Blue and Gray, Please Be Honest

Nothing says spring on the Hilltop like being boxed into a corner by a tour group on your way to class.

In my experience, while college tours seem informative as a naive senior in high school, seeing them as an actual college student has given me a greater appreciation for the level of BS that every school is able to make up. In honor of this year’s GAAP weekends and possible future Hoyas, here’s a more honest look at Georgetown’s campus.

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First, there’s Dahlgren Quad, home of one of our beautiful chapels. Georgetown is a Jesuit university–but don’t worry, we tokenize every other religion to make up for it. Look up and you’ll see a clock with some handles. This is the last time you’ll ever hear about it. This is a step where a lot of Presidents have stood. Sorry, did I hear someone say Bill Clinton?

Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton?

Bill Clinton. Bill. Clinton.

Have you heard of him? His name is Bill Clinton, and he went to Georgetown. Bill Clinton.

If you’ll follow me, up next is the Village A rooftop, overlooking the scenic Rosslyn skyline. You won’t have a chance of getting an apartment here until you’re a junior, but you might as well live here the first month of your freshman year. I will clearly avoid mentioning the plethora of beer cans scattered on the ground, but we all see them.

So, we’re going to be entering the Healy Family Student Center, or as students call it, HFSC. This building was designed with a lot of student input. One thing we heard was that students needed a place to plug in all their devices, so it’s full of outlets that don’t work. We also incorporated new studies that showed that green space and natural light help students study, so this ivy is real. I know because one time I saw a rat jump out of it.

A similar situation may also be found on a Vil A rooftop

Now we’ll be passing Hilltoss, one of our Corp locations. The Corp is the largest student-run non-profit in the world, making $5 million each year (assuming they’re not bankrupt). Everyone from the CEO to the barista handing you your coffee is a student employee and will tell you about it every time you happen to even breathe their way.

Next we have our dining hall, Leo O’Donovan Hall. If you’d like to grab a few croissants after the tour from the lovely-but-somehow-consistently-dysfunctional Whisk, it will probably cost you upwards of tuition. Leo’s is also great because as a child I loved the movie Ratatouille, and Georgetown has allowed me to experience the live action version.

This is Red Square, where we have our farmers’ market every Wednesday when it’s warm out. It’s the only time you’ll feel joy on this campus.

An avocado, thankss!

Finally, as we enter Leavey we’ll be passing by the offices of GUASFCU, the most needless acronym ever created. The likelihood of both getting into Georgetown and GUAFSCU is less than getting struck by lightning while simultaneously winning the lottery. However, you have worse chances of getting into a club that just goes out to eat. If you love the Common App process, you’ll love Georgetown clubs.

That concludes our honest tour of Georgetown’s campus. Blue and Gray, feel free to incorporate any of this student-sourced information into a new and improved (more accurate) tour format for prospective Hoyas!

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A Guide To Scamming the Most Out of Free Food This GAAP Weekend

Welcome to Georgetown, new Hoyas! Your friends at 4E are so excited to meet you next year! Before you  arrive, hopefully you’re going to GAAP Weekend so you can celebrate and learn more about us, regular ole Hoyas. If you are, here’s how to scam the most out of free food this GAAP Weekend.

8:30 AM on Friday – Go to St. Mary’s for breakfast. They without a doubt have the best spread. From fresh fruit to small pieces of banana bread, the NHS (School of Nursing and Health Studies for the newbies) has too much food and not enough people to share it with.

1:45 PM on Friday – For those who want to be extra ~cultured~ be sure to hit up the SFS for some Qdoba. However, if you’re not about that, then go to the MSB. If you have to venture into ~The Snake Den~ for anything, it might as well be good food from a fancy restaurant.

6:00 PM on Friday – Starving after Convocation and can’t wait the 30 minutes it will probably take to walk to Tombs and get food? Walk for 1 minute instead from Healy to the ICC for the Multicultural Reception! It might will definitely be the best food you’ve had all day!

9:00 AM on Saturday – You could go to Leo’s for breakfast, and it will probably  definitely be the best Leo’s you’ll have in your Georgetown career, or you could knock on an unsuspecting upperclassmen’s Vil A door and beg food from them. No doubt they’ll take pity on you and attempt to give you something better (choose the door wisely).

12:00 PM on Saturday – Want free food AND clothing? Come to Red Square so that clubs can inevitably try to bribe you to join once you get here! The free swag and food ranging from Hershey’s Kisses to slices of pizza will be worth it. I promise.

Your friends at 4E sincerely hope that this list has helped you to scam the most food out of your GAAP Weekend and make it one you’ll never forget!

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What Does the Fox Say?

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You may have noticed around campus that there are a myriad of orange fox stickers that look something like this:

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This adorable little fox started popping up in odd places on campus towards the beginning of the semester. At first I only noticed it on a few cubicles in Lau. But now, as you go about your day you probably have seen this guy on the walls of the ICC, the brick pathways near Healy and even on a couple of trashcans. So what does this mean?

