Seminars We Want at Georgetown

college2College can be a tough adjustment for everyone from prep school scholars to public school kids. The transition would be a lot easier if Georgetown or university student groups offered a few 90-minute seminars (optional, of course) to better prepare students for everything from Google Docs to dating. Here are a few suggestions:

How to Spot a F**kboy
Why: The unsuspecting freshman girl often falls for them at house parties early in the first semester. Sometimes a post-party hookup turns into three months of torture over unrequited love.
How: Upperclassmen girls can show profiles of boys and point out their negative traits (good at saving Snapchats, very “experienced,” phone only seems to work after 2 a.m. on Saturday nights) so young girls know what to avoid.

How to Use Blackboard/My Access/Google Drive
Why: Has anyone found any of these sources particularly user-friendly?
How: Step-by-step instruction on how to do everything.

How to Get Over Your High School Ex
Why: Everyone has that one friend who is always either hopping on a train to Alabama to see their former sweetheart or crying in the dorm because that special someone posted a picture with a new crush.
How: Show profiles of attractive and successful Georgetown students to show kids that there are other fish in the sea and that our sea happens to be better than most.

How to Public Transport
Why: The metro is easy enough, but the bus system is a mystery. When someone says G2, D2 or D6 I think they’re talking about the robot from Star Wars or the floors in the saddest freshman dorm. Also, what is “The Circulator”?
How: Show us the website, give us a map with the stops and list the most efficient path to reach major locations around the city.

How to Drink Without Blacking Out
Why: Everyone made jokes about the online alcohol awareness course we had to complete freshman fall, but seeing how much alcohol we were actually drinking was eye opening.
How: Throw a “controlled” party where kids are allowed to drink until they black out, as long as they keep track of how much they’ve consumed. Each student will know his or her absolute limit and hopefully will consume under this limit the rest of the year.

How to Cheer Aggressively at Sporting Events
Why: Sometimes the crowd at the Verizon Center gets rowdy. We need to put those opposing fans in their place (AKA the bus back to Philly).
How: Get dirt on all of our Big East Rivals. Learn what other fans say at us, and teach students the appropriate responses. One example: Villanova fans shout, “What’s a Hoya?” Student section responds, “Your future employa.”

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Pre-Registration Fails

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Every semester I go into pre-registration feeling excited and confident. I plan out the perfect schedule and envision a fabulous next semester for myself. Yet, something always seems to go awry and I end up confused, angry and in despair. I’m not a pre-frosh registering for the first time, so why is this happening to me?

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If you’ve felt this way in the last few days you are not alone. Pre-registration tricks you into thinking you have control over your own schedule and then it pulls the rug out from under you and you end up lying facedown on the floor. Here are some typical pre-registration fails we’ve all encountered to help you feel better about submitting those classes today.

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1. Choosing the wrong professor. You plan to take the same boring intro class as your best friend so that you can help each other through the pain. A month later, you realized you signed up for different professors of the same class….

2. The infamous “any section” button. You really need the class to fulfill a requirement, so of course you say yes to “any section”! Only later do you realize that you never actually checked what the other sections of HUMW I actually are…. thus you end up in the Germanic Christian Hero (is that even a class you ask? Why yes, I took it Freshman year).

3. Picking a class that you thought fulfilled a requirement… but it turns out your maths need to be consecutive to count towards the general distribution requirement. I’m sorry, what? Calculus and Stats, those are consecutive right?

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4. Plugging in the wrong CRN number. This doesn’t happen as often, but when it does it’s a disaster. You copy and paste so many CRNs into those little boxes that eventually you are bound to make a mistake. If you don’t realize it in time you might find yourself in some interesting classes next semester.

5. Pre-registering for a class because your friend told you it was “great”… only to later learn that “great” is synonymous with “torture”. You’ll never look at your friend the same way again. You call this enjoyable?

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So no matter how hard you fail, just know you’re not alone. Also, chances are you will graduate in the end. And who knows, sometimes those random classes you accidentally pre-register for turn out to be the coolest ones!

