8 Steps to Aggressively Embrace the Fall Season

8 Steps to Fall

As we find ourselves in the midst of fall, it’s extremely hard to contain the excitement. Show everyone you love the fall season by following these 8 easy steps! Because 4E freaking loves the fall.

1. Gather leaves

No one will believe you love fall unless you show them! Grab some leaves from the ground, shove them in your backpack, and sprinkle them around your classrooms and residential halls to spread the fall love.

2. Chug a pumpkin spice latte and carry another around everywhere

Fall is never complete without letting everyone know you are obsessed with a mediocre drink! Also, take a pro tip from us: spill a little of your pumpkin spice latte on your shirt so people will ask about it! When they do, just remember to flash a big smile and say “Haha! Oh, it must be my pumpkin spice latte! It’s gotta be fall, AM I RIGHT?!” They’ll love it!

3. Clutter your every source of social media with pumpkin patch pictures

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4. Bombard your refrigerator with apple cider

You’re not super into fall season if you don’t drink at least 30 gallons of apple cider! I always drink mine in a pumpkin-inspired “I LOVE FALL” mug! It always pulls everything together.

5. Bundle up!

If it’s not a Snuggie, make sure to wear a scarf, sweater, and brown boots EVERY DAY! Even if you get tired of it, make sure to stick to these items until the end of fall!

6. Pick a ton of apples and tell everyone about the experience

 All your buddies should know that you are jazzed about apple picking –  it’s all part of the seasonal festivities!

7. Call it ~autumn~

 Autumn sounds super fancy, so people will definitely be able to tell you appreciate it. You can be just like this girl, who doesn’t care that a leaf has fallen on her face!

8. Sit in a pile of leaves for a couple of hours 

 In my experience, people have approached me with some concerns as to how long I’ve admired the leaves. Don’t worry about these people – they probably prefer summer, or something crazy like that!

The fall season is only a limited amount of time, so aggressively enjoy it while you can!

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How to Study and Make a Difference at the Same Time!

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Need a place to study, but want to do a good deed at the same time? The on-campus project called “Making a Difference” is partnering with Crumbs and Whiskers in order to save more pets from facing life in shelters.  The coffee shop, located on O St., is giving a discount to Georgetown students ($22 pass for the whole day) so that you can enjoy some coffee, quality study time, and some furry friends to get you through finals!

In case you need a refresher on why cats are awesome, 4E is here to provide you with some quality gifs.

Here’s this one:  

And this one…

And of course this one…

So make a difference and visit Crumbs and Whiskers located on O St. next to Wingos (we know you know where that is).

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New Coffee Shops Come To DC

Banner - Coffee Shops4E has you covered with all you need to know about the two new West Coast coffeehouses coming to DC: Philz and Peet’s. Pick your next study spot wisely:

  1. Wait Time

Peet’s: ten seconds for a normal coffee, two minutes for a fancy drink.

Philz: So very, very long.

   2.  Quality of Coffee

Peet’s: Better than Starbucks

Philz: Much better than Starbucks

*note: Philz does not serve fancy Starbucks-style drinks

   3.  Baristas

Peet’s: Super nice, won’t judge you for your drink order.

Philz: Better than you and want you to know it.

   4.  Price of a Small Coffee

Peet’s: $1.95

Philz: $3.00

   5.  Ambience

Peet’s: Cozy and warm. You may end up staying longer than you expect.

Philz: Contemporary. Think reclaimed wood tables, big windows and exposed brick walls.

In conclusion, you’ll probably just go to Saxby’s. Good luck with midterms, Hoyas, and happy caffeinating.

 

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Caffeine Cravings: Philz to the Rescue

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Do you love coffee and people watching? Are you sick of your typical spots? Do you wanna jump on the newest caffeine trend? Well, look no further 4E has just the place for you!

The coffee shop, Philz, is finally opening two stores right here in DC! You can find them at:

The Yards: 1331 4th Street SE #101

Adams Morgan: 1827 Adams Mill Road NW

Philz is an extremely popular chain, with a ton of stores out in Los Angeles and San Fran. Their cup of joe is amazing and we are so excited to welcome them to the coffee scene!

