What To Do This Summer If You Don’t Have an Internship

So now it’s April and you’ve found yourself without an internship. You’re probably asking yourself: what exactly can I do this summer? Well believe it or not, there is plenty more out there than being a Hilltern or interning with your favorite consulting firm. We at 4E have a few ideas of what you could do with your non-internship filled summer.

Let’s begin with some classics. You could take classes, volunteer, work at a local ice cream shop or be a camp counselor.

Read a lot of books. This summer activity is commonly done poolside or at the beach. You could always go for the throwback and catch up on all that summer reading you never did in high school.

But wait, why not write a book? Better yet, why not compile a whole series? Not only will you find a way to pass the summer, but you may even become the next J.K. Rowling in the process.

I call this next category personal start-ups. In this day and age of media, there is so much fun stuff you can create. You could start your own blog: a food blog, a workout blog, a blog for your cat–the options are endless. A meme page could also be your calling, or maybe it’s one of those Twitter accounts where you pretend to be a famous person. Who knows? This summer is your chance to find your social media calling.

Train for an Olympic Summer sport. You may discover you’re actually really talented at canoeing, throwing a javelin or steeplechase. Then you have the whole summer to learn an Olympic sport to begin training for Tokyo 2020!

Challenge yourself. Try every ice cream flavor at every ice cream store within a 25 mile radius of where you are spending the summer. This activity will take a lot of perseverance, money and a very strong stomach. But we believe in you and advise you to always order a large small.



Start your coursework for Fall 2017. It’s never too early to begin your 1000s of pages of readings.
Okay this one is just too ridiculous. Please don’t do this.

Learn the fight song. Patrick Ewing was just announced as the new Men’s Basketball Coach, so you might want to go to a basketball game next season! Prepare yourself. And, if learning the song doesn’t take the whole summer, you can always learn the alma mater too.

Never leave your house. Not once. This will take lots of dedication and a long list of either books to read, shows to watch or walls to stare at, but you’re a Hoya and thus can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

Note: if you do in fact write a book, become a successful blogger, or eat at every ice cream shop within a 25 mile radius, please let us know, as we would like thanks and partial credit for your achievement.

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Lau Really is a Club!

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D.C. has a ton of clubs: Cities, Eden or whatever the newest rage is… you get the point. Clubs and bars are fun to go to, but nothing can take the place of Georgetown’s very own Lauinger Library, the ultimate club.

Confused? Lau is basically the party of the year and by being a Georgetown student you are automatically invited!

Here are six ways a night at Lau is exactly like a night at the club:

1. Boys there ignore me.

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2. It’s hard to tolerate without copious amounts of alcohol.

3. The area next to the (coffee) bar is always the most crowded.

But I just wanted a caramel soy latte!
But I just want a chai tea latte!

4. The bathroom never has soap or paper towels after the weekend.

5. You usually stay well past 2am.

Circa 4am
Circa 4am

6. It’s full of underage college students.

Next time you are feeling bored and restless, save yourself a few bucks, put on your cutest yoga pants and hoodie and head across campus to Lauinger.

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The Ultimate Summer Reading List

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As an avid lover of literature, one of my favorite things about the free time I enjoy during summer is the chance to read a lot of books — and the lack of homework. Short books, long books, literary masterpieces and trashy beach reads all make for fantastic reading material. If you’re just relaxing at home this summer, you’ll have lots of free time, but even if you’re a little busier — traveling or interning, perhaps — you can still find a free moment for reading (the Metro is a perfect place to fit in a chapter or two). Here are my recommendations for the irresistible books you must read this summer:

If you liked The Hunger Games by Susan Collins …

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If you like dystopian societies, scientific inquiry, social revolutions, an omnipotent government and seeing how these things can mess with a society, I recommend Oryx and Crake by literary titan Margaret Atwood. This book sets up a dismal future where everything is scientifically engineered and the Internet is ubiquitous. If you get hooked to Atwood’s eerie cyber-drama, don’t worry — there are two more books for your pile: The Year of the Flood and the soon-to-be-published Maddaddam.

If you want a dystopia based less on science and more on politics, read her other book, The Handmaid’s Tale, about a handmaid in a totalitarian theocracy that forbids women from reading.

If you want a more romantic dystopia, read Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, about an angst-ridden New Yorker falling in love as the world falls apart.

