The New Year’s Resolutions You Won’t Keep

It is that time of the year again. A time of new beginnings, new memories, new laughs, and, most importantly, new resolutions. With each new year comes a new set of promises we Hoyas make to ourselves to make this coming year even better than the last. The thing is, however, we know we probably will not keep them. Here are some New Year’s resolutions you probably made to yourself that you know won’t make it to 2018.

I am going to eat healthy and go to Yates every day.

You get home for Christmas break and weigh yourself for the first time since August. You subsequently endure the 5 Stages of Grief. You promise yourself to live a ~healthy lifestyle~ in the spring semester. Three weeks into January you find yourself sitting in front of a plate of chicken fingers on a Thursday with no recollection of the last time you made it to the gym but also with no ragrets.

“Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind.”

I will not drink Natty Lite or Burnett’s. 

After spending some time at home and drinking some classy wine and craft beer with your family (if you are 21 of course) you decide you are just too good for Natty and Burnett’s. I mean, what are you, a peasant? But, when you return to the Hilltop and take a look at the balance in your bank account you remember that you are indeed a peasant and quickly return to everyone’s drink of choice–whatever is cheapest.

I will do the readings for all my classes.

You coasted through the fall semester without doing the majority of the readings for the majority of your classes convinced you were gonna ace the class only to find a not so pleasant surprise on your final grade report. You think, “I probably should have done all those readings,” and you promise yourself this semester will be different. That is until you have to read 300 pages for tomorrow and its 11 pm all you have accomplished is taking one buzzed quick to find out what character from The Office you are based on your zodiac sign.

I am going to spend less money. 

Last semester you spent a little more than you should have, but this semester that is going to change. Who needs to eat out when you have Leo’s? Who needs to Uber when you can walk? Who needs Corona when you can have Natty? Oh wait…you do.

In all honesty, 4E wishes you all the best with your New Year’s resolutions. Lord knows we all need it.

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A Guide to Fulfilling New Year’s Goals Quickly

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If you don’t make resolutions this New Years, you probably aren’t missing out. Not many people actually fulfill these often lofty or vague goals. Why? They set themselves up for failure. In order to achieve your resolutions, you ought to completely devote yourself to the cause. We at 4E have some suggestions on how to get some common resolutions accomplished, pronto:

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  1. “Time to lose ten pounds”

How-to: chop off your non-dominant arm, get a significant haircut or stop going to Epi at 3 a.m. on the weekends!

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  1. “I need to raise my GPA by .2”

How-to: avoid taking classes with harsh curves, stop studying on Lau 2 or transfer to a school without grade deflation!

  1. “I want to meet more people and be more social”

How-to: forgo the above goal, get to know your Uber driver (they’re all really cool) or claim ownership of a popular, non-embarassing Georgetown Confession!

  1. “I want to spend less of my money”

How-to: quit your job (you can’t spend money you don’t have), swipe into Leo’s once and stay there for multiple meals or “borrow” a parent’s credit card!

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  1. “I want to spend less time on social media”

How-to: deactivate your iPhone and go back to that flip phone that’s been under your bed for years, stop following DJ Khaled on Snapchat or unlike the Georgetown Confessions page.

Major key: delete him on snapchat
Major key: delete him on snapchat
  1. “Time to get that six-pack”

How-to: break up with Ben and/or Jerry, stop complaining about the uphill walk to Yates and start complaining about the uphill run to Yates or buy one if you’re 21+.

 

Best of luck reaching your goals in 2016!

 

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4E Goes to Hollywood

Hollywood-Cartoon-Sign-WallpaperWhile 4E usually posts things that are relevant, somewhat strange, and often less conventional, rarely do we take the opportunity to brief you on a day in our lives. So, in the spirit of campfire stories let us share our latest adventure…

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It all started when some obscure e-mail was sent out to the masses of The Hoya, with the subject reading something along the lines of “FREE TRIP TO LA”… (we thought it was a joke at first). Actually, to be honest, a few weeks later when we boarded our flights, traveled across the country and wound up at a random dorm complex in Long Beach we STILL thought it was a joke. And if we’re being completely honest- now that we, and our fellow Hoyas, have left and returned to our respective summer lives, our random trip to LA is still seems completely unreal.

