4E’s Guide to Freshman Networking

Freshman Networking 101

So it’s August before your freshman year of college and you’re wondering: “How am I going to make friends?” To be honest, everyone here is in the same boat of knowing practically no one once they arrive on campus (unless you are from Delbarton, because half of Georgetown males graduated from there) so there is no need to be nervous. However, to alleviate your worries, here are five sure fire questions to get the conversation started.

1) Where are you from?
Not surprisingly, this is an excellent follow up question to “What’s your name?” For many, this is their first time living in a place where everyone did not grow up in the same town, so this is a great conversation starter. Pro tip: Try not to roll your eyes when someone says they are from Jersey (there is a reason 95% of the school is from there #jerseypride!!!!).

2) Is your name Sam/Sarah?
Similar to Jersey, it seems like everyone here is either named Sam or Sarah. If you see someone who looks like a potential new BFF, confidently stride over to them and ask “Is your name Sam?” (if he is a boy) or “Sarah?” (if she is a girl). The odds are in your favor that they will say, “Yes! How did you know?” Even if the answer is no, at least you are talking!

3) Did you go to Delbarton?
This is a grade A question to ask a boy. No one loves Delbarton as much as a Delbarton kid and no one loves to rip on Delbarton as much as a student from literally any other school. If they are from Delbarton, congrats! You have now entered a one way convo about how awesome Delbarton is. If not, you can now bond with someone over how the vast majority of Georgetown men are graduates of Delbarton.

4) Which family member went here?
Georgetown is BIG on legacy. Not that there is anything wrong with that – why not keep Hoya blood in the family? I would venture to say 80% of the kids I met my first week of freshman year mentioned a family member graduating from here within the first few minutes of conversation. Needless to say, this is a safe question to ask and you should look forward to being regaled with stories someone’s uncle shared about Georgetown in the ’80s.

5) What clubs do you want to join?
You have probably heard that Georgetown is big on involvement in student organizations. (I know it was mentioned on both of my tours and at least 25 times during GAAP weekend.) Eager freshmen will be able to list off at least 13 clubs they want to join while the rest of us will probably go with the tried and true “The Corp.” Try and master the phrase: “Oh, you are interested in joining The Corp too?” before stepping foot on campus for your freshman fall semester.

So there ya have it! Five questions a step above small talk that will not fail you when you try to get a conversation going with the 300th person you have met that day! As you can tell, my #Jerseypride might be coming out a little bit.

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Dating on a Budget 2.0

love on a budgetI hate to be the one to say it, but we’ve reached that inevitable point in the semester: The honeymoon phase is quickly coming to a close.

Darties give way to office hours, highly-anticipated outings to Chi Di become procrastination-heavy nights in Lau, and perhaps most importantly, that abundance of Flex Dollars and summer-job money turns into asking the cashier at Snaxa to try your card one more time because you’re pretty sure you have another 75 cents on it. But fear not – just because your bank account is having some serious troubles, doesn’t mean that your love life has to suffer too.

Here are some of 4E’s top picks for dating on a budget here at Georgetown. Whether you’re a freshman struggling to find affordable options in a town that seems full of Café Milanos and 1789s, or a senior looking to spice things up while also saving money for when your parents cut you off in a few months, this is the guide for you.

  1. Quick Pita: The perfect spot for all you late-night lovers out there. Head on down to the corner of M and Potomac any time before 2 a.m. and split an order of the best fries in Georgetown for just $3.59. Make sure to take advantage of mood music while you’re basking in the glow of the fluorescent lights and the neon “Open” sign. The owners have been known to slow it down with some Beyoncé and Usher after midnight.
The typical 2 AM scene at Quick Pita
The typical 2 a.m. scene at Quick Pita

2. Kehoe Field: While “technically closed” for now, you can still take a romantic stroll up around Yates and onto one of Georgetown’s hidden treasures to catch a breathtaking view of campus. The whole forbidden aspect will make your date that much more exciting, and you can show that special someone your dangerous side by daring to explore the “unfit playing conditions.”

