my neck. The common cold just seems angry that it lost a whole year of terror to COVID-19, so it came back fighting. Every time I’m sick, I try to remember all those glorious times when I was healthy. Naturally the university is only really concerned with your well-being if you have norovirus, coronavirus, or the flu. Those with the common cold are told to suffer in silence. Or in the back of class coughing on everyone because apparently professors are not expected to accommodate students unless they have COVID-19 because “life is normal now.” Yeah, right. 

Live footage of the person sitting behind you in class.

How would I best describe my first month on campus as a college student? Lit, crazy, movie. With a side of sickness.  (I’ve also been spending too much time on TikTok if you couldn’t tell.)

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Do You Want to be The Next Georgetown Survivor?

This article contains spoilers for the first three episodes of “Survivor” season 41.
Do you want to be the next Survivor?

We’ve all been following Liana Wallace (MSB ’23) on “Survivor” all season, and rightfully so—it’s a lot more interesting than watching those five econ lecture recordings you’ve had queued up for the past week. To catch up on her last two episodes, here’s a recap: Liana formed an all-girls alliance, and she slayed the balance beam. Her team unfortunately lost the Immunity Challenge in the second episode, but luckily, Liana remained safe for the rest of the episode. In the third episode, she sadly missed an obvious clue, prompting the title of the episode: “Her Million Dollar Mistake.” However, Liana won Tribal Council and is safe until next week.

Now, you’re probably thinking: how can I be on “Survivor”? I don’t have the skills (or time) for that. However, little did you know that Georgetown University has been preparing you this entire time.

If you’re worried about eating strange, exotic foods on the island, you’re more prepared than you think. A crispy catfish sandwich has prepared you for anything that may come your way. Also, each contestant is given a bag of rice, which we’re all too familiar with as the go-to substitute for any of the questionable Leo’s specials of the day, made al dente of course.

Physical Ability
Even if you aren’t a Yates gym rat, you’re better off than most. Racing up the ICC steps to get to class or up the New South hill after Leo’s would allow you to pass any fitness challenge with flying colors.

In “Survivor,” you have to fend for yourself. If you know anything about club culture at Georgetown, you’re scrappy. You will be one of those 5% of students who gets into The Corp and will run over your fellow classmates to do so. Similarly, the audition process for “Survivor” is rather lengthy, containing multiple rounds of cuts. If you applied for any club here at Georgetown, you’re already prepared.


A big part of “Survivor” is making alliances, like Liana’s all-girl team. At Georgetown, you have to survey the people in your class on day one and figure out who to sit next to. Gauging who’s fake and who’s not — who’ll give you the notes when you’re suffering from a bout of food poisoning and who’ll gatekeep them — is an essential skill. Once you perfect that skill, your tribe is ready to go.

I think this speaks for itself. If you’ve spent more than three hours in the life-sucking environment of Lau holed up in a cubicle, you’ll be able to survive any barren wasteland you’re thrown into. This is a type of endurance that can’t be learned anywhere else.

Even if it offers nothing else, Liana can always thank President John DeGioia (CAS ’79, GRD ’95) for the cura personalis education that’s helped her last this long on “Survivor.” And maybe one day, with luck, we’ll see more Hoyas on the show.

Dear Consulting: Please Let Me In

It’s the time of year where eager first-years and burnt-out sophomores and juniors send in their hopeful applications, dress up in their suits for interviews, and make it to the last round of interviews — only to face that final rejection. Georgetown fosters this toxic club culture where students with no prior experience are extremely disadvantaged from joining competitive clubs that heavily favor students with prior experience. Club culture’s exclusivity leaves inexperienced students feeling as if they only have two options: simply not apply or apply and wait for the rejection.

Not to name clubs specifically (consulting) but Georgetown’s club exclusivity perpetuates an interesting paradox. Students curious about new fields look to clubs as a way to gain experience but are often rejected if they do not have that experience. I’m not big on using comparisons, but it’s like the chicken and the egg: Without one, you can’t get the other.

