Econ 001 Study Guide

12_09_13_Opinion_StressedStudent_ThinkstockFinals are upon us. Lau has become ridiculously crowded and the beautiful weather outside mocks all the gloomy students on campus. We know how stressful finals can be on the Hilltop, so your friends here at 4E have decided to help you out by typing up a few study guides. At least 250 students will be taking an Econ 001 exam soon but, luckily for you all, I’m a TA for that class. I am happy to impart my wisdom upon you.

Here is what you need to know for your “Intro to Microeconomics” exam:

Lesson #1: Supply and Demand: If you’re in the class and still can’t understand the basics of supply and demand, there is a good chance you’ll fail this final! But, for our less economically inclined readers, let me explain. People sell stuff, and other people buy stuff (simple, right?). However, these curves unfortunately move around for all sorts of reasons that no one really understands. Luckily for us, one of those reasons is Ryan Gosling:

complementsLesson #2: Normal vs. Inferior Goods: In economics we like to judge people’s choices harshly by declaring that certain goods are inferior to others. Essentially, an inferior good is a cheaper good that you want less of when your income rises. Well, that kind of makes sense but then why is the demand for Natty so high at Georgetown? After I get my paycheck from being a TA, and my income rises, I go straight out and buy myself some cheap-ass Andre. Looks like some economist must have overlooked this crazy phenomenon…

Normal goodsLesson #3: Budget Constraints: Although I wish I could buy an unlimited amount of Andre and easy mac, I do unfortunately have budget constraints. Luckily, these constraints change with the price of goods I buy and with my income. However, it’s important to note that what’s weird about income and price changes is that they’re all relative. If prices and income all go up by 10%, you gain nothing.

incomeLesson #4: Externalities: Occasionally, people do things that harm you indirectly. For example, when your neighbors host random parties at 2am on a Tuesday and you can’t sleep. This would effect your benefits, and thus changes the socially optimal quantity of parties. Clearly this is hypothetical since the socially optimal number of parties is infinity.

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So, if you can memorize these four lessons, you might be almost, sort of, half way to passing your Econ 001 exam! Just remember kids, getting an A in this class will basically define the rest of your life. Happy Studying!

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Finals: As Told By “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

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As the week winds to an end, and the study days disappear (seriously, come back), it’s inevitable that we will all soon be facing the doom of finals.  In order to provide you with a preview of the week’s worth of misery and solitude you will soon subject yourself to in a lonely little Lau cubicle, 4E has compiled a list of our favorite gifs from the Netflix hit The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Because hey, you might as well describe one of the worst things ever with some of the best moments from our favorite motley crew… it might even dull the pain (disclaimer: nothing can dull the pain).

Finals, as told by Kimmy Schmidt and friends:

When your friends ask you if you’ve started to study for your Econ final that’s in 2 days.

So you decide to pack your entire life up and seek out a little Lau cubicle which will become your home for the next 48 hours. But not matter how much you try, it will still be as drab and uninviting as ever.

It’s time to get to work, so you crack open your text book for the first time of the entire semester.

After reaching for your 5th cup of coffee from Midnight, you start to realize that no matter how long you stare at your problem set it just won’t sink in.

But then you remember that nothing can stop you.  Not even evil professors who are definitely out to ruin your GPA and future career prospects.

Things still aren’t sinking in though, so you decide to actually attend your TA’s office hours on Lau 2 and you end up leaving understanding something.

In honor of your period of enlightenment, you decide to take a study break with your friends. They continue to complain about their exams and you’re all like:

After 15 minutes 2 hours, you decide to get back to work.  But studying isn’t going well, so you start to get a bit defensive. 

Then you finally catch a glimpse of yourself after spending hours on hours curled up in your cubicle home. What is sunlight?!

Seriously though, what is sunlight?  The only light you know at this point comes from the fluorescent lights that are giving you a migraine. You know no world outside of Lau. 

After 18 consecutive hours spent in Lau, you inevitably have to decide between sleep and food. You naturally try to multitask.

Before you know it, it’s the morning of your exam so you of course give yourself a pre-exam pep talk!

But then you walk into the exam room and all you can think is:

The proctor distributes the exam and you realize, after looking at the first question, that you might actually understand some of this.

You end up leaving the exam feeling confident, and you realize that despite all the torture that you’re still unbreakable.

But then, of course, you realize that you have another exam and paper due tomorrow so it looks like it’s back to Lau!

