A 4E Senior Send-off

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Well, it is here. Graduation weekend. Commencement has, well, commenced and the respective graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2015 are only a day away. As the reality sets in, 4E wants to share with our beloved seniors some of their responses to our #emotional questions.

Music

What song reminds you the most of freshman year?

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepson

Heart Vacancy – DJs from Mars Remix

Levels – Avicii

What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

Glad you Came – The Wanted

Baby – Justin Bieber

What song reminds you the most of sophomore year?

Get Lucky – Daft Punk

No Interruption – Hoodie Allen

Cruise–Florida Georgia Line

Five Year’s Time – Noah and the Whale

Young Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa

What song reminds you the most of junior year?

Timber – Ke$ha

Counting Stars – One Republic

Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

Drunk in Love – Beyoncé

What song reminds you the most of senior year?

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson

Blank Space – Taylor Swift

Ugly Heart – G.R.L.

The Great Unknown – Jukebox the Ghost

Boom Clap – Charlie XCX

Things Only Seniors Remember

General things:

Hurricane Irene during NSO

The Old Big East

Tuscany’s

Wiz Khalifa Spring Concert

When an MSB booth was really hard to get 

Jack Sr. as the mascot

The Georgetown Cuddler

The hill between MSB and Regents without any stairs

Obama showing up at the Let Freedom Ring event at the Kennedy Center on MLK weekend

Healy clock hands stolen spring 2012

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Bars/Clubs:

Guards

Rhino

Piano Bar (the first one)

Cafe Japone

Current

Modern…?

Third’s

Saloun

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Fashion Trends:

Oxford shoes

Pinterest.

Colorful tights? Was that just me?

Bandage skirts, everywhere

Nothing has changed…It’s Barbour, boots, preppy, Patagonia and leggings always. 

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Emotions:

What was your favorite year at Georgetown? Why?

That’s tough, because each year was great for different reasons, but I would say senior year! These last two semesters have been full of solidifying friendships, bar crawls during Dis-O and Dis-0 2.0 were some of the most fun nights out in college, and reflecting on my Georgetown experience as a whole and how blessed I am.

Junior year – knew the most people on campus. Senior friends still around, and knew tons of underclassmen. Also, in important positions in student groups.

Every year seems so uniquely different and great in its own way, but I think sophomore year was the most fun! However, all the nights I’ve spent on the Tombs dance floor this year makes senior year one of the best, for sure!

Sophomore year: had found my friends, understood how the school worked and how to do well in classes, knew my way around campus and I also did not have the stress Junior/Seniors have finding internships and jobs and planning for after graduation.

Too hard to choose, definitely the best 4 years so far!

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What was your most memorable experience? Why?

Cheering on the basketball team with my two best friends!

Swimming in the fountain during sophomore year! After a night out, around 4am, my friend and I decided it was going to be the night we would swim in the fountain. Once we approached Dahlgren quad, we kicked our shoes off and started sliding around the fountain laughing our butts off. I am happy to say that I checked that Georgetown tradition off the bucket list!

Homecoming, Georgetown Day, late nights at Tombs and running to the White House the night of Obama’s re-election in 2012. But of course, I have some great memories from classes and academic experiences, too that will (hopefully) stick with me forever. In summary: thanks for the memories, Georgetown!

Singing in the Let Freedom Ring Choir on MLK Weekend during freshman, sophomore and senior year. It is an incredible demonstration of what our university stands for today, and also so much fun!

There are too many memorable experiences to count and I can’t name just one because each of my favorite experiences at Georgetown is memorable in its own way and has its own unique story behind it.

Thanks for the memories, seniors! We will miss you so much and cannot wait to see you all back on the Hilltop soon! Congrats, Class of 2015!

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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/

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!