If you’re someone like me who came from a public high school that didn’t offer every single club known to mankind, you’re already at a disadvantage. At my high school, clubs like mock trial, FBLA and model UN didn’t even exist. So, when I got to Georgetown, I saw these clubs as a way to explore my interests and learn about subjects outside my intended major…

As a government major, I was (surprisingly) interested in investing. I figured if Warren Buffett could have a net worth of $1 million by 30, I had about 13 years to catch up to him. Needless to say, I regret to inform you that the world has so far lost the opportunity to see all my investing potential.

If this all sounds excessively bitter, then it has successfully conveyed my purpose. My hope is that as Georgetown’s clubs grow and become more established, the club leaders of these exclusive and highly coveted clubs will focus on the establishment of novice programs for new members to integrate better and learn about the basics of the program before being thrown in headfirst. Expanding training programs for all or even creating shadowing programs for novices would help many eager students learn about the fields and causes the clubs support.

Anyway, instead of sulking about Georgetown’s club culture, I thought it’d be useful to compile a list of clubs that didn’t require you to win a Nobel Peace Prize, intern under Dr. Fauci, or discover a new chemical element. Apart from their open membership, these clubs give students the opportunity to meet peers in all different majors with similar interests. They often offer more of a noncompetitive environment with more flexibility and are great for students looking to explore their interests without having to commit a burdensome amount of time.

Undergraduate clubs:

Cultural clubs: Asian American Student Association, Armenian Student Association, Arab Society, Black Student Alliance, Central Americans United Student Association, Iranian Cultural Society, Japan Network, Korean Student Association, Latin American Student Association

I feel like this is pretty self-explanatory. I don’t think anyone’s going to bar you from your own culture or exploring others. This list in no way encompasses all the cultural clubs offered on campus!

Consulting: DCivitas

This one is for all my consulting rejects. Unlike the other heavily competitive consulting clubs, DCivitas prides itself on its open-membership policy. Even if you’re not a consultant, you can still participate in training programs, so when the next application period opens, you can try again — this time with experience.

Investing: Georgetown Collegiate Investing (GCI)

GCI requires no application, just that you attend the training sessions and pass a midterm. It might seem like a heavy commitment, but honestly, for a club that lets in people who aren’t in the MSB, it’s not bad.

International affairs: International Relations Club, Model UN (MUN)

This one I found really surprising. Considering how Georgetown’s MUN team is ranked No. 2, its open membership is something to definitely take advantage of. If it helps, my MUN friends are always raving about their conferences — and gatherings!

Law/debate clubs: Moot Court, Parliamentary Debate

To all my fellow Mock Trial rejects and aspiring law students, I have found some hopeful alternatives. Moot Court doesn’t require any applications. Parliamentary Debate does, but the process is fairly lax from what I have heard and experienced.

Political clubs: College Democrats (GUCD), College Republicans (GUCR)

For all my fellow students interested in starting political debates in the common room at 1 a.m., I’m happy to inform you that GUCD and GUCR have open membership and are a great way to become even more polarized!

School spirit clubs: Hoya Blue, Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program, and Georgetown Program Board

There’s nothing like cheering on our teams and being the literal embodiment of hype.

All joking aside, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to get into every single club to find your community. Despite my caustic remarks, getting into the most competitive clubs doesn’t mean everything. It definitely doesn’t hurt to apply, but don’t feel discouraged. Many open-membership clubs — like the ones listed above — do amazing work while providing similar experiences and resources to its members. As our amazing editor said, “People find their way to their community eventually, but it just takes time.”

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Emily’s List of Under $15 Georgetown Favorites

I hate a lot of foods. Growing up, I was the notorious picky eater in the family, which led me down a very interesting path of eating boxed mac and cheese for dinner every night. Luckily, when I got older, my appreciation for healthy, nutritious food grew. Now that I’m at Georgetown, there is only one thing standing in the way of me eating these kinds of foods: the mandatory unlimited meal plan at the dining hall. 

If I could have had it my way, I would save myself the money and just pay for the least amount of swipes possible. Even better, in a perfect world, I would be cooking to my heart’s content and purchasing the food I actually want to eat every day. You see, I am unfortunately a perfect storm of picky meets health-conscious meets semi-vegetarian, and I don’t always find myself enticed by my choices at the Table at Leo’s. It’s true they have salad, vegetarian and halal stations to accommodate many dietary restrictions, but these stations seem to rotate on a very limited — and very repetitive — menu and could honestly offer more when it comes to healthy, filling options. 

