Lessons Learned From Healy Beach

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Co-authored by Lindsay Lee and Karl Pielmeier

It’s mid-July, which means it’s time to hit the beach! For most of us, it’s been a while since we’ve stepped foot on sandy shores, but it’s only been a couple of months since we’ve enjoyed the comfort of Healy Beach.

Unfortunately, this may mean that you’ve forgotten some basic beach etiquette, so here is a list of things you can do on Healy Beach but not a normal beach.

1. Get back home in five minutes if you forgot something – We’re not all blessed with oceanside houses, so that means you’re going to have to pack and double check that you have everything you’ll need for a day at the beach!

2. Alternate between the shade of a tree and the sun –  While on Healy Lawn, you can hide in the shade for a little if you’re getting too warm, but there aren’t any trees on the beach so be sure to pack a hat, extra sunscreen, and some shades.

3. Wear sneakers – Though this is acceptable on the lawn, you can’t wear sneakers on a real beach. That would make you a shoobie, and you just don’t want that.

4. Focus on studying – Just kidding, you can’t do that on Healy Beach either.

5. Get WiFi – Sadly, SaxaNet and GuestNet will not follow you to your vacation destination.

6. Walk to Wisey’s for some lunch – If you’re lucky, the snack shack on the beach won’t be too expensive or there will be some great greasy boardwalk food for you to eat. But nothing quite beats a Burger Madness and an Oreo cookie while you look up at the iconic Healy Tower.

7. See the massive hulking figure that is Lau – This is actually great. We’re not upset about that.

8. See tour groups of prospective students walk by – But you might see the cast of Jersey Shore.

9. Have planes fly overhead every 3 minutes – Reagan eternally supplies some ambient noise that you probably will not get on the sandy beaches of the Bahamas or in Ocean City.

10. Catch a squirrel – You don’t want to do this at Georgetown either, but you always have the option (since they’re so still). Beach squirrels are not quite as domesticated as campus squirrels.

Lindsay Lee

Lindsay Lee

Lindsay Lee (COL '16) was an economics major with a Spanish minor. She served as the senior editor of 4E for Spring 2013 and Fall 2014 and was also the online editor for The Hoya.
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