The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Private Bathrooms

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The Good:
All upperclassmen can attest to the fact that having your own bathroom is quite a luxury. To all you freshmen: your day will come, I promise. And to all you horribly unlucky sophomores that landed a spot in the Southwest quad: A. Yikes. B. Your life sucks. C. You’ll get there eventually.

So, back to the more important (and obviously superior) students. Bidding adieu to communal bathrooms is a task that merits celebration. You no longer have to use the bathroom at the same time as your neighbor… Pee buddies, yay! You no longer have to worry about entering the bathroom on Sunday morning looking like a zombie drag queen. It was a late night and it’s a much too early morning, alright? Back off. You no longer have to worry about walking down the hallway in nothing more than a towel to take a lukewarm shower. Please, please, please let no one see me right now. Lastly, and debatably most importantly, you no longer have to worry about intruders as the contents of your alcohol-filled stomach gracelessly launch into the toilet. It must be the flu…

You finally get some privacy to do what ya gotta do when ya gotta do it. And since you’re living with your best friends (hopefully), they can’t judge you. Even if they do, they can’t back out now, so HA. Hooray for your own bathrooms!

The Bad:
Eh, not so quick. Remember how communal bathrooms came with toilet paper, paper towels (if you were lucky) and hand soap? Well, private bathrooms don’t. You have to buy all that  yourself. It sounds pretty simple, I mean, how expensive can toilet paper be? Well, as it turns out, pretty damn expensive. Especially if you spoil yourself and go for the two-ply Charmin, which isn’t even a real if, it’s a must. You and your roommates all pitch in, but even so, these small items add up to a hefty bill in the long run. How are we supposed to pay for our Burnett’s if we have to buy our own hand soap?! UGH. Next time parents’ weekend rolls around, make sure to pencil Target into the itinerary.

The Ugly:
As horrible as communal bathrooms are, they possess one advantage that becomes very clear to you once you have your own bathroom:

Communal bathrooms are cleaned by Georgetown staff.
Private bathrooms are cleaned by you and your roommates.

At the beginning of the semester, you and your roommates buy Clorox wipes, shower cleaner and trash bags in bulk, promising that you will all alternate to keep the bathroom spotless. That lasts for about a week. The dust accumulates on every surface by the second. The mirror seems to be covered in who-knows-what all of the time. The nasty shower grime grows by the day. The trash is seemingly always overflowing. It’s a downright ugly sight. And yet, all of you are much too lazy to do any sort of major cleaning. Just close the doors and pretend it’s not there…

WIth all that being said, it’s best to focus on the benefits of having your own bathroom. I mean, if you have your own bathroom, you have at the very least your own suite with your friends, right? Because in the end, it doesn’t matter if you have a Martha Stewart bathroom as long as you have your friends. Now can somebody please take out the trash?

Photos/Gifs: Giphy; WiffleGif; bloody-disgusting.com

Top 10 Superbowl Prospects: Looks Before Talent

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Super Bowl Sunday is TODAY! Tune in, along with the other 10 million people that are expected to watch, at 6:30 pm. Things are about to get real intense for football fans. The Seahawks are the first defending Super Bowl champs since, um, the Patriots, in 2004 and 2005. And the Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson (see below), is aiming to become the youngest quarterback in history to win two Super Bowls in a row. Tom Brady, the Patriots quarterback (also see below), is the current record-holder. Oh, the sweet, sweet irony.

For those of you who read the previous paragraph without absorbing a single piece of information because you either a) know nothing about football or b) don’t care one way or another who wins, don’t give up on this post just yet!

If you’re not going to admire the talent on the field, you can at least admire the dazzling good looks on the screen in front of you while you guzzle down your Tostitos and salsa. So, without further ado, here are the top 5 most attractive men from each of the competing teams that you simply must look out for. (View at your own risk — you should probably sit down for this).

