How To: CHARMS

Is it time for you to find your first ever college roommate? Get excited for a year (or four) of pillow talks, impromptu dance parties, sexiling and shared bathrooms! Finding/having a roommate is nothing to stress out about. In my opinion, you can have three outcomes: A. You may find and get to live with a newfound BFFL; B. Your freshman year roommate will be someone that you can get along with well enough (not the future best man in your wedding, but trustworthy and good for a couple of 2am heart-to-hearts); or C. Getting through the year may require some Facetime-enabled venting to your parents, but you’ll emerge (mostly) unscathed with some great stories to tell about your miscommunications.

Many of you will find your roommate using CHARMS (Campus Housing Roommate Matching System….CHRMS?), which is perhaps better understood as the college-roommate-version of Tinder. CHARMS has a curiously high success rate. Is it a match made in heaven? It’s actually more like a  match made by virtually dating other eligible roommate-seeking baby-Hoyas after comparing room temperature preferences and how messy neat you are. Using this bewilderingly successful forum is as much a rite of passage as Club Lau, getting lost in the ICC, DFMOing with a stranger on a Vil A rooftop and learning how to order an Epi quesadilla. In order to help you with this signature Georgetown experience, here are some tips and tricks to hopefully help make your CHARMS adventure a little ~easier~.

1. Use Facebook It is much easier to communicate via FB Messenger than on the CHARMS site itself. Using Facebook saves you from logging on to the Starrez Housing Portal to check messages and lets you see when someone has read your message. Additionally, friending your potential roomie on Facebook allows you to do some ~wholesome investigation~ to make sure that they were just as weird (and good at Photo Booth) in seventh grade as you were. Plus, this allows you two to tag each other in the comment sections of some stellar memes – objectively the most effective means of determining your compatibility.

2.  Be Honest

This is my biggest piece of advice. There are roughly 2000 people in your grade, so don’t worry about revealing yourself to not be 100% compatible with one of the ~three people that CHARMS initially matches you with based on your Living Preference Questionnaire (a series of mostly arbitrary questions) answers. Don’t claim to be the world’s most organized person if, in fact, a greater percentage of your clothing is lying on your floor rather than neatly hanging in your closet. No need to disclose the exact number of empty water bottles currently in your bedroom, but come clean (#notsorry) about some of your messier tendencies and find a roommate who will understand (rather than resent) your system of putting your dirty clothes on the floor when your laundry basket is full of clean clothes that haven’t been put away yet.

3. Some Helpful Translations

“I’m in the McDonough School of Business” I won’t have classes on Friday. I have an extensive collection of Vineyard Vines polos. In my free time I enjoy cracking open a cold one with the MSBros. “I’m pre-med” I have early morning lectures. Aesthetic: goggle lines post-three-hour chem lab. Celebrity crush: Neil deGrasse Tyson. “I’m kind of a NARP” Direct translation: I’m a Non-Athletic Regular Person. More accurate interpretation: I have little intention of ever setting foot in Yates Field House (Field Dungeon?), but might be persuaded to go to SoulCycle if we can get acai bowls at South Block after. “I LOVE The Office” I will tag you in an endless stream of Michael Scott memes. You better understand my frequent references and respond appropriately, and also support my “Prison Mike” Halloween costume.

4. Plan ahead, but be realistic!

Coordinating some logistics with your roommate ahead of time is a good idea. Figure out what items you might want to have, what will be shared and who is bringing/buying a mini-fridge, a clothes drying rack, cleaning supplies, etc. Just remember that most freshmen dorm rooms are on the smaller side. I was particularly lucky to score what seemed to be a glorified closet of a freshman dorm room—great for some roomie bonding, less great for housing two humans and too many Bed Bath and Beyond purchases. Bill Clinton did it and you can too, but don’t plan on buying a couch or bringing your pet elephant. Best of luck finding a roommate! Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, theodysseyonline.com

Roommate Horror Stories: Freshman Edition

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As explained by every Blue & Gray Tour Guide, CHARMS is an online matchmaking service to help incoming freshmen find their roommates. And as with any dating app, there are the stories of the students who live together happily ever after for all of their four years and are best friends because they found love in the hopeless place that is CHARMS. Roommates for four years? Why would anyone not use CHARMS? Well, just as there are stories of success with online dating, there are those stories that are horrifying, hilarious and just downright weird.

Note: Stories have been edited for grammar only. Anonymity has been granted to all people involved in the stories in order to preserve hard-earned reputations and dignity upon their return to the Hilltop in the fall.

