Essential End-Of-Night Songs

Well, it looks like summer is coming to an end, which means the incoming wave of mixed emotions that comes with ~going back to school~.

I know how you must be feeling at this time. If you’re like me, you’re probably grappling with the fact that school inevitably means deadlines and applications and stress and what have you. There are just certain activities that don’t quite lie in my “personal strength” category, including (but not limited to) packing, scheduling, planning and making simple decisions in general.

But hey! Look on the bright side for once: Coming back to school also means returning to an exhilarating, debauchery-filled lifestyle that you now have the privilege of sharing with all your best friends!

And what better way to spend your last few days of summer than dreaming of all the ~great~ parties you’re gonna throw in that brand new Henle.

But beware, young ones! Party hosting is no joke! A few distinguishing factors can turn a potential rager of the century into a total lame-fest faster than you can say DJ Khaled.

Luckily, you have a full bench of experienced professionals here at 4E to advise and protect you — specifically in any aux cord-related endeavors that involve essential Georgetown party classics.

1. Mr. Brightside – The Killers

No other song in the history of humankind has ever got drunk white people more hyped than Mr. Brightside. Ever.

I have sincerely never been to a party where this song didn’t play. And I can’t say I’m mad about it.

2. Georgetown Fight Song

I don’t know a single word to the Georgetown fight song and it still bangs.

3. Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus

This song is so obviously a classic that I don’t even feel the need to explain why you should play it.

4. Walmart Yodel EDM Remix – Yodeling Boy // Famous – Mason Ramsey

If at any point during the night you start to feel yourself hitting the wall, I PROMISE this song will revive you. Don’t fight it. Feel the beat. Feel the passion.

And for anyone who might mind disrespecting the musical artistry of the beloved Mason Ramsey, you can always opt to play his other best song — “Famous.”

This song is just the perfect balance between country and, like, hip. The lyrics are just so real, it breaks my heart. In a, you know, fun-loving, rager, party type of way, sort of. Sometimes, though, you just need some emotional head banging to make your night worth it.

5. Tik Tok – Ke$ha

I don’t think I have to remind anyone that stanning Ke$ha gives you not only a reason to pretend like it’s still 2009, but also to party harder than you ever would have without her. We play this song out of pure reverence for a true queen. After all, Ke$ha is the reason you could ever wake up with dirt and glitter all over yourself and call it a “look.”

But if you really want to mix it up, you can always play the Avril Lavigne acoustic cover of the song just to see how everyone in the room reacts.

(link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OahmkdWS3kQ)

6. Kiss Me Thru the Phone – Soulja Boy

It is a well-known fact that almost nothing gets a party going more than the words “soulja boy tell ‘em.”

Though some people might prefer the classic “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” I have always been a believer that “Kiss Me Thru the Phone” is a just as good, if not better song. I mean, anyone can crank that, but there’s just something about someone pulling out a flawless “678 triple 9 8212” that is just so damn impressive.

7. Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

This song has not just one but three (at least) iconic lines, including but not limited to:

“Macklemore can we go thrift shopping?”

“What what what what da da da da dadaba da”

And of course,

“Walk up in the club like whaddup I gotta big c–k”

How could you pass up such poetry?

8. Whatcha Say – Jason Derulo

A healthy JaSoN dErUuLo throwback for when you get tired of listening to “Swallalala” for the millionth time.

Wait, seriously, what did she say tho?

9. Africa – Toto

A classic so great it has consistently reappeared in the top charts since the 80s. This song is the absolute best to sing at the top of your lungs with all your dearest friends.

10. Follow Me – Jamie Lynn Spears (Zoey 101 theme song)

In general, I’m usually against the notion of pretending theme songs to tween shows are real songs, but Zoey 101 is quite the exception. This is one of those songs where when it first starts playing, you might be like “aw man, come on, seriously, like, who would play this song right now dude,” but then it actually starts and you just can’t not sing along.

“Ooooh. I know ya see me standin’ here”

Plus, Chase. Am I right, ladies and gents?

11. Bring Me to life – Evanescence

So you can rock that early 2000s misunderstood, emo, goth girlfriend vibe for 3 minutes and 56 seconds before you get over it and go back to being a basic b—h.

12. All Star- Smash Mouth

someBODY once told me the WORLD is gonna roll me,

I feel like this song would never not be welcome at a Georgetown party. Also, if this song doesn’t remind you of Shrek, wyd?

13. You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift

This one’s for all of us who refuse to accept the death of Old Taylor.

