99 Problems and Graduation is 1

Graduation

With a week to go before graduation, here is a list of the 99 things my friends and I will miss the most about Georgetown. Naturally, we will miss many more things, but we’ll keep it short for the sake of the title’s reference. Get ready for the tears, they are a coming…

1. Every single view
2. Leo’s
3. Snow Days
4. M Street and Wisconsin
5. Mai Thai, Paolo’s and El Centro Happy Hours


6. 99 Days
7. The Tombs on Saturday nights
8. First Bake at Farmers Fishers Bakers
9. Dixie’s
10. Corp Locations
11. Saxby’s
12. ICC
13. Georgetown clubs
14. Healy
15. The speakers


16. Baked and Wired vs. Georgetown Cupcakes
17. Mai Thai delivery
18. Wisey’s cookies
19. Wisey’s egg sandwiches
20. Wisey’s regular sandwiches
21. Jon Quigley
22. Basketball Games
23. Booey’s
24. Living close to the Waterfront
25. Good Stuff
26. Free MSBagels
27. Cherry Blossoms
28. Verizon Center
29. Drunch
30. Tombs Ale
31. Flex Dollars
32. T Sweets
33. Brown House
34. Thinking Smirnoff is “nice”

35. DFMOs
36. Jack the Bulldog
37. Todd Olson and his scooter
38. The Farmer’s Market
39. Parties with The Chimes

40. Playing cornhole on the front lawn
41. Our freshman floors (@Darnall 5)
42. Hoya Blue
43. Tombs’ Trivia (especially the music round)
44. Senior Night (and $3 vodka drinks)
45. GUGS Burgers
46. Rooftop Parties
47. Looking at Healy and feeling so goddamn lucky

48. Varsity athletes
49. Cosi Bread
50. Free food in general
51. Chicken Finger Thursday
52. Emails from JQP and all of our other favorite admins
53. Georgetown Day
54. The Stall Seat Journal
55. Horrible late night food options
56. Epi quesadillas
57. Regents’ elevators
58. The amazing professors (s/o STIA and Latin American departments)
59. 25 cent large iced waters at the Corp
60. The being stressed is cool
61. Exploring DC, even if it’s for only an hour
62. Free museums

63. The Metro (lol jk never)
64. Tombs coffee cake during weekend brunch
65. Half Priced Wingos
66. Los Cuates (always and forever)
67. Leo’s Brunch
68. Lau 1

 69. Lau 2

 70. Lau 3

 71. Lau 4

72. Lau 5 (JK no one goes to Lau 5)
73. Living on million dollar real estate when your income is 1/1000000th of that
74. Pretending you are a wealthy individual living in Georgetown
75. The Prospect Crawl

76. Sneaking things in and out of Leo’s
77. Foxfields
78. Sweetgreen’s proximity
79. Living near famous people
80. Events in Gaston
81. Mass with Biden
82. The Jesuits
83. Toga parties
84. Tombs nights
85. Running through Dahlgren fountain

86. Skipping class just because (oops)
87. Georgetown Snapchat story
88. All the Georgetown geofilters
89. Hearing about students’ internships on the hill
90. Club Lau
91. Spending insane amounts of time in Lau and getting nothing done
92. Woodbridge
93. Watching tours go by and being insanely jealous
94. Friday afternoons during the spring

95. Being surrounded by so many inspiring people
96. Making connections with people who change your life
97. Running into everyone you know at Midnight, NO MATTER WHAT
98. Feeling accomplished after finishing an impossible class
99. And, of course, we are going to miss everyone.

Hey Georgetown, don’t make us leave!

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The Ten Commandments of Senior Year

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The Ten Commandments of Senior Year:

1. You shall have no other bars before Tombs. 

Yes, you should actually take advantage of other bars in D.C. and hang with some of the yopros to see a glimpse into your future (it’s the same thing as college but with nicer drinks). However, Tombs should always be number one in your heart. On a serious note, where else can you get cheesy tots with your dirty girl scout shot?

2. You shall not make out with freshmen. 

When you were a freshman, you might’ve thought that DFMOing with a senior would’ve been the highlight of your friend group for the next few months. Now that you’re a senior, you recognize that it’ll be the laughing joke of your friend group until graduation. I’m not deterring you from reliving Club Lau or Brown House (in fact, you will definitely see me at both), but maybe avoid any conversations starting with “Do you live in (insert freshmen dorm here)” or “Are you in my Macroecon lecture?”

3. You shall not take the name of John/Jack in vain. 

This is a blanket statement of all of the Johns and Jacks out there – John Carroll, President DeGioia and Jack the Bulldog. If you accidentally step on the seal before graduation, don’t curse John Carroll. If Bradley Cooper skips our graduating class to speak in Gaston, don’t blame President DeGioia (hint, hint @Bradley and @DeGioia). If we don’t juice ‘Cuse yet again, don’t yell at the mascot.

4. Remember 99 Days, to keep it a tradition. In it you shall check in at Tombs every day. 

99 Days Club is equal parts money-draining, commitment and tradition. Try to focus on the last two. I’ve heard employers appreciate commitment and tradition, so what better way to demonstrate it to them! Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy you a well-deserved spot on the 99 Days Club plaque.

