Georgetown’s Secret Freshmen Dorm

Banner - Freshman DormAs a Blue & Gray tour guide took me on a tour of Georgetown’s campus during my junior year of high school, she told me and the tour group that Georgetown had four freshman dorms that will determine the quality of your social life: New South, VCW, Harbin and Darnall. Just those four.  As a result, I was quite surprised when I received news that I was assigned to a different dorm: Village C East. As you can imagine, my reaction was one of shock:

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Sure enough, I found out that there was indeed a secret (but actually not-so-secret) dorm. I’m not alone in my shock; I tell people where I live and most of them respond with the same question: Where? I had no idea of what to expect when I showed up on move-in day. It turns out that VCE is quite similar to VCW (minus the two-winged design). Private bathrooms, straight hallways, and sewage flooding your room are some of the wonderful things to look forward to in VCE.

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After living here for about five months now, I can release my impartial rundown of VCE’s famed freshmen floors:

  1. VCE 8: In terms of VCE, it is safe to say that this is the best floor. Everyone gets along well and generally likes to have a good time. Residents can be seen hanging out in the common room on a regular basis and are always friendly. An inflatable penguin currently stands in the hallway. As you’ll see later, the eighth floor may be viewed as the “oasis” of VCE.
  2. VCE 9: Viewed by some as a floor of mystery, the ninth floor is quite similar to the eighth floor since it is the same size and has an RA on the floor. However, the ninth floor residents do not seem as rambunctious as the eighth floor’s residents, and thus draw less attention. Their common room, however, may catch one’s eye due to the interesting posters that adorn its walls.
  3. VCE 10: Here we are at last: land of the free and home of the — well, me. The tenth floor is probably the smallest freshman floor on campus: it includes six rooms, ten residents, one chaplain, and a surprisingly nice common room. We share the RA with the ninth floor, which is probably a good thing because he has no reason to come up to our floor (definitely nothing ~bad~ happening). One of the most fun parts is that someone from a lower floor left a mini trampoline in our common room because its vaulted ceilings provide enough space for one to jump on it. I may or may not use it on a regular basis:trampolineFor all the Harry Potter fans, my room may be considered the “Gryffindor Tower” of campus because the corner spot of the top floor gives me an excellent view of Arlington, the Potomac River, and some of the monuments. Due to its small size and the fact that not many people venture there, the tenth floor has been called “the wasteland” by many VCE and non-VCE freshmen (which is why VCE 8 stands as the oasis). It looks something like this:

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Although not all VCEers enjoy their experience, some freshmen, particularly those on the eighth floor, rave about their VCExperience. Overall, VCE has given me quite an interesting experience, and I’ll definitely have stories to tell for the rest of my life.

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Top Blog Articles of 2015: Editors’ Picks

UntitledHere at The Fourth Edition, we’ve had a great year.  Before we start bloggin’ 2016 away, we’d like to take a little trip down memory lane with a list of our top posts of 2015.  We’ve covered everything from the Pope’s visit this past fall to helping freshmen find their way to Brown House, and everything in-between.  Thank you to everyone for a great year, and without further ado here are our editors’ top picks:

  1. “Secret Societies at Georgetown: An Expose”:  We brought this news to you first!  Secret societies are taking over Georgetown in the masses, and they’re doing everything from stealing staples to forming avocado cults.
  2. “A Freshman’s Guide to Getting in Parties”: Navigating parties as a freshman is a challenging task.  The upperclassmen are less than thrilled to host your entire New South floor in their tiny townhouse, and you’re more than excited to sip on jungle juice in their dingy basements.
  3. “If You Lead a Freshman to Brown House…”: To the current occupants of Brown House, we’re sorry.  While it was inevitable that the freshman class would their find their way to your humble abode, we apologize for the role we may have played in accelerating this process.
  4. “How 4E Lost it”: It seems like blogs across campus are writing about losing a lot of things this semester!  What exactly is “it?”  Well, you’ll just have to watch to find out.
  5. “Five Types of People Running for GUSA Senate”: Let’s be real, you know a person who fits each description exactly.  Note: You may want to re-read this article to prep for the upcoming GUSA presidential elections next semester!
  6. “Friday Fixat10s: The Soundtrack to Your First Freshman Crawl”: Whether you cried to this playlist or opted to take a cheerier trip down memory lane with a #tbt pre-game, these tracks definitely brought back a lot of memories.  Memories which were mostly filled with over-crowded Village B apartments and warm Natty…
  7. “It Happens Here”: Following the publications of the stories of Willa Murphy and Olivia Hinerfeld, 4E shared a photo series detailing experiences of several survivors of sexual assault at Georgetown.  This piece was a demonstration of solidarity with all victims of sexual assault across the Hilltop.

