As you begin to recover from the aftermath of Georgetown Day, we regret to inform that it’s officially Finals Season. And if you can’t stand the thought of spending the next two weeks studying in hell Lau, fear not: we here at 4E have got you covered with some of the best hidden study spots on this side of the Potomac.
1. The Library of Congress
Located in the heart of D.C., the Library of Congress is the perfect place to reenact scenes from National Treasure get some serious and productive studying done! Visiting the Library of Congress is a great opportunity to try to finally figure out the whole GUTS bus/Metro system, get frustrated after three minutes, and resort to calling an Uber like you always do. Once you get there, be sure to blatantly ignore the library rules and take plenty of pictures of your beautiful surroundings- you can send some to your parents as proof that your college experience also involves some non-Burnetts-related activities !
4E Fun Fact: My own Library of Congress card has the unique distinction of being the only picture of me in existence that is worse than the one on my GoCard.
2. The Aisles of Vital Vittles
If you’re too lazy to venture more than five minutes from campus looking for something a little closer to your Hilltop home, there are still plenty of options. One of Georgetown’s best study spots is located in the aisles of Vittles. This is exactly what it sounds like: just grab your backpack, go sit on the floor of the campus grocery store and get to work! Trust us, all the cool kids are doing it. As you study, you can enjoy the questioning stares of your fellow Hoyas while munching on one of the snacks you settled for because they were inexplicably out of your top five snack food choices.
4E Bonus Tip: If you’re feeling really adventurous, go study in the lone aisle of Snaxa.
Home to sophomores who skipped every “What’s a Hoya?” and freshmen who weren’t told this was even an option during their GAAP weekend, Village C East is truly a hidden treasure. Frequently forgotten and perpetually overlooked in favor of its better-known sibling to the west, VCE is basically the Jeb Bush of Georgetown dormitories. So while it may be “low-energy,” sometimes that’s exactly what you need after another wasted night spent in the distraction-filled mosh pit known as Lau 2 during finals. I personally recommend grabbing a spot at the tables in the laundry room, mostly because it reminds me of a simpler time, during freshman year, when I actually did my laundry on a regular basis instead of wearing the same pair of jeans for a week straight and hoping no one notices.
4. The ICC Bathrooms
We’ve all been there: your professor assigns you a “collaborative final project” and everyone in your group is a total stranger. You’re probably freaking out- group projects are soooo awkward! But luckily, we here at 4E have found a quick fix to your problem: the ICC bathrooms. Spending time in uncomfortably-close physical proximity is a surefire way to get to know each other. And what better place to build this camaraderie than in the inexplicably-tiny restrooms of the Edward B. Bunn S.J. Intercultural Center? Just think of all the built-in conversation starters that will help break the ice: “Why are we working in a bathroom?” “This is so weird”- you’re sure to be best friends in no time! And best of all, you won’t have any of that pesky “reliable wifi access” to distract you from the task at hand.
4E Bonus Tip: If you’re really looking to get close with your peers, head on over to the White-Gravenor bathrooms, which have the cool added bonus of being extremely small and extremely old.
5. John Kerry’s House
Now that the Secret Service agents outside of his house are gone, this basically means we all have an open invitation to go hang out with Johnny K whenever we want. Though I personally have never actually been inside his home, I’m assuming it’s extremely classy (John Kerry is pretty much as #bougie as it gets- here’s a picture of a him on a yacht with JFK) and it also probably has pretty decent wifi, because we all know how much former Secretaries of State like to send emails!
Disclaimer: Yes, I know that joke was terrible, but I got yelled at for writing too many articles roasting Trump, so just consider this my attempt at being bipartisan). Additionally, the Kerrster can totally help you study for your IR final, and will almost-definitely be down to walk across the street with you for a Wingo’s study break
*Side Note: If anyone ever actually sees John Kerry at Wingo’s, please alert me immediately.
So there you have it- five ways to shake up your study routine this finals season. Best of luck from all of us here at 4E, and please remember to keep procrastinating by reading our articles!
It’s officially midterm season, which means that there’s a good chance you’re procrastinating by reading this article somewhere in Lau. And if you’re searching for some more ways to avoid doing work, look no further: here’s a refresher on the five types of “Laufits” most frequently seen in everyone’s favorite architectural monstrosity.
1. The “Kendall Jenner”
The basic look: Heels. A “going out” top. Jeans that cost more than your meal plan. Something cool like a hat or red lipstick that you definitely couldn’t pull off if you tried.
When they’re not busy making you feel bad about the fact that you noticeably haven’t washed your hair in several days, the owner of this outfit can usually be found making the awkward walk from the elevators to Midnight look like a graceful strut down a fashion week runway. There’s a good chance that you follow them on Instagram. There’s a better chance that they do not follow you back.