Sometimes the horror stories are not about the roommate, but about what happens to both you and your roommate. It’s times like these that bring us together: “My freshman year roommate and I made out with the same guy on the same weekend. We found out this sobering fact a few months later and the guy didn’t even go to Georgetown.” While an experience like this is sure to leave one shocked, it might actually enrich the roommate relationship. So not every story has a horrible ending.But don’t be so optimistic. Other times, you think you know your roommate, but then the cops come knocking on your door. Think your roommate was a badass? Think again: “My freshman year roommate was a high-level drug dealer who was involved with the Colombian drug trade and was expelled from Georgetown for unlawful possession of a firearm and a pound of weed.” Looks like someone applied their lessons from International Trade to a real-life situation … just not the right one. 

While it’s rare that someone has a drug dealer for a roommate, it’s a lot more common for someone to just not get along with their roommate due to trouble with finding common ground:

It all started with a small misunderstanding about temperature. We both wanted the room to be cold, but had different definitions of cold: mine simply meant I didn’t want to sweat while sleeping, and his meant he wanted to see just how close one could get to absolute zero. He would wake up and aggressively open up the windows during the unforgettable polar vortex. From there, our relationship devolved into petty passive-aggressive arguments, culminating in him calling me a “wildebeest” (but on Yik-Yak, because he was too scared to say it to my face). “He could be found blasting Britney Spears in the shower during the wee hours of the night, throwing pre-games in the room when I was gone for the weekend, and complaining to his mom about me in a language I never told him I spoke fluently.”

At least the roommates in the story above could converse. Some were unable to speak to each other in their own room, let alone in a public setting.

“We were friendly for the first week, but after a small misunderstanding he spoke to me less and less. It came to the point where he wouldn’t even acknowledge me when I said ‘Hi’ to him in public (and sometimes even our own room). It wasn’t just me; he would also ignore my friends, whom he had met on several occasions. He would repeatedly steal all my food/drinks and refused to stop, even though I asked him to do so on several occasions. When we talked on CHARMS, he claimed to be clean. I, however, learned otherwise when I would come home to find his bodily substances still in our toilet. He would also host pre-games and neither tell nor even invite me (there were literally Facebook events that I found out about from people in my dorm). Later in the year, I found out he was spreading absurd rumors about me. For example, he told people that I would spend free time by pouring vodka down a certain part of my anatomy. As if he knew what I did in my free time. Because I just loved to hang out with my hostile roommate.

To be honest, they were probably meant to be coverups for the ridiculous (but actually true) stories that I had the potential to spread about him (which I did not).”

It seems that freshmen housing involves tough times for some Hoyas. Sometimes roommates are less horrifying and more odd. Such a phenomenon may be illustrated in the decorations that adorn the walls of some freshmen’s rooms: “My freshman roommate had a collage of 40 pictures on her wall. Sixteen of them were just of her. Just solo shots. Some were in cool destinations, but the majority were at her high school or by a random lake.” Well, Georgetown was voted as having one of the most attractive student bodies. Apparently some Hoyas are just very proud of it.

Now comes a new category: drunken urination stories. Everyone knows the saying “You gotta go when you gotta go.” Well, let’s just say that this proverb is especially true after one engages in a certain type of debauchery.

“I was friends with my freshman year roommate, and we have enough stories to write a book. For example, one night he came home severely intoxicated. We both went to sleep and I locked the door. Around 5 a.m., I woke up to him desperately trying to open the door. Unfortunately, he was still too drunk so he did not realize that the door was locked. He soon gave up on trying to exit our room, turned around and peed in our trash can, which was lined with a garbage bag. The next morning, I found a puddle of urine at the bottom of our garbage bag, but my roommate did not remember peeing in it at all. For six days, there it sat, our urine-filled garbage bag. He didn’t take it out, and neither did I. Although I was absolutely disgusted, I found out there were worse things that could happen.”

A urine-filled garbage can. But imagine if that urine belonged to neither you nor your roommate.

“My roommate and I woke up at 3 a.m. to find one of our drunk neighbors peeing in our trash can, which was not made out of plastic. It was one of those chain mesh ones, which resulted in none of his urine actually staying in the trash can. On the verge of wringing his neck, we quickly kicked him out of the room. He had no recollection of the incident the next morning. Nevertheless, I still made him buy me a new, plastic trash can for future incidents.” Asserting dominance in situations like these is definitely a power move, so props to you.As usual, we at 4E save the best for last. One of my favorites, this unnamed hero sticks out from the others. She told me how she herself was a roommate horror story. She not only seemed comfortable with it; she #OwnedIt.