I don’t want to waste the money I was forced to spend on the meal plan; however, sometimes I just cannot bring myself to go to Leo’s. For those of you who also find yourself in this position, I have taken it upon myself to compile “Emily’s List of Under $15 Georgetown Favorites (For Times When Leo’s Is Not Your First Choice).”

You’re welcome.*

*Disclaimer: If you have the stamina to walk to Trader Joe’s and the gumption to use your common room kitchen, go for it. I, however, am not one of those people. 


Uncommon Grounds

I know, I know, the coffee is a bit on the expensive side, but speaking as a girl who, not kidding, eats breakfast there every day, it’s not terribly priced. It’s even pretty comparable to Starbucks and less expensive than Saxby’s, the nearest off-campus option. In fact, today I got a large iced tea and a bagel for $5.85, and I’m still convinced someone inputted the total incorrectly. Plus, you can use Flex dollars, so it feels like it’s free (until you check your virtual wallet). Regardless, the less money I’m spending on my debit card, the better. 

Pro tip: If you’re really committed to the saving grind, and, like me, cannot resist bagels, save $3.25 on the sun city at Call Your Mother and get the bacon-less version. Just add takeout bacon from Leo’s. 


Falafel Inc.

I don’t even have to explain this one. I know it’s good. You know it’s good. We both know it’s cheap ($3!). Enough said. Pro tip: Mix the garlic and habibi sauces together and thank me later. 

Bluefin Sushi

Located on the canal near Thomas Jefferson Street, the spot is a little tucked away, but it is amazing. The regular rolls are $6 to $7, and around lunchtime, you can get a combo order of three rolls for around $14, which, if you’re comparing it to buying the sushi from Leo’s or Vittles, is a much better deal. Only downside: If you’re living on campus, be prepared for a bit of a walk. 

Good Stuff Eatery

Though not exactly a secret in the Georgetown community, the name rings true. If you ever find the dining hall chicken sandwiches to be a little not to your liking, then take a trip down to M Street. Their burgers run around $9, which is on the higher side, but they get bonus points for all the sauces.


Oki Bowl

Right off Wisconsin Avenue, Oki Bowl is an experience. The Japanese fusion cuisine hits the spot and doesn’t break the bank; their popular oki curry ramen is $17 and is a large enough portion to have leftovers for the next day. So, when you think about that price as split over two dinners, it definitely falls under affordable.

Chaia Tacos

On Grace Street, Chaia sells vegetarian tacos for $4.50, including my favorite, the creamy kale and potato taco. They’re perfect if you’re not too hungry and even better if you’re not looking to spend a lot and your friends want to grab dinner with you. There is no room for FOMO on this list.

Dahlgren Quad

On any random night of the week, Dahlgren will have its white party-hosting tent packed with people, and even better, caterers. Obviously, I do not advocate for stealing catered food, but if you walk past at the end of the event and see a lot of leftovers, just ask the event coordinators if you can take some. It’s better than wasting food, and it’s free. Win-win.

Charcoal Town Cafe

I am — subjectively — the biggest shawarma fan. I love it. I could eat it for every meal. If you don’t want to do the Falafel Inc. ~vegan shawarma~, Charcoal Town Cafe has a chicken shawarma wrap for $9, and for $3 more you can add on seasoned fries. Very worth it.



I know what you’re thinking. Wawa? For drinks?? Yes. Not for just any drinks — for coffee. The large iced coffees are incredibly cheap, huge and sugary enough to keep you energized on the hunt for your next cheap eat. If you’re a over 21 Hoya who isn’t on the meal plan, this is also the go-to spot for mixers.

Mai Thai

If you’re a living, breathing (21+) person at Georgetown, you’ve been to Mai Thai. You’ve had drinks there. You know about the $13 pitchers during happy hour. That’s why you keep coming back. We all do.