2. The “Intern”
The basic look: J. Crew. Ann Taylor. Brooks Brothers. A Capitol Hill ID badge that they are inexplicably still wearing at 11 p.m. on a Wednesday in the middle of a college library.
You can usually find the wearer of this outfit carefully crafting their next insightful and completely necessary political post on Facebook or mapping out the logistics of their future GUSA presidential campaign two years ahead of time. There’s a good chance you follow them on LinkedIn. There’s a better chance that they were the ones who requested to follow you.
3. The “Self-Proclaimed Gym Rat”
The basic look: Neon running shoes. A headband. A Fitbit. Something from Lululemon. A yoga mat casually tucked under their arm. A conspicuous lack of actual sweat on any of these items.
Those who rock the standard “SPGR” attire are usually found loitering in Midnight. They may be found loudly commenting on how their favorite flavor of Vitamin Water Zero and/or Cliff Bar is out of stock while openly inquiring as to why they aren’t allowed to use the Thompson Center, or insisting that they could have been a varsity walk-on “if they tried.” There’s a good chance that you also just saw them take the elevator instead of the stairs to get to Lau 2 in the first place.
4. The “Guy Who Was at Jersey Night Until He Remembered He Had a Paper Due at 9 A.M.”
The Basic Look: Hair Gel. Pit Stains. An Allen Iverson/Alonzo Mourning/Patrick Ewing jersey. A New Jersey accent. An ID from a state that is not New Jersey.
Unlike the “Self-Proclaimed Gym Rat,” the person wearing this outfit is definitely actually sweating. And yelling. And attempting to simultaneously type and sober up, but not doing a very good job at either. This stylish individual is likely to be found taking way too long to figure out what they want from the vending machine and saying some variation of “Dude, seriously it was so lit, you gotta go next week” to every other person who walks by.
5. The “Lau 5”
The basic look: A sweatshirt. A pair of sweatpants, but not the “cute and cozy” kind that are moderately acceptable to wear in public. A baseball cap. Uggs, Crocs, or some combination of the two.
(Disclaimer: this is not an exaggeration. I once saw an actual human being wearing an Ugg on one foot and a Croc on the other on Lau 5 at 2 a.m. during finals week and it was one of the scariest things I have ever seen in my entire life. Please let me know if you have any potential information regarding this individual’s whereabouts because I want to make sure they’re alright.)
The true devotees of the classic “Lau 5” aesthetic are, of course, most frequently found in their natural habitat on the top floor. But rumor has it that if you wait patiently until the early hours of the morning, you can see them briefly emerge near that weird coffee vending machine on Lau 2. Should you be so lucky as to witness this rare occurrence, be sure to remember the most basic rule of Lau-etiquette: never ask someone wearing the full-blown “Lau 5” Laufit “How’s it going?” You will only be met with a long, sad answer involving an unreliable TA, a “quizlet” mishap, and a copious amount of tears.
So there you have it: five of the most popular Laufits. Consider what your Laufit says about you the next time you head on over to see if there are any more lemon poppy seed muffins left at Midnight write that big paper well ahead of the deadline!
It has been a little over a month since our nation elected our 45th president, and slowly but surely, our country is accepting the results. President-elect Trump has just about finalized his Cabinet, leaving many Americans equally disillusioned. With that being said, I am not here to comment on politics or on the choices our President-Elect has made, but rather, to offer my opinions on who he should have appointed to Cabinet positions from his wildly successful television series, The Celebrity Apprentice. I whole-heartedly believe these “celebrities” could do the job better than anyone our future president could nominate.
Education Secretary: Lil Jon
Who could be a better Education Secretary than Lil Jon? With a high school education under his belt and a grasp on the English language so strong he was able to come up with the party-shattering lyrics:
“Fire up that loud
Another round of shots
Turn down for what?” (repeat 5x)
This man clearly knows what a good education is all about. All jokes aside, he could do wonders for schools’ fine arts programs.
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Lisa Rinna
The clear pick of all former cast mates is Lisa Rinna. This woman knows what she is talking about in regards to surgeries. She is an admitted fan of Botox and can talk about lip injections more knowledgeably than a plastic surgeon.
Secretary of Transportation: Khloe Kardashian
I would like to start off by saying the Kardashians are practically America’s royalty, so obviously one of them needs to be in our government. Khloé should be a go-to pick for Trump, considering she knows a thing or two about expensive cars and private jets.
