How to Seem Intelligent in the Upcoming School Year

With the impending start of the fall semester, many of us are itching to just get back on campus. This also means in-person classes and activities, but with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we haven’t been able to get to know each other as well as we should. One thing remains true: perception is key. Although that seems superficial, it … Okay, this intro is getting long. Here are a few things you can do to make yourself look smarter.

Know Your Way Around

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Usually, the innocent freshman can expect a sage, experienced upperclassmen to tell them where to go. That becomes a little more difficult when about one-third of them are in the exact same boat, and unfortunately, there isn’t always going to be a helpful junior or senior around to come to the rescue. Before the confused masses start wandering across the lawns and around the halls, consider studying a map. In no time, your peers will depend on you, like boats to a lighthouse. That’s how you make friends: necessity.

Dress for Success

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For the past year or so, we’ve all had the privilege of dressing casually. Now that our peers are finally going to be able to see below our upper torsos, an upgrade is in order. Watch out folks: business casual (or better) has just become the new casual.

Buy a Fountain Pen

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There’s no joke here. Buy a fountain pen. Unless you’re willing to refill cartridges or, God forbid, toss them out when you’re done with them, buying a converter and an ink bottle is highly recommended (mileage depends on usage and nib size). Here are a few recommendations:

Pens:

Pilot Metropolitan: https://www.gouletpens.com/collections/pilot-metropolitan-fountain-pens/products/pilot-metropolitan-fountain-pen-black-plain?variant=11884884426795

Platinum Preppy: https://www.gouletpens.com/products/platinum-preppy-fountain-pen-black

(Tip: You can store ink using the entire body of the pen. To do this, you need an o-ring, silicone grease and a syringe/eyedropper. Here’s a how-to video: https://youtu.be/3qWXqOu3sfc?t=331)

Ink:

Diamine: https://www.gouletpens.com/collections/diamine?offset=24

LAMY: https://www.gouletpens.com/collections/lamy-ink?offset=0

Parker: https://www.penchalet.com/ink_refills/fountain_pen_ink/parker_quink_bottled_fountain_pen_ink.html

Paper:

Caliber Filler Paper: https://www.cvs.com/shop/caliber-filler-paper-college-ruled-prodid-183139

Take Notes on Paper

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Now that you have your nifty new fountain pen, it’s time to put it to good use. Taking physical notes has been known to boost understanding of the subject being written down, which makes it something worth considering. Though carrying around a binder can be a little inconvenient, what better way is there to show off your stationary and/or handwriting? You never know when your word processor is going to erase all your work.*

*based on author’s personal experience from writing this article

Read Your Professors’ Books

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You’re checking your physics professor’s profile on GU360. As you scroll down toward the bottom, reading about all of their greatest accomplishments, something catches your eye. They’ve written a book: “The Doppler Effect and Earthquakes.” Is it something that interests you? No. Should you read it? Yes. Even if you have no interest in the subject, reading your professor’s book can help you establish some credibility. You’re going to need something to gush about to your professor during office hours, after all. 

Familiarize Yourself with the Acronyms

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GUTS, GUSA, and GERMS, oh my! Georgetown does love acronyms, and confusingly enough, many of them begin with “GU.” Similar to memorizing a map of our campus, knowing all of them will help you stand out. People don’t need this information, per se, but it’s just helpful to know. By the way, how do you pronounce GUGS again?

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Hot, Smart and Ranked for It

hot smart and rankedWe all think we are flawless, myself included. Just walking around this campus during spring is like walking through a J. Crew catalog (and yes, the 4E wants to check you all out).

There are few top universities that can pull off the studious and fabulous lifestyle. A recent ranking by Business Insider narrowed that search down to 25, but all we really care about is who is in the final four.

That is, the final four colleges with the hottest and smartest student bodies!

Coming in at #4 is the one and only

GEORGETOWN!

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You’re welcome.

As much as I would love to take all the credit, it’s all of you that make us such a desirable and fabulous school. And M Street. And Lau. (Read: Never Lau.)

Why is Georgetown so high up on this list?

1. We are really good at ratios. Whether it is in Calc class or on O Street, Georgetown students always know what the right numbers are. So the hot to smart ratio? That’s child’s play.

2. We spend so many hours in Lau. Sometimes we even go there at 2 a.m. on Saturday night just to walk around.

3. We spend a good amount of time at Yates. We often pretend to do our reading there too.

4. We are always out and about. The catwalk between the ICC and Lau 2 is really refreshing.

5. When it comes down to it, Georgetown always does it better.

And for those schools ahead of us? Y’all better watch your backs. Because (if you didn’t know) spring has just sprung, and you’ve seen nothing yet.

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DC? More like IQ!

Well, my fellow Hoyas, if you didn’t like living in D.C.  enough already, here’s one more reason why the experience is so great: we’re smart! (Psh. Like we didn’t know it already!) According to Fast Company, Washington, D.C. is the 6th smartest city in North America!

The rankings were based on what is called a “Smart Cities Wheel” (see here), containing six key components and three key drivers for each component. These included focuses on People, Economy, Environment, Government, Living, and Mobility.
Boston topped the list, followed by San Francisco and Seattle.

According to Fast Company writer, Boyd Cohen, “D.C. is one of the top cities in the U.S. for transit use and e-governance … [and] has been a pioneer in the adoption of new technology, including the launch of a private cloud in 2010 and the early use of mashups to become a “Geographic Information System (GIS) model city.”

D.C. was also ranked in the top five for the three of the Smart Cities Wheel components: economy, governance, and people.

We at The Fourth Edition like to think that Georgetown’s brilliant students bumped D.C. further along the list.

Stay smart, Hoyas!

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