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It turns out we were there for a conference. It was called DOHAgoals. It was all about empowering people through sports. It allowed us to share air with a lot of super stars: Michelle Obama, Maria Shriver (Hoya Saxa), Debbie Phelps (Oh, and Michael too), Nadia Comăneci, Avril Lavigne, an important man with a beautiful french accent, Abby Wambach…

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You know, big names. Big words. Big living. There was even special furniture brought in to the giant conference center ordered especially to match the colors of the event. All expenses were paid. We ate a lot of free lunch and drank a lot of coffee. And it was thanks to the Qatari government.

In 4E fashion, we decided to take advantage full advantage of this FREE trip: 

We hid in a hallway for 3 hours, rather than go for a run.

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Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 10.42.47 AMWe wound up on a set for So You Think That You Can Dance, meaning there’s like a .0089999% chance we’ll be making our feature television debut!

We met a lot of fellow student ambassadors who were all sports management majors and proudly told them what little relevance the conference had to our own very less relevant studies.

We went to a rooftop bar, Hollywood, a karaoke bar and a bowling alley.

And if these examples are not painting the picture of a ~wild~ adventure, know that we at least had fun.

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Amidst Great Expectations, Hard Times Prevail in the Summer Internship Hunt

older-internDemanding exhaustive research, writing skills, patience and a healthy dose of B.S., the quest for an internship epitomizes a resume-worthy job in itself. Yet, in our endeavors to quench our hunger for career potential, we, smart, competent Georgetown leaders morph into Oliver Twist as we humbly beg for “more” hours, “more” pay and “more” responsibility.

The application process is almost Dickensian: while we work tirelessly to succeed, potential employers ignore us, minimize us and belittle us. Although I understand we are only interns, we still deserve the respect that accompanies the supposedly essential career steppingstone. Here is a list of problems we endure during the application process that if we ever did to a professor or boss we quickly would be axed:

1. The Time Delay: Waiting to hear back from an internship is like the less fun version of constantly checking your phone for a text from a friend. If your friend responds to you a month later, you’d be like “please, I asked to go to Wisey’s a month ago (but I’ll still go now because I’m always game).” If an employer rejects you a month after your application, it’s like responding to an invitation a month late saying you can’t come: it hurts both ways.

2. The No-Response: Can’t employers just send a form letter? There is no reason to completely ignore an application to which a student has dedicated time and energy. Ignoring a resume mirrors when the person you swipe right on tinder clearly swiped left and you pretend like you don’t care, but you kind of do. Except the stakes are slightly higher.

3. The Informal Language: Even though I’m not a monocle-wearing Victorian or my mom requiring no “text” language at the dinner table, I like to receive emails with a formal greeting and ending. Don’t write “hi there” and not sign your name to our first interaction. Maybe I’m being obnoxious, but if you are going to put me through two interviews and a potential security clearance, I don’t want to be addressed like a cowpoke.

4. The Inflexibility: This isn’t a high functioning mafia network: since you took two months to process my application, I get at least a week to make a decision.

5. The Pay, or Lack thereof: [Insert sassy political statement about how the insistence on unpaid internships exacerbates economic disparities and imposes unfair barriers on many qualified, talented applicants who can’t afford to work for free]

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Summertime and Everything is Free

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Thank John Carroll that it is finally summer. It is time to relax and say helloooo to summer.

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While this relaxation is perfect right now, we will soon have to face the revelation that summer means jobs. We all might wanna spend our time exploring and living easy, but exploring costs money that we just don’t have. Why do all fun things need to cost money?!

Well, thankfully this summer, they do not have to. Recently, there has been an explosion of Facebook events advertising free events in major U.S. cities! Supposedly these events will contain updated lists of activities that you can participate in, free of charge.

As of now these events exist for cities like: 

D.C.

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NYC

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Austin

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Chicago

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and a bunch of international cities as well!

 Bring on the adventures and the #free things. And remember, the silent disco in Dupont is only a few weeks away!

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Serendipity 3 and the $1,000 Sundae Exit Georgetown

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Georgetown’s Serendipity 3, the D.C. location of the famous New York restaurant, closed unexpectedly Tuesday, Washington City Paper reports. The restaurant, located at the intersection M St. and Wisconsin Ave., was known for its foot-long hot dogs and its trademarked “Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.” Serendipity 3 also holds the Guinness World Record for the most expensive ice cream sundae with its $1,000 Golden Opulence Sundae.