Old Taylor stays reminding us of that pure and innocent optimism we all used to have about being nerdy and cute.

Not to mention that, strategically speaking, playing a Taylor Swift song is the surest way of clearing out the party so you can finally go to bed.

So good luck out there, my fellow Hoyas. And remember, please aux responsibly.

 

Sources: giphy.com, youtube.com, wallpaper-house.com

Welcome Back!

The trees on Prospect Street are starting to change color. The NSO horde has descended upon campus, tasked with welcoming over a thousand new students. Jack the Bulldog is on his way home from a restful summer vacation in Turks & Caicos.

In other words, the start of a new school year is here.

View into a typical apartment/dorm room the night before classes start.

We’ve been away for a while, so 4E has placed several investigative journalists on the scene to inform you, our readers, about the current state of life at Georgetown.

1.  Late Night Leo’s is back. This reporter got eyes on a top-secret Dining Committee meeting in which, praise be, it was confirmed that Leo’s will be both extending its evening hours AND its daily breakfast hours. Things are really looking up. How to take advantage of this upgrade: take your significant other on a romantic date in the sensual ambiance of post-9pm O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront.

You back on your “Eat, Pray, Leo’s” bulls***.

2. Senseless construction projects continue to reign supreme. This reporter has gathered several receipts on the noisy, bothersome operations that disrupt the usually mediocre idyllic standard of life at Georgetown. From the Hospital Pavilion to the perplexing gated area in front of Regents, prepare yourselves for a year of getting woken up early by drill sounds.

“A Quiet Place” but the monsters are construction workers disturbing your drunken slumber.

3. Coming Soon: Big Mouth Season 2. 4E’s favorite Hoyalumni, John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, have been killing it with their stand-up specials, Broadway shows and overall hilariousness. The former GU Improv duo made puberty the ~butt~ of many jokes with Netflix’s Big Mouth. Lucky for us, more is supposedly coming our way this fall. Be sure to binge watch instead of studying for midterms. Its what John and Nick would have wanted.

Freshmen using their fakes at Opera for the first time.

4. Rats. They’re everywhere. Returning students are generally desensitized to the presence of rodents on campus, but it feels like they’ve come back with a vengeance this year. This reporter was personally victimized by several SCREECHING critters on the way back from LXR last night. Just throwing it out there—there’s no shame in taking a SafeRide from ICC to Vil A to avoid them.

Walking out of Lau at 2 am like…

5. LIL DICKY is coming to town. Not ~technically~ a Georgetown-specific event, but if you haven’t bought tickets yet for his November 6th show, GET THEM NOW. I’m totally not writing this so I can DM him and tell him that I personally sold tickets on his behalf, causing him to fall in love and have beautiful Jewish babies with me.

 

Honorary AEPi member

6. Kirstjen Nielsen. While most of us were topping off our tans and drinking vodka lemonades, this Georgetown grad spent her summer separating families and interning children in “tender-age facilities.” I can’t *smh* enough about the work of Kirstjen and her fellow #guilty alum, Mr. Paul Manafort.

What is tax fraud anyway, though?

7. Midterms! I’m not talking about the ones that give you a temporary ulcer and make you question the purpose of higher education. DC is about to be torn apart in a storm of political divisiveness, so hurry up and get yourselves Hillternships ASAP so you can watch it happen. Caveat emptor: you have to actually vote in order to participate.

Oprah for the House, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for the Senate.

8. You’re still playing yourself. Georgetown may be one of the top schools in the country, but even great intellect can’t stop smart people from doing stupid things. Locking yourself out of your room for the third time in three days really makes you question the teachers who told you to dream big back in high school. Here’s to a year full of dumb mistakes…

You can always drink away the embarrassment.

Best of luck everyone! Hoya Saxa.

 

Sources: giphy.com, theanthemdc.com,

Campus Confusions: Post-Study Abroad

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As the semester starts off and all Georgetown students are frantically getting back into the swing of things, there is one group of people who are having a tougher time than most.

Yes, you guessed it, the fall study abroad gang are the most frantic of the students this lovely first day of classes.

Between moving into rooms all over campus to brief hellos in front of Healy, the amount of stress and anxiety is ridiculous.

As I am coming back from abroad too, I am suffering from many campus confusions.

1. The Construction. Let’s be real. This is ridiculous and super difficult to get used to. Speaking as a resident of Henle, I can say the situation is a “no bueno.”

