Dating App Profile Picture Guide

Did Valentine’s Day remind you of your single status? Did it spur you to re-download Tinder? Or prompt you to give Bumble a try? If so, then the members of 4E feel your heart-throbbing pain and we’ve created a Dating App Profile Picture Guide that will have all the cuties swiping right into your heart.

1. No mirror selfies.


You have friends. Find them. Have them take your picture because to be honest that mirror flash is hurting everyone’s eyes.

2. Do not submit to the subdivision of mirror selfie: The Muscle Flash.


Why is you shirt off? Why is your shirt half on? Are you getting dressed? Looks like we are all confused. Let’s at least have a conversation before you start taking off your clothes.

3. Have a picture with friends.


It can be a picture with one friend, a group of friends, paid or bribed friends. It can even be a full on awkward group photoshoot on a couch in front of a fountain. Just let the world know that you are not a psycho.

4. Have at least one picture of just you.


Don’t hide yourself in a sea of friends. Believe it or not, people actually want to be able to identify who they are swiping right on.

5. Smile.


I know! Shocker! But seriously, a genuine smile is way more #fresh and #cool than a deep soul searching scowl.

6. Express your interest.


Do you like to ride bikes? Go hiking? Play basketball? See daylight? Express that! Change it up with some active pictures to let people know you do occasionally leave your house.

7.  Avoid old exes in pictures.


Is that your sister? Your ex? Over-touchy cousin? It’s best to just not confuse all of us.

8. Have more than one picture.


You should probably have more than one picture of yourself. Unless, you believe in soul-theft through photography, in which case you should probably avoid technology altogether.

9. Include a dog.


You can never go wrong with a cute dog cuddle pic. In fact, the more dogs the better.

Photos/gifs: giphy.com

Four Ways to Spice Up Your Valentine’s Day

There are many painful realities of growing up. At a certain point, you are expected to make your own doctors’ appointments, have a Linkedin profile, pay for the Christmas presents that you are giving, proofread your own emails and put someone other than your mom down as your emergency contact. One of the most regrettable hallmarks of ~adulthood~ is the point at which Valentine’s Day goes from being a lovely holiday where you exchange candy with each of your fellow third grade classmates, to a day of overrated expectations

(Not to mention the societal expectation that you have one singular valentine, which means that you are only receiving candy from ONE person… Who decided this was the norm?)

While the prospect of Valentine’s Day is typically met with groans, chocolate and wine have gone on sale at CVS and this opportunity must be capitalized on, regardless of your relationship status. Whether your valentine is your wife of 50 years, your dog, your BFF, your serious boyfriendTM, or (treat) yourself, 4E is here to help you show the important people in your life how much they mean to you.

1. Bake a cake

I HIGHLY recommend putting your love into homemade, edible, frosted form. Impress your beloved with your ability to maneuver a questionable common room kitchen. Judge whether or not your Tinder date is truly a “match” by how compatible your cake preferences are!

*If they think that red velvet is clothing material, call GUPD asap*

Frost out a romantic haiku to let a special someone on the Hilltop know how you feel. Take away: baking is a fast and foolproof way to just about anyone’s heart.

2. Sing a Taylor Swift song

T-Swizzle’s canon of relationship woes has plenty of material for all relationship statuses. What better way to celebrate your favorite mushy-gushy holiday than whipping out some T. Swift circa-2008 hits? Maybe you have a relationship serious enough to merit a re-enactment of the “You Belong with Me” music video. Or maybe you and your gal-entines are belting out “Teardrops on My Guitar” in between sips of rosé. Thank you, Taylor, for providing us with this kind of versatility.

3. Go out to eat

4E prohibits any semblance of a Leo’s date on February 14th. Nothing says “I love you” like taking a break from the meal plan together. Good news: as good as Leo’s Chicken Finger Thursday is, the bar has been set low. As long as you’ve made reservations, it’s hard to go wrong here. Whether you’re going to be proposing at 1789, or you and your best friend plan on ordering all of the Good Stuff milkshakes together, good food is  a power move.

4. Steal the Hope diamond

We live in Washington D.C., people! You have the Smithsonian Natural History Museum at your disposal and little blue boxes can’t compete with Countess Mona von Bismarck’s sapphire necklace. Perfect gift for your history buff S.O., but maybe not so perfect for your Intro to Ethics crush who’s a proponent of altruism.

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Word Wednesday: Cuffing

Oh baby, it’s cold outside and that means one thing: it’s “cuffing” season. What is cuffing you may ask? Well, this Word Wednesday 4E is about to educate you on this oh-so important word. You can thank us in advance.