Pro tip: Flaunt your affinity for animals by attempting to pet one of the many deer that frequently visit the field.

3. People watching at Epi: This one’s pretty straightforward, but sometimes simplicity is key. Get yourselves some free water cups, snag a cozy booth, and watch the drunken shenanigans of your peers unfold. You know what they say: Nothing brings two people together quite like watching a mutual friend devour a quesadilla and then trip over a chair while attempting to sprint to the nearest restroom.

I have actually seen someone do this exact maneuver on an Epi table.
I have actually seen someone do this exact               maneuver on an Epi table.

4. The Waterfront: Sequoia is home to a beautiful outdoor light display, which means that loitering on one of the benches outside the restaurant is basically the same experience that their outdoor seating provides. You’ll enjoy all the ambiance of a five-star restaurant with none of the cost!

Pro tip: Plan ahead and expand your loitering horizons during the holiday season by sitting and admiring the Christmas lights outside of Starbucks or Fiola Mare, all while still never opening your wallet.

5. Lau 5:  While Lau 2 may seem like the obvious choice for a conversation-filled date night, the strictly-enforced no-talking policy on Lau 5 will create plenty of opportunities for you to get close to that special someone as you whisper about tomorrow’s Econ test.

Pro tip: Use your study break to take a silent stroll through the stacks together. Be sure to show off your studious side by pretending to have read some of the random books you come across.

 

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Five Possible Dining Alone Scenarios at Leo’s

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They say that the enemy of success is comfort. Leo’s is likely to be a place you find yourself often — and if not poopoo for you, because Leo’s is HOT. The triumphant marketing team’s latest endeavor, inspired by the altruistic and chumley community that is the Hilltop, has developed table sharing signs. Not only are these well designed “Dining Solo? Join me, this is a shareable table” signs equipped to add flare to your table and meal, but they are also something bigger. They are invitation to community, to love, and to the ever-beloved networking skills  that Hoyas pride themselves on.

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While the prospect of inviting or approaching a fellow stranger to share company over a meal of chicken fingers may seem daunting, 4E urges you to take the leap — for as some wise human once said, “achievement thrives on the extended peripheries of our comfort zones,” or something like that. If you take the leap this may happen…

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1) HoyaLoveStories.

giphy-4Heard the stories? It could be you. Sit down stay awhile. A long while. Eventually you’ll be buried together. 

2) The Best friend.

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Who knows maybe you’ll end up getting Leo’s together every night?! Be each other’s best man? Go to your kids first birthdays? Retire together? There is so much room for possibilities.

3) The Business Partner

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Uhuh hunny. Handshake is the name, entrepreneurship is the game. Let Chicken Finger Thursday inspire you to develop the next Facebook, waffle press, air travel machine…

4) Discover your best friend’s old hook up

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When they sat down you thought they looked familiar, but the more their little idiosyncaries begin to reveal themselves, like how he says bro after every other word, or laughs lika hyena… it finally clicks, your roommate used to go out with him. Now you sit, devour your food, and hope nobody saw you.

5) The Stalker

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Hey, this could very much be the biggest liability of taking the leap. But really, how bad could having someone’s undivided attention be?… There’s always restraining orders if you start to feel unsafe.

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And follow @georgetowndining on Instagram cause rumor has it, I may be behind the scenes…

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PSA: Facebook Updated Their ‘Like’ Button

UntitledIf you’ve been living under or a rock or, more realistically, been avoiding logging onto Facebook to prevent further procrastination from midterms, then you may have missed Facebook’s latest update.  In response to years of users calling for a ‘dislike’ option to complement the ‘like’ button, Facebook has finally responded by rolling out a whole new set of emojis you can use to describe your response to someone’s post.  The new emojis, dubbed ‘Reactions’, include six different options and can be accessed by scrolling and hovering over the old ‘like’ button.  While this update allows users to more openly express their feelings, many individuals are left wondering when they should use one ‘Reaction’ over another. In order to help those users out, 4E has created an Etiquette Guide to Using ‘Reactions.’