2. The Healey Family Student Center. ALL THE BEAUTY. I still don’t understand what it is or what it does, but I already love it. Next question, what is the appropriate name? Heal Fam Stu Cen is my personal favorite, but I don’t want to look like a newbie.

3. New Students. Excuse me, who are all of these people? Do they even go here? And why does everyone look so so young? Have I gotten old? Or are they all just geniuses?

4. The Weather. Literally are we being punk’d? Why is it so incredibly cold? I actually froze walking across campus today. It is colder than Copenhagen.

5. New American slang. My friends and I have realized that we have missed out on some key phrases that have been added to this beautiful language of ours. Excuse me, but what is “on fleek”? Is that like a compliment? So beyond confused.

For all of you who were abroad, you understand my problems. For those of you who were not, please help us out. We are going to need it.

Happy first day of classes, Hoyas.

Photos/Gifs: The Hoya; Tumblr.com

The End of the Beginning

Study Abroad Guide

The final days of summer are fleeting. All Georgetown students are filled with mixed emotions towards the impending situation.

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Especially for those students, like moi, who are shipping out (well, flying out) to study abroad, the end of this summer is a pretty big deal. You are filled with the excitement of a new country, new people and a new drinking age (you know it’s true) but you’re also pretty sad because YOU WON’T BE AT GEORGETOWN.

Ugh, the struggles. How will we deal with not seeing the beautiful Lauinger Library everyday? It seems, at this point in time, impossible.

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Oh, how majestic!

That being said, I bet you all that in, let’s say, 5 days, you will be praising the study abroad gods. #blessed? (Please never use this hashtag seriously.)

Some things you need to do before you jet-set away…

EAT

Whether you fancy bagels with iced coffee or rich Italian pasta, make sure to get your fill of your favorite snacks. But then, PUT THEM OUT OF YOUR MIND. You will not be able to deal with yourself if all you are thinking about is Mai Thai Pad Thai.

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Netflix

While most countries in the world have come over to the dark side (and by dark side I mean Netflix), there are still some who are resisting the urge (cough cough, TURKEY). Just to be safe, binge watch a few episodes or seasons of your favorite show.

Fotografías 

Yes, fotografías is Spanish for photos. This is essential for your study abroad decor and your sanity. Yesterday, I printed about 50 photos from CVS (you can do it online) of all my friends, family and enemies. Hey, you never know who you are going to keep around and who you are going to de-friend IRL.

Tunes 

It is not always easy to download your favorite jams at the touch of a button while off in the middle of who-knows-where. I always like to have all of the songs I would want to, not want to or possibly want to listen to. Does that make sense? Maybe not now, but you will be bowing down to me when you realize how much of a life saver this is.

School Work? 

Contrary to popular belief, study abroad does actually include some studying. While you are also there to have fun and meet new people, make sure to save yourself and download all the things you may need from Blackboard beforehand.

Plans 

Make a list of all the things, places and monuments you want to see so that you can easily plan out your trips! Of course you’re going to learn about new places as you go, but it is always good to have a jumping-off point!

There are a ton of other things you should/need to do before you leave, but of course the most important is to continue reading the 4E.

Enjoy your time being Americans and drinking all the iced coffee you can. Maybe people will miss you when you’re gone.

Oh, and when you are finally at your study abroad destination complaining about “how weak your internet connection is,” just think about your favorite blogger (a.k.a. me) trying to stream videos in Turkey. God help me.

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Gifs: tumblr.com

Photos: wikipedia.org, psu.edu

Fixat10ns: The Perfect Packing Playlist

Packing to go back to school is a task that you are probably better off doing little by little, but  inevitably you will procrastinate and cram it all into the hours just before leaving.  Here is a playlist to get you through the struggle of shoving 5 suitcases-worth of clothes into only three.

So Good – B.O.B Whether you’re coming from nearby Maryland or all the way from Paris, B.O.B’s 2012 hit will get you excited about traveling

One Week – Barenaked Ladies Not only is it extremely catchy and upbeat, but it’s also a friendly reminder that you will soon be back at school (and have a limited time to pack)!

The Opposite of Adults – Chiddy Bang Here’s a song to simply get you ready to go back to school and get amped to hit the party scene again.  It’s upbeat, the bass bumps, and it’s all about having fun.

Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked – Cage the Elephants Packing can be daunting, but as the lyrics of this song suggest, nothing in the world is free. You have to keep on trucking to get back to the glorious Hilltop.