Secretary of Treasury: Teresa Giudice
Another no-brainer: why wouldn’t we want Teresa Giudice in charge of the Treasury? She went to jail and learned her lesson about fraud and tax evasion, so who better than to manage our nation’s wealth? If anyone knows anything about the importance of healthy finances, it is this woman.
Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency: Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
Similar to Teresa Giudice, I think Snooki would be an excellent addition to our nation’s Cabinet considering she has learned from experience. After PETA put Snooki on blast for dyeing her dog purple, I truly believe she is a reformed woman and would do our nation well by serving as Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency.
Administrator of Small Business Administration: Stephen Baldwin
As the not as famous Baldwin brother, Stephen knows what it is like to deal with “less.” Less fame, less fortune, less popularity. Therefore, who would be better-equipped than to deal with small businesses, who, let’s face it, cannot compare to corporations like Microsoft and Apple, than Stephen Baldwin?
Ambassador to the United Nations: Sharon Osbourne
The clear pick is Sharon Osbourne. She has a British accent, need I say more?
So who will be President-Elect Trump’s Secretary of State appointment? Your guess is as good as mine, but if we’re going by The Celebrity Apprentice cast, my vote would be for Kevin Jonas because, come on, who wouldn’t love a Jonas in the spotlight again?
Maybe you find Lau endearing – its white cinderblock walls, mysterious plethora of locked doors, and lack of windows inspire productivity in you – or maybe you can only be lured in by study groups unwilling to relocate to more scenic locations. In my first four weeks on the Hilltop, I have learned – through trial and error (mostly error) – the distinct personalities that characterize the five floors of the sprawling, Brutalist concrete monstrosity that is Lauinger Library.
If Level 4 is already a quiet floor, what purpose does Level 5 serve? What kind of desire for concentration merits walking up two flights of stairs to get to 5? I have dared to venture onto this floor solely for the investigative purposes of writing this (highly informative) article.
Some helpful tips:
Talking: punishable by death
Using a computer keyboard: warrants dirty looks
Owning devices that emit beeps: unacceptable
Breathing: begrudgingly allowed
The true quiet floor. The arrangement of red chairs near the elevator attempts to create a cozy aesthetic, but don’t be fooled by this homey illusion. Two weeks into the semester, I learned that NSO was indeed over when, whilst QUIETLY talking to my friend, I was asked to leave the fourth floor. To this studious upperclassman, whom I continue to see all too frequently, I am both apologetic – and still offended.
In terms of quietness, level 3 provides the perfect environment in which being a functional human being (breathing, moving, etc.) is acceptable, and loudly gossiping about someone else’s Friday night escapades is not.
However, the level three reading room presents two critical issues:
Memories of the hot sweaty awkwardness of Club Lau must be suppressed.
One must accept that this room is a fishbowl visible to any and all onlookers outside of Lau.
Level two is a floor of temptation and lack of productivity. This floor is conducive to group “work” (collective procrastination) and is home to Midnight MUG, luring students away from their studies with the bait of sugary, caffeinated beverages. Floor two features an uncomfortably open space that raises dilemmas such as: is walking to Midnight MUG worth having EVERYONE stare at you?
So far, the only useful thing here is that there is a bathroom that everyone didn’t just see you walk into (unlike Lau 2) or can hear you in (unlike all other floors).
The fact that Lau has a dungeon should be surprising to no one, considering the general level of enthusiasm that surrounds spending the day at Lau and the uncanny resemblance our library bears to a bomb shelter. This floor is surreptitiously referred to as “LL” in the elevators and is presumably where people who spill coffee, deface cubicles, and loudly eat chips in the third floor reading room are held captive.
One of our very own 4E bloggers has jetted off to the land of love, lights and (most importantly) wine. Her experiences abroad have been challenging and tiresome, but she has managed to push through to blog about her experiences.
Reader Discretion Advised: Article may contain references to pastries, cheese and lack of homework.
The words “summer” and “classes” shouldn’t go together; summer is best spent tanning, not studying. But since I chose to study abroad in Tours & Paris this summer, I’ve taken some time out of wine tasting, chateaux visiting, walking along the Seine, and (I guess) class to compile a list of the worst parts about taking summer classes abroad (in my experience, France).
Classes. A few hours of classes in French everyday can be pretty tiring, but the worst classes are the wine tastings. Especially when bread and cheese are included.
Field Trips. Remember those things? Soooo middle school. Really, half a day at Versailles? A tour of The French National Assembly? Meeting the French Minister of Foreign Affairs? The worst.
The People. Meeting new people is always hard, but meeting people then having to spend six weeks in France with them is just the worst. Does anyone really want to walk along the Seine, laughing in the rain?