In addition to their tons of coffee options, the DC stores will also sell food, pastries, and juices from local stores like Rise Bakery, BakeHouse, Bluebird Bakery, Capital Kombucha and Misfit Juicery. And, for those of you who love to study in DC like me, they will be offering free, unrestricted WiFi. Cue the Instagrams!

The stores will be officially opening its Adams Morgan store on Mar. 27th and its hours will be from 5:30am to 10pm. The Yards store will open in May. Get ready for a caffeine overload!

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The 10 Gifs You Need This Finals Season

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‘Tis the season for crying and complaining. Welcome to finals, the Georgetown version of a state school frat’s hell week. Teachers aren’t clear, assignments are ridiculous and there is a .9 percent chance that you actually have all of the notes to make that study guide. Before you grab your hammer and start beating a hole into the wall of Lau, take a deep breath. 4E has compiled a list of 10 gifs that are sure to express your current anger and frustration. You’re welcome.

1. When your teacher assigns a take home test that is 100% impossible.

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2. When your final is not cumulative, but also low-key very cumulative.

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3. When all of your pens are out of ink, you run out of paper in your legal pad or your computer dies and you have no charger.

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4. When people are happy and smiling and all you want to do is throw hot coffee in their faces.

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5. When someone complains about having “so much work” when in reality they have one final.

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6. When you dedicate 3 hours to an essay and then you have to change everything you just wrote.

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7. When coffee isn’t helping you anymore. Why have you failed us caffeine?

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8. When all your friends finish finals and you are the only one left in Lau.

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9. When someone asks you to do something during finals.

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10. When you are #overit and it is still study days.

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See ya in Lau, baes. Don’t take it personally if I’m rude.

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The 5 Stages of Writing an Essay at the Last Minute

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It’s 9 p.m., you have a 10-page paper due tomorrow and you’re feeling good: you have the whole night (and morning) ahead of you. What could possibly get between you and completing this paper? Sure, you should’ve started it earlier, but you were waaaaaay too busy to even think about it and, besides, there’s no looking back now. All you can do is forge bravely ahead into the vortex of procrastination and self-pity that you are inevitably doomed to enter, with its various stages listed below. See you on the other side.

Stage 1:  Blissful Oblivion

“If I start writing now and don’t stop, I can probably be done by 11:00pm and get, like, 10 hours of sleep,” you tell yourself wishfully with a wholehearted, adorable belief in your own lies. You imagine yourself typing the final sentence of your groundbreaking essay and glancing confidently at the time, impressed with your agility. You’re honestly the best. Now, all you have to do is actually start writing. *Open Microsoft Word document*

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Stage 2: Unavoidable Distraction

Hey, remember that TV show you used to watch in 9th grade and were completely obsessed with? You don’t, until the moment you have to start writing this paper. But, how can you start writing when you don’t even know what those actors are doing with their lives these days? This is critical information. While mindlessly IMDB stalking these strangers and searching for old episodes on YouTube, you might as well check your newsfeed, text a killer one-liner into the group chat and play around with Snapchat filters. While you’re at it, you might as well Facebook stalk that kid who used to sit in front of you in AP Biology. All of a sudden, this information seems totally relevant and interesting. Besides, what’s the difference between starting at 9 p.m. versus starting at 10 p.m.?

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Stage 3: Shameless Self-Indulgence

It’s currently 12:30 a.m. even though you could’ve sworn in was 10 p.m. five minutes ago. How did this happen? It’s seriously time to get to work. But, wait, how can you work when you’re starving? You absolutely need to get food immediately, and then you can definitely churn out an amazing essay in no time. “If I write three paragraphs now, I’ll reward myself with something highly caloric and temporarily fulfilling,” you tell yourself in a blatant act of bribery. You force yourself to write three paragraphs and then treat yourself to the most convenient food item you can find. Normally, you’d be able to finish out this paper now, but you can’t ignore the fact that you’re exhausted. Eventually, you’re able to get your hands on some caffeine, and continue forging ahead.