At first, there were various speculations. One student told me it was a secret society on campus- I really wish this was true, but alas, not the source of the fox stickers.

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Another student told me it was for GAAP weekend, as a way to guide new students around campus. Instead of following footprints or arrows you simply follow the fox! While that would be highly entertaining to watch confused high school students and parents search for strangely placed foxes, this is also not the true source of the sticker.

What it is, is the logo for a new app called Secret. While it does have a clever name and an adorable fox as its mascot, people seem skeptical about the app itself. The purpose of Secret is that it allows you to post anonymous secrets for other people to read. Ironically the tag line for the app is “be yourself”, despite the fact that the entire purpose of the app is anonymity.

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Don’t worry kitten, we are too

So what exactly do people post on this Secret app? According to the app description, you can post things such as what is your biggest lie and what would you tell your 13 year old self?

The app promotes expressing yourself and making new friends. It kind of sounds like Facebook and Instagram without all the stalking, YikYak without the helpful tips or Formspring minus all the nasty questions and teen angst.

Unsurprisingly, there have been some concerns about vulgarity and bullying on the site. But who knows, maybe Secret is just about to catch on. Only time will tell. For now, the biggest secret seems to be, who has been putting up these secret fox stickers all over campus!?

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GAAP Weekend Etiquette

Judging from the crowds of young children with name tags and the abundance of middle-aged men wearing backpacks, it looks like GAAP Weekend is upon us! GAAP Weekend is a weekend where accepted students come to campus to see if Georgetown could be their home for the next four years. The people at GAAP set up three different weekends for prospective students to come to Georgetown and they work tirelessly to make sure these weekends run smoothly.

WARNING: Things are about to get real sentimental. To be completely honest, GAAP Weekend was one of the main reasons I came to Georgetown. Without GAAP Weekend and the chance to meet all of Georgetown’s awesome students and professors, I might not be writing this post right now. GAAP Weekend can be an awesome look into what it’s like to be a Hoya, but there are a few things that can ruin the wonderful experience of the weekend. In order for everyone to enjoy their time on campus, I have come up with a few pieces of advice for both prospective and current Hoyas. Follow these, and I’m sure you’ll be donning a blue and gray t-shirt and shouting “Hoya Saxa!” come August.

Prospective Students:

1. Avoid mentioning your application to Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Northwestern or (insert name of prestigious university here).

You wouldn’t be here if you weren’t smart, so you don’t need to prove that any longer. During GAAP Weekend, you will be among some of the smartest kids in the U.S. Use that as something to bond over. This isn’t the college application process, so there’s no need to be competitive. Really get to know the other prospective Hoyas!

2. Take advantage of the professor lectures.

One of my main regrets  my GAAP Weekend was that I didn’t get to attend one of those awesome lectures. I showed up five minutes late and there was no standing room. Attending these lectures will be an awesome way to get a feel for what it’s like to attend class at Georgetown. Plus, they are given by some of Georgetown’s most interesting professors on really interesting topics. Make sure you arrive ten minutes early and get a good seat!

3. Go to the TOMBS!

Do anything you can to fit in a lunch at The Tombs. There’s nothing more quintessentially Georgetown than a Bulldog Burger from The Tombs. The wait may be thirty minutes long, but it will be more than worth it. If you’re not willing to wait, head on down to M Street for some more Georgetown favorites like Dean and Deluca or Baked & Wired. Basically, get off campus and enjoy the area because you will be definitely be frequenting these places if you do decide to come here.

Current Students:

1. Let’s keep the Village A madness to a minimum.

This goes for all typical party spots, but Vil A in particular. Over the next few days, campus tours will be flocking to the rooftops to get pictures with the classic view of the Potomac and the Washington monument in the distance. No one wants a picture with a pile of Nattys in the background. Let’s be considerate and at least clean up a bit!

2. Avoid classic happy hour spots if you can.

Paolo’s, Mei Wah, Cuates. Let’s just avoid them all. I know it sounds impossible. But it’s for your own good. These places will be filled with families for the next few days. There’s nothing I’d hate more than to see mothers cry about the inevitability of their child going to college while I munch away on my complimentary bread stick. Plus, no parents want to see you sloppily fall out of your high top chair when happy hour comes to a close. (It happens.) So let’s avoid that experience all together. 

3. Give the best directions possible

I can’t begin to give an estimate of how many times you will be asked directions for the next few days. And trust me, the destinations will never call for routes that are easy to explain. You’ll be getting a lot of mothers asking “Can you show me where the St. Mary’s building is?” or “How do we get to the barn where all of the cars are?” Please be considerate and try and help these people out. If you have no idea, “Yo no hablo ingles” should suffice. I mean we are known for our language programs, right?

GAAP Weekend should be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. If you follow these tips – whether you’re students avoiding prospective parents or parents avoiding current students – your GAAP Weekend will be a success!

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