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Freshman year of college is like the first episode of New Girl or the sex-ed class in 5th grade- awkward. But it’s okay because you’re a freshman and you get to embrace this identity throughout all of those moments that make you cringe, want to dive into some water, put a bag over your head, etc. When you’re a sophomore it’s still pretty awkward and you have less of an excuse to embrace it (but you of course do anyway). Have no fear though because by the time you’re a senior, well you know what they say: it’s only awkward if you make it awkward. And well, you still probably are.

Anyhow,

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4E is ripe with a haul of self-proclaimed awkward experts. Had an awkward moment? It’s most likely that we’ve been there, and back, too many times. So for those times when you’re torn between hiding under the covers or breaking free out into the world, we’re here to push you toward the latter! Let us now walk you through a few scenarios and some strategies for conquering them.

1. First, the classic name game. You’ve met 1,000 people this year and you’ve remembered about 6 of their names. When the moment arises that you forget someone’s name, you can…

  • Proceed to cough various names in hopes that one will trigger their attention.
  • Find a reason to clarify the spelling.
  • Call them pal, Jack, Caroline, or Sarah, you have a 40% chance of being correct.

giphy-12. Next, you are walking behind someone that totally looks like that person that’s in that group with you. They’ve got the same hairstyle, cool shoes, and the same build. Rather than awkwardly walking directly behind them to class you jump ahead and start talking. But then you realize it’s not the person whom you thought it was. You can…

  • Run.
  • Continue to talk to them as if they were that person and imply that it is them not you who is crazy.
  • Introduce yourself and invite them to coffee because this could be the making of a
    perfectly awkward friendship.
  • Pretend you were talking to the imaginary person behind them.

3. A friend asks you on a date. You had just settled in for the night, aka you only have a t-shirt and underwear on and you hear a knock at your door, “So, I was wondering if you would want to get dinner later this week?” You can…

  • Shut the door in their face, go to bed, and apologize in the morning you thought you were having a nightmare.
  • Say yes, but call it a “friendly dinner” and continue to emphasize how excited you are for the “friendly dinner” all week.
  • Pretend you no longer speak English, and mistakenly thought they asked if you had any extra socks. Proceed to hand them socks.

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4. An actual date. Let’s say it was coffee. Here we shall focus on the goodbye. You just departed Saxbys and are heading in the opposite direction of your date. You can…

  • Keep as much distance as possible so that by the time they go in for a move you are
    halfway up O Street.
  • Go in for the handshake. Bold. Sends a message that you’re serious.
  • The usual, “Let’s do this again sometime,” followed by the expected response of a nod
    of the head and one resounding “Yeah, totally, for sure.” (*thanks but no thanks).

5. Your professor overhears saying something you would rather them have not heard.This could be anything from the Saturday night that you wish to never relive, to how you haven’t done in the reading all semester. It’s all awkward. You can…

  • Go to office hours, kneel on the floor, and plead your apology.
  • Act like you were acting out someone else’s life and proceed to talk about all of the
    studying you did this weekend.
  • Wallow in your embarrassment and never go to that class again.

6. Alas, the person you’ve been seeing asks ‘what you guys are.’ You can…

  • Just show them this, or act it out.

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Soundtrack to Your Freshman Year

Healy_Hall_at_Georgetown_UniversityFreshman year is easily one of the most exciting times of your life.  You’re away from home, completely for the most part independent from your parents and left to fend for yourself.  You have a lot of new freedom, which also means a lot of added responsibility, but at this point you’re ready to take on anything.  While you’ll certainly experience a lot of highs and lows throughout the year, you’ll look back it with fondness and wish you could repeat it a thousand times over.

In order to chart the progression of your freshman year, 4E has decided to set your experiences to music.  For those of you just finishing your first year on the Hilltop to our seniors getting ready to take on the real world, everyone can relate to the craziness that ensues over the year.  For any members of the Class of 2019 reading this: take note.  You’ll be in D.C. before you know it, and you’ll want to know how to better expect the unexpected.

4E presents: Soundtrack to Your Freshman Year

1. Eighteen Cool (Hoodie Allen)You’re about to start your freshman year of college, and at this point high school is just a distant memory.  So long to questionable school lunches and classes that start at 7:30 AM.  You’re a college kid now!

2. Anything Could Happen (Ellie Goulding): You just moved into your dorm room (shout out to Harbin 4) and finally met your roommate after messaging all summer about mini fridges and comforter sets.  You can already tell that you’ll be best friends, and you couldn’t be any more excited about what the year has in store!

3. Young Blood (The Naked & Famous): The upperclassmen start to arrive on campus and you begin to realize that you’re on the bottom of the totem pole.  It’s ok though, being the youngest just gives you an excuse to make a ton of mistakes anyway.

4. All Night Longer (Sammy Adams)Your parents are gone and you’re all on your own making the rules as you go.  This college thing is pretty cool, no one is telling you to clean your room anymore and you could really get used to this.  Furthermore, you no longer have a bedtime or curfew.  Want to stay out until 5AM?  No one’s stopping you!

5. I Love College (Asher Roth): You’ve finally started figuring out the freshmen social scene at Georgetown.  You know where Brown House is and how to get to Pink House.  College is the absolute best and you can’t wait to tell all your friends about your super wild nights when you see them over break.

6. Opposite of Adults (Chiddy Bang): Things start to get stressful when you realize that you’re expected to juggle homework, extracurriculars and figure out how to do your own laundry.  College is fun, but sometimes you really just need your parents.  You’re definitely not ready to be an adult yet.

7. Home (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros): It’s your first finals season and there’s no place you’d rather be than at home with your family.  The count down to winter break begins, and time seems to pass at a ridiculously slow pace.

8. What’s My Age Again (Blink 182): You come back to school in January and decide to expand your horizons on the social scene.  Suddenly remembering your birthday becomes difficult.  We’re you born in 1992 or 1993?

9. Take Me Home Tonight (Eddie Money): With the expansion of your social scene comes the possibility of meeting new people.  You might even make such friends on a dance floor and decide to leave with them!

10. Drunk in Love (Beyonce): While you may think it’s love at first sight between you and your friend from the dance floor, it definitely won’t be in the morning.  Just because you both like pizza and are in the College does not mean it’s a match made in heaven.

11. Tipsy in the Sun (White Panda): The winter weather finally ends and it’s springtime.  The nicer weather brings out a strong affinity for pastels, Village A rooftops and a general disregard for school work.

12. Doses & Mimosas (Cherub): Congratulations, you’ve made it to your first Georgetown Day!  You’ve heard so much about this holiday from older Hoyas and you couldn’t be more excited to make memories you’ll never remember with people you’ll never forget.

13. And We Danced (Macklemore): It’s been one amazing year, but as finals wind down it’s time to pack up and head home for the summer.  You’ve danced, cried, laughed and made some of your best friends for life.  The separation from the Hilltop is only temporary though, you’ll be back in a few months and you honestly can’t wait!

Enjoy your summer, Hoyas!  We’ll see you back on the Hilltop in the fall for even more debauchery and good times.

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