Top 5 New England Patriots

1. Tom Brady: This man simply does not have a single flaw. He is one of the best, if not the best (I’ll admit I’m biased as a dedicated Patriots fan myself) quarterbacks in the National Football League. If his international fame isn’t enough, get this: he is a University of Michigan graduate. So, athleticism and brains… mmhmm. Even more, if a male Victoria’s Secret company existed, he would undoubtedly be their poster child. He’s 6’4,” and LOOK AT THAT SMILE. He’s beautiful – clean-cut haircut, perfect pearly whites and just the right amount of scruff. Lastly, off-the-field, he is the ultimate family man. He has three adorable children and a smokin’ hot wife. Not every guy can just pick up an internationally renowned super-model, alright? Oh, and he’s 37, yet looks like he’s 25. So, basically: this man is a superhero. Enjoy the view.

2. Danny Amendola: After signing with the Patriots in 2013, Danny Amendola quickly made quite an impression in the League. He didn’t go unnoticed by NFL fans either. And no, I am not just referring to his speed and pass receptions. Take one good look at this picture and I think you’ll know what I’m getting at – he’s quite easy on the eyes. He rocks the facial hair perfectly, and honestly, he has better eyebrows than most girls I know. Oh, and in case you missed it, LOOK AT HIS BICEPS. Seriously, he’s not even flexing. Ugh, swoon. Measuring at 5’11”, he may not be the most imposing player on the field, but when he looks like that, who really cares?

3. Devin McCourty: Devin McCourty has been with the Patriots since 2010, and thankfully so. First, let’s start with the hat. A beanie is hard enough to pull off, but throw a pom pom on top, and you’ve got quite the wardrobe challenge. But, no problem for this guy. He somehow manages not to look like a foolish adult wearing a children’s hat. Snaps on snaps on snaps for Devin  (yes, we’re on a first name basis). Second, let’s talk about the form-fitting shirt. A) It looks like something you could find at Lululemon, so right away we know he has good taste. B) It’s FORM FITTING. The biceps will really get ya, once again. Third, but unfortunately missing from this particular picture, are his massive diamond earrings. Straight-up stud. I’ll take a matching pair anytime…

4. Rob Gronkowski: Better known as “Gronk.” In the past few seasons, Gronk has suffered injury after injury, leaving him unable to perform his classic touchdown spike. His football career may have suffered from injuries, but his looks certainly did not. Testament to that fact: he was on the cover of ESPN’s body issue. Look at those chiseled abs. His pecs, his traps, his biceps… I won’t go on to list every muscle in the human body, but you get the point. It literally looks like he was carved from clay. He may not be the brightest bulb, but he knows how to have a good time while looking like a granite statue, so no complaints.
P.S. Waiting for my marriage proposal any day, so don’t get your hopes up.

5. Julian Edelman:  Julian Edelman has occupied much of the spotlight in the Patriots’ most recent seasons. For that, we are all #blessed. He may only be 5’10”, but the fact that he’s a Cali boy certainly makes up for it. His hair is freshly gelled – not too much, not too little – and expertly side-swept. And those piercing baby-blue eyes? Go ahead and do us a favor, Julian, and just don’t blink… like ever. Lastly, he’s a solid 200 pounds of muscle. I mean, just look at the vein bulging in his bicep. Keep doing you, Julian, no one is opposed.

Top 5 Seattle Seahawks

1. Cooper Helfet: Dayum. Discovering Cooper Helfet on the Seahawks roster was probably the highlight of my day, and I am really not ashamed to admit it (even though I probably should be). He’s got a Liam Hemsworth look-a-like thing going on, and we are so okay with it. 6 feet, 3 inches of true beauty. Even more, he’s a Duke University graduate. Plus, he’s from California. Talk about the whole package: Cali-bred looks, athleticism and brains. I think it is fair to say we will all be looking for him on the big screen come game time.

2. Doug Baldwin: Oh, Dougy. He is one fine sight. His skin is radiant – it must be that Florida sun he grew up under. His teeth are perfect, and his eyes are those puppy-dog eyes we all strive to mimic. His diamond stud earrings are not quite as impressive as Devin McCourty’s, but still a tasteful touch. HMU with a matching pair before Devin, and I may just have to convert to a Seahawks fan. If you weren’t already impressed, his graduating from Stanford has to earn him some serious brownie points. Even if he is on the shorter side of the spectrum, measuring only 5’10”, he’s got a smile that is definitely worth at least 3 inches.