Mr. Jones – The Counting Crows Not much needs to be said for this one, as it is just a good song to sing along to, and one that generally puts a smile on anyone’s face.

Shake Me Like a Monkey – Dave Matthews Band Just like Mr. Jones, this is just an upbeat and fun song that will help take your mind off of packing, and having to sit inside instead of enjoying every last minute of summer.

Take It Easy – The Eagles While all of your packing does need to get done, it shouldn’t be something that you freak out about.  Take some advice from The Eagles and take a deep breath.

A Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley The King turned out a great packing hit with this one, as the song is fast paced, and is a subtle reminder to quit messing around and just get your suitcases filled, so you can go out and have more fun.

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody – Fergie Another song to get you excited to get back to Georgetown, see your friends, and realize that the struggle of packing was totally worth it.

No Such Thing – John Mayer Most of John Mayer’s songs, while upbeat, also have a calming effect, which can’t be overrated while flying around to do last minute preparations.

The Boys of Summer – Don Henley At some point during every packing frenzy, there is time for reflection, and the realization that another summer has come to an end.  Don Henley’s summer classic is a great way to look back on all the fun you had during the summer.

Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root And you’re finally done packing! Say goodbye to your hometown, and hello Georgetown, because it is time to go.

9 Reasons We’re Excited To Go Back To Georgetown

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Happy August, Hoyas! The 4E team hopes you’ve been enjoying the last precious weeks of summer before our epic return back to campus. Though you might not be excited about the idea of returning to the Hilltop – psh, who are we kidding? Like that would happen.

We know you’re probably anxiously awaiting move-in day and all the happiness it will bring, but just in case you aren’t jumping for joy just yet (maybe you still need to work on that summer tan before school), we’ve made a whole list to psych you up. Here is “The 9 Reasons We’re So Excited to Go Back to School”

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Admit it: after reading this, there is nothing you want more in this world than a Wisey’s sandwich. Chicken Madness vs. Hot Chick debate aside, we can’t wait to get back to school and get our grub on. And speaking of grub…

We can’t wait to use GrubHub again

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Maybe you were one of the lucky people who spent the summer in a metropolitan area where GrubHub was readily at your disposal. I wasn’t. So, right now, there’s really nothing that I want more than to go back to school, for it to be 11:48pm on a Wednesday, and to get an insatiable craving for sweet and sour chicken. Because, guess what? I won’t even have to leave my building to get it. And I’ll even get to throw in a bubble tea in my order for dessert and to meet the delivery minimum. And while I’m still having food cravings…

We can’t wait to go to Good Stuff Eatery

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The burgers. The milkshakes. The amazing cow logo. All of the boundless happiness and carbohydrates. And it’s right next to Rhino. Can you say ultimate late-night snacking?

 We can’t wait to go out to the new New South Student Center PubGU Pub

Okay, kidding. This bad boy won’t be open until Fall of 2014, but still. Throughout this year, GU students will be able to give their feedback, suggestions and input for the new pub, which will be operated by Hoya alum F.B. “Fritz” Brogan III (C’07, L’10). And in the meantime, if you 21-ers need somewhere else to go out, you can still frequent Mr. Brogan’s other Georgetown establishment, Mason Inn. (Or to this next place…)

We can’t wait to go to The Tombs

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Ah, thy hallowed grounds. We’re coming for you soon, friend. We’re coming for you oh, so soon. My heart longs for your spinach artichoke dip.

We can’t wait to see campus in the fall

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Just look at that. Cool, crisp autumn weather, a glass of warm apple cider and a viewing of The Exorcist. Nothing is better than Georgetown in the fall, right? (Except maybe Georgetown in the spring).

We can’t wait for basketball season

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I mean, that’s kind of a given. But just in case you didn’t follow my logic: Back to school = August = September = September 27 = Midnight Madness = Hoya basketball domination. (Also, we’ll miss you, Otto!)

We can’t wait to see the city againWaterfront

I mean, what other school can say this is their backyard? And only a little further down the road is this:

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But no one can take on the nation’s capital without a little bit of help. That’s why our top reason why we’re so excited to go back to Georgetown is:

We can’t wait to see all our friends!

Georgetown-Syracuse men's basketball game.

IT’S BEEN SO LONG SINCE LAST WE MET!

Photos: Washington Post, The Telegraph, Casual Hoya, Best Colleges, Facebook, Good Stuff Eatery, Georgetown Foodie, Annoy the Left, Northwest Business Review