So… How Was Your Valentine’s Day?

Shh!It is over. The love is gone. Instagrams about how perfect your relationship is are now unacceptable. And it is certainly time to put those pickup lines away and try something else.

1.148Since it is Feb. 15, people have bombarded me with questions about my Valentine’s Day. People must think I have an interesting life or something … which is clearly stretching the truth.

Are you also sick of being asked how your day was? Here at 4E, we understand that. So here are a few ways to spice up your answers. Because nothing is worse than continually saying the same thing.

“So, how was your Valentine’s Day?”

Make up a crazy tale that will make people instantly jealous. The more craziness, the better. I went to a party downtown and fell madly in love with a European prince. We danced all night and now I’m pulling a Princess Diaries and I am a princess. BOOM. 

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Food is always better. Make up a story that involves some amazing dinner. The more you describe the food, the more jealous people will be. And you better spend at least 25 minutes talking about your penne. The pasta was so amazing, I felt like I was in Italy. The smell intoxicated me and the cheese melted like an ice cream cone in July. 

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Put a ring on it. Totally pretend that you got engaged. Who will know? He liked it and then he put a ring on it. 

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Ignore the question. If you make it seem like a secret, people will instantly think the best. Oh sorry I can’t tell you, it is a secret. But if only you knew…

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Forever alone? More like party of one. You can always make it seem better, no matter what the circumstances are.

So go, my friends, and lie about your exploits. Oh, and the truth about my night? Ha, well you kinda had to be there…

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Storytelling: A 4E Tribute to the Georgetown Innovation Series Summit

Round RobinThe theme for this year’s Georgetown Innovation Series Summit – which kicked off this past weekend – revolved around storytelling, so here at 4E, our staff decided to tell a little story of our own. We created a round-robin story for which each staffer wrote three to four sentences after having received only the portion of the story written by the person directly before them. What ensued was a literary masterpiece:

It was 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 15, the night before Georgetown University’s huge Storytelling Summit. While some students were preparing stories of excitement and innovation, Joe Hoya was eating all alone in Leo’s. He passively walked around the dining hall, unenthusiastically perusing each station’s food choices and eventually deciding on a burrito. Little did Joe know that he was about to have the adventure of a lifetime.

As he was waiting in line for his burrito, Joe dropped an apple that he had very carefully picked out, and it rolled back into the kitchen. Not wanting to make the Leo’s staff pick it up for him, Joe attempted to sneak into the kitchen to grab his apple without anyone noticing. As he stepped in, a mysterious door opened, and Joe’s jaw dropped in amazement at what he saw.

Directly in front of him was a massive replica of Leo’s, complete with silverware, a strange, horrible odor and an omelet bell. He turned around to see if anyone was experiencing what he was seeing, but he was all alone. Not even the Leo’s workers were around to witness his discovery. The two Leo’s seemed to be identical; however, there was one thing very different with the one before his eyes.

As he stepped inside the O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront duplicate, he met his worst nightmare: the monsters of Leo’s. Now that he had entered Leo’s 2.0, he’d have to get past all of them to make it out alive and maybe grab some ice cream for the road. The first monster was Woka Floka Teriyaki. A formidable creature, Woka Floka Teriyaki stood ten feet tall and was composed entirely of noodles, shrimp, chicken, broccoli and sticky teriyaki sauce.

He dodged Woka Floka Teriyaki’s attacks, while desperately searching for a weapon of some sort with which to fight back. But of course, the forks and knives were nowhere to be found. Crash! Woka’s latest hit of sharp, raw noodles and sticky teriyaki sauce grazed past him, sending the cup cart and every single cup inside (still stuck together) across the floor. When he looked back up, Woka was inching closer and closer. He froze, knowing full well that he would miss out on the ice cream, or worse, get stuck in Leo’s 2.0 forever. But before all hope disappeared… “Psst, over here!” whispered a squeaky little voice from behind the Diner counter.

There behind the Diner counter cowered the Omelet Lady. “I know how to defeat Woka Floka Teriyaki!” she exclaimed. He quickly scrambled behind the counter as Woka prepared for his next attack. He frantically asked her what to do, and she replied, “You must find a way to make it to the Bistro. Only there will you find what you need to defeat Woka and escape Leo’s 2.0.” Arming himself with only a spare spatula handed to him by the Omelet Lady herself, he emerged from the Diner, prepared to fight.

Lo and behold, at the Bistro, limbs were flailing as eggshells fell to the floor. Luckily, the spatula in his hand turned into a lightsaber in his hour of need. Please note: This function was established in 1997 because of an impatient Georgetown student who decided to go behind the counter and make his own omelet (never again!). So here he stood, saber in hand, and headed into battle.

Hair nets flailed in the background in flashes of light. And then came the dreaded sound, the one they all knew was coming: the ding of the bell and the high-pitched scream, “Getch yo omlette!” Now they knew it was war.

