Weird Things People Give Up For Lent


This year it feels like Lent kind of snuck up on us. (For you heathens, click here to learn about Lent.) It is standard for Christians to try to abstain from something during the 40 days preceding Easter Sunday in hopes of strengthening their faiths. To get you guys some inspiration, 4E asked Hoyas from all around campus what they are giving up this year. Here are a few responses:

Referring to myself as a lady-killa

“I know that every time I see a woman, she is immediately drawn to me. I think that for the next 40 days, I don’t have to proclaim my proclivity for seduction and instead can let my actions speak for themselves.”

Feeding my dog

“My dog seems to be happy and enjoying life. I think he should suffer through this Lenten season by fasting alongside me.”

Spitting in people’s drinks at UG

“In my six weeks of being a barista, my customers still don’t know that underneath the whipped cream they’re getting an extra shot of something.”

My passion for God

“I’ve been spending over an hour a week attending church services, and I think now is the perfect time to start cutting back.”

Keeping my friends’ secrets

“I think the religion is all about honesty, so I’m just going to start telling everyone everything.”

Complimenting people

“Half the time I don’t even mean it, so why waste my breath.”

Bringing my hamster to class

“He bit someone a few days ago…I have to put him down next week anyway.”

Stealing extra food from Grab and Go

“I decided that half of a cold sandwich and a rotten banana really is worth $14, so I’m done trying to ‘fix’ the system.”

Lent just started on Wednesday so there is still time if you want to take one of these phenomenal ideas, or you can pick your own!


That’s So Ramen

I don’t have any food in my dorm. As a result, I’m forced to go to Leo’s or the Leavey Center to get Grab N Go if I want something quick to eat. My schedule sometimes doesn’t give me enough time to make the trip there. Most people would consider my situation hopeless — but that’s because they don’t know that I have stacks on stacks of instant ramen. It’s terrible for your health and if it’s all you eat, you can get sick of it quickly. Besides that, I love ramen because of its versatility and convenience. Here are some ways to prepare it that you may not have known:

Pour the boiling water in the bag

This is probably the most low-rent (and convenient!) way to eat instant ramen. Open up the bag at the top, and pour all the soup base, vegetables, and whatever else you want into the bag. Then pour boiling water into the bag, holding the bag upright so no water spills out. Hold the bag by the top for a few minutes. Open up, and enjoy right out of the bag!

Raw Ramen

Just open up the bag, pour the soup base in the bag, throw out the vegetables, and crush the brick of noodles (all in the bag). After you break the noodles up into bite-sized pieces, shake up the bag to spread the soup base. Just eat right out of the bag!

Cheese on Ramen

This is a little ambitious for many people. I’m not a fan of it, but I know many that are. After you prepare the ramen the normal way, put one or two slices of any type of cheese on it and watch it melt. Sounds good in theory, but something about it just doesn’t work for me. Maybe it will for you!

Egg on Ramen

This is much more conventional. Just crack an egg into the pot or bowl right after you pour the boiling water and eat it when it solidifies.

Rice with Soup

After you finish eating the ramen, you can put the leftover soup to good use! Put rice into the leftover soup and enjoy!

Ramen on Ramen

Okay, now it’s getting a little contrived, but this is a real recipe! There are different brands of instant ramen and each has its own distinct taste. I personally like mixing the classic Shin Ramen and the thicker udon-type Neoguri ramen


Freshman Fails: What’s a DFMO?

So I’m a freshman – you were all in my shoes at some point, but it doesn’t make those shoes any less awkward. And nothing is funnier than the misfortune of others, so here is a list of 10 of my more embarrassing Georgetown moments that only a freshman could have:

1. I walked into the library, located the stairs, and proceeded to walk UP to find Lau 2.

2. I didn’t know that Wisey’s was a nickname for Wisemiller’s and tried to figure out where it was by Googling “Wisey’s”.

3. I’ve still never had an Oreo cookie from the aforementioned Wisey’s.

4. I thought you could use flex dollars at Sweetgreen and was accordingly confused when my card said insufficient funds.

5. I left my laundry unattended… bad choice.

6. I had to look up “dfmo” on urban dictionary.

7. I still don’t know where Brown House is, or why it’s called Brown House. I’m assuming it’s because it’s brown. But I wouldn’t know.

8. I wore uncomfortable shoes to D.C.’s Fashion’s Night Out and have the blisters to prove it.

9. I tried to take a sandwich and a fruit cup from Grab-and-Go and got yelled at by the attendant. Apparently EVERYONE knows that a fruit cup is considered an ENTRÉE. DUH.

10. I walked all the way through the University Hotel to get to Starbucks, unaware that there was a much faster and direct route through Hoya Court.

I do genuinely hope this will be my last ‘Freshman Fails’ post, but let’s be realistic, I still have a lot to learn about Georgetown. So stay tuned for more humor at my expense.

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