The Steps of Being GERMSed: A Nighttime Rollercoaster

Being GERMSed

GERMS: the one word your parents do not want to hear when you call them at 8 AM on a Sunday morning. Many people have been in this situation, and they’ve said it’s quite shameful.

Hint hint: It’s not shameful

Generally, you hear more about people calling GERMS on other people. You hear about how they were such heroes, how they condemned saved their friends, how they weren’t involved but watched someone else get GERMSed, etc.

However, you may occasionally hear someone tell you about how he/she was GERMSed on a fateful weekend night. These stories are certainly interesting because you’re hearing the survivor’s side. Some are curious as to what actually happens when someone is GERMSed. As always, 4E has the inside information on what happens to these unfortunate souls. So, here are the steps of being GERMSed.

  1. Context– You’ve had a rough week. Three midterms, two papers, and you’re working on homework until 2 AM every night. You may also have been rejected from yet another club. When you leave Lau at 9 PM on Friday night, you’re ready to go out and go hard. However, in your mad rush to party, you may forget to hydrate and/or eat dinner. Let’s just say that you’ve already created a recipe for disaster.
  2. The Pregame– If this night was Kingda Ka, one of the world’s tallest roller coasters, your arrival at the pregame is the point where you start shooting forward, but are not yet at the steep ascent to the top. After running from your room to the pregame, you quickly down a larger-than-recommended amount of Burnett’s (Note: we at 4E only encourage responsible drinking–meaning if you’re 21+, of course–so check out these articles if you need help choosing flavors). Soon after, you start to feel a nice buzz, but nothing too crazy yet. You forget the fact that your stomach is empty and decide to take a few more shots before heading out to the party. You’ve now begun the ascent to the top of the rollercoaster.
  3. The Party– Now, you’re in the middle of the ascent, almost to the top. This party is #lit full of debauchery, and handles of Burnett’s are floating around everywhere. You even spot Pineapple Burnett’s, which has gotten great reviews in the past. You’re overwhelmed by how great this party is, and fully engage in the “festivities”. When you’re ready to leave with your friends and venture to Epi, you’re just at the top of the rollercoaster, about to drop into a full-shame spiral.
  4. Epi / Walking Home– You arrive there with some of your friends and buy a quesadilla. In the process, you realize you are out of Flex Dollars, which adds to the catastrophic nature of this night. In the process of devouring your quesadilla, your BAC continues to rise. You figure you should be fine since you’re eating now, but you couldn’t be more wrong. After walking back to your dorm, you decide to hang out in a friend’s room to close out the night. It looks like there’ll be a happy ending, right?
  5. ~Death~– One thing leads to another, and you find yourself in the bathroom, not in a good state. At this point, you’ve made some sort of scene and have attracted too much attention to yourself. Your friends keep checking on you, and you try to convince them and other spectating floormates that you are totally fine. However, they know better and someone eventually calls GERMS. If you haven’t guessed already, you are spiraling downwards, almost to the bottom.
  6. GERMS– You hit rock bottom when GERMS arrives.It’s important to note that you don’t have to go with GERMS if you’re coherent. Keep in mind that they are students too, and are not looking to get you in trouble or imprison you in the hospital. They’ll ask you a few questions to make sure you’re okay, and if you seem like you’ll make it, you can sign a release form and go back to your room. So, the ending isn’t exactly happy (if it was, GERMS wouldn’t be there in the first place), but it could be worse. If you’re not coherent and/or clearly not okay to spend the night on your own, you’ll probably have to go with GERMS to the hospital. You probably know the rest: you spend the night in the hospital, and the people there release you when they deem you to be okay. You’ll probably promptly run back to your room and fall asleep.
  7. The Morning After– If you actually went to the hospital, you’ll have to call your parents and tell them to expect a bill. You might look something like this.While your parents might look like this.It’s probably better to tell them the truth early on, just so they aren’t surprised and find out through a letter. If you didn’t go to the hospital, it’s up to you whether you want to tell your parents. If you think you have a problem, then you might want to do so. If you just want to put it behind you and learn from the past, it might be better to keep it a secret. Either way, the morning after your encounter with GERMS is sure to be interesting. People in this situation have described feeling shocked, embarrassed, angry, and even humored. It takes time to process how you hit rock bottom in the span of a few hours.