“I don’t have a roommate horror story. I am a roommate (and floormate) horror story. After a night out in early September, I came back to my room and thought it would be hilarious to take a Snapchat with my sleeping roommate, whom I had met just days prior to this occurrence. I posed next to the sleeping body and took a flash selfie, only to find out that my roommate had a friend sleeping over. So I took a selfie with a stranger and had to explain myself when this person woke up. My roommate, on the other hand, slept through the whole thing.Fast forward a few weeks and she actually ended up moving out, so I thought I had the room to myself. It turns out I was wrong, because my one human roommate was replaced by three happy mice who lived in the nooks and crannies of my room. One time I was eating leftover Mai Thai when two mice darted out from under my vents, squeaked to each other and then ran back under the vents. I, of course, continued eating.The third mouse made an appearance when I reached into a desk drawer to investigate a torn bag of chips. It darted out across my hand, and then ran under my bed. My scream for help was so loud, violent and bloodcurdling that it sounded like someone was stabbing me repeatedly. A few floor-mates rushed to my rescue as I continued to howl.And what had I done to them in return for my rescue?! I refused to take the blame for the vomit that sat in our bathroom for five days straight. It got to the point where girls were walking down to bathrooms on the lower floors to brush their teeth. Is it too late now to say sorry?”

Some Hoyas have housing horror stories to tell, while others have nothing but bliss. Freshman year is a time to grow, and that includes living with people you may not immediately click with. Even if you have a bad roommate, look at it this way: You’ll have the stories to tell for the rest of your life. Not everyone can claim the same. So when times are getting tough with your roommate and you’re beyond the point of working things out, just remember: You only have to live with him or her for one year. After that, you’re free, and you can say goodbye and put your roommate behind you.

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Translation: I’m Getting Desperate!

stepWith the deadline to find a roommate via our famous CHARMS matching service less than a week away, many freshmen have turned to the second-most effective vehicle to nail down that match made in heaven: the desperate Facebook post in the Class of 2019 GAAP group.

Usually littered with meaningless questions about laptop preferences and summer reading, toward the end of June, the GAAP group becomes somewhat of a black market for people to post page-long descriptions of themselves hoping some other desperate loner will send them the following via Facebook message: “OMG I’m like really into Harry Potter too! And I also am undecided in the College. We should like room together or something!”

It all sounds great until you really take a look at everyone’s descriptions of themselves; they’re all perfect! Each person posts the most appealing profile of a roommate there ever was. How could every single hopeful be a “super neat, varsity athlete that plans to get a 4.0 but rage on the weekends?” It’s my job to provide a detailed translation of what incoming freshman really mean when they post a bio in hopes of finding a roommate.

What they say: “Hi, my name is Zack. I’m from the New York area. CHARMS is going really well, but I thought I’d just put my bio out there to see if anyone else wants to match and be roommates!”

What they mean: “My mom has called me Zachary my entire life, but now is the time to reinvent myself right? I’m from New Jersey, but not the Jersey Shore kind I promise!!! CHARMS couldn’t be going worse. The only person I matched with plans on having a pet ferret in the room and is unironically into anime. Please room with me I’m desperate.”

What they say: “So, I’m a pretty big athlete and I’m really looking to room with a dude who is into sports.”

What they mean: “I ran the mile once a semester in high school and have severe asthma, but I need at least one person to go to Georgetown basketball games with.”

What they say: “I’m into my studies, but obviously I love to go out and have fun. I’m planning on raging a lot on the weekends and studying mad hard during the week.”

What they mean: “At my senior prom, my math team buddies and I each had a beer and I threw up everywhere. But, like, I’m willing to give drinking another shot I think.”

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What they say: “I’m into music, art, football, dodgeball, writing, reading, rollerblading, underwater basket weaving, friendship bracelet making, biology and a bunch of other stuff! Any questions, just ask me!”

What they mean: “I’m about to list every single subject possible hoping to hook at least one person. In reality, I like Blink 182 and napping eight hours a day.”

What they say: “I’m studying at the College looking to major in Government and minor in Econ.”

What they mean: “In grade school, my second grade teacher gave me the class superlative of ‘Most Likely to be President’, but if that doesn’t work out, I’m really trying to make some money.”

