10 Signs You’re Done with Finals

summers-If it’s not, it’s so soon… You’ve reached the final stretch of Spring 2015 and thoughts of the beach, home cooked meals and high school friends are starting to taunt you. In case it hasn’t hit you yet, here’s 10 signs that you are done!

1. You’ve kissed Lau goodbye.

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2. Your dorm room/ apartment has turned into a maze of boxes that you’re not quite sure you’ll ever be able to escape.

3. You finally have the chance to relax on Healy beach.

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4. That deep, dark anger looming over you for the past week has been replaced with a rejuvenating sense of liberation as you throw away a semester’s worth of notes and assignments.

5. Your nightmares of terms, formulas and literature have been replaced by dreams of the beach and long car rides with friends back home windows down country blaring.

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6. The sunburn on your shoulders has arrived to remind you of the 4 months of freedom you’re about to enjoy.

7. You have a newly acquired love for Georgetown, the world and your parents as they approach campus to deal with all of your stuff and/or shoot you the text asking what groceries you’d like them to pick up.

8. You’ve been hit by the bittersweet realization that you’re a year closer to graduating, thus adulthood, thus retirement.

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9. You’ve shed a tear saying goodbye to friends who will no longer be just next door for awhile.

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10. It has crossed your mind that each meal you eat at Leo’s is one of your lasts for awhile.

CONGRATS HOYAS YOU MADE IT ANOTHER YEAR!

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R.I.P. McFadden’s

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Why do all things good have to come to an end? Hot off the heels of the Pinkberry closing, another DC establishment is gone. Literally, everything is bad.

While McFadden’s is not technically in Georgetown, it is a popular hotspot for GW students and the occasional adventurous Hoya. If you haven’t had a “McFadden’s story”, someone you know definitely has.

Sadly, after losing their liquor license and the downward spiral that is being the location of 5 stabbings, the famed bar has decided to close down for good.

While the semester is starting for all DC students, we here at 4E will be mourning the loss of a great bar. We pour one out for you, McFadden’s. Rest easy.

Thanks DC News for this news.

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Goodbye Study Abroad

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If you’ve been abroad this semester, by now you have probably bought your last budget airline ticket, bargained for your last “international piece of clothing” and filled up on whatever native food is your fancy (baklava, I will miss you).

You know what time it is: the end of study abroad. Some have been waiting for this moment since September, others wished it would never come. Nonetheless, it’s here. So it’s time to accept it. Soon you will be surrounded by your old Georgetown friends, bundled in your preppy winter clothes and doing the best you can to avoid the hellish Lau.

For some, this can be a very difficult change to deal with. Wine and beer will not be served regularly with meals, everything will be in English and you will have actual work to do.

In order to make the transition a little easier, here are some expert tips:

1. Plan study abroad reunions. You have been living with these people for 4 months now. At least in my program, we are basically a family (a weird, twisted family). Appoint someone as the “social coordinator” and have some amazing theme parties. It will be like studying abroad all over again, for like 4 hours. Extra points if you end the night back in the country you studied abroad in.

2. Make an American playlist. Get yourself hyped for the land of the free and the home of unlimited data. Make sure to add all your “pro-USA” songs. Because nothing screams America like Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA”.

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3. Say goodbye to all the sights. This is probably the last time you will see these classic landmarks for a while so make sure to take your “goodbye pictures”. My first photo stop? The Starbucks on Ataturk street. So many memories, I will never find another place like it.

4. Speak only in the native language. Whether you have become proficient in the language this semester or just struggled along, use these last couple of days to prove your abilities, or lack thereof. When worst comes to worst, just say a bunch of words really fast in some kind of accent. The natives won’t know the difference.

5. Write a final blog post. I truly applaud those of you who have kept up with blogging over the last 4 months. Make sure to write an emotional, heart wrenching final reflection. Personally I wrote mine during history class and teared up a little.

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Remember, despite your emotions right now towards your semester and study abroad location, you will at some point treasure this experience. Maybe you found your calling, maybe the love of your life or maybe you just found yourself. But that is none of my business; unless you want to gossip, then I’m ALL ears.

Signing off from Alanya, Turkey. See you in the place where the drinking age is 21 and the language barrier doesn’t exist.

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Photo: https://www.brainscape.com/blog/2014/11/think-study-abroad-will-make-you-fluent/