According to notably credible source Urban Dictionary, “cuffing” or better yet, “cuffing season” is that time during the cold months when singles everywhere wish to hop on the relationship train desiring to be “cuffed” or cuddled in a ball of warm love. Urban Dictionary states, “the cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed.”

So, if you’re single and ready to mingle or just want an extra body to keep you warm on those cold winter nights, then “cuffing” is a word you should familiarize yourself with! But, how do you find your cuffing partner? Oh don’t worry, 4E has a few ways you can find a winter bae.

  1. Get on a dating app
    This is a fool proof, option plenty way to meet someone ! You can hop on Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, Happn, Grindr and many more. Just start swiping and you’ll find a cuddle buddy in no time.
  2. Get on Spoonr
    If you’re looking to skip the awkward small talk and happy hour dates, then get straight on Spoonr.  I didn’t even know this kind of thing existed, but apparently Spoonr is the #1 cuddling app. I guess there really is an app for everything.
  3. Get the newest edition of the girlfriend/boyfriend body pillow
    If you’re looking to just skip the whole human interaction thing altogether but still want to feel cuddled by an inanimate object (#creepy), then look no further than the “boyfriend/girlfriend cuddling pillow.”  You’ll feel loved and get to skip all conversation and effort at the same time.
    We hope that you keep warm over these next few months and find your perfect cuffing partner. Honestly, skip the dating apps and pillows…dogs are the best for cuddles!

    Images: giphy.com

A Freshman’s Guide to Manipulating Residential Living

Banner - Housing TipsIt’s that time of year for high school seniors. The time when they (those incoming freshman) fill out the famed Living Preference Questionnaire and begin the housing process. To all of you younglings, congratulations on your commitment to Georgetown. Now you finally can start making decisions about your freshmen year. What a time to be alive!

To all the current students, I’m sure you remember what it was like getting the first emails from housing. The excitement of ending high school and beginning college is something that almost everyone experiences. Housing was one of the first symbols of this change. No, we didn’t really care about the living survey. There were only two things that really mattered: our roommates and our housing assignments. We at least had some control over our roommate if we used the infamous CHARMS system. Let’s just say this works out better for some than it does for others.On the other hand, most of us had no control over our housing assignment.  There were maybe one or two little-known ways to work the system. Other than that, we were on our own. We all prayed for New South and scoffed at Darnall. When assignments were released in August, reactions included joy, disappointment, indifference, and just downright shock. Residents of New South were ecstatic, residents of Darnall felt cheated, and the residents of Harbin and VCW figured they would be okay. Oh, and then there were those of us in VCE. Note to incoming students: Darnall is NOT THE WORST. I repeat, if you get Darnall, it is NOT the end of the world. You are at least with other freshmen (and mice/rats) who keep you company in your isolation. We VCEers are alone; we have barely any freshmen to whom we can turn. 

We all thought we just had bad luck. Unfortunately for us, we were wrong; we just didn’t know the tricks of the system! Fortunately for all new students, 4E is going to share some tips on how to cheat the housing system. While some might say that these tricks will not work, please just look at what happened with housing this year. Do you really think that outsmarting the housing system is hard? 

In order to make sure that you’re satisfied with your housing assignment, here are some neat ways you can manipulate the system and/or the Residential Living Staff.

  1. Request medical housing– This could be a power move for some people. Some current students were granted medical housing due to gluten allergies. While this may seem like a scam (which it is), it may get you into either VCW or even New South. Discover your hidden ailment, fall down a flight of stairs, make up a disease: do whatever you gotta do to get medical housing.
  2. Post your most embarrassing story in the GAAP Facebook Group– Posting in the GAAP group may indeed make you famous (just ask Alessandra Puccio). If you post a really embarrassing story about yourself, your name might just reach the ears of the Residential Living Staff. What better way to both get good housing and put yourself out there to your new classmates? Disclaimer: If you actually do this, people will know you when you arrive. Will people envy you? That depends on how great the story is. 
  3. Request a single sex floor– Usually, if you request a single sex floor, you’ll probably end up in VCW or Harbin. While neither of these options are the same as the coveted New South, they are not the worst housing options on campus. You also will definitely not get Darnall. Both offer central locations, and each have unique features. Harbin has the cluster formation, while VCW offers the two-winged design, straight hallways and private bathrooms. If I were you, I would hope for Harbin, since private bathrooms don’t thrill me that much.
  4. Go on Tinder and swipe right for an administrator– Todd Olsen, the Vice President for Student Affairs, is a man of mystery. Does he actually have a Tinder profile? Who knows. But if he does, take advantage of the situation. If he also swipes right on you, you’ll have an excellent bargaining chip in your possession. It may not even our dear friend Todd; it could be anyone high up in the administration. New South, here you come! (We are clearly joking…)
  5. Write a very large check– This almost maybe definitely work, but please don’t be that guy.

