How to Study Abroad in D.C.

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The application for studying abroad in Fall 2015 is quickly approaching on Feb. 10. However, we realize that for some of you, the very thought of filling out yet another application might inspire several days of straight-out-of-the-carton Ben & Jerry’s consumption in an unlit dorm room.

Have no fear! 4E has a solution to your application woes with several ways for you to study abroad without ever leaving this state city federal district we call home.

We researched some of the best and most popular places to study abroad (research=consulting BuzzFeed, answerer of all of life’s inquiries), and then devised alternatives right here in DC.

Don’t bother paying for flights and dealing with the hassle of actually traveling to a foreign country, having a life changing experience, immersing yourself in different cultures and learning about the world. With the help of our advice, you can do basically the same thing while still having the option of returning to your cozy dorm room every night and watching Netflix for 5 hours.

Here are the best ways to study abroad in DC:

  1. Australia. Who would want to take the 20-hour flight to Australia when you can have basically the same experience right here on Georgetown’s campus? That’s right, instead of traveling all the way to Australia, you can just wander down to the brand new volleyball court in Southwest Quad, which they decided to build in the middle of winter. Australia has lots of sand. So does the volleyball court. You know what Australia also has? Poisonous snakes.
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Walking distance from Leo’s!
Not walking distance from Leo’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner: Volleyball Court 

  1. Shanghai, China. Why go all the way to China when you can just hop on the Metro and go to Chinatown? Although Chinatown has the totally authentic Chinese arch, we’ve noticed that the area itself is kind of a scam: most of the stores are just American retailers with signs in Chinese lettering. If you’re looking to remedy the situation with quality Chinese food, unfortunately, DC’s options leave much to be desired. By the time you get the motivation to venture out into suburbia for more authentic cuisine, you might as well have just taken the flight to China to get the real thing.
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What happens when you google “Shanghai Arch”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner: Actual China

  1. Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa is in Africa (it’s even in the name!). Also in Africa: Ethiopia. According to seriouseats.com DC is one of the world’s best places to find Ethiopian food, “second only to Addis Ababa”. With the many Ethiopian restaurants in DC, including Meskerem, Dukem and Ethiopic, you could probably spend an entire semester eating at a different restaurant every night. While this sounds compelling, the total cost of all that injera bread and doro wat would probably add up to a round-trip plane ticket, and spending a semester exploring South Africa does sound pretty rad.
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Ethiopian food=rad
Cape Town=also rad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner: Spend the Fall semester eating your weight in tibs and the Spring semester in Cape Town (the weather is better!). End the year with negative dollars to your name.

  1. London, England. London is basically the same as America, except more cloudy and with more tea. Also, we beat them in the Revolutionary War. Instead of going to London, just marathon Harry Potter and Sherlock.
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Winner: USA! USA! USA!

  1. Madrid, Spain. I don’t really have an argument for this one. You should probably just go to Spain. I mean, look at this city.

And these churros with chocolate.

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Also, Enrique is from Madrid.

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Winner: Just go to Madrid.

 In conclusion, you should probably suck it up and fill out that study abroad application, unless you’ve been convinced to take advantage of the severely underused volleyball court. DC is great, but the opportunity to see other parts of the world and have amazing experiences is greater. So go to https://studyabroad.georgetown.edu/, take a deep breath, and finish filling out that application. I believe in you. And so does Enrique.

Pictures/Gifs: giphy.com, Flickr.com, Shutterstock.com, alpineservices.com, jllproperty.com, humanandnatural.com

Goodbye Study Abroad

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If you’ve been abroad this semester, by now you have probably bought your last budget airline ticket, bargained for your last “international piece of clothing” and filled up on whatever native food is your fancy (baklava, I will miss you).

You know what time it is: the end of study abroad. Some have been waiting for this moment since September, others wished it would never come. Nonetheless, it’s here. So it’s time to accept it. Soon you will be surrounded by your old Georgetown friends, bundled in your preppy winter clothes and doing the best you can to avoid the hellish Lau.

For some, this can be a very difficult change to deal with. Wine and beer will not be served regularly with meals, everything will be in English and you will have actual work to do.

In order to make the transition a little easier, here are some expert tips:

1. Plan study abroad reunions. You have been living with these people for 4 months now. At least in my program, we are basically a family (a weird, twisted family). Appoint someone as the “social coordinator” and have some amazing theme parties. It will be like studying abroad all over again, for like 4 hours. Extra points if you end the night back in the country you studied abroad in.

2. Make an American playlist. Get yourself hyped for the land of the free and the home of unlimited data. Make sure to add all your “pro-USA” songs. Because nothing screams America like Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA”.

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3. Say goodbye to all the sights. This is probably the last time you will see these classic landmarks for a while so make sure to take your “goodbye pictures”. My first photo stop? The Starbucks on Ataturk street. So many memories, I will never find another place like it.

4. Speak only in the native language. Whether you have become proficient in the language this semester or just struggled along, use these last couple of days to prove your abilities, or lack thereof. When worst comes to worst, just say a bunch of words really fast in some kind of accent. The natives won’t know the difference.

5. Write a final blog post. I truly applaud those of you who have kept up with blogging over the last 4 months. Make sure to write an emotional, heart wrenching final reflection. Personally I wrote mine during history class and teared up a little.

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Remember, despite your emotions right now towards your semester and study abroad location, you will at some point treasure this experience. Maybe you found your calling, maybe the love of your life or maybe you just found yourself. But that is none of my business; unless you want to gossip, then I’m ALL ears.

Signing off from Alanya, Turkey. See you in the place where the drinking age is 21 and the language barrier doesn’t exist.

Gifs: http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view/37874/party-in-the-usa-o.gif; http://www.headoverfeels.com/2014/01/23/a-gif-appreciation-of-troy-barnes/

Photo: https://www.brainscape.com/blog/2014/11/think-study-abroad-will-make-you-fluent/

Casual Thursdays: Red, White and Booze

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U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A! It’s inauguration weekend! You know what that means! Beyoncé is FINALLY being recognized as the real president of the United States of… wait…what? She’s not? Well that’s just absurd … your day will come, Beyoncé. Your day will come.

This weekend, kick back and be an American in style with this Patriotic Margarita.

“Red, White and Booze”

  • Frozen strawberries
  • Dark rum
  • Coconut milk
  • Pineapple juice
  • Lime juice
  • Crushed ice

1. Puree thawed frozen strawberries.

2. Put 2 tbsp. each of strawberry puree, dark rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice,  lime juice, and a 1/2 cup crushed ice in a blender

3. Blend until smooth

4. Pour 2 to 4 tablespoons of HPNOTIQ into a glass, and top it off with 2 to 4 tbsp. of the strawberry mixture.

 

“My Date With The President’s Daughter” Drinking Game

Best movie ever. Get together some friends for a night in and get in the presidential spirit!

Take a sip every time…:

-They say “President”

-They say “America”

-Every time Duncan’s (Will Friedle) jaw drops at how attractive the president’s daughter is

-Every time Hallie (Elisabeth Harnois) does something rebellious

-Every time they play the “My Date With The President’s Daughter” song. SO catchy.


Finish your drink every time…:

-They lose the secret service

-Every time you think of how much you miss the show ‘Boy Meets World’

 

Take a shot when…:

-Duncan (Will Friedle) spends $730 on a super-ugly dress for Hallie … poor dude …

 

Photo: Coastal Living, Load Paper