And just like that, we’ve completed the roller coaster.

While the idea of GERMS may seem humorous to some, it really is a big help to students in need. Part of the reason it’s so great is that the students who run it are very understanding and patient. Let’s just say that if it was my job to take care of drunk students all night long…I would probably go crazy.

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Overheard at Leo’s Night on The Hilltop

Banner - Leo 1789In case you live under a rock (or maybe just gave up Snapchat for a short while), tonight, Leonardo DiCaprio dined at famed Georgetown “You-Will-Only-Go-Here-With-Your-Parents” eatery, 1789. Naturally, a crowd of one hundred hopeful Hoyas scrambled from their indented Lau chairs (thanks, midterms) to catch a glimpse of the Oscar winning nominated actor with just a bit of chocolate tart crumb on his cheek.

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Here’s what your fellow Hoyas were saying at the scene.

“This is worse than waiting for my SAT scores.”

“I bet he’s eating with Bradley Cooper and DeGioia.”

“It’s midterm week. Leo, this is inconsiderate.”

“1789 isn’t even that great… like not even top five meals of my life.”

“Do you think GUPD will be called for back up?”

*Clarification: By 8:59 PM, in a turn of events no one saw coming, GUPD was, in fact, called for back up.

“Someone’s totally getting fired for this.”

“If it’s between a hoe and me seeing Leo, hoe is getting stomped.”

And when it was all over and 1789 security asked the onlookers to leave, this final plea was uttered:

“Swear to me, swear on Martin Scorcese, SWEAR ON ~TITANIC~ THAT HE’S GONE.”

There are some things that you just don’t want to believe.

The sad truth was, Leo had exited through a side door, and had been spotted by just a few saavy students. 4E is here to bring you the exclusive pics below:

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Be back soon, Leo! And best of luck at the Oscars!

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What is Your Study Soundtrack?

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It’s the night before your midterm, and in typical Georgetown fashion, you haven’t started studying yet. You attempt to read through your class notes and realize that you haven’t even been paying attention in class enough to take notes.

Wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could find a catchy way to remember all those facts If there was some way to absorb all that information without actually doing anything Well you are in luck, here is a list of musical soundtracks that will actually help you study.

U.S. History- Try “Hamilton”

Founding fathers in a rap battle, what more could you ask for?! This hiphop musical actually makes U.S. history seem interesting.

Any MSB class ever- Try “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

Because, let’s be honest, isn’t this the ultimate goal of the MSBro?

Spanish- Try “In the Heights”

Half this soundtrack is in Spanish, so just listen to it and you will be golden!

French- Try “Les Miserables”

This soundtrack is the perfect combination of emotional ballads and inspirational tunes, allowing you to cry your way through the French revolution and come out feeling empowered.

Bib Lit- Try “Godspell”

This musical is literately the story of Jesus. Even if you haven’t paid any attention in this class all semester, this soundtrack will save you.

Psychology- Try “Next to Normal”

The characters in this musical have more issues than The Hoya. Seriously, this family is cray.

Economics- Try “Rent”

This is literally the only thing you need to know for any Econ class.

Theology- Try “The Book of Mormon”

This will teach you everything you need to know about being a Mormon. Warning: You may be tempted to sing along, so this is not recommended for a cubical dweller. But, if you do, be prepared to get serious side eye.

Ecology- Try “Little Shop of Horrors”

This will teach you all about the intricacies of plant life. If you want to learn how to grow a man-eating plant, this is the musical for you.

So go ace those midterms, Hoyas!

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New Emojis on the Block

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IOS 9.1 has answered our prayers. According to BuzzFeed, the new update comes with over 150 new emoji characters. ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY!!

