What To Do This Summer If You Don’t Have an Internship

So now it’s April and you’ve found yourself without an internship. You’re probably asking yourself: what exactly can I do this summer? Well believe it or not, there is plenty more out there than being a Hilltern or interning with your favorite consulting firm. We at 4E have a few ideas of what you could do with your non-internship filled summer.

Let’s begin with some classics. You could take classes, volunteer, work at a local ice cream shop or be a camp counselor.

Read a lot of books. This summer activity is commonly done poolside or at the beach. You could always go for the throwback and catch up on all that summer reading you never did in high school.

But wait, why not write a book? Better yet, why not compile a whole series? Not only will you find a way to pass the summer, but you may even become the next J.K. Rowling in the process.

I call this next category personal start-ups. In this day and age of media, there is so much fun stuff you can create. You could start your own blog: a food blog, a workout blog, a blog for your cat–the options are endless. A meme page could also be your calling, or maybe it’s one of those Twitter accounts where you pretend to be a famous person. Who knows? This summer is your chance to find your social media calling.

Train for an Olympic Summer sport. You may discover you’re actually really talented at canoeing, throwing a javelin or steeplechase. Then you have the whole summer to learn an Olympic sport to begin training for Tokyo 2020!

Challenge yourself. Try every ice cream flavor at every ice cream store within a 25 mile radius of where you are spending the summer. This activity will take a lot of perseverance, money and a very strong stomach. But we believe in you and advise you to always order a large small.



Start your coursework for Fall 2017. It’s never too early to begin your 1000s of pages of readings.
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Learn the fight song. Patrick Ewing was just announced as the new Men’s Basketball Coach, so you might want to go to a basketball game next season! Prepare yourself. And, if learning the song doesn’t take the whole summer, you can always learn the alma mater too.

Never leave your house. Not once. This will take lots of dedication and a long list of either books to read, shows to watch or walls to stare at, but you’re a Hoya and thus can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

Note: if you do in fact write a book, become a successful blogger, or eat at every ice cream shop within a 25 mile radius, please let us know, as we would like thanks and partial credit for your achievement.

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, disney-planet.fr

Let’s Get Physical: 4E’s Fitness Tips

feel the burnAfter a month of rain, clouds and general finals’ season gloominess, May has finally come to an end. I don’t know about you, but the last two weeks of school seemed particularly brutal this year. One anonymous junior reported that she “ordered a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich from The Tombs three days in a row to Lau,” while another anonymous source revealed to The Fourth Edition that she “stressed baked two trays of gluten-free brownies and finished both [herself] while stuck in the confines of her Village B apartment”.

But you know what? It happens. People stress eat. Life goes on.

Sadly, it’s now June. Weekend getaways and afternoons spent soaking up the sun after a long day in your cubicle are quickly approaching. But unlike those brownies, those pesky finals-season pounds won’t just disappear. Luckily, The Fourth Edition has some tips for you to gear up for a summer of sunshine and layer-shedding celebrations.

  1. Get out there. 
    As the the man formerly known as Louis Stevens once said…

    Yeah, that’s right. You with the Cheetos dust on the keyboard. I’m talking to you.

    The only way to begin making changes in your life is to, well, get started. Hop off the couch and take a walk outside. Just do something!

  2. Make a plan
    Set that alarm for 5:45 and make it to spin class. If you’re still in DC, head to the monuments for a sunrise you will Instagram on the spot won’t soon forget. Consider emerging from the great depths of the Metro and walking an extra block, or two, or six. Just make a plan and stick to it.
  3. Find a buddy
    Do you have a friend who #FoundHerSoul at SoulCycle? What about a gentle acquaintance who you heard refers to himself as the “Crossfit King”? Latch onto that guy or gal! Many fad fitness classes offer discounted rates for first-timers, and sometimes, seeing how in shape others are is just the motivation you need to better yourself.
    And if there are simply no golden retrievers in your circle of friends, grab your fellow roly-poly pug out of bed and start YouTubing at-home exercise routines. I’ve heard The Pussycat Dolls Workout works wonders…
  4. Don’t overdo it
    As a gentle warning from us at 4E, we’d like to remind you that you are by no means in the same shape you were in during, let’s say, high school. Your legs will not forgive you if you subject them to a five-mile run on your first day hitting the pavement.

    Sorry, only Ali can take this title. May he rest in peace!

    Relax! Ease yourself back into a routine. The only thing rushing you is the waning summer sun. And if all else fails…

  5. Improvise Be that guy at the office with the yoga ball-desk chair. Go ahead. Own it. You’re on your way to becoming a better “you”.