In the end, you should not stress too much about housing. No matter where you live as a freshman, you’ll end up making friends in your dorm. Even if you don’t, your friends are a stone’s throw away (except if they’re in Darnall). Just fill out the living survey and wait. Finally, for your housing assignment and more importantly, your roommate search…may the odds be ever in your favor.

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, studentliving,georgetown.edu

Georgetown Tinder Profiles

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So if you’ve been on Facebook recently, I’m sure you’ve seen the news about the most-swiped Tinder campuses. According to Tinder’s statistics, Georgetown men ranked No. 1 in most swiped-right schools. Sadly for us Georgetown girls, we didn’t even make the top 50 campus of most right-swiped females.

So what’s all the fuss about?

Perhaps swipers are just attracted to profiles like these very real ones below:

“Jake”: one mile away

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Likes: The Wall Street Journal, Vineyard Vines, Goldman Sachs, St. Barth’s, GQ Magazine, SAE

About: “I’ve got a memory foam mattress if you’re tryin’ to chill”

Or this one?

“Stefan”: one mile away

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Likes: Compass Coffee, The Corp, Vital Vittles, Urban Outfitters, Strand Books

About: “Q: Why are men like coffee? A: The best ones are rich, hot and can keep you up all night!”

Yet when all your friends have paired off after a night of debauchery and you’re the last one left at Epi, when you pull out your Tinder this is what you see.

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C’est la vie.

The Phases of Tinder Everyone Encounters

Tinder2Tinder has been a hot topic subject throughout many of our 4E blogger meetings, as it is an all together entertaining app. Tinder has changed the game of dating, making it possible to meet up with (whatever that may be) people from all over your area. It makes choosing a new love interest as easy as online shopping. Tinder is not new, so that’s why I am sure many of you reading this, who are too scared to admit that you even downloaded the app in the first place, can relate to these phases.

1. The “Oh.My.God. I just downloaded tinder, what do I do now” phase.

2. The “time to make myself look super fun, exciting, and beautiful all in three pictures from my Facebook profile” phase.

Now, this would be great for your profile

3. The “SWIPE, SWIPE, SWIPE (oh no I should have swiped right on them, why did I do that)” phase.

4. The “YASSSS I just got my first match with a hottie” phase.

5. The “wow this is getting real, we have been messaging for a bit” phase.

6. The “ewww I just received the grossest message from some rando, let’s pretend that never happened” phase.

7. The “okay we have been talking for a while (is this creepy or acceptable?)” phase.

But maybe he/she is normal…or not

8. The “uh oh I just agreed to give them my number” phase.

Whether you are bored at your internship or just looking for some good ol’ fashion entertainment, these are clearly the phases you will endure while on this magical quest. Please remember to swipe responsibly.

Photos/Gifs: appvirality.com, imgur.com, giphy.com

The Tinder of Cherry Blossoms?

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It’s that time of year again. Spring is in the air, the birds are singing and millions of 8th graders and tourists descend upon DC like college students to free food and random puppies.

Me when I see a puppy on campus

Unfortunately, all these tourists go to one of two places: the line at Georgetown Cupcakes, or around the Tidal Basin, looking to take pictures of the beautiful cherry blossoms during peak bloom.

Although the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin are world famous, and rightfully so, the hassle of being trampled by wanna-be-photographers and people of all ages wielding selfie sticks makes it hard to enjoy the beauty.

Luckily, a new web app, called Cherrypicker, has come up with the solution to your flower-related woes. Cherrypicker will take your location and direct you to the nearest cherry tree, allowing you to have a personal photo op in your own neighborhood, without the risk of being aggressively shoved into the Potomac.
 For some strange reason, dcist has labeled the app as “the Tinder of cherry trees.” The only thing the web app has in common with Tinder is that you swipe right to find directions to the nearest tree, but the comparison has left 4E with some important questions: how would a Tinder with cherry trees actually work?

1. There would probably be lots of profile pictures of the cherry trees reflected in the Tidal Basin. It’s the next best thing to mirror selfies.