5. Honor your liver and your stomach. 

Do you remember the last time you did Edward Fortyhands? The answer is likely no. You should aim to make memories this year and wake up the next morning to remember them all (the only memory that is acceptable to forget is that slice from Eat & Joy on your walk home). Likewise, take advantage of your last year having a completely free gym membership. After graduation, you have to pay for the luxury of the elliptical machine and endlessly great people watching. No matter what the #dadbod trend says, you don’t want to graduate with a beer belly underneath your gown.

6. You shall not murder your GPA. 

For the past three years, you’ve worked hard to maintain or bring up your grades where you don’t actually have to lie about it to your (nagging and loving) parents. Congratulations on your job offers and signed contracts , but sadly, yes, you still have to do the required reading and participate in your group projects (@MSB). Nothing feels as bad as the harsh reality of losing honors after three years on the Dean’s List.

7. You shall not commit to adulthood. 

The real world awaits you, but it’s also not going anywhere. Senior year is the final year when it is socially acceptable to wear leggings as pants, carry around a backpack everywhere without looking like a wannabe hipster, and plan parties and pre-games with multiple themes and subthemes. No one likes the Debbie Downer who reminds everyone how “things are going to be different” or how you can brunch without bottomless mimosas.

8. You shall not steal from Leo’s. 

I’ll admit that I might’ve taken one too many bananas and a cup (or five) from Leo’s in the past. However, now that I no longer even have a meal plan, I’ll already feel #blessed when I find a friend to swipe me in for CFT. I will take full advantage of post-meal fro-yo with extra toppings. However, I will return all of my silverware because full-fledged adulthood is on the horizon and it’s about time and I bought myself decent (aka Ikea) dinnerware.

9. You shall not bear false identification. 

Although not everyone has yet turned twenty-fun, I mean twenty-one (autocorrect), it’s time to retire the “Jack Hoya” and “Jane Hoya” IDs. For those who have already turned twenty-one, you should’ve already put those days behind you. For the remaining underage seniors, your time will come. The perks of turning twenty-one late: the best Tombs night ever. No one has to take your picture and then turn around home. Bouncer is to letting people in as Oprah is to giving away free cars. EVERYBODY WINS.

10. You shall not covet the freshmen’s new experiences on the Hilltop. 

You had a great four (or maybe five) year run at Georgetown. If you’re sticking around at Georgetown Med or Georgetown Law, then please don’t become the “creepy alum” who talks to the freshmen moving in reminiscing when they met their CHARMS roommate or still shows up to club meetings. For those who move away from Georgetown, the District, or even America, you’ve already physically left and now it’s also time to metaphorically move on. Don’t worry though, Homecoming is always just around the corner.

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More Than a Tradition: Seniors Reflect On 99 Days Club

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By Allie Hahn and Colm Cross

We had always talked about how we wanted to do 99 Days our senior year, the annual contest where seniors are challenged to go to The Tombs and get a drink or bite to eat every day for the last 99 days before graduation.

We had heard the stories, seen the plaques and wanted to be a part of the tradition. What we didn’t know was what 99 Days would become and what it would ultimately mean to us.

Firstly, we didn’t know that 99 Days actually turned into 133 days for us. We have been to The Tombs every day since the end of Christmas Break, or for 95% of those days. We’ve made that trek from Burleith to the corner of 36th and Prospect every day (mostly nights), minus five days for spring break and four for Easter. On nights when our friends happen to be at The Tombs before us, we will receive confused texts or calls. It is simply expected that by 11:30 p.m. each night, Allie and Colm will be sitting at the bar, side-by-side. So, we must ask, “Why?” Why have we spent countless hours and (yes) thousands of dollars there?

To really understand why we go each and every day — not for a soda and not for a single drink to just check in — you have to see The Tombs as something more than any old restaurant or bar. The Tombs is home. It’s home from the moment we greet the doormen to when we’re sitting at the bar chatting with the bartenders, and it’s home when we say goodnight to everyone after close.

The Tombs is full of amazing, fascinating individuals with whom we have grown close over this past year. We have formed friendships with people we otherwise would have never gotten to know, people who we now go to The Tombs just to hang out with.

The Tombs is where we’ve gone to celebrate friends’ birthdays, successes in or acceptances to school, job offers and victories in soccer or trivia. We have gone there to have a drink after a long day of hard work. We’ve watched and celebrated as the basketball team achieved unthinkable success and subsequently shed tears at the bar after that loss in the tournament. Even on slow nights when we’ve casually stopped by, friendships have been formed, laughs have been had and memories have been made. This is the magic of The Tombs. Each night can bring new experiences and each visit is completely unique. We even brought our parents so they could understand why we spend so much time there each day. And they do. They see how special The Tombs is, and how it really is more than just a bar.

So, for us, our motivation for being in the 99 Days Club was not simply to have our names immortalized on The Tombs wall — although that is pretty great. It’s about the memories we’ve made, the new friendships that have been started, the old ones that have been strengthened and the countless good times we will never forget. 99 Days is about the people, the experiences and the fun. It represents the coming together of everything our senior year has meant to us — all wrapped up in a single semester. And as the school year comes to a close, with graduation just a week away, we are now realizing that saying goodbye to The Tombs might be just as hard as saying goodbye to the friends we’ve made throughout our years at Georgetown.