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5 Ways to Avoid the Freshman 15

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*Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or in any shape besides potato*

We all know the conventional ways of staying in shape. No one needs another article telling them to run, eat salad and deprive their life of all things delicious and good. It can definitely be difficult to work out after a long day or not order onion rings from Epi after a great night. However, these are quick and easy ways to keep in you fit without Yates or lettuce because let’s be honest, is it really worth it?

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  1. Wake up 5 minutes before class: No one likes running. Waking up right before class means that not only will you get to sleep more, but you will also be forced to run or sprint to class. Bonus points if your class is in Carbarn.anigif_enhanced-1884-1407190045-7-1432065006

2. Only go to dinner at Leo’s from 6 p.m.—7 p.m.: During this time you will face all sorts of obstacles including a shortage in chairs, silverware and, if you are really lucky, plates/bowl/cups. Scavenging for basic eating utensils will not only give you another great work out of walking around, but also make it difficult to just eat a simple meal. We all know that keeping weight off is 80% diet and 20% exercise!

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3. Never wake up in time for breakfast: Despite what all the other health articles or what not you have read on always eating breakfast to boost your metabolism, I am urging you to skip breakfast at Leo’s. Leo’s best meal is breakfast, and it will be really hard to resist bacon and pancakes, especially after trying to eat pizza the night before. This is also another great way to get more sleep.

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5. Go to Brown House: Once you walk through the door, I promise you will get sweaty within two minutes or less. Not only will the dancing be a good work out, but the heat and humidity of the house acts like sauna. It’s very cleansing and helps your body release toxins, which you really do need after that Natty and Burnetts.

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But remember, it’s not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle!

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, tumblr.com, weheartit.com, http://sororityfitnessathens.com/

Get Ready for SoulCycle Georgetown

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Do you have a soul? Do you sometimes cycle, or occasionally look at a bicycle? If so, you’ll love SoulCycle, the country’s premier full-body cycling studio, which is slated to open in Georgetown at 1042 Wisconsin Avenue NW late this summer.

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These 45-minute classes will completely kick your butt. At $30 a pop, you can burn between 500-700 calories with “high intensity cardio” while toning your upper body with hand weights and core-engaging choreography.

The class takes place in a candlelit studio, which makes riders feel like they are “partying in a healthy nightclub.” The exercise program emphasizes rhythm and “energy of the pack,” which creates a strong bond between riders.

This is the third SoulCycle location in the DC area, after the ones on 23rd and M St. and in Bethesda. Two additional locations are planned in the area and will open by the end of 2015.

Souls? Bonds? Nightclubs? This sounds like a killer way to spend an afternoon and meet some new friends (or creepy stalkers). With fans in celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga, David and Victoria Beckham and the newly single Bradley Cooper (drool), you know SoulCycle is a quality place.

Their motto: “SoulCycle is the destination where you take a journey, change your body and find your soul.”

If you’re feeling lost, unmotivated or you have the unfortunate fate of being a ginger, check out SoulCycle when it finally opens late this summer.

This post has been updated.

Photo: mapquest.com; huffpost.com

The Positives of Campus Construction

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If you think the construction around campus is annoying now, just wait until the massive Northeast Triangle construction (eventually) starts. I use the Reiss walkway nearly every day, and its impending blockage is definitely going to mess with my flow. It’s a bummer to think that for the rest of my time at Georgetown, I won’t be able to use that shortcut. However, we’ll all get used to it soon enough, and these are some of the positives that will probably come of the change.

More exercise

You’ll never have to be worried about missing leg day again. Traveling between the north end of campus and places like Lau or even just the front gates will be a solid walk (as if you don’t walk enough by virtue of living here). So the way I see it, the construction’s just throwing you some added cardio.

Become the best planner ever

Because you’ll have to start building travel time into everything that you do, you’ll be sure that whenever you start your day, you know exactly where you’re going. If you live in Darnall or Henle, you’ll become especially adept at planning when you have to leave for events.

You now have a great excuse for not wanting to go somewhere

If there’s a party that you know will make you feel like the man in the gif, there’s a perfectly legitimate reason for turning your friends down. “Sorry guys, it’s definitely too much effort to walk through campus to meet you at that party.” Unless you really are that thirsty.

So even though you might not be the biggest fan of construction, there are plenty of benefits for all of us. Yay campus development!

Photo: clipartbest.com, Gifs: imgur.com

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

Bike Lanes: They’re Almost Here!

BikeLane1If you’ve ever walked down M Street, you might have noticed the life-or-death battle happening every day. Is it bikes against cars? Bikes against buses? Bikes against literally every other type of vehicle on the lawless roads of Washington, D.C.? The answer is D: all of the above.

Bikes against any inanimate objects?