3. Russell Wilson: The Seahawks quarterback doesn’t quite lead his team in the looks department the way Tom Brady does, but he is still quite visually appealing. He especially pulls off the rugged tough-guy look, and we dig it. Those eyes are simply irresistible. And those luscious curls? They’ve got Pantene written all over them. A freshly-cut do obviously means he puts effort into his appearance, and boy, does it show. Additionally, he was locally grown! He was born in Richmond, VA so that’s cool, I guess. In the battle of the beautiful quarterbacks tomorrow, let’s see who takes home the W.

4. Bryan Walters: A Cornell grad, we can be sure Bryan Walters is more than just a pretty face. But, with that said, he actually really is a pretty face. The slight ginger tint to his hair offsets his penetrating blue eyes impeccably. His facial hair is groomed to absolute perfection. And no one can deny his total masculinity with that Adam’s apple jumping out at you. He’s only been with the Seahawks for two seasons, but with looks like that, we will take every season we can get.

5. Brock Coyle: He may be a rookie on the field, but he certainly has got the looks thing down already. With dark brown, maybe black, hair and bright blue eyes, Brock is basically Megan Fox’s male doppelgänger. That can be said about very few people, so appreciate it. Although he may not play much tomorrow, that does not mean, by any means, that you shouldn’t scan the sidelines with an eagle eye. You really won’t regret it.

So, you’re welcome. All these beautiful men will be on every big-screen tomorrow, so embrace it one-hundo-percent.

Photos: footballperspective.com; musketfire.com; jacksonville.com; pixgood.com; greginhollywood.com; pinterest.com; athletepromotions.com; seahawks.com; zimbio.com; http://sportige.com/

 

The End of the Beginning

Study Abroad Guide

The final days of summer are fleeting. All Georgetown students are filled with mixed emotions towards the impending situation.

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Especially for those students, like moi, who are shipping out (well, flying out) to study abroad, the end of this summer is a pretty big deal. You are filled with the excitement of a new country, new people and a new drinking age (you know it’s true) but you’re also pretty sad because YOU WON’T BE AT GEORGETOWN.

Ugh, the struggles. How will we deal with not seeing the beautiful Lauinger Library everyday? It seems, at this point in time, impossible.

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Oh, how majestic!

That being said, I bet you all that in, let’s say, 5 days, you will be praising the study abroad gods. #blessed? (Please never use this hashtag seriously.)

Some things you need to do before you jet-set away…

EAT

Whether you fancy bagels with iced coffee or rich Italian pasta, make sure to get your fill of your favorite snacks. But then, PUT THEM OUT OF YOUR MIND. You will not be able to deal with yourself if all you are thinking about is Mai Thai Pad Thai.

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Netflix

While most countries in the world have come over to the dark side (and by dark side I mean Netflix), there are still some who are resisting the urge (cough cough, TURKEY). Just to be safe, binge watch a few episodes or seasons of your favorite show.

Fotografías 

Yes, fotografías is Spanish for photos. This is essential for your study abroad decor and your sanity. Yesterday, I printed about 50 photos from CVS (you can do it online) of all my friends, family and enemies. Hey, you never know who you are going to keep around and who you are going to de-friend IRL.

Tunes 

It is not always easy to download your favorite jams at the touch of a button while off in the middle of who-knows-where. I always like to have all of the songs I would want to, not want to or possibly want to listen to. Does that make sense? Maybe not now, but you will be bowing down to me when you realize how much of a life saver this is.

School Work? 

Contrary to popular belief, study abroad does actually include some studying. While you are also there to have fun and meet new people, make sure to save yourself and download all the things you may need from Blackboard beforehand.

Plans 

Make a list of all the things, places and monuments you want to see so that you can easily plan out your trips! Of course you’re going to learn about new places as you go, but it is always good to have a jumping-off point!

There are a ton of other things you should/need to do before you leave, but of course the most important is to continue reading the 4E.

Enjoy your time being Americans and drinking all the iced coffee you can. Maybe people will miss you when you’re gone.

Oh, and when you are finally at your study abroad destination complaining about “how weak your internet connection is,” just think about your favorite blogger (a.k.a. me) trying to stream videos in Turkey. God help me.

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Photos: wikipedia.org, psu.edu