The 10 Phases of Packing

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Unless you commute to school or live ridiculously close to campus, you’ve experienced the struggle. Somehow you managed to bring all of your precious belongings to school, so why does it always seem that when you try to pack at the end of the year the amount of stuff has doubled?

Each year I tell myself that I’m going to pack lighter next time, but it never actually happens. And now, during the summer, as we pack up to return to D.C. for the summer or vacation, we all face the hassle that is packing. As I inevitably struggle with all of my belongings and question my existence within the human race as I realize how materialistic we all are, I typically go through the following phases:

1. The Optimist This phase of “Hey, it’s not so bad” and “I’ll be done in a jiffy!” Usually ends immediately after opening your closet.

2. The Neat Freak As impending doom sets in you figure the best way to tackle it is to stay organized and maintain a system.

3. The Rebel You give up on the system about two seconds after you start it.

4. The Faker At this point you’ve gone through three phases — with nothing to show for it — so you pretty much put anything anywhere as long as it looks like packing.

5. The Napper Extraordinaire It’s only been like four minutes of packing but whatever.

6. The Foodie Carbs and protein, you know, for the heavy lifting. (Not to be confused with the procrastination phase, though the two are inextricably intertwined.)

7. The Procrastinator Probably a good time to catch up on Full House right? No? OK well I’m doing it anyway.

8. The Crier It’s been 12 HOURS now and you only put two shirts in a suitcase so far. There are a lot of emotions happening. Get your stuff together.

9. The Real Person Who Takes Over Your Body for a While to Actually Pack There are tears, sweat, phone calls to loved ones and sometimes a little blood. But you CAN and WILL do it.

10. The Reflector Now that victory has been achieved, you realize that you have to unpack everything as soon as you get to your destination. You realize how much easier it would be if you just never went anywhere. You promise to never get so disorganized again. Just know, you won’t keep these promises.

Happy packing!

Weird Things That Happen to You on Long Runs

poorforrestI, like many Hoyas, have been training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon that’s coming up in D.C. In doing so, I have reluctantly been on many long and interesting runs around the city. Here are some weird things that I’ve experienced while running with which any fellow runner could probably sympathize.

1. Running by Georgetown Cupcake. 

If you’re running around Georgetown and happen to turn down 33rd, running by the line of people contently waiting for delicious treats while you force yourself to keep pushing through the cramps that have already developed in the 6 blocks it has taken you to get there just isn’t the most motivating thing while you think about the 8 left to go.

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2. Stopping at red lights. 

It’s just inconvenient. You just got a good pace going, and now you’re standing in a crowd of well-dressed city people who are also waiting to cross the street. Except you’re kind of jogging in place and panting and sweating all over them. I can’t imagine they enjoy it. spngbobmaxim3. Dealing with your headphones.

It could probably be scientifically proven that it is impossible to complete an entire distance run without either your headphones falling out of your ears or the wires tangling around your arms, hands and neck. So not conducive to trying to look super fit and athletic. It’s also not conducive to breathing, which is a problem.

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4. Smiling/waving at other runners who don’t respond. 

I’m sure you’re working hard and you’re totally in the zone but it’s just plain rude.

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5. Realizing someone is trying to pass you. 

DON’T LET IT HAPPEN.

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6. Realizing they will definitely end up passing you.

OK, it’s happening.

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5. Tripping. 

There’s just no easy way to recover from it. That’s the end. Just cut your losses and go home.

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gifs: tumblir.com, maxim.com, giphy.com

5 Reasons You Can’t Miss Chris Kluwe on Campus

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Chris Kluwe is coming! He’ll be in Walsh 394 at 6:30 tonight! You can meet him! For those of you who don’t already know, Chris Kluwe is a retired Minnesota Vikings punter, before his NFL career he played for UCLA and he is the ultimate ally. Before I get into all the reasons you really can’t afford to not hear what he has to say when he gets to campus, here is a little background information:

After Baltimore Ravens player,Brendon Ayanbadejo, voiced his support for same-sex marriage, a state delegate from Maryland sent a letter to the Raven’s owner asking him to keep Ayanbadejo quiet. Chris Kluwe had a few awesome things to say about that in a not-so-kindly-worded letter. This leads me to all the reasons you do not want to miss this event:

1. His fearless wit is something to learn from: Chris Kluwe immediately responded to the Maryland politician’s letter saying, “I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland’s state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level.” Roger that, Chris. Next time you’re in a jam for a witty comeback, just think: What would Kluwe do-we?

2. He can teach you how to intellectually insult someone: One of Kluwe’s favorite things to do is to hide the point he is trying to make in an insult that sounds so factual and sophisticated that people may not even realize it’s insulting. Talk about effective. He also enjoys combining curse words with other unpredictable words to make things funny. See the OUT Magazine article for his blog-unfriendly example and his full letter.

3. He is breaking molds: Kluwe represents those of us who understand how hard it can be to identify with multiple groups and enjoy a variety of different activities. As an NFL player who also likes video games and literature, he can certainly give you a lesson or two in how to juggle your vast and varying interests and identities.

4. Ellen Degeneres admires himNeed I say more?

5. Most importantly, you’ll be adding awareness: LGBTQ rights are being fought for by students right here on the Hilltop. Take this opportunity to further your knowledge, raise awareness or get engaged for the first time.

