Post-Parents’ Weekend Survival Guide

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If your parents came this weekend, then listen up because you are most likely going through the same withdrawals that I am. For the last three days you have feasted at M Street’s finest culinary locations, walked countless miles on the mall and have expelled too much mental energy trying to figure out how to get your parents to feed your shopping addiction.

Parent’s weekend comes at a perfect time. The leaves are falling, the air is crisp, but before you know it, it’s Sunday night and you haven’t even started Monday’s homework. So, say goodbye to free brunches and three-course dinners and say hello to Leo’s and ramen. But don’t fret because here is a step-by-step guide to get you through the week.

Sunday night: After you have said those final goodbyes to the fam following a fabulous dinner, hit up your favorite study spot. Bust out that work that you’ve been putting off all weekend. You may be in a food coma, but savor the feeling because you have just stuffed your pie-hole with an all you can eat free dinner.

Monday: You have been trying for as long you as you can to put this thought out of your head, but the trek to Leo’s is inevitable. Yes, dining hall food may not be on par with brunch at Peacock Café, but think of it this way: You’ve had the chance to eat out all weekend. Get creative at O’Donovan’s by the Waterfront and make something to be proud of. If all else fails, just go straight for the ice cream and we won’t judge you because we know withdrawal is tough.

Tuesday: Wear sweats. Just do it. Your parents are no longer here so it’s time to break out the pajamas for class. That elastic waistband is calling your name. You’ll be thanking me later.

Wednesday: You’re feeling pretty proud of yourself because you’ve managed to survive two days on pure meal swipes. You’re craving a Wisey’s sandwich and an Oreo cookie. DO NOT BE WEAK. Sure, you have that $20 your dad slipped you before leaving, but save that for the weekend because you’re really going to need it then. Instead, make a pasta dinner with your roomies in your apartment or floormates in the common room. It’s cheap and can help you wean yourself off of your parents’ free food.

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Thursday: You most likely hit up that Vineyard Vines sale or were a part of the J Crew frenzy last week, so appreciate your new fall wardrobe. Organize yourself and you’ll be feeling stress free for the weekend.

Friday: Congratulations, you have made it to the weekend! Since you have been such a tough cookie, go ahead and treat yourself. We know your more upset by the absences of your loving family than the absence of the dinners at El Centro so spend that extra $20 on whatever your heart desires. You deserve it.

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Staffers of the Week: Jess Kelham-Hohler and Michelle Xu

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Once a week, The Hoya recognizes one or two staffers who have done a particularly awesome job — now you can get to know about them, too. As part of our Leavey 421 series, we’ll be posting quick interviews with each Staffer of the Week. This week our outstanding Hoya staffers are Jess Kelham-Hohler and Michelle Xu. Read about these awesome ladies here:

Jess Kelham-Hohler

Jess Staffer

Hometown: London, U.K.
School: College
Major: Undecided, probably English
Year: 2017
Position on the Hoya: Guide Editor

If you could create your own Georgetown course, what would it be called?

Netflix Addiction 101: Understanding the phenomenon of spending eight hours on Netflix a day.

What made you gravitate towards joining The Hoya?

I’d never written for a student newspaper before, and I just really wanted to give it a go. At the info session, they said if I wrote for The Guide I’d be able to go to film previews and write reviews of albums. I was completely sold. Plus I heard that some pretty cool people worked there.

Why did you earn Staffer of the Week?

For making the Fall Fashion issue with Michelle (who took all the amazing photographs). Apparently people like it, which I hope is true!

If you could be any flavor of Burnett’s, what would it be and why?

Probably sweet tea, because I’m a caffeine addict and it’s the only flavor that has some suggestion of caffeine content. Plus tea, my being English — it all goes together.

If you could be a Wisey’s sandwich, what would it be and why?

The California panini, because after going to LA for the first time last summer, all I do is dream of going back to the glorious Cali sunshine.

Best thing about fall is…?

The start of colder weather. I’m English, and therefore need the rain in order to survive. But really, everything is great about fall. Except for all the pumpkin. I shall never understand this nation’s obsession with pumpkin.

Michelle Xu

Michelle Staffer

Hometown: San Diego, CA
School: NHS
Major: Healthcare Management and Policy
Year: 2016
Position on the Hoya: Senior Photo Editor

If you could create your own Georgetown course, what would it be called?

If I could create my own Georgetown course, it would definitely be Nap Time. The more you nap, the higher your grade.

What made you gravitate towards joining The Hoya?

Over the summer between high school and college, I saw the old Senior Photo Editor post on Facebook about joining The Hoya as a photographer. Then I thought, “Hey… I can take pictures. I want friends… I’ll join the Hoya!”

Why did you earn Staffer of the Week?

I earned Staffer of the Week because Jess and I did a kick-ass Fashion Issue.

If you could be any flavor of Burnett’s, what would it be and why?

I would be Citrus Burnett’s because I mix well with anything!

Best thing about fall is…?

The best thing about fall is the changing colors. Red, orange and yellow leaves are much more interesting than green. They also make for great photos!

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