I have only scratched the surface of all the amazing Asian and Asian-inspired restaurants in Georgetown, but the other day, I went into BeauTea and got a large Golden Ginger Tea for $4. *chef’s kiss*

A Random Henle

If you ever find yourself particularly parched on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, just show up to a random Henle with a suspiciously large crowd of people outside, and I can almost guarantee that you will find something inside to quench your thirst. Just don’t offer to pay for it.


Emily’s List of Cheap Eats That Are Simply Not Worth It:

  1. First Bake (sorry, overrated)
  2. 90 Second Pizza (I don’t know how they conned people into believing it’s cheap, but where I’m from you can get a slice of pizza bigger than their pies for $2)
  3. Foxtrot Market (sadly, it does not live up to this list’s standard of “cheap”)

Writer Spotlight: Jon Pejo

Jon becoming the most important member of The Hoya: blog editor.

As the new semester begins, we at the Blog figured it would be a good idea to introduce our readers to the newest blog editor: His Royal Highness Jon Pejo! For those of you who don’t know, Jon is a senior in the College studying English and history and has already left quite a legacy behind at Georgetown. From New Student Orientation (NSO) to The Hoya, almost everyone knows Jon’s name. But who is Jon? Cece Ochoa and I spent some time with Jon to get to know him a bit better. 

Jon’s Latest Articles:

What’s the most recent article published under Jon’s name, you may ask? It’s “9 Ways to Stay Healthy During Flu Season.” Yes, it’s from 2019, but the topic is very relevant today. Is Jon also a prophet by predicting the current dangerous flu season? Read the article to find out! (Also, get your flu shot kids!)

Jon as Doc Brown from “Back to the Future

However, Jon has started a new column with the lovely former Blog Editor Abby Weintz on how they are the old ones at Georgetown now. While the first article, “Senior Year: A List of Grievances,” is under Abby’s name, all of us in the section can swear that Jon did contribute. The piece answers some commonly asked questions from the first month of being back on campus, such as, “Why is Lau 2 dead silent?” Great job, Jon, on writing your first article in almost two years!

Fun Facts About Jon:

Where might people know Jon from?

He has been very active in NSO! Additionally, he was named Georgetown’s Funniest Human in 2020, so he’s kind of a big deal. Finally, he sang Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” on a table at a Club Filipino event while he was sober. 

What is Jon’s favorite Georgetown memory?

Jon has enjoyed all moments of NSO. Ask him about any specific day he worked at NSO, and he will definitely have a good story to tell about it.

Jon retelling his stories from NSO to the Class of 2060.

What is Jon’s favorite campus food?

He loves Leo’s garlic breadsticks. Not going to lie, the breadsticks are one of the best you can get, and, dare I say it, they might be as good as the ones from Olive Garden.

What is on Jon’s senior year bucket list?

For whatever reason, Jon’s senior year bucket list includes catching up on lost time at The Tombs. We think it’s so he can perform Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” with a larger audience and possibly under different circumstances. Anyways, keep an eye out for Jon’s ~incredible~ singing talent at The Tombs this year!

Who is Jon’s favorite Georgetown graduate?

Given Georgetown’s incredibly long list of notable graduates, none stand out to Jon more than Bradley Booper. You may remember Oscar-nominated Bradley Booper in iconic roles such as Broot, the lovable tree in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” or in movies such as “The B-Team.”

What is the best thing about the Blog, according to Jon?

Here at the Blog, there’s one thing we can all agree on. No, it’s not that the best chef is writer Lincoln Le or that WordPress is the best platform available. It’s that objectively, without a doubt, the best part of the Blog is Jon Pejo. And we’re glad to see he agrees!

What does Jon hope to accomplish as senior editor of the Blog?

While the virtual Blog was full of fun, wholesome, chaotic vibes, Jon’s number two priority is to keep and improve these vibes as we return to in-person blogging. What’s his number one priority? Is it having fun? Of course not. It’s a strategically planned TikTok takeover! So keep an eye out for all your blog favs (i.e. Jon Pejo) on The Hoya’s TikTok!

Any closing messages?