  1. Like: This is the same old button that Facebook users have grown to like since it was first introduced in early 2009.  While it used to be appropriate to ‘like’ anything from a cute picture of a baby panda to that profound life status from an old grade school classmate, you should be warned to use this button sparingly.
    Post to ‘like’: Your great Aunt Phyllis’s 1000th picture of her cats.
  2. Love: The ‘love’ button is a big step up from the ‘like’ button.  Prior to its addition on Facebook, you probably used to casually scroll through your crush’s updates and try to inconspicuously ‘like’ a couple posts here and there.  The new ‘love’ button is really a game changer as you can really show someone just how creepy and obsessive you really are.
    Post to ‘love’: Any and all of your crush’s old posts and profile pictures from 2008 to 2010.  This will not only show off your true stalking abilities, but will be a true sign of your love from him/her regardless of their old awkward photos.
  3. Haha: Remember how you used to write ‘haha’ every time you thought a post was funny?  If you’re suffering from sort of freak amnesia, scroll back to 2011 for reference (side note: you most likely also used the :P smiley during that time period).  With this new reaction, actually typing ‘haha’ is now obsolete as its inclusion as a ‘Reaction’ was most likely due to the Millennials’ pure laziness…
    Post to ‘haha’: ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING.  Think that video of a dog running into a glass door is funny? ‘Haha’ it!  And that really witty status that kid you haven’t since high school posted? ‘Haha it’! The ‘haha’ is definitely the most versatile new ‘Reaction’ so feel free to use it as obnoxiously as you see fit!
  4. Wow: Sometimes someone’s post on Facebook really just leaves you speechless.  Whether that’s in a good or bad way, users have never actually had a way to accurately express such sentiment before now!
    Post to ‘wow’: That ~profound~ political rant posted by that gov major who definitely thinks they’re the next Bill Clinton.
  5. Sad: Sometimes Facebook posts are just sad, ya know?  Clicking the like button to show your support was never really appropriate and sometimes commenting on a status for someone you didn’t really know was a little too awkward.  The ‘sad’ button now allows users to demonstrate how a post might make them tear up just a little bit.
    Post to ‘sad’: Any shared video about animal abuse set to a Sarah McLachlan song.  While you’re at it, you might want to get the tissues ready too.
  6. Angry: Ever read a post that made you really fired up?  Maybe you even posted your own status as a reaction to it.  Either way, after a long time coming Facebook has finally introduced an ‘angry’ button which is arguably a step up from the ‘dislike’ button that so many people had previously requested.
    Post to ‘angry’: ANY post that mentions Syracuse or Villanova and does not mention Georgetown’s superiority.

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Can You Feel the Love Tonight: Valentine’s Day Playlist

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Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day,

Gal-entine’s Day,

Pal-entine’s Day,

or Al-entine’s Day,

This might just be me.

4E’s got the playlist for you! Check out our favorite songs to make you swoon during this weekend of love.