As you can tell, 2015 was an incredible year.  Thank you to all of our readers, and here’s to an even better year of blogging in 2016!

Photos/Gifs: capytech.com, buzzfeed.com, giphy.com

What We Would Do If We Were Freshmen

welcome-freshmen11The senior nostalgia is hitting pretty hard as the year starts to ramp up. Suddenly everything is the “last” something. Our last first day, our last Georgetown move in day, our last fall semester. Basically, it can start to bring you down. So how better to get rid of that “I’m so old” feeling than by imagining myself as a freshman again.

Here are four things that I would do if I could go back and do that first semester all again:

1. Take advantage of Leo’s: You’ll probably be sick of the food here in a few weeks, but in three years you’ll find yourself hauling food from Safeway and struggling to make something edible in your kitchen. Leo’s won’t seem so bad when you start eating eggs for every meal. What I would do for some Wok right now…

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EAT ALL THE FOODS

2. EXPLORE: Where is the observatory? Where is the Leavy Esplanade? How do you get to the roof of Lau? Where are the tunnels? You will 100% get lost getting to these places, but at least you’ll get a good adventure story in the process!

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Adventure is out there!

3. Stay up all night: DOING IT IN LAU DOESN’T COUNT. While studying for that midterm at 3 in the morning won’t help you in the long run, staying up all night is totally acceptable. Grab your friends and head down to the monuments at night or watch the sunrise on the Georgetown waterfront, those are the memories that will last a lifetime.

4. Say Hi: Awkward is a choice, but you never know who you’ll meet here at Georgetown. That person sitting next to you in class or passing you in Red Square could be your future best friend. So get past your social ineptitudes and just say hi! Don’t forget, 28% of people find their spouses in college. Go get ‘em, tiger!

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So there is my advice for all you underclassmen out there. You still have time, take advantage of it before you’re stuck living the SWUG life like me.

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The 5 People You’ll Meet in POG

proof-god-exists1Problem of God is the defining class of every freshman’s experience at Georgetown. It’s likely one of the first classes you’ll ever have attended on the Hilltop. You were probably nervous and anxious walking in, but left feeling pretty confident that you could write a few papers and pull off a decent grade (while of course enriching your understanding of Biblical texts along the way).

Seeing as how these classes tend to be a random assortment of students from across all majors, you’re also likely to meet a lot of other new Hoyas who will excitedly shriek “OH MY GOD, YOU TOTALLY SIT IN FRONT OF ME IN PROBLEM OF GOD!!!!!!” every single time you run into them at Brown House/SAE/Rugby. In order to encapsulate the true mix of students, 4E has compiled a list of the 5 people you’ll definitely meet in your POG class.

  1. The High School Valedictorian: Within the first few minutes of reviewing the syllabus in class, this student already had a million questions about how and when assessments will be graded. “Will there be a curve? When’s the final exam?? Do you offer bonus points?!?!” Don’t worry, no one has ever died in a POG class — yet.
  2. The Confused One: This student probably wandered into class late on the first day because they either forgot to set an alarm or originally went to the wrong classroom. They’ll often forget that you had assigned reading and will always ask to borrow a pencil before any exam.
  3. The Crazy Partier: This freshman looooves going out with all of their new best friends, and they’re not afraid to let you know. They’ll likely spend the few minutes before class asking if you know of any wild parties going on this weekend, even if it’s only Monday. But hey, at least they’re prepared!
  4. The GAAP Group Celeb: It’s only the first week of school and they’ve already become infamous given their overuse of the 2019 Facebook page. Needless to say, you were probably a little excited when you saw them walk into the room on the first day. While it’s not as exciting as meeting Bradley Cooper, you definitely still texted your new GroupMe “GUESS WHO’S IN MY CLASS!!!!!!”
  5. The Random Upperclassman: For whatever reason, this Hoya opted out of taking POG freshman year. Maybe they had some cool elective they took in place or just wanted to take POG when they were stuck in all 500 level classes. Either way, they’re just going to sit there and laugh at every typical freshman thing you say.