As Jon put it kindly, “God bless President Kennedy.” Unfortunately, he could not stick around to explain this one. So, uh, we’ll leave this to reader interpretation. 

Jon leaving the interview.

Closing Remarks:

All of us here at the Blog are very excited to see the long tradition of having such amazing editors continue. We are so excited to see the Blog flourish this semester and hope you all stick around to catch Jon’s future articles!

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Georgetown, Please Offer Better Electives

Finals season may be upon us, but our fall classes are right around the corner, and hopefully, next semester won’t be over Zoom! While Georgetown students have just registered, it’s clear there needs to be a revision of the schedule of classes.

“United States Political Systems?” “Problem of God?” Boring.


Georgetown clearly needs to spice up its academic roster, and we at the 4E have some suggestions for new classes that are sure to make students cry on registration day when they realize that there are no spots left.

Me, when the entry-level history course I need to take to graduate on time filled up because all of the spaces are reserved for first-years.

THEO 666: Cats and Satanism


The Blue and Gray Tour Guide Society has been complaining that “Dogs and Theology” — which is a real class that I took in fall 2019, shoutout to Father Steck — has not been a compelling enough draw to get prospective students to attend Georgetown. The administration should respond to this with another whammy of a theology-requirement-fulfilling class, by offering the exact opposite. What could be more enticing than a class on Satanism and cats offered by a Jesuit school with a dog mascot? It’s perfect!

MARK 019: Rebranding After a Deadly Pandemic Takes Your Company’s Name


The unprecedented events of the last year led to one unexpected consequence: a fall in the sale and halted production of Corona beer. How can a company bounce back from such a disastrous naming coincidence? Only the MSBros can find the true answer in this tantalizing class.

INAF 101: Devil’s Advocacy


This class would be perfect for carefully cultivating Georgetown’s next generation of “Devil’s Advocates!” You know the type: a Pocket Constitution always on hand, always saying that “both sides are to blame,” and always on the lookout for their newest ~victim~ to engage in an unwilling debate.

BIOL 069: The Jesuit Identity and Your Body


This class, cross-referenced with theology, will explore the relationship between Georgetown’s Jesuit Values and your ~body~ (think: “the birds and the bees,” but if taught by Father Carnes)! With course modules featuring “Hoya No Sex-a” and “How to Use Bathroom Doors as a Propaganda Tool,” this class is sure to hit the perfect balance of scandal and intrigue.

CHEM 411: Mixology


What could be more scientific than experimenting with delicious drink combinations? This upper-level chemistry elective would be perfect for fulfilling Georgetown’s Science for All core requirement and for ensuring that the Village A rooftop has more to offer (21+) Hoyas than lukewarm Natty Lite. Plus, if your career in consulting doesn’t work out, this class would give a great backup plan for graduation!


Hopefully this refresh on Georgetown’s course offerings will make our undergraduate population much happier! Keep that GPA up, Hoyas!


Dy(e)ing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Do you feel bad about stagnating during a global pandemic? Feel like your life has been on pause for the past year? Have you had no time for self-improvement, focusing all your energy on surviving each cursed day? That is totally fine! Hustle culture is toxic, and sometimes you need to focus on yourself, even if that means doing the bare minimum.

However, taking a step back also means you must contend with the fact that some people are just better than you. And that’s okay too! For instance, my multitalented coworker, Lincoln Le, has discussed his newfound love for cooking. Have you explored your unknown, yet deep-seated passion for cooking? No. But Lincoln has, and he’s a better person because of it.

This is you.

It’s always great to hear that someone is thriving, but a little part of you has to also internalize the fact that these people are simply better than you. You’re probably reading this article on your couch, in sweats, munching on Hot Cheetos or something.

Am I overusing “Saturday Night Live” gifs? Maybe.

You know what Lincoln is doing? Cooking a delicious Michelin-star meal. And me? I’m dyeing. And I don’t mean any of that hippie crap, tie-dyeing. I mean, real, honest, American dyeing.

To Lincoln, cooking has been his release. For me, it’s been dyeing. Here is my story.

Kourtney was talking about me.