The sundae consists of vanilla ice cream covered in 23K edible gold leaf and some of the world’s most expensive chocolates. On top sits a small bowl of Golden Passion Caviar. The sundae is served in crystal goblet, and guests are given an 18K gold spoon to eat it with. Take a look at the making of a Golden Opulence Sundae in the video below:

With the restaurant now closed, we got to thinking: what else could you buy with the $1,000 you would have spent on the sundae?

3/4 ounce of real gold

1 pound of the most expensive truffles at Safeway

1 round-trip plane ticket from D.C. to Paris (to sample some French cuisine)

10 dinner dates at Cafe Milano

273 cupcakes from Baked & Wired

200 class passes at Yates (to work off the cupcakes)

1/65 of a year at Georgetown

And last but not least…

1/25 of the “Frrrozen Haute Chocolate,” also found at Serendipity 3

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D.C. Millennials Bringing In the Money

Young MoneyWe all know that D.C. is an expensive place for anyone to live. Just check your last bar tab at Rhino. We also know some D.C. residents can be pretty wealthy. But did you know that D.C. is actually home of the wealthiest millennials?

According to InTheCapital, 1.9% of millennials – people born from 1980 until approximately 2000 – in D.C. are earning over $100,000. Yes, $100,000. That’s the highest amount in the country, compared to major cities such as New York, Boston and San Francisco.

D.C. also boats one of the nation’s highest concentrations of millennials. In that category, our nation’s capital took sixth place, behind predominately western cities. According to the rankings, D.C.’s millennial money comes from the younger generation’s drive to invest in new companies and do social good, which apparently has been paying nice returns. Regardless, I’m still broke. So if any of you millionaire millennials are reading this and want to treat a girl to dinner, give me a call.

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The Many Faces of Warren Buffett

Here at The Fourth Edition, we love to take the time to appreciate the many speakers who grace us with their presence on the Hilltop. We’re fortunate enough to have many big names in government, business and culture share their knowledge with us … with some help from the Lecture Fund, of course. And Sept. 19 will be no different, as Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffet delivers some words of wisdom. As we’ve done in the past, we wanted to give you a little briefing on Warren’s many faces and what you can expect when he arrives on campus. Take a look:

This is Warren Buffett

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He has lots of money …warren-buffett

$53.5 billion to be exact … if you could stack all of Warren Buffett’s money (in $100 bills), it would be the distance from campus to Annapolis … IN MONEY.

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He got this money from working at Berkshire Hathaway as a primary shareholder, chairman and CEO.

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Before that, he went to University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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(He also went to Columbia Business School).

He’s really just your average guy, though. He enjoys ice cream.Warren-Buffett-dq

And basketball!

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And he’s won the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Even though Mr. Buffett gets upset sometimes…

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He’s usually a very happy man.WarrenBuffett

Maybe it’s because he’s giving away most of his fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation …US-billionaires-happy-to-pay-more-taxes

… or maybe he’s just a ninja.kgHpc

Either way, we can’t wait to hear from you on the Hilltop tomorrow at 5 p.m.!

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Thrifty DC: Going Big on a Small Budget

Thrifty DCOn top of taking 5 classes, partaking in student activities, keeping our houses relatively clean (ha) and making sure we don’t catch the flu that half of campus is currently suffering from, we Georgetown students have to manage our expenses.

For many of us, the mere thought of paying back loans is troublesome enough to keep us tossing and turning at night. I may not have a solution to all these issues, but I can offer you some thrifty deals in the Georgetown area that can keep a little extra dough in your wallet – and some delicious grub in your tummy.

1. Sea Catch Happy Hour (Canal Square 1054 31st St NW, Ste 1000)

Monday-Saturday; 5-7pm. $1 oysters
 and 1/2 off drinks make Sea Catch put the “happy” in happy hour. Who doesn’t love a delicious raw bar after a long day of classes?

2. Bandolero (3241 M St. NW)  Friday Happy Hour Specials – 4 Tecate Cans; $4 Shot of Espolon with Sangrita; $4 Apps; $5 Breckenridge Agave Wheat Bottles; $5 Antonietti Extra Brut; $5 Apps; $6 El Bandolero Margaritas, Ferrari Carano Pinot Grigio and Graffiato Nebbiolo; $5 Shrimp Cocktail – I get it.