2. Some birch trees will masquerade as cherry trees in an attempt to lure you to their location.

3. The ugliest tree in the picture of five trees will be the tree whose profile you’re looking at.

4. You’ll probably be forced to send several messages in a row and become irrationally angry since cherry trees don’t have thumbs to type responses.

5. You finally match with a cherry tree that you eventually realize was the same one you matched with during last year’s peak bloom. Awkward.

While having a cherry tree Tinder is probably not a great idea, you should try to see as many cherry trees as you can during DC’s most beautiful few weeks. Whether you brave the crowds at the Tidal Basin, or check out some of the more underrated spots for cherry trees, like Dumbarton Oaks, take the time to enjoy one of DC’s most unique and beautiful features- just please leave the selfie stick at home.

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, tumblr, famousdc.com, http://washington.org/, wikimedia.org

Breaking News: You Can Now Have an Invisible Boyfriend!

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As the semester starts to wind down, your chance of finding love on the Hilltop is beginning to diminish. Long gone are the days of locking eyes with your future Hoya hubby from across the bar at Rhino. Furthermore, with the impending doom of finals you only have a few weeks to make a move on your econ crush before your days are confined to a lonely Lau cubicle. Realistically speaking, your chances of finding that special someone are pretty slim.

While this all may sound pretty depressing, 4E is here to lessen your despair with a pretty huge announcement. As we’ve seen with the creation of various groundbreaking dating apps, like Tinder and Cuddlr, conventional relationships really don’t exist anymore. It’s 2015, so who says you even need a real significant other to be in a relationship…right? Invisible Boyfriend, a new app still in its beta stages, is attempting to break down even more dating barriers by offering you a relationship with “a boyfriend your friends can believe in!”

Don’t have time for a real relationship? No problem, because your invisible boyfriend always works to accommodate your busy schedule! Invisible Boyfriend makes the relationship all about you as it aims to give you “real-world and social proof that you’re in a relationship – even if you’re not!” Forget the days of incessant relationship questions from friends and family members, because you’ll now have texts to prove that you won’t end up as a future cat lady! Disclaimer: 4E can’t actually guarantee that you won’t be a cat lady.  

Signing up for your own invisible boyfriend is easy. Just head over to www.invisibleboyfriend.com and begin filling out your dream guy’s profile. You’ll have the ability to pick out everything from his name to his personality type. With Invisible Boyfriend, you have the control to make a guy that even Taylor Swift couldn’t write a song about!

The app also lets you create a background story for how you two met, which eliminates awkward story gaps that you may otherwise experience with a Tinder match. Make sure to include your real address as well, so that you’ll receive your handwritten postcard from your new significant other. Your relationship will soon seem so real, you won’t even remember it’s fake!

Photos/Gifs: imgur.com’ bopandtigerbeat.com; nymag.com

4E’s Guide to Dating Apps: The Good, the Bad, and the Cuddly…

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College: Where students fresh out of high school are dropped in the middle of a random city in order to fend for themselves for the next four years. While you’re here you’re expected to study (and party) hard, grow as a person, make friends for a lifetime and, if your family is traditional enough, find a soulmate!

Thanks to the age of technology, there’s a whole world of apps that are designed to bring people together for all kinds of purposes. Not to worry, 4E has delved (maybe a little too deep) into the world of dating apps and has resurfaced with our top 5, in hopes that boys and girls alike can find love in a hopeless place (like a Lau cubicle). Here we go!