The National Pride. France, why did you have to host the Euro Cup this year? Everyone getting super hyped about soccer football? Where is the national pride for the Olympics trials?
And finally, the food. In France, you can have….
A different cheese every day of the year.
And don’t even get me started on the bread.
Ugh, summer classes are the worst… But in all seriousness, there’s no better way to learn about a culture than by studying abroad. Whether you want to take courses over the summer or the school year, I cannot stress enough to you that one MUST study abroad. No matter where you choose to plant yourself for 6 weeks to 5 months, learn and embrace all that your ~host~ country has to offer!
Finals season: it’s the most wonderful gut-wrenching time of the year! Besides spending an inhumane amount of time in the Lau basement, imbibing unhealthy amounts of caffeine, and sleeping at wholly inappropriate hours, you have likely been doing some odd things in an attempt to avoid studying.
Perhaps you have taken a Buzzfeed quiz entitled “Which Mesozoic Era Are You?” (I’m Cretaceous). Perhaps you have found yourself stalking your Grandmother’s Facebook with alarming regularity, or accidentally liking your friend’s boyfriend’s roommate’s little sister’s Instagram post from 73 weeks ago.
It may seem like you are running out of appropriate ways to procrastinate, but don’t worry! 4E is here to save the day with some innovative procrastination methods guaranteed to help you put off studying for your finals until the last possible minute.
1. Watch all 33 chapters of R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet”
“Trapped in the Closet” is a musical and visual masterpiece. The “hip hopera” will also give you some tips and tricks for what to do next time you are forced to hide in a closet from your lover’s husband.
Time wasted: 133 minutes
2. Wait in the Leo’s pasta line
Usually reserved for special occasions and days during which you have a burning desire to wait in line for an unreasonable amount of time, the Leo’s pasta line is a prime destination for procrastination. Not only will you use up a substantial portion of your study time, you will also be rewarded with a delicious bowl of handcrafted pasta.
Time wasted: 25-45 minutes
3. Listen to your voicemails
Those voicemails on your phone won’t just listen to themselves, you know. What better time than finals week to catch up on the 47 voice messages from your mom passive-aggressively letting you know that you need to call her back immediately?
Time wasted: Varies, depending on whether you delete voicemails immediately or let them sit there because who knows, you might get to them eventually.
4. Go on a scavenger hunt in the ICC
If you’re brave enough for this suggestion, just be sure to bring plenty of food and water (suggested amount: seven days worth). Also make sure to tell at least one person where you are going so that the search and rescue team will know where to look.
Time wasted: possibly eternity
5. Plan your wedding to that boy/girl in your history class that you’re in love with but have never talked to
First, decide on the perfect venue. Then, figure out what flavor you want your cake to be, make the guest list and pick out the dress. While you’re at it, you should probably also shoot a text to your preferred Maid of Honor or Best Man and hammer down a date. Maybe you’ll even drum up the courage to start a conversation with your intended spouse!
Time wasted: depends on how many things you already have pinned to your Pinterest board
6. Watch the entirety of Weird Al’s “Trapped in the Drive-Thru”
This odyssey of a song is the definition of lyrical genius. It even has a twist ending!
Time wasted: 11 minutes that you will never get back
7. Rearrange the furniture on Lau 5
All those cubicles are not conducive to group projects or chats with your friends. Restore feng shui to the library by moving around the tables, desks and chairs as you see fit. You’re sure to get a standing ovation from all the cubicle-dwelling orgo students who have been deprived of human contact for who knows how long.
Time wasted: 120 minutes. Possibly longer if someone doesn’t appreciate your designing prowess and decides to engage in a verbal altercation with you.
8. Fix Congress
You’re a Georgetown student, so you’re definitely opinionated and informed enough to take on this task. Don’t let your years of hard work and infinite depths of knowledge go to waste!
Time wasted: ????
We hope these suggestions have given you some inspiration for your next procrastination tactic. Good luck on your finals and on getting Congressional Democrats and Republicans to agree on something!
D.C. has a ton of clubs: Cities, Eden or whatever the newest rage is… you get the point. Clubs and bars are fun to go to, but nothing can take the place of Georgetown’s very own Lauinger Library, the ultimate club.
Confused? Lau is basically the party of the year and by being a Georgetown student you are automatically invited!
Here are six ways a night at Lau is exactly like a night at the club:
1. Boys there ignore me.
2. It’s hard to tolerate without copious amounts of alcohol.
3. The area next to the (coffee) bar is always the most crowded.
4. The bathroom never has soap or paper towels after the weekend.
Hey Hoyas, and welcome to 4E’s new series: the oh-so-cleverly named
“GTFO: Georgetown, Together Fleeing Off-campus” (profound apologies).