Best of luck this finals season, Hoyas.  Just remember, if the mole women could survive living in a bunker for 15 years under the supervision of Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, then you can definitely handle a week of endless exams.

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Econ Crushes: 7 Ways to Tell if They Mean True Love

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Ladies and Gents, gents and ladies, fellow Hoyas and fellow Hoya followers: Love is in the air.

With just a mere 8 or so weeks left of the semester, you may or may not be realizing that the time you spend gazing at your star crossed lover in Econ is soon coming to an end. Face it: it’s time to make your move.

He/She has stolen your heart through long weeks, problem sets and midterms already… don’t lose your opportunity to seal the inevitable deal. We here at 4E understand if you’re reluctant to swoop in; how can you be sure if he/she is into you?! Well, we have the answers!

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1. Eye Contact. Perhaps you were staring longingly at the glorious curves of their face, in the middle of a daydream about your future family, or simply scanning the room when your eyes met theirs; whatever the occasion was, catching he/she in the act is a sure sign of their undying love for you!

Next Steps: When this happens (which of course it will) don’t miss your opportunity to clarify your acknowledgement with a nice subtle wink! Make sure to make it extra obvious so that he/she knows it is meant for them!

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2.  Have you had another class together before? Boys and girls, here is a major sign that his or her obsession with you is equivalent to your own with them! Why else would they be taking macro this semester other than the fact that they took micro with you the semester before?!

Next step: Write them a handwritten note (it must be in cursive) to let them know that you know that they are stalking you. Make sure to let them know that you’re OK with it though and use this opportunity to share your mutual love for them.

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3. The “Sup Nod” Test. Perhaps, you and him/her have mutual friends, have talked at a party once or reviewed an iClicker question together and your relationship has reached the occasional “sup nod” phase. This means that in passing you are both comfortable and eager to acknowledge each other. To some this may seem like only a friendly gesture shared between acquaintances, but don’t be fooled. That simple tilt of the head is more similar to a mating call than to an innocent form of acknowledgement.

Next Step: Be bold and swoop in. As soon as this action takes place, get as close as you can to him or her, stare into their eyes and align your steps with theirs. The rest will follow.

4. Did you bump into each other? It could have been anything from a gentle brush of the shoulder to a full on fall-on-your-face fiasco – any physical contact is a sure sign of physical desire…. of course, right?

Next Step: Make it happen again. The first bump may have seemed to be only a coincidence to your soon to be lover, in order to ensure that he/she knows it was in fact fate you need to make sure that it happens again. Plan a methodical collision for your next class. Scope out where he/she is sitting and deliberately time your departure for class. Untie your shoe and give yourself at least 4 feet to fall flat out on this person. Once this happens your love will be certain.

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5. Note Sharing. Has this person ever asked or offered to share/compare notes? This is major. If this event has taken place, it is a sure sign that not only do they trust your competency and intelligence, but they’re probably into you. Let’s be honest, asking for help is the clearest indicator that a person is looking for more than answers to their recitation worksheet.

Next Steps: Use this opportunity to share a little more than just the answers/mathematical garbage. For example: (x + y) = you and me on a long walk on a beach in the sunset with our children for the rest of our lives and eternity.

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6. Sits in your row. If he/she sits in your row week after week take this as a deliberate sign of their undying love for you. Even if this is a result of your incessant stalking/ premeditated effort to be close by, because they have not moved away they are likely on mutual ground.

Next Steps: Scoot closer. Each day make an effort to sit at least one seat closer to this person. Even if the same people sit in the seats between you all everyday. It’s fine. Once you’ve finally reached the next seat over spend your classes inching closer to him/her. By the time you are in this person’s lap you will most likely be engaged.

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7. Avoids you. The last and most sure sign that shows that a person is into you is avoidance. This is an instinct we are all made aware of at a young age. If a person seems to ignore your hellos, sits at the far end of the room from you or simply is caught up in their phone every time you are around, it is very likely that they are just too nervous to contact with you.

Next Steps: Ease this person’s discomfort with persistence. Stand by them as much as possible and their sense of security will grow. Follow them around campus or search for their NetId! If you don’t have access to their phone number, send them e-mails frequently with one or two words. This will add to the mystery while allowing the person to grow comfortable with your interactions.

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The clock is ticking my friends. Be bold, be fearless, get the guy/girl.

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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!

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