What they say: “Lol, looking for someone neat! (It’s ok if you aren’t a neat freak though. A little clutter is fine.)”

What they mean: “I am one of the messiest people on the planet. Frank Ocean actually wrote ‘Thinking Bout You’ when he saw my room at home because it looks like a tornado flew around my room before you came, so please excuse the mess it made. With that said, I irrationally expect your side of the room to be spotless and will throw a fit if I find one of your socks as I dig through my piles of clothes on my floor to get to  my hidden backpack.”

What they say: “I’m not too picky about sleeping hours or room temperature. I’m just really laid back and go with the flow.” 

What they mean: “I plan on making my room an arctic tundra and you are going to have to deal with it…I have severe night sweats. Oh also, I plan on being up until around 3am watching Netflix, so really hoping the glare from my screen won’t affect the necessary sleep you need to survive your 8am class!”

What they say: “I’m definitely into politics, but I would consider myself a firm moderate. I find equal value in both parties.” 

What they mean: “If you’re not #Ready4Hillary, I’m not #Ready2Speak2You.”

What they say: “I’m honestly down to share anything. I am looking to room with someone who will become a great friend, so sharing is caring am i right? Haha!”

What they mean: “I will be seriously offended if you touch any of the Go-Gurt tubes my mom sent me.”

What they say: “Haha sorry for the long post. If you read this far, please reach out. Although I have a lot of people I matched with on CHARMS, I would love to get to know some people before we get to campus. Alright well, I’ll see you guys on the hilltop. And as they say, ‘Hoya Saxa!'”

What they mean: “I really hope more people read this than the number of people that read our summer reading book, because I’m really getting desperate here. If this doesn’t work, I might have to get a doctor’s note claiming that I am allergic to humans and live in a single in the Southwest Quad. I’m really hoping no one unearths this around Christmas time to show how embarrassing I was. And what does ‘Hoya Saxa’ even mean? It sounds like the hole-in-the wall Chinese restaurant by my house. Well whatever it seems like everyone says it so I might as well!

Good luck with the roommate hunt freshmen! I hope this will help you on your journey to find your perfect mate. Trust me, this is not as bad as it gets. Just wait for first semester finals when that girl who sits next to you in Problem of God finds your embarrassing post and you get to relive this horror all over again!

Photos/Gifs: tumblr.com, collegenext.org

Surviving College 101

SURVIVALTo the Class of 2019:

You’re probably sitting at home right now trying to think of a creative way to introduce yourself to all of your potential CHARMS matches. If you’re already feeling stressed about this monumental life decision, then we may have some bad news for you. Things will only get more stressful. You haven’t even thought about which posters you’ll put on your wall or which picture you’ll submit for your GoCard. Odds are, you’ll start freaking out, but then again that’s why we’re here.

As you get ready to move onto the Hilltop, we here at 4E would like to provide you with a few words of wisdom. Some advice, if you will, on how to survive the awkward transition from high school proms and graduations to college dorm rooms and shenanigans. We’ve all been in your place before, and seriously, looking back we wish we had some honest advice before moving into our cramped, 200 square foot spacious dorm room. So, here is a compilation of advice for all of you incoming freshmen…may the odds ever be in your favor.

1. Invest in a Lanyard: Lanyards are fashionable and functional. They allow you to swipe into your dorm and Leo’s with ease, so you don’t have to spend 10 minutes searching for your GoCard. You’ll notice that when you arrive on campus, all Hoyas will be sporting this trendy look. Make sure to invest in a variety of patterns and colors to coordinate with your outfits. The last thing you’ll want is for the look to clash, which would just be tacky.

2. Listen to Cool Music: “Cool Music” in college is defined as any song that could be considered on a “Top 50 Pop Songs” playlist. Know these songs. Bring loud speakers to school and blast the same 5 songs on repeat 24/7. You’ll be sure to attract the attention of your floor mates and make a lot of new friends.

3. Always Talk About High School: Seriously, it never ends! People in college love talking about that period of time when they had braces and used lockers. Bring things like your prom crown or 11 varsity letters so you’ll have something to impress all of your new friends. Remember, if you don’t actually bring these things to prove how cool you are, then everyone will assume you’re lying.