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These new emojis include:

The “Cheese” emoji: For when you really need a wine & cheese night or when you want to feel cheesy.

The “Taco and Burrito” emojis: Use them together, use them individually. But always use them at Chipotle.

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The “Sign of the Horns” emoji: For the inner biker guy or gal in all of us.

The “Middle Finger” emoji: FINALLY. Our society needed it. Now you can tell that super annoying person in your group chat how you really feel.

The “Popcorn” emoji: Finally, we can signal a movie night without expressing a single word.

The “Nerd” emoji: Very appropriate, given that it is midterms season.

The “Unicorn” emoji: ‘Cause we fancy like that.

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The “Poppin’ Champagne Bottles” emoji: I could have really used this one on the 21st…

The “Red Pepper” emoji: Use it in reference to the band or just a super hot food.

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That is only a few of them! Update to IOS 9.1 and see all the new ways you can express your emotions.

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Studying for Midterms: Freshman Year vs. Senior Year

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It is that time of year again, when Lau becomes our second home, Mai Thai delivery orders spike and classroom friendships emerge solely out of necessity.

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That’s right, midterm season has hit the Hilltop. While all my midterms are not this week, this “time off” has given me some time to reflect on this horrible time of year. The way I approach midterms nowadays is extremely different than my approach when I was a freshman. Time to take a trip down memory lane…

1. Study Guides:

Freshman Year: You take the time to collaborate with a variety of people to create the most comprehensive study guide in the planet. Naturally, you add your own information to it and even include reading summaries.

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Senior Year: Now midterms are a game of Google Docs, and how many smart people can you get to work with you and share their knowledge. There is no way your notes are indicative of what was taught, making finding that Google Doc key. If you think you need reading summaries, you are living in a delusional world. You have real life to worry about, HELLO.

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2. Study Groups

Freshman Year: Study groups are a jumping off point for friendships, buddies or whatever may have emerged. You struggle together and all pull your weight. Oh, those good times on Lau 2. Best Friends Forever.

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Senior Year: Take a look around your classroom and there is a good chance you don’t know the majority of people in your class. Ugh, don’t you hate being old? Midterms have become a game of “Who do you know?” and the more people you know, the better off you will be. There is much less of a chance of long term friendships in this case, these people will be here after you are gone. Now, that is just sad.

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3. Office Hours

Freshman Year: If you didn’t show up to your professor’s office hours at least once during midterms, you are doing something wrong. Naturally, you have to show up with a list of questions and be extremely prepared.

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Senior Year: Office hours is now about how much information can you get your teacher to tell you. There is no chance you know enough to ask a question. Time to learn by osmosis.

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4. Study Style

Freshman Year: You actually spend time looking good because you are going to Lau and are going to be around people potential love interests. You never know, what if you met the love of your life there? You heard that is a thing, right?

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Senior Year: If you make it to Lau, it is an accomplishment. If you look presentable, you get an award. You would only be caught looking better than SWUG-ish if you had an internship or an interview. Other reasons are not acceptable.

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5. Coping Methods

Freshman Year: The pain is over, thank god! Time to relax in your New South common room, try to find a good party and catch up with your friends. Not for too long though, those five classes will keep you significantly busy and you don’t want to fall behind!

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Senior Year: If you don’t have a drink in your hand at least an hour after your midterm, I will question your life choices. Is it a Monday? Who really cares? Do you? Are you sure you are a senior?

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Godspeed friends. Hope your internships, job searches, part time jobs and activities don’t get in your way of passing those midterms. We are rooting for you.

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The Aftermath of Midterms

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By now you’ve either powered through your midterms or had them delayed until after Spring Break by snow. You’ve stayed in Lau all night, made study guides, drank copious amounts of coffee and sat through hours of studying and preparation.

Ok, let’s be honest, AN hour of studying and preparation.

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Sounds about right

But now the pencils are down, the papers are turned in, so what’s left? What do you do in the wake of midterms, when the constant stress and studying is replaced by silence and free time?