  1. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” – Whitney Houston. Are you fun, flirty, and fantastic? Good! Own it! Thirty years ago, Whitney released the perfect song to get a night on the town going. You are twenty-something and ~carefree~. Relish in it. Why not, right?
  2. “Crazy in Love”- Beyoncé. Cupid’s arrow makes us all a little nutty. Channel all that craze into a dance-a-palooza to start the night. Guys and gals alike can shake it out this Yoncé classic, right Bruno?
  3. “We Found Love” – Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris. No one knows more about finding love in a hopeless place than college students. Is that guy on the wok line giving you the “come hither” eyes? Did that girl at the bar casually drop her a napkin with her phone number on it in your lap? Is your Sunday night Lau 2 study sesh turning into a night of footsie under the table? Congratulations! This is millennial flirting! It sucks! Keep the faith.
  4. “Hate That I Love You” – Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo. This may be the ode to the cutie two rows up in your International Relations lecture, or the nagging tune in the back of your head while ordering your third Hot Chick of the weekend. That’s ok. Just go with it. Love hurts. Take one more bite. You won’t regret it.
  5. “All Too Well” – Taylor Swift. This relatively unknown T Swift anthem is just what you need if you’re going through a break up. Straddled perfectly between “You Belong With Me” and “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” “All Too Well” will have you reaching into the depths of your pint of Chunky Monkey for one last, tear-soaked scoop. We have all been there. Taylor Swift has been there. Everything is gonna be ok.
  6. “Burn” – Usher. Love sometimes means letting go. If you need to light a cinnamon candle, make a cup of cocoa, and just curl up with season 4 of “Friends” a good book this weekend, heck, go for it. Relieve yourself of all the stresses the past week has burdened you with. Let them burn.
  7. “Can’t Hurry Love” – Phil Collins. On the flip side, if love isn’t coming your way, don’t fret. Just stop your crying, it’ll be alright (I’m a big Phil Collins fan). Love is going to find you, so get out there. If that’s not your speed, keep that watery smile on your face and pop in Tarzan for a real cry. Love is love, man.
  8. “Beautiful Soul” – Jesse McCartney. You’re a dirty liar if you pretend you don’t know every word to this 2004 jam. Warning: Side effects include an overwhelming urge to text your middle school flame. Resist this urge at all costs. 
    *4E is not responsible for your love-stricken, McCartney-induced mistakes.
  9. “You Make My Dreams Come True” – Hall & Oates. New love is the most wonderful kind. If you find such love this weekend, have yourself a Joseph Gordon-Levitt of a day. You too can run into a marching band on your early morning walk-of-shame! Nothing is impossible on Presidents Day Weekend Valentine’s Day!
  10. “In My Life” – The Beatles. At the end of the day, if you have your friends, your family, and all the memories in between, what else do you really need? Finish out your weekend with this classic and give a call to someone who loves you unconditionally. This includes Facetiming with Mom in order to talk to your dog. We all do it. Love you, Ma!

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Georgetown Themed Breakup Lines

Banner - BreakupsUnhappy with your current bae? Stuck in a relationship that you want out of STAT, but don’t know how to convey it? With Valentine’s Day rolling around, these questions need to be dealt with immediately, before you are stuck at an expensive and annoying dinner with said lacking bae.

Thankfully, the place (AKA the single AF girl) who brought you Georgetown themed pickup lines and Georgetown themed rejection lines is back for one more round. Now, it’s time for part three: the best Georgetown themed break-up lines.

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I would love to keep dating you, but I prefer to spend my time people watching in Lau.

Our love is like the ICC: complicated and not worth putting effort into.

I Bleed Hoya Blue, but that doesn’t mean I love you. 

I hate your GUTS.

Hoya Hoya Saxa, it’s time to face the fact-a that this relationship isn’t working.

I’m liberally leaving this relationship, no continuity.

Lie down forever lie down.

You’re not the only Hot Chick in my life.

Let’s be like the printers in ICC and break [up] permanently.

The Dahlgren Fountain is deeper than you are.

I wish our relationship was a victim of the Cherry Tree Massacre.

You are like the Walsh elevators, too slow and not worth waiting for.

It’s not you, it’s your Corp order.

ICC you cheated on me.

Our relationship has less than 99 days left. 

And, for those of you who love 4E: I’m leaving you 4Ever

Hope these lines bring you some luck in ending those god awful relationships. And those on the receiving side, you probably should have seen this coming…

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He’s Just Not That Into You: Hoya Edition

Banner - HeartbreakSix short years ago, a less-than-mediocre romantic comedy appeared on the big screen and broke our hearts. Ken Kwapis’ “He’s Just Not That Into You” revealed a sad truth to a slew of  hopeless romantics. That special someone isn’t shy; he’s just not that into you. To help you avoid heartbreak this Valentines Day, 4E is pointing out the five tell-tale signs that your fellow Hoya is just not that into you:

  1. He’s more concerned with getting his Vineyard Vines shirt in the picture than your face.

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2. He tells you he’s spending his Saturday night in Lau.

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3. He tells you the rooftop of Village A is only you two’s “special spot.”

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4. He only buys you Natural Light, since you’re not worth the $9.99 Burnett’s splurge.