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Stage 4:  Frantic Desperation

Congrats! You’re five pages in. That’s great except for the fact that you’re only halfway done (sorry). It’s also 2:30 a.m. and suddenly you’re feeling weirdly reflective and philosophical. “What even is an essay?” you ask yourself after rereading your most recent paragraph so many times that half the words don’t look English anymore. At this point, you’re growing increasingly hopeless and start analyzing your life choices. In a brief moment of desperation and lunacy, you wonder what would have to happen to you in order to not be required to turn in this essay tomorrow. You promise to never put yourself in this situation again. You’re great at keeping promises to yourself so this shouldn’t be a problem.

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Stage 5:  Relieved Acceptance 

Realistically, if you just keep writing, you should be finished by 4 a.m. and be able to call it a night morning. This single thread of hope is enough to sustain you, and allows you to complete your sixth, seventh, eighth and, eventually, ninth page. A rush of relief washes over you as you begin the tenth page. You’ve made it to the finish line. Life is beautiful.

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Moral of the story: You should 100% procrastinate as much as possible. See ya at Midnight.

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Dreams Do Come True: Gilmore Girls is Back

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We all know and love Gilmore Girls. I mean, if you didn’t grow up thinking you were either “totally a Lorelei” or “such a Rory” then I don’t understand your life. Go home and stop lying.

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Very recently we have learned that Gilmore Girls is making a comeback, on Netflix. There really is a god. This reunion will include four 90-minute episodes, the original cast (YES, EMILY GILMORE FOR THE WIN) and the return of series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

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As a major fan, I am beyond ecstatic. The coffee, the humor, THE FAMILY LOVE. Ugh, can’t you just feel the excitement brewing.

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Sadly, the late Edward Herrmann will not be reprising as Richard Gilmore. No one can replace him and his Yale wit. He will be missed.

Even Madeline Albright is beyond excited about this event!

If you actually haven’t seen the show, email your teacher for an extension on your paper, pick up a pint a Ben & Jerry’s and four cups of coffee and go spend some quality time with your new bestie, Netflix.

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Get ready for the reunion of the century.

Information: http://tvline.com/2015/10/19/gilmore-girls-revival-netflix-new-episodes/

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Georgetown’s Coffee Survival Guide

coffee-beansDisclaimer: This guide is for the average, amateur coffee drinker who needs a quick fix of caffeine. I am in no way a certified coffee rater, this is just my opinion on where the best places to get cheap coffee are.
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*Rated in order of best to worst quality
**Prices are subject to change

1. Starbucks

Location: Leavey Center
Assessment: This is one of the most expensive places on campus, but it has the best quality and the widest variety of drinks.
Price: Medium = $2.26 + tax

2. Bulldog Tavern

Location: Healey Family Student Center
Assessment: The coffee here is really good. You don’t need to sit down and order coffee; you can just walk up to the bar and ask for coffee to-go. And, instead of using cream/milk that’s been sitting out for hours in a thermos, you get fresh, cold cream/milk.
Price: Small = $1.95, Large = $2.85

3. Saxbys

Location: Off campus (two blocks away, 35th Street)
Assessment: It’s a bit of a distance to travel, but the coffee here is relatively the same price as the Corp stores. Also, it is by far one of the best places to get coffee here at Georgetown, in terms of quality.
Price: Small = $1.95, Medium = $2.25, Large = $2.50

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4. More Uncommon Grounds

Location: ICC 3rd Floor 
Assessment: More Uncommon Grounds’ coffee is of better quality than Uncommon Grounds and more central to campus. The lines can be incredibly long during peak hours (aka when people just get out of class), but the line goes by quickly and the wait is worthwhile.
Price: Small = $1.95, Medium = $2.15, Large = $2.25

5. Einstein’s

Location: Regents Hall 3rd Floor
Assessment: Not only is this a great alternative to the Grab-n-Go at Leo’s, it also is a great place to get coffee. Frankie, who works there, definitely knows how to brighten up your day. The coffee is pretty good, too.
Price: Medium = $2.15

6. Midnight Mug

Location: Lau Library 2nd Floor
Assessment: Pretty good, if you need that late night coffee fix. Average coffee during off hours.
Price: Small = $1.95, Medium = $2.15, Large = $2.25