Our first edition is all about places to go and do what we Georgetown students do best: study! Midterm season is upon us like a thick and suffocating blanket, and I am going a little bit stir-crazy staying on campus and working.
The Gymboree-esque seating in the Heal Fam Stu Cen is less quirky and more irritating. The artificial lighting in ICC classrooms is becoming restrictive and headache inducing. The Lau cubicles are starting to cause cabin fever and serial-killer tendencies a la Jack Torrance in The Shining.
Luckily, these problems can easily be solved by the many student-friendly study spaces throughout DC. The first edition of GTFO will focus on cafes and coffee shops, because the only activities Georgetown students hold nearer to our hearts than studying are eating and consuming unhealthy amounts of caffeine. (For a fall finals version, check out these studying hotspots.)
If you wanna be the coolest kid in the district, here’s where you should hang:
What is it: Caffe Aficionado is located right over the Key Bridge in Rosslyn. There’s not a ton of seating, but they do have free Wifi.
Why you should go: Caffé Aficionado has the best lattes ever. Sipping on a honey-cinnamon latte with a foam-art bear will make your IR readings a little less painful.
How to get there: On weekdays, take the GUTS bus to Rosslyn. Otherwise, the Dupont Circle-Rosslyn circulator bus costs $1 and leaves from 35th and M St. The fifteen minute walk is cool too, especially if you like scenic views of the Potomac and the Washington Monument.
What is it: Blind Dog Cafe is located a little bit off of U St, and serves breakfast sandwiches, regular sandwiches, salads and lots of fancy coffee drinks and juices. They have free Wifi and couch seating.
Why you should go: I had one of the top three best chocolate chip cookies of my life. If you go, please bring one back for me. The people watching there is also a fantastic way to procrastinate. Protip: Do not try to be cool by putting almond milk in your iced Americano. It’s disgusting.
How to get there: Take the G2 bus from the front gates to 7th and P St, and then walk 5 blocks. You can also take the D6 bus to the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro, and then take the green or yellow line to the U St. stop.
3. Slipstream (C): 1333 14th St NW, Washington, DC
What is it: Slipstream is a restaurant/coffee shop in the Logan Circle neighborhood. It’s definitely expensive, but there’s lots of seating and table service. There’s also like 10 different kinds of coffee with carefully explained flavor profiles. So if you’re a coffee snob or if you like making fun of coffee snobs this is the place for you. There’s no Wifi during brunch on weekends, but during the week, it’s a great place to sit and enjoy coffee that has been “de-pulped and tossed with champage yeast before being fermented for eight hours.” Yum!
Why you should go: If you’re like me and have some kind of primal need for pretentious and instragrammable foods like avocado toast and something called “French-toast casserole,” then Slipstream is your place.
How to get there: Take the G2 bus from the front gates to the corner of 14th and P St.
What is it: Located in Dupont Circle, Soho is much closer to home. There’s a ton of seating, free Wifi and a full menu. It’s a lot less crowded, less expensive and less hipster than most other DC coffee shops.
Why you should go: Soho is much more laid back and down-to-earth than the other options on this list. It’s ten minutes away from Georgetown, and is open until 11pm on weeknights. If you prefer comfort food to coffee that requires ten different flavor adjectives, go to Soho.
What is it: Whole Foods is actually a fantastic place to study. There’s free Wifi and counter seating. Also, “food” is literally in the name of the place. There’s nothing better than looking down at a sea of colorful, fresh produce while you are struggling through a philosophy paper. Study breaks come in the form of staring longingly at $8 buckets of strawberries and organic, vegan, gluten free cookies.
Why you should go: On weekends, the Logan Circle Whole Foods gives out free guacamole samples all afternoon. I’m pretty sure I had a religious experience watching the guacamole lady work her magic. Warning: Studying at Whole Foods may induce exclusively guacamole-centered daydreams for several days.
How to get there: The Logan Circle Whole Foods is a few blocks from Slipstream, so you can take the G2 bus. There are also Whole Foods on Wisconsin and near GW, but guacamole has not been confirmed at those locations.
Studying for midterms and writing papers doesn’t always have to be a completely horrible experience. Getting off of campus is a great way to clear your head, and studying at spots other than Lau 1, Lau 2, Lau 3, Lau 4 and Lau 5 gives you the opportunity to explore new neighborhoods and find new favorite places (Saturday night Lau sessions, however, are highly recommended and sure to be entertaining).
Also, if you find any other awesome places to study, #hmu or I might go all Jack Nicholson on you. So Hoyas, grab your laptop, books and appetite, leave your disdain for public transportation at home and GTFO.
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