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All We Want for Christmas is This Way to Search for Classes

Search for classesClassy is a super convenient and – more importantly – super chic way of choosing classes during pre-registration. But now that pre-registration and pre-registration completion are done and I am looking forward to actual registration, add/drop period, post-registration, registration post-game and late-night registration, I’m feeling a bit like a Monday morning quarterback. I got into a few classes I wanted, mostly because I actually added alternative classes this time (oops, I was a hopelessly confused freshman this summer). Still, I’m on the waitlist for probably ten classes, and I’m trying desperately to avoid the Intro to Philosophy class I’m scheduled for because I watched my friends cram for that final and I’m just not down for that kind of stress. Also, a big thank you to everybody for taking all of the Intro to Ethics classes. I wanted that.

I just feel like I could be slightly better off than I already am. And as a true Hoya, I only want the best for myself. For that reason, 4E has compiled a few ideas that could improve our search for the perfect class. Here are some search options we would enjoy immensely:

1. Famous/Georgetown-famous professors We want Madeleine Albright and we want her now! We also want that-guy-who-everybody-talks-about-and-whose-class-is-a-transformative-experience-but-we-can’t-remember-his-name-right-now. You know the one I’m talking about.

2. Easy-A professors Sometimes you just need that one class to slide through. Some second semester seniors need five of those classes. Either way, we want to search for that easy A.

3. Funny professors A professor with a sense of humor can make an 8 a.m. or a ridiculously late Friday class way less painful.

 4. Jesuit professors teaching this semester Wait. The 4E already did this for you. You’re welcome.

5. Most interesting classes to fulfill our gen-eds This is for the student who doesn’t want the average Georgetown experience. You’re so alternative.

6. Classes where we’ll meet new friends FRANDS! Let’s get social!

7. Classes where we’ll meet our one true love/a beautiful person we can stare at and will at least keep us awake in a warm, dark lecture class Call me, maybe.

8. A class with no final It’s a happy thought to realize summer awaits us at the end of this semester, but nothing would make us happier than skipping right from Georgetown Day all the way to the beach. Or maybe the Potomac, because the beach is far away. But the Potomac is gross. Yeah, we’re going with the beach.

9. A class that will change our lives A life-changing class would be pretty cool, I guess. Go ahead, blow my mind. I dare you.

10. Any combination of these There’s a combination option on the Classy search, but I have no idea what it does. It should do this.

I know this seems impossible; sorry for asking so much of the world. (But, seriously, The Corp, take notes. If Classy adds this, I will love you more than life itself.) We may not have a magical search bar (yet), but it’s important to remember that our classes will probably still be quite incredible. After all, we go to Georgetown! Hoya Saxa and Merry Christmas!

Preregistration Helper: The Best Class I Ever (Involuntarily) Took

Best required classes at GeorgetownFrom Star Trek in context, to the notorious “Jay-Z class”, to any taught by a Jesuit, a Hoya’s class list can contain a variety of unique and interesting choices. However, every Hoya also has a few remaining academic requirements that he or she needs to satisfy.

While Georgetown prides itself in its well rounded, liberal arts curriculum, at times these classes can sometimes seem like they are only expanding your doodling techniques rather than your interests.

Fear not, you can easily find yourself in a class that you love! A class that not only keeps you from scrolling through the latest Instagrams, but also creates newfound interests and passions. Or maybe you simply find a class you would recommend to another student come preregistration time.

We asked around for these recommendations and here are some Hoyas’ choices for the best class they have taken at Georgetown that they were required to take (click on the class names to get to the course descriptions to see for yourself!):

Note: The below suggestions were all reader entries, they do not reflect the views of The Hoya, The Fourth Edition or this writer.

  1. Problem of God with Father Fields, Father Hentz and Professor Sanders
  2. Introduction to Biblical Literature with Professor Linafelt and Father Walsh
  3. History of Civil Rights with Professor Chatelain
  4. Health Disparities with Professor Rosenwald
  5. Comparative Political Systems with Father Carnes
  6. Big Brother and the Other (or Russian and Polish Film)
  7. Folk Religions in Latin America with Professor Murphy
  8. Introduction to Ethics with Professor Carse
  9. Population Dynamics with Professor Brooks
  10. Horror: Tech and Techniques with Professor Benson-Allott

With preregistration already here, check some of these classes out. Who knows – your new choice for best class could be among this very list!

Also, pandas! (We’re really good at segues.)

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