Photos/Gifs: tumblr.com, giphy.com, godisreal.today

If You Lead a Freshman to Brown House…

New-Releases-Top-College-Party-SongsThere are few experiences that will define and unite all Hoyas. Meeting Jack the Bulldog, climbing the John Carroll statue and getting your forehead stamped at Tombs are just a few of these memorable events. As an incoming freshman, you’ll likely have one such defining experience within your first week or two of being on the Hilltop.  Of course, we’re referring to your first Brown House party.

“What is Brown House?” you find yourself asking. Well, it’s somewhat of a haven for freshmen as your chance of getting into these parties is drastically higher in comparison to pretty much anywhere else. Now you’re probably wondering, “What happens at these parties?” Well, we’re glad you asked. In order to prepare you for this truly transformative, life-changing event; 4E has put together a timeline of your first night at Brown House.

8:30 p.m.: You receive a text from someone on your floor saying there’s going to be a HUGE party at this “Brown House” place tonight.

8:32 p.m.: You let your floor friend know that you, your roommate, and about 5 of your new closest friends are definitely down to check this out.

8:35 p.m.: You and your roommate spend the next 15 minutes trying to use Google Maps to figure out Brown House’s address. You’re ultimately unsuccessful.

8:50 p.m.: You start to freak out because it’s almost 9:00 p.m. and you really don’t want to show up late! You frantically start to get ready, trying on almost every outfit in your closet in the process. Your roommate will definitely offer unsolicited advice.

9:30 p.m.: You’re finally ready to go, and you couldn’t be more excited about your first college party. You text your friend and decide to meet in their roommate’s friend’s acquaintance’s room in New South.

9:35 p.m.: You make the trek from Darnall to New South. Such a far walk, but five minutes later you arrive to the pregame in New South. You’re quickly pulled into the overly crowded room of freshmen in order to avoid the RAs from hearing all the noise.

9:37 p.m.: You think you see a bottle of something being passed around at the other end of the room and decide it’s a good idea to check this out.

9:38 p.m.: You make your way to the other end and get ahold of a half-drunk bottle of Cherry Burnett’s. You quickly realize that college will be full of top-shelf vodka as you attempt to hide your horrible facial reaction from consuming something that tastes like medicine and gasoline mixed together.

10 p.m.: After introducing yourself to a dozen people or so over some blaring Top 40 pop song, someone stands on a bed and announces that it’s time to split up and head to Brown House.  You’ll spend the next 15 minutes trying to figure out groups with the right ratios guaranteed to grant you access to Brown House.

10:25 p.m.: Perfect!  You get to the party before 10:30 p.m., so you should be good to go! Unfortunately, the bouncers don’t feel the same way and only let half of you in. On the bright side, you’re in the lucky half and find yourself wandering through the back gates to the house.

10:30 p.m.: You can hardly believe that you’re at your first real life college party! You’ve made your way to the middle of the dance party and it’s definitely everything you’d imagined it to be. You can’t wait to text all of your friends from home about how insane things are at Georgetown.

10:45 p.m.: You and your friends make your way to a table with a massive Sterilite container filled with a mysterious red liquid. You’re feeling adventurous and grab a cup.

11 p.m.: Whatever is in your cup is definitely doing the trick, you’re feeling great and head back to the dance floor. “Trap Queen” comes on and you can’t help but let everyone know that “thissss isss mahhh jaaaaaam!”

11:15 p.m.: After 15 minutes of intense dancing that primarily involves flailing your limbs wildly, you notice a guy/girl across the room. You’re feeling pretty confident and decide to make your way over to them.

11:20 p.m.: You’re having a great conversation with this stranger. It’s such a coincidence that they’re also in the College and from New Jersey!  Things are going so well that you think it might be love at first sight. You ask them what they think of NSO. Your new love interest immediately starts laughing in your face. Apparently he/she is an upperclassman.

11:30 p.m.: You head back to the middle of the crowded dance floor and hope the flashing lights hide just how much your blushing from embarrassment. You start to look around for your friends and realize they’ve completely disappeared.

11:35 p.m.: You make your way past the masses of people huddled around the beer pong table to get a better view of the dance floor.  All of your friends are either dancing or DFMOing with completely random people. You decide to make new friends and join in on a game of pong. You’ll spend the next hour and a half meeting various people and bonding over how you think NSO ice breakers are soooo awkward.

1 a.m.: One of your floor friends makes their way through the crowd to you. They say they’re headed to this place called “Epi” because they’re “sooo drunk and just need food.” You decide to check it out because you’re pretty hungry yourself.