It all started a couple years ago — 21 years ago, in fact. One fateful March day, I was born. Twenty years later, as I was browsing the heavy machinery at Home Depot (as one does), I stumbled upon some Dickies painter pants with a friend. We bought one each, and I wore them occasionally. They were stiff and baggy, standing out in my wardrobe as some sort of ’90s relic. Even after a dozen washes, they were stiffer than gluten-free pancakes.

But then, I had a revelation. My white painter’s pants were no longer just baggy, semi-hipster pants. They were the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and I was Michelangelo. Armed with clothing dye, some salt and a huge pot, I was ready to create my masterpiece:


Step 1: I boiled some water. Not just any water, though. It was heavily salted (I’m talking like a cup and a half of salt) and soapy. Once the concoction was at a boil, I added the dye, which is when the magic began.

Step 2: Once the dye was added and mixed thoroughly, it was time for the most important ingredient. I popped those pants into the delicious stew.

Pants in pot with dye.

The trick is that you want to make sure you are stirring the pants as much as possible. I really embraced my inner forest witch — the pot was no longer full of pants and dye; it was my potion to turn unsuspecting children into my pet cats.

After about half an hour, the pants were ready to be rinsed. I dropped those bad boys under running water to expel the excess dye until the water ran clear. Then BAM, they’re ready to be worn. I did it! I started a new hobby and gained a new skill during the pandemic. My superiority reigns far and wide. Have fun lounging on your couch, rotting away, readers. I am simply better than you AND I have cute pants to wear.

I have a god complex now.


How to Seem Intelligent in the Upcoming School Year

With the impending start of the fall semester, many of us are itching to just get back on campus. This also means in-person classes and activities, but with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we haven’t been able to get to know each other as well as we should. One thing remains true: perception is key. Although that seems superficial, it … Okay, this intro is getting long. Here are a few things you can do to make yourself look smarter.

Know Your Way Around


Usually, the innocent freshman can expect a sage, experienced upperclassmen to tell them where to go. That becomes a little more difficult when about one-third of them are in the exact same boat, and unfortunately, there isn’t always going to be a helpful junior or senior around to come to the rescue. Before the confused masses start wandering across the lawns and around the halls, consider studying a map. In no time, your peers will depend on you, like boats to a lighthouse. That’s how you make friends: necessity.

Dress for Success


For the past year or so, we’ve all had the privilege of dressing casually. Now that our peers are finally going to be able to see below our upper torsos, an upgrade is in order. Watch out folks: business casual (or better) has just become the new casual.

Buy a Fountain Pen


There’s no joke here. Buy a fountain pen. Unless you’re willing to refill cartridges or, God forbid, toss them out when you’re done with them, buying a converter and an ink bottle is highly recommended (mileage depends on usage and nib size). Here are a few recommendations:


Pilot Metropolitan:

Platinum Preppy:

(Tip: You can store ink using the entire body of the pen. To do this, you need an o-ring, silicone grease and a syringe/eyedropper. Here’s a how-to video:






Caliber Filler Paper:

Take Notes on Paper


Now that you have your nifty new fountain pen, it’s time to put it to good use. Taking physical notes has been known to boost understanding of the subject being written down, which makes it something worth considering. Though carrying around a binder can be a little inconvenient, what better way is there to show off your stationary and/or handwriting? You never know when your word processor is going to erase all your work.*

*based on author’s personal experience from writing this article

Read Your Professors’ Books


You’re checking your physics professor’s profile on GU360. As you scroll down toward the bottom, reading about all of their greatest accomplishments, something catches your eye. They’ve written a book: “The Doppler Effect and Earthquakes.” Is it something that interests you? No. Should you read it? Yes. Even if you have no interest in the subject, reading your professor’s book can help you establish some credibility. You’re going to need something to gush about to your professor during office hours, after all. 

Familiarize Yourself with the Acronyms


GUTS, GUSA, and GERMS, oh my! Georgetown does love acronyms, and confusingly enough, many of them begin with “GU.” Similar to memorizing a map of our campus, knowing all of them will help you stand out. People don’t need this information, per se, but it’s just helpful to know. By the way, how do you pronounce GUGS again?

Header Image: THE PEN SHOP