OWN IT 2017 Sneak Peek

The OWN IT Summit will be on March 18th with main stage speakers in Gaston Hall, breakout sessions around campus and a marketplace in HSFC. Do you find yourself asking what exactly is OWN IT? Well, here is its mission statement:

“Preparing the next generation of female leaders: OWN IT is bridging the gap between female leaders of the 21st century and the millennials who admire them, by shaking up the women’s leadership arena and producing accessible events for college-aged women.”

That’s got me ~feelin myself~.

Last year two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach helped ~kick off~ the Summit. She sat down for an interview with CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell and received the OWN IT award.

A few of her fellow speakers from OWN IT 2016 will be in attendance this year, including Amani Al-Khatatbeh, founder & Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl,

and Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign.

Now back to 2017. Before reading any further, I highly suggest you click this link and play “The Future is Female” by Madame Gandhi. Madame Gandhi will be performing at the summit this year. On top of that, she, herself, is a Hoya.

She graduated in 2011 after majoring in Math. Before she launched her solo career, she was a drummer for MIA (brb transferring schools to become a math major).

So, if that hasn’t gotten you excited to #OWNIT, we at 4E are here to update you on some of the speakers, vendors and other happenings at the Summit this year.

Madame Gandhi will not be the sole Hoya to speak at OWN IT. She will be joined by one of the founders of Misfit Juicery, Anne Yang, who graduated just last year. Misfit Juicery uses fruit that was deemed unsuitable to sell due to its appearance to make juice (pro tip: don’t judge a fruit by its cover).

Anastasia Somozoa is another Hoya returning to the Hilltop for the Summit. You might recognize her as one of the speakers at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. She is also an international disability rights activist.

Current Hoya Summer Durant (C ’17), who spoke at TEDxGeorgetown this fall, will reprise parts of her talk at the Summit.

These Hoyas will be joined by the following leading ladies:

Symone Sanders, a CNN Political Correspondent and Former Press Secretary for the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Tina Tchen, former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama.

Congresswoman Stephanie Murray, a Democrat from Florida who has earned the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service.

These are just a few of the accomplished and game-changing women that will be speaking at OWN IT. If you’d like to see the other speakers, check out the Facebook page.

Not only do they get to listen to women leaders speak on Gaston, but attendees partake in two breakout sessions, smaller, topic-focused panels where they have the chance to interact with speakers and become their best friend.

The Summit will also have a marketplace with over twenty vendors including Sweetgreen, POLITICO and Maracas Ice Pops. Sweetgreen is a sponsor of the event and will be providing lunch for the day. POLITICO will conduct video interviews with attendees for their upcoming website and will present print issues and provide promotional items. Three student groups will also be a part of the marketplace: Bossier, McDonough Women, and Bassigue. Bossier is creating a magazine issue specifically for the Summit which they will feature at the marketplace. McDonough Women will provide promotional items and Bassigue will present their merchandise.

If that doesn’t seem like enough, attendees get swag bags, which last year included an OWN IT pen and definitely helped me #own my finals.

So get ready to #OWNIT! And if you were unable to acquire a ticket, but still want to watch the day unfold, follow the Summit online through #ownit2017.

Photos/gifs: Giphy.com, OWNITSummit.com, TEDXGeorgetown.org, Facebook.com/theownitsummit.com, buquad.com

The Five Phases of Writing a Final Paper, as told by Melania Trump

melaniaWe’re sad to report that finals season is once again upon us, and the only thing that could make this worse is remembering that Donald Trump won the election. But here at 4E, we have decided to embrace reality and take these two terrifying things in stride by finding a way to combine them. With that in mind, here are the five stages of writing a final paper, as told by our future First Lady, Melania Trump.

Phase 1: Confidence

You stroll onto Lau 2 with your squad, feeling good and looking even better. You pick up your usual vanilla latte and lemon poppy-seed muffin from Midnight, snag a prime table near the vending machines, and you’re ready to crush this paper. You’ve totally got this.