As Freddie Mercury once sang, “I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like.” Like the staff of 4E, you probably spend your free time sitting around and wondering, When is the city going to put in some bike lanes? Well, that day is here … almost! The D.C. Department of Transportation has laid out some plans to install bike lanes around the city, projected for sometime this year. That’s right, this year!

So far, the lanes marked “ready to go” are located on M Street, First Street NE and F, G and I Streets NE. Several lanes are still being designed in southeastern D.C. See the map below for more all of the District’s bike lane plans:2014bikelanes

So the next time you feel like taking a nice bike ride (probably when the weather is a little less rough), a bike lane might be ready to take you past the cars. Nothing is as satisfying as bypassing D.C. traffic. Just remember to be safe.

Don’t be this guy.

Special thanks to DCist for this article.

Gifs: funnymemes.com, gifbin.com; Photo: DCist

Simply Science: Why Meat Loaf Helps You Stay in Shape

Every morning I take a 10-mile run and immerse myself in the musical stylings of Kelly Clarkson for an hour or two. Actually, that’s completely false (just the first part), but I thought it was a fitting intro to this article about the relationships between music and working out.

Areas of research on workout music have been expanding in the past years. Many people acknowledge that they have a better experience working out to certain jams, but many don’t consider that their favorite workout playlist might actually be improving their workout performance.

Research has found that when listening to music, “people run father, bike longer and swim faster than usual.” Meatloaf_Program-297x300

The effect of any type of music varies with each respective person. Commonly, people find that songs with faster beats and more bass help them to “get pumped” (Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, III is my personal favorite). Though tempo is one of the main considerations when it comes to workout music, there are other factors that one should consider when determining an optimal workout selection. One of these factors is what scientists call “rhythm response”—basically a fancy way of saying “how much a song makes someone want to jitterbug” (or twerk…if you’re into that). Sometimes a person’s motivation might even be dependent on how much he or she identifies with the singer’s emotions.  It’s all really subjective.

Some psychologists, though, hypothesize that people have a natural preference for songs with rhythms of frequency 2 hertz, or 120 beats per minute. People often settle into rhythms of 120 bpm when walking or tapping their fingers. An analysis, “…of more than 74,000 popular songs produced between 1960 and 1990 found that 120 bpm was the most prevalent pulse.” 2 beats per second just seems like a rhythm that we, as humans, innately gravitate (and groove) towards. When running, however, 180 bpm appears to be the preference. Don’t be so eager to transform your playlists, though: research suggests that anything over 145 bpm doesn’t really do anything more for those abs—sort of like how any sunscreen over SPF 45 is somewhat trivially labeled.

To many scientists, “getting pumped” simply doesn’t suffice as a reason why music helps us exercise. Researchers have found that music specifically contributes to our ability to exercise more effectively by distracting us from pain and fatigue, elevating our mood, increasing our endurance, reducing perceived effort, and perhaps even promoting our metabolic efficiency.

Just for the record, Paradise by the Dashboard Light happens to be 180 bpm. For more (however inferior) 180 bpm song suggestions, go here.

The bottom line, though: Meat Loaf is a great diet choice.

Photo: www.addins.whig.com

Simply Science is a reoccurring post that aims to make recent scientific discoveries accessible and applicable to the Georgetown student.

When Owls Attack

I don’t run — I actually think running is hard and kind of boring. Why would I want to do that when I could be doing anything else? But as you runners pull up your Nike running shorts and put your iPods in those special velcro arm straps, take note: Running is dangerous, and I am being safer by opting out.

You’re probably looking at the Harry Potter picture, and then reading about my outlandish accusations about the danger of running, and thinking, what is this girl taking about? Fire her, editors!

Well, according to WTOP, some D.C. residents, who used to enjoy the beauty of Rock Creek Park for running and walking, have now been made the victims of owl attacks. That’s right, innocent runners have reported a series of owls swooping down at them, talons outstretched in full attack mode.

The Washington Post reports that many of the owl assailants may be owls that have been re-released into the wild after good samaritans brought them in as chicks. believing that baby owls have been abandoned. When the owls mature, they become too much for someone to handle in their house and are set back into the woods of Rock Creek. Without properly developed hunting skills, owls can sometimes confuse humans for a food source. Is that why they’re in full force attacking you runners? Who knows?

Most owl attacks have been reported in the pre-dawn or early morning hours. So, to avoid being attacked, run in the afternoon or early evening. And, keep in mind, no one (of yet) has been injured by these bizarre attacks. Still, be safe and keep your eyes peeled so you don’t end up with this swooping toward you. So, where will you be next time owls attack? Hopefully not near Rock Creek Park, that’s for sure.

Photo by: Bio-Aerial Locomotion, TikiTumble, Harry Potter Wiki