Bandolero sometimes gets a bad rap, just like Modern does. But reputation aside, who can say no to all these amazing deals? The $4 Apps alone are reason enough for you 21+ Hoyas to take a trip down to M Street. (Also, rumor has it that Kate Hudson and Muse were hanging out there the other night, so essentially what I’m saying is if you go to happy hour, you’ll become best friends with a celebrity).

3. Chadwicks Saturday Specials (3205 K St. NW) $2 Domestic Bottles & House Wine; $2.50 Rail Drinks & Margaritas; 50 Cent Buffalo Wings; 1/2 Price Potato Skins; $2.50 Miller Lite & Bud Bottles – There’s something so Georgetown-y about heading down to Chadwicks for a nice drink by the waterfront. And with these deals, you get all the classiness of a Chadwicks meal on a college student budget. I’ll drink to that!

4. Garrett’s (3003 M St NW) Happy Hour 5-7 every day. 25-cent wings. Could it get any better? That wasn’t a rhetorical question. The answer is: no, it can’t. It’s like Chicken Finger Thursday taken to a whole other level… Oh, and did we mention this happens every day?

5. Mr. Smith’s (3104 M St NW) Weekdays 5-7 pm. Half-priced appetizers. My, oh my! Though poor Mr. Smith’s didn’t hold up too well against The Tombs in our previous Georgetown March Madness bracket, it doesn’t mean that they can’t hold up in terms of happy hour specials. What’s nicer than sitting out in Mr. Smith’s nice garden bar and munching on some grub, all while remembering that it’s half-priced?

So, Hoyas, go out and eat some wings and drink some cocktails, but rest assured you’re spending wisely and saving up! Keep saving that money and get out there!

Flex Those Dollars!

As the semester comes to a close, the stress of finals may be getting to a lot of you. Hopefully, your dreams (read as: nightmares) do not only consist of coffee, books, and Lau. Nevertheless, there is no denying that we are almost at the finish line! So besides cramming in those extra study hours…what else is there to think about it?

Flex Dollars. Ah yes…the money that is given to us so that we do not have to eat at Leo’s every day. The amount of flex dollars varies depending on your meal plan, ranging from 50 to 100 dollars, and is just a beautiful thing for us poor college students. Unfortunately, Flex Dollars do not carry over into next semester so if you don’t use it…you lose it. Within the next couple of weeks, think about using your Flex Dollars at these delicious locations:

1.)   Epicurean: Located right next to Darnall, Epi is a delicious buffet-stylized eatery that has fresh Sushi and delicious sandwiches made to order! Check it out and use them flex dollars to get whatever your heart desires and TREAT YO SELF.

2.)   Einstein Bros., Bagels: Midnight Mug is not the only place with delicious Bagels. Grab an Einstein Bagel, coffee, or sandwich and be on your merry way. Look out for meal deals as well! Bagel with Cream Cheese and Coffee-$3.99. 
Sandwich and a Bottled Beverage-$6.00. Located in Regents.

3.)   Starbucks, Cosi, Subway, Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell: Nuff said. Have your fix in Leavey at Hoya Court! Also… 
Aromi d’Italia Gelato is there. Yes. That would be yummy gelato ice cream.

4.)   Dr. Mug: For the science lover in all of us, grab some snacks, juices, salads, sandwiches, sodas and teas, or a cup of joe from Dr. Mug. Located on the ground level of the Pre-Clinical Science Center (next to the medical bookstore)

5.)   Vittles: Yup! Some of your dire grocery store needs can be taken care of with your Flex bucks! Not everything is covered, but it’s a great place to use up flex on snacks!

6.)   Hoya Snaxa: For those late night food cravings, take a study break and hit up Hoya Snaxa…right across the way from Harbin Field.

7.)   Uncommon Grounds & Midnight Mug: The staple go-to coffee location for Gtown students. Use up your flex dollars there since these coffee places are conveniently located all around campus from Lau to Leavy. Perfect for on-the-go studying.

8.)   Faculty Club Restaurant: Remember that place you went with your parents on Parent’s Weekend at Leavey (right next to Hoya Court)? Well, you can use Flex bucks there!! The Faculty Cub Restaurant is a deluxe buffet restaurant and is open to everyone for breakfast and lunch.

I bet you are extremely hungry now….time to put those Flex Dollars to good use!