Phase 2: Distraction

You’ve got plenty of time. This paper isn’t due for another ten hours. That’s like a week in college time. Before you start writing, you can definitely afford to spend five minutes stalking that guy from your French class on Facebook or searching for some fire memes to retweet.

Phase 3: Realization

Okay, so five minutes has somehow turned into four hours and all you’ve done is people-watch and take a Buzzfeed quiz to find out what Zoey 101 character you are. Time to get serious. You log on to Blackboard to look at the topic for the first time. Wait… What is this paper supposed to be about? It slowly dawns on you that this paper might not be as easy as you initially thought.

Phase 4: Desperation

Ok, it’s officially time to panic. What is going on? When did the professor ever talk about any of this? You are really regretting your decision to skip so many lectures in favor of waiting in line for a crepe at the farmer’s market. At the height of your anxiety, you seriously start to consider how serious this whole “no plagiarism” rule is. Will anyone really notice if you copy and paste your entire paper from Wikipedia?

Phase 5: Acceptance

There’s no more time for panicking. You’ve got an hour left, and if you type fast enough, you’re pretty sure you can still pull a solid B-. Don’t let the fact that you have no idea what is going on stop you! Just make things up! Literally say anything. If this election cycle has taught us one thing, it’s that you can blatantly lie and people will still believe you:

                                                       Example 1
                                                           Example 2
                                                        Example 3

So there you have it: the five phases of writing a research paper, as told by First Lady-elect Melania Trump. From all of us here at 4E, good luck with your finals and with the next four years.

Gifs: giphy.com

Michelle Obama Birthday Preview

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Tonight there will be a not-so-secret birthday dance party just a few miles from our very own Hilltop. Who exactly is the birthday girl, you might ask? None other than the first lady herself, Michelle Obama.

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Nifty, nifty, look who’s fifty!

For her 50th birthday, which was actually on Friday, Michelle has invited her guests to enjoy “Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert” tonight and has asked them to wear comfy shoes and eat before they arrive.

While those of us at 4E would suggest adding some more food to this soiree – a Wisey’s sandwich, perhaps – we certainly love to bust a move, and we feel this party is certain to be a hit. Over the past year, rumors have circulated that singers like Adele and Beyonce have agreed to perform at the bash.

Beyonce side note: Queen Bey especially has a great relationship with the Obamas. She was with them at almost every momentous occasion during President Obama’s two terms, including President Obama’s swearing-in at the Inauguration.

Beyonce. White House. The Obamas breaking it down on the dance floor. Need I say more?

For a little preview of what this night has in store, take a look at the birthday girl here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq-URl9F17Y

Photo: @WhiteHouse Twitter Account, www.theblaze.com/blog

Sunday Night Wrapup: Happenings on the Hill

With President’s Day tomorrow, the weekend is far from over. However, many of you have probably spent the past few days traveling and enjoying the long weekend, so Sunday Night Wrapup is here to catch you up on all the news that you’ve missed.

  • This past Friday Congress voted to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits. President Obama said he would sign the bill as soon as it was passed. Overall this means that there will be a tax holiday for the rest of the year.
  • The FBI arrested 29 year-old male Amine El Khalifi Friday when they learned of his plans to bomb the U.S. Capitol. He attempted to be the first suicide bomber in the US by strapping what he thought was an explosive vest to his chest. The FBI had been investigating him for a long time coming, and arrested him in Alexandria, Virginia before he acted.
  • The Hoyas had a big win on the road over Providence Saturday night, beating them 63-53. They kept the Friars to shooting under 26 percent, and Hollis Thompson led his team with 13 points and 10 rebounds. They play their second consecutive away game Tuesday night against Big East team Seaton Hall.
  • Michelle Obama surprised White House visitors with a meet and greet on Thursday. She brought along the Obamas’ dog Bo to the 80-minute long session, and spent little time discussing politics. This marks the 4th time that Michelle has surprised White House visitors.
  • Lin-sanity: Everyone is loving Jeremy Lin. This Harvard grad and current New York Knick’s point guard scored 28 points today to defeat the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. After only 6 games, Lin has 164 points. NBA fans are comparing his early success to some of the NBA greats.