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Images and quotes: out.com

Unwritten: Georgetown’s New Consignment Store

UnwrittenI’m sure many of you have received the Facebook invites and notifications about the consignment shop recently brought to Georgetown, but you still might be wondering what it’s all about. Founded last year at the University of Maryland, Unwritten is a student-run online consignment store and blog. A group of Hoyas has now started a branch at Georgetown.

So what’s in it for you? Unwritten will feature some of the most popular brands at college-friendly prices. It’s also convenient because it’s online. (During the stress of midterms, we all know how difficult it can be to get out to do any shopping.) It also is an amazing way to avoid the M Street prices we all love to cringe at. For some extra pocket money, it’s a great way to clean out your closet between seasons as well.

Unwritten is a completely student-run start-up company. They offer in-person consignment appointments and same-day delivery to Georgetown students! To get started, read more at www.shopunwritten.com or Facebook.com/shopunwritten.

In the meantime, check out some of these featured items, modeled by our very own Georgetown students:

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Let’s support our fellow students in this awesome initiative. Get thrifting, Hoyas!

Photos: Facebook.com/shopunwritten, www.shopunwritten.com

What Happened in Sochi? An Olympics Recap

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After many complications, Sochi actually managed to pull off the 2014 Winter Olympics. For most current Hoyas, these were the first Olympics taking place during their time on campus, and there was a lot of discussion about how much more difficult it was to watch the events at school than it usually is at home. Luckily, this post will provide you with all the outcomes and highlights you missed in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The Medal Count

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In the overall medal count, Russia came in first place with 33 total medals. The United States came in second with 28, while Norway finished third with 26.

In gold medal rankings, the United States came in fourth. Russia took first again in gold, with Norway and Canada in second and third place, respectively. In silver medals, Russia took first, Canada took second and Austria took third.

Finally, the United States garnered the most bronze medals, followed by Norway and then Russia. Way to be consistently mediocre among the best in the world, USA!

Other Major Highlights

The Olympic rings and the cauldron for the Olympic flame at the Olympic Park, Sochi

Canada clinched a victory over the United States in men’s hockey.

Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova beat Yuna Kim, the defending champion, in figure skating. This sparked controversy regarding scoring methods and against the judges who made the decision, but the final decision remained unchanged.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the gold medal in ice dancing, the first in U.S. Olympic history.

Sarah Burke was honored and remembered as Maddie Bowman won a gold medal in the first-ever halfpipe event for women’s skiing. Sarah Burke was slated to be a frontrunner for the event in the Winter Games but passed away due to a skiing injury before Sochi 2014. You can watch the gesture here.

The weather was uncharacteristically warm in Sochi for the winter events. Some athletes were even able to compete in short-sleeved shirts.

For more information on other Olympic coverage, check out NBC’s Most Memorable Moments website. Read up, learn about these games and be “Sochi-ll.”

Sources: NBC; Photos: the guardian; teachingkidsnews.com 

Okay, What Even Is Curling?

what is curlingWith the Olympics going on, I know you’re all wondering it. When curling begins, immediate confusion commences.

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As much as we like to pretend we know what is happening, it’s a lot easier just to make up different explanations for why the people are doing what they’re doing. Trying to actually comprehend the sport gets pretty frustrating.

davidHere are my thoughts when I first watched curling:

Is that ice? Are they on ice? Why is there a big target painted onto it?  tumblrcrlHere come some people with brooms. Must be the maintenance staff. Wait. Those are the athletes? 

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Is that a big rock? Where did they find rocks with handles on them?

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Oh, okay. They’re going to push the rock. I guess this is kind of like bowling. 

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Okay, she pushed the rock. She is still holding the rock. LET GO OF THE ROCK!

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There you go. Now we’re talking! Wait, are they mopping the floor? Why are they sweeping the ice? Is it dirty? That is one high-maintenance rock… 

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 WHY IS THE ROCK STILL GOING?

curling3Okay the rock stopped moving. Now what? They’re just walking away? Did they even score a point? A touchdown? A goal? 

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Truthfully, curling is an intense and competitive sport with a lot of strategy involved. Also, nobody actually understands it.

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If you want to be less confused and/or actually understand curling, try reading about it here. Until then, wonder on, my friends.

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Photos: babble.com; gifs: tumblr, pandawhale.com, mojomotors.com, picgifs.com

Galentine’s Day: Your New Favorite Holiday

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Well, Hoyas, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. For some, this means a lovely evening with a significant other, but for others, it means dwelling on the fact that they will be alone this Feb. 14. The bad news is that reading this will probably not help you fall in love by Friday. The good news is that NBC’s hit series “Parks and Recreation” has coined an exciting new holiday to celebrate something everyone has: friends!

Galentine’s Day is Feb. 13 and serves as a chance for women to celebrate all the other fabulous women in their lives. If you’re a guy, don’t stop reading! I suggest you spend the day before Valentine’s Day with all the friends you appreciate, too.

Galentine’s Day is basically an opportunity to kick back with friends before all the pressures of dating or the unpleasant loneliness set in. Try catching a movie, eating out, ordering some takeout or maybe watching the Olympics. Do whatever it is that helps you relax and appreciate the people you are most comfortable with. Just try not to go too hard.

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Also, don’t forget to check out the Georgetown University Women’s Center Galentine’s Day event on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Leavey 327 to really get in the spirit for this important holiday!

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 We agree, Leslie. We think Galentine’s Day is great.

 Photo: NBC; gifs: tumblr.com