4. Expand on the Buddy System: Remember when your 3rd grade teacher used to make you use the buddy system in class field trips? Yeah, well college takes the buddy system to a whole new level. Any time you even think of hitting up cool places like Brown House on the weekend, you better get all of your closest friends (read: entire floor) together. Traveling in a herd will help you blend into the sea of upperclassmen so you’ll be more likely to get into parties. Which leads to…

5. Know Your Ratio: Always be the person in your herd who brings up your ratio. The number of guys versus girls can be key in getting into any party. The rule is pretty simple: always make sure you have way more guys than girls.
6. Buy a Vespa: Imagine getting your class schedule during NSO and realizing that you only have 15 minutes to get to White Gravenor from Healy! This can only mean one thing: you will be late to class every time and your professor will hate you. Avoid this problem by purchasing a Vespa. This is essential if you’re assigned to Darnall, which is basically Siberia.

7. Work Hard, Play Hard: If you don’t let everyone you meet know this is your motto, then you’re doing college wrong. Make sure you actually say this phrase as often as possible, otherwise it’s not believable. Especially to upperclassmen. They can relate.

Photos/Gifs: theguardian.com, imgur.com, giphy.com, tumblr.com

CHARMS for Dummies: A Guide to Finding Your Perfect Roommate

john-belushi-animal-house-001If you’re an incoming freshman, chances are, you’re freaking out about finding a roommate. CHARMS is taking over your life with the insidiousness of Facebook or Instagram but with almost no functionality or efficiency. You constantly check to see if that seemingly awesome person has messaged you back. All the nicknames in your account are some nonsensical collection of “Dog girl” (the girl said she liked dogs), “Taylor Swift” (she seems to have a little bit of an obsession), and “pillow” (it was the first word that popped into your head). We understand that you might be a little overwhelmed with the whole process: after all, you will be sharing breathing space and a 16’x10′ rectangle with this person for an entire school year, so you’d better make sure they’re chill.

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CHARMS is just like online dating: you write a bunch of lies about yourself in an attempt to make you seem cooler than you are. Here at 4E, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to translate some of the more common things you will read on a potential roommate’s housing application, so that you can make an informed decision when it comes to choosing your new BFF:

1. Social Preferences

When they say: “I care about school, but I also like to have fun.”

They actually mean: “I will, at some point this year, post in the GAAP group about leaving my black North Face at brown house.”

When they say: “I’m totally fine with you bringing girls back to the room, as long as you’ll also stay out when I’m gettin’ some.”

They actually mean: “Neither of us will ever bring a girl back to the room.”

2. Sleeping Preferences

When they say: “I usually try to wake up early, like before 8.”

They actually mean: “I will never wake up before 1pm.”

3. Studying Preferences

When they say: “I’m a bio major on the pre-med track.”

They actually mean: “You will never see me, unless you are in Regents between midnight and 3am.”

4. Music Preferences

When they say: “I like most types of music, but I especially like trap.”

They actually mean: “I will play Trap Queen at least 500 times this semester. Especially if someone cool is walking by the door.”

5. Cleanliness Preferences

When they say: “I’m pretty neat, but I won’t get super mad if you are a little messy!”

They actually mean: “You will never see the floor. You might also find me sleeping with multiple half-eaten Epi quesadillas in my bed.”

6. Free Time Preferences

When they say: “I can’t wait to get out and explore DC!”

They actually mean: “I will not go past the corner of M and Wisconsin the entire year, unless it’s via Uber.”

7. Room Temperature Preferences

When they say: “I like the room to be cold when I sleep.”

They actually mean: “I’m a normal person.”

When they say: “I like the room to be warm when I sleep.”

They actually mean: “I am a sociopath.”

In all seriousness, don’t freak out too much about finding a roommate. You might meet your new best friend, or you might not, but everyone at Georgetown is worth getting to know. And hey, even if you wind up with a crazy roommate, at least you’ll have some stories to tell!

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How to Break Up With Your Roommate

o-BREAKUP-facebookHousing selection is on the horizon! Freshmen everywhere are wondering, “Will I get that Henle/Village A?” (Answer: With that 248 lottery number, keep dreaming.) Upperclassmen are considering whether or not to move off campus. But whether you’re in your first year or your third, you could have one thing in common: You might not want to stay with your current roommate. The problem is: They don’t know it yet.

We here at 4E understand this struggle and have developed a form letter for you to give to your soon-to-be ex-roomie. Just select the proper options and go! Slip it under her pillow! Display it prominently on his desk! Or, you know, tell her in person and be a mature adult.

A Form Letter for Breaking Up With Your Roommate

Hey, [name],

I don’t know about you, but when we met [on CHARMS/ on Facebook/ the first day of school/ in New South that one time/ just kidding we never met], you seemed [super chill/ very compatible/ the most willing to put up with my 3 a.m. drunk crying].