7. Uncommon Grounds

Location: Leavey Center
Assessment: Okay quality, but the atmosphere and ambience is superb. Cool music, dim lighting and comfy chairs.
Price: Small = $1.95, Medium = $2.15, Large = $2.25

8. MSB

Location: First Floor by the Printers
Assessment: This automatic coffee machine actually has a lot of options for coffee, and isn’t too bad. There is one caveat though, you need to bring your own cup/mug.
Price: 12oz coffee = $1.50
Choices: Colombian (Medium)/ Vienna (Dark Roast)

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9. The Hilltoss

Location: Healey Family Student Center
Assessment: Quality isn’t too bad, but it is probably best to just stick to the salad/smoothies.
Price: Small = $1.80, Medium = $2.00, Large = $2.95

10. Leo’s

Location: Leo’s
Assessment: Not good, but gets the job done.
Price: Included with the meal swipe

Enjoy! Happy Drinking!

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Confessions of a Coffee Addict

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For those of you NARPs who don’t know, today is National Coffee Day. Actually, I am one of those NARPs, seeing as how I didn’t know the holiday was upon us to just recently.

Prior to this I was joking with one of my friends that I was going to go “buy another expensive coffee.” But, now, I actually am going to. I mean, come on, its a celebration!

So in honor of this holiday, and the coffee I am about to consume, here are the five ways you know you are a coffee addict.

1. Morning rituals are extremely important to you. Wake up, check 4E and pour some caffeine in your cup. What would your 11am class be like if you weren’t sipping on a latte?!

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2. You are actually scared of how addicted you are. The fact that I can’t stop makes me more nervous than all my upcoming midterms. But, not enough to make me end the addiction.

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3. Your most intimate relationship is with your Keurig, barista and/or coffee pot. You can depend on them to always be there for you, except when they break suddenly or are too busy with other coffee lovers.

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Of course you feel like this when you go and see them and they have time for you.

4. You actually feel happier with a coffee cup in your hand. Endorphins make you happy? More like caffeine makes you happy. And happy people don’t kill their husbands.

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5. This post has driven you to either make or go buy a cup of coffee. I know, I am awfully convincing. Go enjoy that nice cup of happiness.

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See you at Saxby’s.

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The Five Stages of Being Home

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As we finish the first week of summer and settle back into our hometown routines, the reality sets in: we are not in Georgetown anymore! The metro, M street stores and Lau breakdowns have now been replaced with highways, malls and TV marathons. As this transition happens, we go through a variety of stages: from total excitement to suburbia induced madness.

1. “The Beginning” Ah, the first week back. The relaxation is setting in and you are being greeted by a bunch of familiar faces: the kitchen (fully stocked!), the local coffee shop and your bed. Nothing can get you down, you are on top of the world. Why did you leave in the first place, home is the bomb.com!

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2. “The Errands” As the days increase, you start to set into your normal routine. You get back into your normal routine: the gym, dry cleaner and gas station workers all welcome you back. Things are easy, the living is good and the stress is minimal. Ah, relaxation.

3. “The Boredom” Somehow you are reminded of your Georgetown life. Whether this is by Facebook or Snapchat, you suddenly realize that you miss your old life so so much. Where is Healy? Why didn’t I get to see Obama? Do Sweetgreen and Goodstuff deliver to Long Island?!

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4. “The Distraction” Naturally, to deal with this sadness, you try to distract yourself. You spend hours upon hours playing with your dog, snapchat all your friends who are still on campus and look through all your Hilltop photos. But, no matter how hard you try, you still cannot forget about Georgetown.

5. “The Acceptance” After a little bit, you accept that you are home, not on the Hilltop, and that it is okay. No, your home is not Georgetown, but it is special no matter what. Anyway, if you are lucky you’ll get to go back to the Hilltop in a few short weeks for some summertime living. For those of you who aren’t heading back, do not worry. 4E will be here to bring you your daily dose of campus while you are away. And, soon enough, you will be back were you belong (AKA with us).

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Hope your transition back to home life is easy!

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