Here are a few ideas:

1. Shred/burn all of your notes! Sayonara Suckers!! You definitely will not need those for finals or anything.

2. Rely on your pals to help you de-stress. There is nothing that a late night movie marathon cannot fix.

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3. You could also find that special someone to keep your mind off of the realization that you’ll be getting your grades back soon.

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4. President Underwood will be happy to keep you company while you contemplate your life choices.

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See, you’ll be fine in the long run.

5. Go out and experience the world… play in the snow, build a snowman or feel the rain on your skin. rain

Just remember, that as empty as you might feel right now, a whole new round of exams will start up after break. You’ll get to go back to those late night Lau parties, daily breakdowns and crippling self-doubt once more! So enjoy spring break while it lasts.

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Life Hacks: Midterm-Style

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Tis the season…

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Oh wait, not that season!!

EVEN BETTER: MIDTERMS SEASON!

4E is back and ready to help you combat them. In 2012 we told you some great tips, but have decided with all of the advancement in the world that we needed to elaborate and update our advice to catch up with the times:

  1. Relax. ‘nuf said.

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2. Take Breaks. Here are a few ideas:

Call that one weird uncle we know you have and ask him for life advice.

Prep for the upcoming weekend festivities by teaching yourself the infamous Hoedown Throwdown which is sure to come in handy.

Try to teach yourself a new language. Better yet, make up your own and share it with all your friends via the book of face (read: Facebook)! Then, only communicate using your new language when answering phone calls, texts and instant messages.

3. Make Plans.

Perhaps a full detail layout for your best friends wedding! She didn’t ask you to, but that’s what friends are for, right?

You’ve been assigned a secret mission to trek across the country. How will you do it? By foot, tricycle, a combination of the two? Better start working on logistics.

Maybe you’re concerned about retirement. If so, you could take a brief study break and research all of the possibly nursing homes throughout the world that cater to your specific tastes, accessibility, and climate.

4. Keep Working on Your Fitness.

Our primary suggestion would be to find an open building on campus during a busy time of the day and sprint up and down the stairs repeatedly while chanting a personal mantra or favorite chorus. Should you choose to pursue this phenomenal idea please do so dressed like this:

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5Stay organized. Sock drawer is priority.

6. Naps on naps on naps. (With a little twist). Dare you consider pulling an all nighter you must:

Do it in Lau: capitalize on the misery in anyway you can.

Bring your mattress. (SLUMBER PARTY!)

And Footy PJs.

And your retainer, do not forget your retainer.

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7. Reward yourself. (read: TREAT YO’SELF):

This can be done in a multitude of ways but we advise chocolate, excess carbs, Netflix, dancing, bananagrams, spinny chairs, sweat pants, friendship, rooftops, M street, Chipotle, running (or not running if that’s your thing), real mac n cheese, more footy pjs, people watching, guacamole, Snapchat, Buzzfeed, girl scout cookies, ice cream and so forth…..

Just Don’t Forget to Remember:

A number does not define you or your future.

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D.C. Boasts Strongest Brainpower in the Nation

WashingtonDC-IM2With midterms starting and the number of students spending late nights in Lau rising, many Hoyas are feeling stressed. But have no fear! At times like these, it’s important to take a step back and gain some perspective. Hopefully, a recently posted InTheCapital article can do just that.

In a new study produced by The Business JournalWashington, D.C., has come out as the biggest source of collective brain power in the country. Looking at 102 major markets and rating each market on its percentage of adults with high school diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees, the rankings placed D.C. at the top of the list. So, if Washington, D.C., earned the best brain power ranking (i.e, Washington, D.C. is smart) and Georgetown is located in Washington, D.C., then one can assume…

Of course, as humble men and women for others, Hoyas would never openly boast or brag. But, speaking as a completely objective third party with no personal interest in the matter, if The Business Journal, says so, why deny it?