I was really [happy/ ambivalent/ secretly doubtful] when we agreed to be roommates for this year.

When we started hanging out together more during [NSO/ dinner in Leo’s/ just kidding we never hang out], I realized that you were actually kind of [a jerk/ flaky/ literally insane/ I have no idea what your personality is like because we don’t hang out].

And our room. Can we just take a moment to talk about a little thing called [our roommate agreement/ basic hygiene]?

I understand that maybe you’re not used to cleaning up after yourself, but that’s no excuse for [not taking out the garbage/ leaving your week-old sandwich on your desk/ not cleaning up last night’s vomit].

And, okay, maybe you’ve never lived with a roommate before, but that’s still no reason to [blast music at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday/ steal my stuff/ not clean up last night’s vomit].

Now, I know that I’m not perfect. Sorry about that time I [drunkenly ate everything in the fridge/ forgot to wake you up for that class/ said I was a “9” on cleanliness when I’m apparently about a “2”].

How about we just do the right thing and agree to find different roommates for next year? Because I may have already asked someone else …

Sorry [not sorry],
[Your name here]

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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!

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The 5 People You’ll Meet On CHARMS

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You’ve got your acceptance letter. Graduation is over (or fast-approaching). You’ve deftly navigated MyAccess to sign up for classes. Aunt Verna already bought all of your dorm supplies.(thank goodness for those receipts!)

Now what? ROOMMATE TIME!

CHARMS or Campus Housing Roommate Matching System can easily be described as the Craigslist for Georgetown freshmen housing. So we here at 4E have taken it upon ourselves to show you what’s in store. #HoyaList #LuckyCHARMS

Are you ready to meet your roommate??

1. Your (Future) President

This potential roomie (PR) describes themselves as a “political junkie.” In their CHARMS bio, they will make it clear what their affiliation is whether that be conservative, liberal, moderate, or Nutella-lover. Though opinionated, this PR can definitely hold an intelligent conversation. They are preparing themselves to be the embodiment of “Women and Men for Others.” Don’t be fooled, though, they will probably engage in some College Dems and/or College Republican ragers. After all, our alum “Slick Willy” Clinton was known for his ability to…how shall we put this lightly…party like it’s 1968. Upsides? Who wouldn’t want to room with Slick Willy?

2. The “Almost” Athlete

Roomies of the athletic sort? That covers a lot of the Hoya population as we are collectively very health conscious, but this PR practices an almost religious-like devotion to his/her favorite teams. Want to know the score of that game no one was watching last night? They know. And they will tell you about it, I promise. They don’t really play sports (weak ankles, they say), but if they could, they would be starting on our basketball team tomorrow (they say). They’re “just looking for a workout buddy to motivate them to go to Yates”. Upsides? This PR is an encourager; they will be rooting for you AND they will have season tickets to everything happening on campus and in DC. Can you say no to a ticket to see the Washington Capitals? Didn’t think so…

3. The Religious Type

While going through CHARMS you will inevitably run across this type of PR. For some, this could be a God-send (see what we did there?), but for others this pairing would be less than ideal. Whatever your stance, the religious PR offers a unique opportunity for a cultured freshman experience. Religion plays an important role in our Jesuit community as we are accepting of all religious beliefs…so why not room with this PR! You’ll gain insight into their belief system (as most have differences even within the same religion or worldview). Upsides? You may become more spiritually aware which is something Hoyas value as seen in our motto “Cura Personalis.” (Care of the whole person)

4. The Globe-Trotter

The international student! Their bio is a dead give-away because capitalization isn’t as important where they are from. This PR will be cool to you no matter what they say because of their accent. They are exotic and other-worldly. How much cooler can you get than rooming with someone who hasn’t had an “American childhood.” Think of all of the things you could talk about and compare…now that is some culture right there. “What do you call chocolate milk?” …. “Uhh. 巧克力牛奶.” Riveting. Upsides? CARE. PACKAGES. This PR’s mom will send tons of their favorite goodies. Just imagine all of that food.

5. You

You’re determined to show PRs that you’re laid back and have a lot to offer them. You’re trying hard not to rub anyone the wrong way but want people to know that you really want to “strike a balance between school and social life”, that you’re “not a neat freak, but keep things fairly tidy”, and are “totally down to share if you ask first!”.

CHARMS is half luck and half effort, so do what you can and hopefully it’ll work out!