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5. He values his position in The Corp more than your feelings.

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If any or all of these apply to you, there’s still time. Get out there and find a boo who appreciates you.

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Love Locks Inspiration: Heartbreak

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The deadline to submit your creative nonfiction for The Hoya’s Love Locks special issue is fast approaching. If, for some strange reason, you don’t know what this is, here’s a description of the project:

Inspired by the New York Times’ “Modern Love” essay series, The Hoya’s “Love Locks” project will publish submitted creative nonfiction pieces from students, professors and alumni.

The selected pieces will address love in a deeply personal, honest way — in the form of a true story — and explore predicaments that their writers have dealt with in their own lives.

We know that many of you are longing to submit your tales of love and romance, but might need some inspiration to get you started. So we’ve gathered some pieces for you to take a look at.

Perhaps you want to write about love and heartbreak…

NYT Modern Love: An Act of Protection, Even as Things Fell Apart

“Imagining his perpetrating that small deception for my benefit suggested a well of tenderness for me that I ached to believe was there. That he could presume I would never guess he had done it only elevated the act further.”

NYT: When an Open Relationship Comes at a Price

“He was jealous. He feared losing me. I’d thought I was living his principle, but I had really experienced only one side of being in an open relationship — the fun and easy side. How would I have responded if he had been the one making out and messing around? Not well, I suspected.”

NYT Modern Love: No Labels, No Drama, Right?

“All the while, we avoid labels and try to bury our emotions. We aren’t supposed to want anything serious; not now, anyway. But a void is created when we refrain from telling it like it is, from allowing ourselves to feel how we feel. And in that unoccupied space, we’re dangerously free to create our own realities.”

Remember, submissions are due by Oct. 30.

Photo: The Hoya

Love Locks Inspiration: Family

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The deadline to submit your creative nonfiction for The Hoya’s Love Locks special issue is fast approaching. If, for some strange reason, you don’t know what this is, here’s a description of the project:

Inspired by the New York Times’ “Modern Love” essay series, The Hoya’s “Love Locks” project will publish submitted creative nonfiction pieces from students, professors and alumni.

The selected pieces will address love in a deeply personal, honest way — in the form of a true story — and explore predicaments that their writers have dealt with in their own lives.

We know that many of you are longing to submit your tales of love and romance, but might need some inspiration to get you started. So we’ve gathered some pieces for you to take a look at.

Perhaps you want to write about love and family…

NYT Modern Love: Unraveling a Dark Family Secret

“When my father finished telling me this story, he made me promise never to mention Raphi in front of my grandmother. No one ever did, he said, because it could make her angry or hysterical. He insisted I hide the secret from her in my own life just as he did in his.

But I wasn’t very good at hiding things, so I sought out my shadow uncle.”

NYT Modern Love: Missing a Father I Hardly Knew

“My father would often start to say something, then say “Forget it.” It would be right when he was going to be real with you, say what he was really thinking. Then he wouldn’t. It was almost as if he would be in danger if he did.”

The Hoya: It Takes a Village

“My mother passed just a few weeks after I was born, and so I never really had a mom. Technically, I never suffered a loss.

Mourning someone you’ve never really met is a very strange predicament to be in. Rather than grieving over the person, you grieve over the ‘what-ifs.'”

The Hoya: The Day We Became Five

“Our family used to have a dog. Sometimes, I almost forget what he looked like, what he sounded like, or even what he smelled like. It has been five years since a change of jobs and an impending move to the city made us realize that we, as much we didn’t want to say it, were not the right family for him. It wasn’t fair for him anymore. And just like that, a couple with a dog and two young kids of their own picked him up while I was at school one day. They left his blankets where he slept and his bowl by the door.”

NYT Modern Love: From Divorce, a Fractured Beauty

“And yet, we had been in love with each other once, fiercely and absolutely. Yes, our son and daughter were the children of divorce, but they were conceived in a love that was passionate and tender. They were innocent. They deserved better than a childhood spent bearing witness to our worst selves.”

Remember, submissions are due by Oct. 30.

Photos: The Hoya