The Change Georgetown DOESN’T Need

Banner - Science SFSIt was recently revealed through The Hoya that the administrators of SFS are considering changes to the core curriculum. This idea may seem great for SFSers due to the excessive amount of Econ requirements and inflexibility required by the SFS core. While reading the article, however, my eyes zeroed in on just one phrase:

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This phrase was met with a variety of reactions:

Shock, probably the most immediate reaction.

Despair, a reaction probably met by many non-STIA majors (including me).

Vomiting, which is what I wanted to do upon reading those words.

The acronym “SFS” is formally thought to mean “School of Foreign Service,” but we all know that it really means “Safe from Science.” With no required science classes in the core curriculum, the SFS has stood as a safe haven for those who love the social sciences, but despise the natural sciences. It builds on certain majors offered in the College (Economics, Government, Political Economy, etc.) while eliminating certain important classes, i.e. science. Moreover, the SFS core stands as, arguably, the most rigorous core curriculum among those at Georgetown (the MSB’s got nothin’ on us). Just when you thought that it could not get worse, the word science comes into play.

As bad as it sounds, some people might actually prefer to keep the four required economics classes instead of taking on a science class. That’s how ~bad~ the situation is with science and SFSers. I am personally against this possible change because, as an IPOL major, I believe it would make more sense to focus on courses that involve history and international relations…not physics or chemistry. Part of my hatred of science stems from the fact that during my senior year of high school, I received an 8/30 on an AP Physics test. In fact, I received multiple test scores below 65% in that class. My teacher was noticeably out to murder me unfriendly to me, and all of my friends thought it was hilarious. Let’s just say I didn’t receive the Physics Medallion at graduation. #Whatever.

Science belongs in the College or NHS, not SFS! While changes to the core curriculum are much needed in certain areas (cough-cough-ECONOMICS-cough), there are some changes that are definitely NOT needed. There’s a reason science has been required by the core; the fewer, the proud(?), the STIA-majors stand together as an example of ways to incorporate science into their SFS experience. The administration does not have to condemn all of us to the torture that is Bio Lab and Chem Recitation. A possible solution to this potential crisis is to let students decide between science and another subject, depending on their field of study. If this change does indeed occur, we may be facing a bigger crisis than the closing of Epi on Sunday nights. Due to the blatant violation of the SFStatus Quo, I encourage all Georgetown students to join the trend:

#keepSFSsafe.

Photos/Gifs: thehoya.com, giphy.com, cliparts.co

4E’s Ultimate Guide to Procrastination

spongebob-rainbowFinals season: it’s the most wonderful gut-wrenching time of the year! Besides spending an inhumane amount of time in the Lau basement, imbibing unhealthy amounts of caffeine, and sleeping at wholly inappropriate hours, you have likely been doing some odd things in an attempt to avoid studying.

Perhaps you have taken a Buzzfeed quiz entitled “Which Mesozoic Era Are You?” (I’m Cretaceous). Perhaps you have found yourself stalking your Grandmother’s Facebook with alarming regularity, or accidentally liking your friend’s boyfriend’s roommate’s little sister’s Instagram post from 73 weeks ago.

It may seem like you are running out of appropriate ways to procrastinate, but don’t worry! 4E is here to save the day with some innovative procrastination methods guaranteed to help you put off studying for your finals until the last possible minute.

1. Watch all 33 chapters of R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet”

“Trapped in the Closet” is a musical and visual masterpiece. The “hip hopera” will also give you some tips and tricks for what to do next time you are forced to hide in a closet from your lover’s husband.

Time wasted: 133 minutes

2. Wait in the Leo’s pasta line

Artistic rendering of the Leo’s pasta line. Not to scale.

Usually reserved for special occasions and days during which you have a burning desire to wait in line for an unreasonable amount of time, the Leo’s pasta line is a prime destination for procrastination. Not only will you use up a substantial portion of your study time, you will also be rewarded with a delicious bowl of handcrafted pasta.

Time wasted: 25-45 minutes

3. Listen to your voicemails

Those voicemails on your phone won’t just listen to themselves, you know. What better time than finals week to catch up on the 47 voice messages from your mom passive-aggressively letting you know that you need to call her back immediately?

Time wasted: Varies, depending on whether you delete voicemails immediately or let them sit there because who knows, you might get to them eventually.

4. Go on a scavenger hunt in the ICC

If you’re brave enough for this suggestion, just be sure to bring plenty of food and water (suggested amount: seven days worth). Also make sure to tell at least one person where you are going so that the search and rescue team will know where to look.

Time wasted: possibly eternity

5. Plan your wedding to that boy/girl in your history class that you’re in love with but have never talked to

First, decide on the perfect venue. Then, figure out what flavor you want your cake to be, make the guest list and pick out the dress. While you’re at it, you should probably also shoot a text to your preferred Maid of Honor or Best Man and hammer down a date. Maybe you’ll even drum up the courage to start a conversation with your intended spouse!

Time wasted: depends on how many things you already have pinned to your Pinterest board

6. Watch the entirety of Weird Al’s “Trapped in the Drive-Thru”

This odyssey of a song is the definition of lyrical genius. It even has a twist ending!