All of a sudden a 10-foot robotic Jack the Bulldog arose from behind the pizza oven. He opened his mouth and 6,000 tiny replicas of himself piled out onto the floor. They snatched up all of the forks and knives, leaving only spoons with which the students could arm themselves. Into the fray they all ran. Among the flashes of lights and spoonfuls of Lucky Charms, they fought valiantly. Then, through the pizza slaps and spinach rain, our hero arose from the dust.

John Carroll, in all his timeless glory, arose in the very garb the statue sports today. There was an aura about him as he stood firm and fearless before the crazed machines. We knew he was the only one who could short-circuit beloved Jack’s impostor. But how?

Just as the machines prepared to strike, John Carroll lifted himself into the air and called upon his last few heirs, Jack, J.J. and J.B.C., to aid him. After summoning these powerful warriors, it was clear to all that the machines could not win. In a heroic feat, Carroll’s aides tore through the robotic enemies, while bystanders watched in glee, chanting, “Eat that Bot! Eat that Bot!” Carroll himself turned to Jack’s impostor and said, “Looks like pre-registration is over and you’ve just been admitted off the wait list … for destruction!” Instantly, the canine impostor was destroyed, and, once again, John Carroll and his band of furry friends saved the day.

The 12 Things That Will Likely Happen On Your First Day at Georgetown

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Every Hoya has their own one-of-a-kind experience on the first day of college. Some Hoyas make life-changing journeys across continents to come here to the Hilltop while others travel only minutes from their homes in D.C.

The first day is filled with unbelievable new experiences, new schools, new people, new classes, new cultures, new languages, new friends — the list is endless. And ultimately, all Hoyas have their own special story of the very first day they spent here at Georgetown.

But that’s not what we’re here to talk about. We’ll leave that to our friends at Project Day1. Instead, we’re going to go over a few first day basics that will probably happen to every Hoya when he or she arrives. Here are The 11 Things That Will Likely Happen On Your First Day at Georgetown:

1. You’ll pull up and see an insane wave of activity on the Hilltop. Between the move in crew, the Residence Hall Office workers helping you check into your room, the orientation advisors and captains, on top of all of the other tons of freshmen and freshmen parents moving in, It might seem a bit overwhelming.

2. You’ll see your dorm room new home for the first time! Whether it’s Harbin, Darnall, Village C West, Village C East or New South, there will something about your dorm that feels just right. Not to mention the company will be great…

3. …Because you’ll meet your roommate for the first time. Remember that intense period over the summer where you CHARMS-ed your head off looking for “the one?” Remember how you stalked all of your potential matches until you were ready to “pop the question?” And remember the sweet feeling of joy and love and connection when you realized that you would be living with this person for the rest of your life freshman year? Well, everything you did comes down to this moment. You will meet your roommate today and try to keep an open mind!

4. But you’ll also awkwardly pass that person that you declined on CHARMS and it might look something like this:tumblr_mby1h01xPH1r8588co1_500

5. Similarly, you’ll encounter the person on the GAAP page who was posting 24/7. Although they seemed super cool, witty and confident online, in real life he/she actually looks like this:awkward

6. But not Georgetown President John DeGioia. He’s not one for awkward interactions. You’ll probably meet him on your first day and learn to love him just like the rest of us Hoyas.washingtonian_photo_john_degioia

7. Speaking of people we love on campus, you’ll also probably meet a few Jesuits. Be sure to make friends with them: Not only are they brilliantly smart and funny, they also might invite you to the Jesuit Residence (JesRes) for dinner. And rumor has it that the food there is “divine.” (See #4 for how I feel about that pun.)

8. You’ll also start meeting what seems like a billion new people. And all of them are going to ask the same things: Where are you from? What school are you in? Where are you living? What do you want to study? How often do you read 4E? After a while, it starts to feel like this:tumblr_mjg3hcvtgT1rfwgx5o1_500

(Except for the 4E part. We really are always fascinating.)

Since you’ll be meeting all of these new people, it’s going to be hard to get all of the names straight. As difficult as it is, make a real effort to remember as many as you can. It can really go a long way.

9. But, everyone else is meeting this many people also. So on your first day, you’re bound to have someone you’ve already met forget your name and you will forget someone else’s. It’s natural and everyone understands since they’re all going through the same thing!

10. At the end of your first day, you’ll feel completely exhausted. After all, you just went through a whirl of meeting and greeting and unpacking! Again, everyone feels that way so it’s alright!

11. But instead of going to bed, you’ll probably stay up and talk with your roommate and your floor, and then you’ll go exploring all over campus to some of the great NSO activities (Maybe you’ll take a dip in Dahlgren Fountain or sit on John Carroll’s lap for good luck?)

12. But you’ll realize that you just finished the first day of the best four years of your life.

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Hoya Saxa and Welcome to the Hilltop!

This has been a collaborative effort with with the University’s Project Day1, which seeks to capture the incredibly diverse stories of GU students of their journeys from their hometowns to the Hilltop. To get involved and share your unique move-in story with Project Day1, click on the link here and follow the instructions on their page. Be sure to post about your #GeorgetownBound journey on Facebook and Twitter, and also remember to post your #ProjectDay1 videos on Vine and Instagram. You could even win free lunch for a month at Sweetgreen or Luke’s Lobster! 

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