  1. Tinder. The holy grail/mother of all dating apps that is Tinder claims the number 1 spot because it was designed specifically with the college student in mind. In August 2012, Tinder was first piloted at the University of Southern California, and has since blown up around the country. Don’t feel like being a contributing member of society but want to boost your self esteem? Tinder allows you to search from men and women in your area and between your choice of age range, and if you like their profile, you can swipe right. A couple of hours on this bad boy and you’ll be raking enough matches to make you feel like you actually did something productive with your day.o-MINDY-PROJECT-TINDER-570
  2. Grindr. Despite the suggestive name, the idea behind Grindr is actually  pretty genius. Grindr, like Tinder, is location based, but is catered to males specifically. So if you’re a guy looking for someone to hang out, or go on a date with, then this is definitely your app! What we like about it is that guys can only see the information you want them to see, so you don’t have to worry about the creepy stalker types that want to find out where you live (Degrassi flashbacks, anyone?). The makers of Grindr also make it clear that this app isn’t just for dating, so if you just want a friend, you’re welcome too! If you are looking for a date however, there are more than 5 million guys on this app, so you’ll be sure to have your hands full searching! grindr
  3. Cuddlr. In a previous 4E post, we described who we would want to match with on Cuddlr just because the idea seemed so perfect, and we still stand by it. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and missed that post, Cuddlr is a (surprise!) location based app designed not for dating, but for cuddling (which could eventually turn into dating if you cuddle enough). You read correctly, based on who is near you, Cuddlr allows you to meet up with someone and share a cuddle- no strings attached. With this app you don’t have to worry about anyone having intentions other than sharing a cuddle, so just in case Bradley Cooper or your boyfriend pillow are unavailable, this app is perfect for you! Cuddlr
  4. Coffee Meets Bagel. This app right here is for all you ladies who are tired of wondering where the good guys are, or so the website says. We must confess, the name was what brought us to this app. Coffee? Bagels? Sign us up! With this app, ladies are given one “Bagel” at noon and can decide on whether to “Like” or “Pass” someone else’s bagel. Just to clarify, no your picture is not a bagel. This app is designed for busy young professionals who want to spice up their coffee breaks, hence the name coffee meets bagel. It’s perfect for the busy Georgetown woman who doesn’t have hours to spend swiping or would rather watch Netflix. cmb
  5. DateMySchool. We must admit,  we were kind of skeptical about this one when we first heard about it. We asked ourselves, “would we want to date specifically someone from Georgetown? What if it doesn’t work out and we have Econ together???” But then we looked closer and saw that anyone with an “.edu” address could sign up, and that you could filter your searches by school, departments, etc. If you’re big on privacy, a plus is that DateMySchool makes you invisible to people who are in the same school or department as you by default – that way you don’t have to worry about Eric from OPIM knowing that you’re stalking him online. If you want to make yourself visible you can change this in your privacy settings anytime. With this app, the college world is your oyster! 5303f7d984111.image

There you have it readers, the wonderful world of dating apps! The world is yours folks and now you have no excuse to not have a significant other to bring home for your next family reunion!

Photos: eduinreview.com, huffingtonpost.com, wikipedia.org, digitaltrends.com, coffeemeetsbagel.com, thebray.com 

A Crash Course in Cuddlr-ing

cuddlrguideIn 2012 the world witnessed the launch of Tinder, a groundbreaking new “dating app” that allowed users to connect with each other with a single swipe.  Coeds across college campuses found themselves captivated as they wasted hours upon hours of their lives scrolling through photos and making the quick decision between left and right swiping.  However, fingers soon began to tire and cramp from tedious Tinder-ing, emotions ran high from the rejection of not matching with a solid right-swipe and confusion arose as awkward messages were exchanged.  Such sentiments made it clear that a new innovation in dating apps was necessary.

The breakthrough presented itself in September of this year with the emergence of Cuddlr, an app which allows users to connect with one another in the hopes of finding a platonic cuddle buddy.  The app functions similarly to Tinder as it accesses your Facebook and allows you to scroll through potential matches while providing you with the option of sending other users “cuddle requests”.  If your potential match accepts your request, you are given the option to exchange messages and also view a map with the GPS location of one another.  We here at 4E took it upon ourselves to compile a list of the top 5 cuddle requests you should actually accept (because let’s face it, you won’t want to give your exact location to just anyone):

5. Bradley Cooper: This one made the list for pretty obvious reasons.  Bradley is a former Hoya, big time celeb and all in all pretty easy on the eyes.  He may live outside of the Cuddlr app vicinity for Georgetown, but hey a girl can always dream.

4. Jack the Bulldog: He’s cute, furry and pretty easy going.  Give this potential match a treat and he’ll cuddle right up to you…just make sure you watch out for his drool!

3. Your Roommate:  If you and your roommate are pretty inseparable then matching on Cuddlr is really just the next step in your relationship.  It’s convenient because you’re likely already in the same room, so travel arrangements won’t really be an issue as it could be with other potential matches.  Pull up your favorite show on Netflix and let the binge watching ensue (bonus points if it’s a shared account)!

2. Pumpkin Spice Latte:  It’s finally fall on the Hilltop, and what’s more in season than a steaming PSL to go along with your pumpkin scone and pumpkin scented candle collection?  Answer: Nothing.  Be honest, does anything really sound better than cuddling up with your favorite seasonal drink after a long day of classes?  That’s what I thought… #Basic

1. The Boyfriend Pillow:  This one speaks for itself.  It’s easily portable, incredibly comfortable, and it won’t complain when you insist on watching Rom-Com marathons…I mean could things get any better than this?!

Cuddle on, 4E readers!

Images and Gifs From: blog.travelbox.com, tumblr.com, and svetlanasevich.com