Time wasted: 11 minutes that you will never get back

 7. Rearrange the furniture on Lau 5

All those cubicles are not conducive to group projects or chats with your friends. Restore feng shui to the library by moving around the tables, desks and chairs as you see fit. You’re sure to get a standing ovation from all the cubicle-dwelling orgo students who have been deprived of human contact for who knows how long.

 Time wasted: 120 minutes. Possibly longer if someone doesn’t appreciate your designing prowess and decides to engage in a verbal altercation with you.

8. Fix Congress

You’re a Georgetown student, so you’re definitely opinionated and informed enough to take on this task. Don’t let your years of hard work and infinite depths of knowledge go to waste!

Time wasted: ????

We hope these suggestions have given you some inspiration for your next procrastination tactic. Good luck on your finals and on getting Congressional Democrats and Republicans to agree on something!

Photos/gifs: giphy.com, youtube.com, neatorama.com, tumblr.com

Come to Georgetown NOW!

Convince Your Friends“Ahhh you have to come to Georgetown!” – all Georgetown students to all admitted high school students, ever.

But what should you say next to convince this wide-eyed senior that coming here will literally be the best decision of his/her life? As admissions season rolls around, here are some pointers to get your younger friends to spend their next four years on the Hilltop:

summer-fitness-schedule1. You’ll stay healthy here Afraid of gaining the freshman 15? Worried your parents won’t recognize the balloon you’ve become when they see you on Thanksgiving? Never fear, Georgetown is here! Rated one of the healthiest campuses in the U.S., we have enough variety at Leo’s to keep you satisfied (at least until after the transfer deadline), including vegan and gluten free options. Wondering where all your friends ran off to at 4pm on Friday? Try the row of treadmills at Yates. The amount of peer pressure I’ve felt to exercise alone has somehow moved my normally completely sedentary body into semi-motion.

2. You’ll have a great basketball team to root for If you like basketball, this gives you bragging rights with all your friends. If you don’t, you do now. Hoya Saxa! Take them to a basketball game or show them pictures!

3. You’ll learn pretty much everything Georgetown has a pretty extensive core curriculum, which tends to scare students off. But think about the dinner conversations you will be prepared for after studying philosophy, history, theology and math/science (though this is optional for you SFS-ers). EBW-CroppedAs a future diplomat/banker/business-person/other standard post-Georgetown career, you will dazzle other important people with your ability to converse intelligently about … pretty much everything. Tell them all about that amazing gen ed class you took or bring them along to your intensive Arabic recitation.

4. You’ll do cool things with your free time So it may or may not impress you that Georgetown has over 200 clubs and student organizations. What should impress you is the way these clubs and student organizations manifest themselves as part of your life at school. It isn’t just that you play frisbee, or work for The Hoya or participate in debate. It’s that these things are as much a part of your life as school, friends and family are. These people become your family and these activities become places of fun, learning, and relaxation. How you ask? This is the magic of Georgetown. Take them to the waterfront, on the metro, to the Eastern Market or to some great speaker.

Photos: Georgetown University, Sports Illustrated, Georgetown Law, Wikipedia

Surviving Midterms

Midterms. One word that hardly anyone ever wants to hear. It’s hard to believe that we’ve already made it halfway through the semester. Now that the excitement of Homecoming is over and the adjusting weeks have passed, it’s time to get back into the swing of, well, academic things.

But before we all start to panic with one glance at our jammed-packed calendars, let’s try to de-stress and prepare for the upcoming weeks. Here are some simple tips to help you stay on top of your game and to avoid over-stressing:

1. Relax. Yes, I know. Easier said than done. But think about it…will one test truly define your life? Though all the hours at Lau and the good amount of Flex Dollars spent at Midnight Mug will help your cause, sometimes its good to just sit back and take a deep breathe.

2. Take breaks. It’s impossible to study for too long. Go for a run to the monuments, watch that episode of Modern Family that you missed, eat dinner at Leo’s with some friends — anything that can get your mind off your work for at least a half hour. Sometimes taking the time to not study is just as important.

3. Make plans. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the midterm craziness but think about it. Midnight Madness is coming up, Parent’s Weekend, basketball season (!!) By taking the time to think about all the good, exciting things to come, the motivation to focus and get through the week will be even greater.

4. Keep working on your fitness. Exercise can be very beneficial, especially during midterms. By running on the treadmill, sweating it out in a spin class, or even just taking a brisk walk down M Street, you will feel more energized and ready to do your work.

5. Stay organized. Create a schedule for yourself so that you don’t fall behind and/or freak out! Keep that planner up to date and decide what days/times are best to complete your work. By budgeting your time effectively, you will be able to better monitor your stress.

6. Naps on Naps on Naps. A 20 minute nap is actually the best thing you can do for your body. If you find yourself being pushed into that all nighter, set your alarm and take a quick power nap. It will re-energize you and also keep you from pulling your hair out at 4 am. Be careful, though. Any more time than 20 minutes is not good and can actually make you even more exhausted.

7. Reward yourself. You’ve made it! Treat yourself generously after midterms are finally over. I’m going to suggest taking the walk to M for some Pinkberry. You deserve it.

Happy studying, Hoyas! Remember…we will all survive.