2 a.m.: You never want to eat anything apart from an Epi quesadilla ever again.  You’ll likely never say this again until you go to your next Brown House party…

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Translation: I’m Getting Desperate!

stepWith the deadline to find a roommate via our famous CHARMS matching service less than a week away, many freshmen have turned to the second-most effective vehicle to nail down that match made in heaven: the desperate Facebook post in the Class of 2019 GAAP group.

Usually littered with meaningless questions about laptop preferences and summer reading, toward the end of June, the GAAP group becomes somewhat of a black market for people to post page-long descriptions of themselves hoping some other desperate loner will send them the following via Facebook message: “OMG I’m like really into Harry Potter too! And I also am undecided in the College. We should like room together or something!”

It all sounds great until you really take a look at everyone’s descriptions of themselves; they’re all perfect! Each person posts the most appealing profile of a roommate there ever was. How could every single hopeful be a “super neat, varsity athlete that plans to get a 4.0 but rage on the weekends?” It’s my job to provide a detailed translation of what incoming freshman really mean when they post a bio in hopes of finding a roommate.

What they say: “Hi, my name is Zack. I’m from the New York area. CHARMS is going really well, but I thought I’d just put my bio out there to see if anyone else wants to match and be roommates!”

What they mean: “My mom has called me Zachary my entire life, but now is the time to reinvent myself right? I’m from New Jersey, but not the Jersey Shore kind I promise!!! CHARMS couldn’t be going worse. The only person I matched with plans on having a pet ferret in the room and is unironically into anime. Please room with me I’m desperate.”

What they say: “So, I’m a pretty big athlete and I’m really looking to room with a dude who is into sports.”

What they mean: “I ran the mile once a semester in high school and have severe asthma, but I need at least one person to go to Georgetown basketball games with.”

What they say: “I’m into my studies, but obviously I love to go out and have fun. I’m planning on raging a lot on the weekends and studying mad hard during the week.”

What they mean: “At my senior prom, my math team buddies and I each had a beer and I threw up everywhere. But, like, I’m willing to give drinking another shot I think.”

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What they say: “I’m into music, art, football, dodgeball, writing, reading, rollerblading, underwater basket weaving, friendship bracelet making, biology and a bunch of other stuff! Any questions, just ask me!”

What they mean: “I’m about to list every single subject possible hoping to hook at least one person. In reality, I like Blink 182 and napping eight hours a day.”

What they say: “I’m studying at the College looking to major in Government and minor in Econ.”

What they mean: “In grade school, my second grade teacher gave me the class superlative of ‘Most Likely to be President’, but if that doesn’t work out, I’m really trying to make some money.”

What they say: “Lol, looking for someone neat! (It’s ok if you aren’t a neat freak though. A little clutter is fine.)”

What they mean: “I am one of the messiest people on the planet. Frank Ocean actually wrote ‘Thinking Bout You’ when he saw my room at home because it looks like a tornado flew around my room before you came, so please excuse the mess it made. With that said, I irrationally expect your side of the room to be spotless and will throw a fit if I find one of your socks as I dig through my piles of clothes on my floor to get to  my hidden backpack.”

What they say: “I’m not too picky about sleeping hours or room temperature. I’m just really laid back and go with the flow.” 

What they mean: “I plan on making my room an arctic tundra and you are going to have to deal with it…I have severe night sweats. Oh also, I plan on being up until around 3am watching Netflix, so really hoping the glare from my screen won’t affect the necessary sleep you need to survive your 8am class!”

What they say: “I’m definitely into politics, but I would consider myself a firm moderate. I find equal value in both parties.” 

What they mean: “If you’re not #Ready4Hillary, I’m not #Ready2Speak2You.”

What they say: “I’m honestly down to share anything. I am looking to room with someone who will become a great friend, so sharing is caring am i right? Haha!”

What they mean: “I will be seriously offended if you touch any of the Go-Gurt tubes my mom sent me.”

What they say: “Haha sorry for the long post. If you read this far, please reach out. Although I have a lot of people I matched with on CHARMS, I would love to get to know some people before we get to campus. Alright well, I’ll see you guys on the hilltop. And as they say, ‘Hoya Saxa!'”

What they mean: “I really hope more people read this than the number of people that read our summer reading book, because I’m really getting desperate here. If this doesn’t work, I might have to get a doctor’s note claiming that I am allergic to humans and live in a single in the Southwest Quad. I’m really hoping no one unearths this around Christmas time to show how embarrassing I was. And what does ‘Hoya Saxa’ even mean? It sounds like the hole-in-the wall Chinese restaurant by my house. Well whatever it seems like everyone says it so I might as well!