If you identify as a nerd (or did in high school) …

blahhhThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green was classified in Barnes & Noble as young-adult fiction, but it was also Time Magazine’s Book of the Year in 2012, so don’t worry — this isn’t Twilight. TFiOS, as its devoted fans lovingly refer to it, tells the story of Hazel, a snarky, intelligent and perceptive teenager who is slightly socially awkward – and also happens to have cancer. It’s a book about the grim realities, the unfairness of life and the sweet moments we might be able to find in between the complexities which make us human. A book about a girl with cancer sounds like it could be really overdone and dramatic, but this novel is anything but. I read it in one day and really can’t recommend it enough.

 

If you liked Bossypants by Tina Fey …

Fey’s book was brilliant because of its combination of wit, inside details on her television shows and her large amount of life experience. Mindy Kaling — originally known as Kelly on “The Office” but now better known for her eponymous Fox sitcom — released Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) in 2011, which expertly fuses humor, insider information and self-deprecation. Kaling knows how to poke fun at herself — she includes embarrassing childhood photos, vain selfies and awkward stories — while still making you want to hang out with her. The only problem with the book is that it’s so short. (Though, with so many other recommendations to read, there will be plenty else to keep you busy.)

 

If you’re looking for romance without the schmaltz …

When you hear the title, it’s easy to assume that Nicole Krauss’ The History of Love is a corny, Nicholas Sparks-esque take on relationships. However, the novel tells the story of an old man, separated from the love of his life by the Holocaust, who now lives alone in New York. In the same book, there’s a young girl dealing with her father’s death who searches for the man who wrote the book that brought her parents together. The novel itself presents a complicated portrait of what love really means — and it’s imminently quotable, which I always enjoy.

 

 

If you’re looking for some classics …

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There are some books that are considered parts of the western literary canon, the type you tend to read in school. But sometimes it feels like everyone else’s middle school taught To Kill A Mockingbird and you have no idea what people are talking about when they mention Atticus Finch (true story). These are those kind of books:

Blog editor Lindsay Lee would like everyone to consider reading (or re-reading) The Great Gatsby, and I have to get behind that. First, please don’t see the movie until you’ve read it because that cliché is true — the book is always better (Editor’s note: STRONGLY SECOND THAT). Second, it’s kind of the perfect summer book, since it’s about people getting into some major shenanigans during one insane summer.

Summer is also the perfect time to read those long books that you otherwise would not have the time for. This doesn’t just mean that you should dig into Game of Thrones, however (though it does mean that too).

You might have read John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath in high school; if you haven’t, pick up this tome about one family’s Depression-era trek across the country searching for peace.

If you haven’t already, pick up another Steinbeck classic, East of Eden, about the intense rivalry between two brothers growing up in California. Lots of depressing things happen, but in the end it’s uplifting.

Other books that you might enjoy …

… if you love baseball — The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

… if you like short stories — Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower

… if you’ve always wanted to rage in Spain — The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

… if you’re an Anglophile but also nostalgic for the ’90s — One Day by David Nicholls

… if you struggled to learn a foreign language — Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

… if you like things that are kind of meta — The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Get Your Book Fix

by Beth Garbitelli

Photo: Flickr user JSDesign

Rest in peace Barnes and Noble, dear old book megastore of M Street, a ‘goddamn piazza’ where books were sold wholesale, like cans of olive oil at a price club.  (thank you infinitely relevant scriptwriting of Nora Ephron).

Now that the staple alternative to the campus bookstore’s meager stacks has bit the bullet, here are a few other stores around the District worth checking out that have more character than the go-to chains.

 

Bridge Street Books (2814 Pennsylvania Ave NW) 

If you keep hoofing on M Street, you’ll reach this gem. Bridge Street is two stories full of great classic works and smart non-fiction. Some professors at Georgetown request that you get certain books here over the campus store since it’s independent. One caveat is lack of space. There aren’t any chairs or tables that you can work or read at. The store’s proximity is its biggest draw.

Kramerbooks (1517 Connecticut Avenue NW )

Kramerbooks is hands down my favorite bookstore in the District.  The book selection features rows upon rows of quality literature from the last two centuries. They also have a decent offering of non-fiction, some essays and poetry. Added bonus of Kramerbooks is the attached cafe where they serve up delicious main plates and some truly special desserts. Try the peach cobbler.

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