Good luck with the roommate hunt freshmen! I hope this will help you on your journey to find your perfect mate. Trust me, this is not as bad as it gets. Just wait for first semester finals when that girl who sits next to you in Problem of God finds your embarrassing post and you get to relive this horror all over again!

Photos/Gifs: tumblr.com, collegenext.org

CHARMS for Dummies: A Guide to Finding Your Perfect Roommate

john-belushi-animal-house-001If you’re an incoming freshman, chances are, you’re freaking out about finding a roommate. CHARMS is taking over your life with the insidiousness of Facebook or Instagram but with almost no functionality or efficiency. You constantly check to see if that seemingly awesome person has messaged you back. All the nicknames in your account are some nonsensical collection of “Dog girl” (the girl said she liked dogs), “Taylor Swift” (she seems to have a little bit of an obsession), and “pillow” (it was the first word that popped into your head). We understand that you might be a little overwhelmed with the whole process: after all, you will be sharing breathing space and a 16’x10′ rectangle with this person for an entire school year, so you’d better make sure they’re chill.

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CHARMS is just like online dating: you write a bunch of lies about yourself in an attempt to make you seem cooler than you are. Here at 4E, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to translate some of the more common things you will read on a potential roommate’s housing application, so that you can make an informed decision when it comes to choosing your new BFF:

1. Social Preferences

When they say: “I care about school, but I also like to have fun.”

They actually mean: “I will, at some point this year, post in the GAAP group about leaving my black North Face at brown house.”

When they say: “I’m totally fine with you bringing girls back to the room, as long as you’ll also stay out when I’m gettin’ some.”

They actually mean: “Neither of us will ever bring a girl back to the room.”

2. Sleeping Preferences

When they say: “I usually try to wake up early, like before 8.”

They actually mean: “I will never wake up before 1pm.”

3. Studying Preferences

When they say: “I’m a bio major on the pre-med track.”

They actually mean: “You will never see me, unless you are in Regents between midnight and 3am.”

4. Music Preferences

When they say: “I like most types of music, but I especially like trap.”

They actually mean: “I will play Trap Queen at least 500 times this semester. Especially if someone cool is walking by the door.”

5. Cleanliness Preferences

When they say: “I’m pretty neat, but I won’t get super mad if you are a little messy!”

They actually mean: “You will never see the floor. You might also find me sleeping with multiple half-eaten Epi quesadillas in my bed.”

6. Free Time Preferences

When they say: “I can’t wait to get out and explore DC!”

They actually mean: “I will not go past the corner of M and Wisconsin the entire year, unless it’s via Uber.”

7. Room Temperature Preferences

When they say: “I like the room to be cold when I sleep.”

They actually mean: “I’m a normal person.”

When they say: “I like the room to be warm when I sleep.”

They actually mean: “I am a sociopath.”

In all seriousness, don’t freak out too much about finding a roommate. You might meet your new best friend, or you might not, but everyone at Georgetown is worth getting to know. And hey, even if you wind up with a crazy roommate, at least you’ll have some stories to tell!

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, youtube.com, imgur.com, wordpress.com

Campus Confusions: Post-Study Abroad

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As the semester starts off and all Georgetown students are frantically getting back into the swing of things, there is one group of people who are having a tougher time than most.

Yes, you guessed it, the fall study abroad gang are the most frantic of the students this lovely first day of classes.

Between moving into rooms all over campus to brief hellos in front of Healy, the amount of stress and anxiety is ridiculous.

As I am coming back from abroad too, I am suffering from many campus confusions.

1. The Construction. Let’s be real. This is ridiculous and super difficult to get used to. Speaking as a resident of Henle, I can say the situation is a “no bueno.”

2. The Healey Family Student Center. ALL THE BEAUTY. I still don’t understand what it is or what it does, but I already love it. Next question, what is the appropriate name? Heal Fam Stu Cen is my personal favorite, but I don’t want to look like a newbie.

3. New Students. Excuse me, who are all of these people? Do they even go here? And why does everyone look so so young? Have I gotten old? Or are they all just geniuses?

4. The Weather. Literally are we being punk’d? Why is it so incredibly cold? I actually froze walking across campus today. It is colder than Copenhagen.

5. New American slang. My friends and I have realized that we have missed out on some key phrases that have been added to this beautiful language of ours. Excuse me, but what is “on fleek”? Is that like a compliment? So beyond confused.

For all of you who were abroad, you understand my problems. For those of you who were not, please help us out. We are going to need it.

Happy first day of classes, Hoyas.

Photos/Gifs: The Hoya; Tumblr.com

Awkward Moments at Home

AwkwardLife back home is sweet. Home-cooked meals, a couch for watching Netflix, pajama days until the end of time. But what happens when you leave the front door and face the outside world? As a college student returning home to the site of some of your most glorious (or embarrassing) days, there is huge potential for awkward moments or encounters. Be on the lookout for some of these common awkward moments:

Running into a teacher at the grocery store 
So, you’re psyched to go grocery shopping with your mom. Who wouldn’t be? It’s been months since you’ve walked through the aisles, smelled the fresh fruit, sampled gourmet cheeses and actually had a fridge big enough to hold it all. As you walk past the milk in your sweats, eyes wide at all the varieties of milk that actually exist, your freshman year math teacher wanders by and catches your eye. She wants to know everything about school, what you’re majoring in, what math classes you’ve taken. You nod and smile and answer the right questions, even though you look like you’ve just been hit by a car and you just want to keep staring at the milk.

Going to a spin classes with your younger sister
Your friends are all still at school but you are dying to hit up SoulCycle to get a little workout in, pre-bathing suit time. You reluctantly take your little sister and all of her annoying middle school friends with you. You pick a bike in the back and try and tune out the incessant chatter of small children, giving the older, more sophisticated members of the gym an apologetic glance as they roll their eyes. But it’s too late. Your mom is thrilled you are doing something with your sister, and she is already bragging to all of her friends and setting up a time for tomorrow. You are stuck for the week.

Finding out that your favorite Thai food place is out of business
You’ve got the perfect evening set up. Head to the absolute best Thai food restaurant for an early dinner, then hit up the movie theater next door to catch up on all those films people are always talking about. You’ve timed it all out, set up the details with friends, and are out the door. But after a third time circling the spot, you are beyond confused. You call them up and find out they’ve gone out of business. So much for dinner plans. Too bad you missed the going away party.

Seeing the high school freshmen that have been friending you
You’ve been ignoring these friend requests for a while now. Overeager freshmen from your high school have been friending you faster than Road Runner tearing down the mountain cliff. You’ve ducked, dipped, dived and dodged them well. That is, until now, when a posse of them come right at you on the street. You recognize them, whether or not you’ll admit it. They recognize you, even though they play it “cool” in front of their “college friends.” You quickly look down, but they know you know them. The damage has been done.

You may not get tangled in all of these snafus before you head back to the Hilltop but there’s a chance you may experience one of them. Our best advice: Don’t leave your house. Or do. You may as well embrace the awkwardness, knowing most of the people you run into aren’t Hoyas and you are. Poor things.

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DFMO 101: Lessons Learned at The Third Edition

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Now that the Third Edition, our friendly neighborhood bar (and this blog’s namesake … kinda), has closed its doors for the final time, it’s as good a time as ever to reflect on some of the things that we learned in its hallowed halls. Over the years, we’ve seen Thirds as a haven for freshmen frantically trying to memorize the zip code on their fake IDs and as the spot where you’re most likely to make out with that cutie who sat behind you in micro. But it just wouldn’t be Georgetown without one final look back on it’s impact on our collective college experience. So here it is, the top four things that Thirds taught us all:

Jackets are overrated Nearly everyone who’s been to Thirds has either lost a jacket, unintentionally traded one with a stranger, been way too hot with their jacket still on or felt awkward carrying their jacket while dancing. For the sake of holding onto your own belongings, it’s better to go with a beer jacket (or, more realistically, a Burnett’s jacket) before heading out for the night.

The Buddy System is real — and important Loneliness is pushing your way through a sticky, sweaty crowd alone, not knowing where your bestie has gone. Thirds taught me that a buddy makes everything better — waiting in an infinite bathroom line, fending off creeps or locating that aforementioned cutie from class in the crowd. Plus, keeping a buddy close means you’ll never have to eat pizza alone!

Speak up  Thirds was always known for their theme nights — $2 Kamikaze Night, Ladies’ Night, etc. But my freshman self was most excited about Champagne Night, for a chance to try something slightly better than warm Andre. Unfortunately, when I excitedly asked the bartender for “One champagne, please,” I should have known by the puzzled look on his face that I wasn’t about to enjoy a glass of bubbly. Instead, I got handed a full cup of Jim Beam on ice and paid a steep price for it — in both dollars and bad nights.

Don’t trust any strangers ever But seriously, if someone offers you a beer and says, “It’s not roofied, I promise,” it’s probably roofied. Just don’t do it.

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