To see more information on the study, which includes the District’s full percentages, click here. Study hard, Hoyas, and remember you can do it! Or at least do it long enough to get to spring break.

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How to Prep Properly for Spring Break

Spring BreakWhy does it seem like we just came back from winter break and we are already taking midterms? For everyone who feels like they can’t study for one more second or wake up early anymore: There’s still hope.

SPRING BREAK is only 12 days from today, and preparation time is officially upon us! If you still haven’t made plans, stop everything you’re doing, forget about your midterms (there are more important things in life) and start planning.

1. Find some friends Sorry, not sorry, family, but this week is for getting away from the Hilltop while taking some of the Hilltop with you. Plan a trip with a group of your closest friends, with your favorite club or sports team or even with those friends you haven’t seen for the past few months and need to see again.

2. Look for the best destination Consider nightlife, money, fun activities and weather. Here are some recommendations…

  • California If you want to feel young, wild and free, consider flying out to the West Coast. It is definitely not that mainstream of a plan, and possibilities range from camping in the wild to roadtripping around Cali to visiting San Francisco or just hanging out on one of the many beaches. And consider that California boys and girls are undeniable! You might want to have a share…
  • Miami, South Beach: Good food (well, everything not related to Leo’s is good food), a nice beach and the best nightlife possible sounds like a full package to me. Plus, traveling inside the country might be easier and cheaper.
  • Islands around Latin America or the Caribbean I recommend Punta Cana, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta or the Bahamas. These are my favorite of all the options, but I’m obviously biased because I just bought my ticket to Punta Cana. Say ciao to this cold winter and welcome the sun from these tropical islands. Palms, white sand, crystalline water, all-inclusive hotels, exotic cocktail drinks, concerts in the sand, PARTY, PARTY, PARTY. You will have the opportunity to get that piercing you always wanted (but your parents did not let you have), go parasailing, get a henna (or real) tattoo or just do nothing in a hammock.

3. Talk to your parents Now that you’ve decided where to go, show them how much you’ve worked during midterms and how much you love them. It’s all a matter of being convenient and praying for mercy.

4. Prepare Create multiple music playlists, go shopping for sexy bikinis, go to Yates as much as you can (in two weeks, miracles might happen) and, whatever you do, ignore the calorie count picture in the bathroom stalls around campus; we don’t want you to get depressed.

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5. Study now Work, work, work. When spring break comes, you should not have pending work to distract you from relaxing! Remember: In 12 days, you’ll just be disconnecting from everything.

Buena suerte con todo, Hoyas! And start booking if you haven’t already!

Photos: Lupita Humbert for The Hoya, mi9.com

Friday Fixat10ns: Just Keep Swimming

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I’m sure by now everyone has heard enough about midterms.  Sadly, they aren’t quite done. Many of us still have one more tough week, and only then will we be home free for Thanksgiving.  Today’s Friday Fixations is a playlist designed to motivate you, pump you up and just make you feel good through this final stretch.

1. One Week – Barenaked Ladies You’ve got just one more week to make it through and you’ll be hard-pressed to find an instance when this song can’t cheer you up.

2. Gotta Get Through This – Daniel Bedingfield The title pretty much says it all; you’ve just gotta’ get through this, and then you can go home and stuff your face with turkey!

3. Dream On – Aerosmith My personal favorite song, this inspirational hit pushes you to aspire for that “A” and makes you believe you can achieve it.

4. Stronger – Kanye West Contrary to what some people say, midterms won’t actually kill you.  After they’re done, you’ll just be a test-taking machine.

5. You Can Get It If You Really Want – Desmond Dekker One of the most positive songs I know, its catchy, upbeat melody and optimistic lyrics make this Desmond Dekker smash a perfect study song.

6. Rise Above It – Lock, Stock and Barrel If this song could inspire the Jamaican Bobsled team to run through the Canadian winter in the movie Cool Runnings, it can inspire you to eek out that last bit of studying!

7. Carry On My Wayward Son – Kansas There’s nothing like some good old-fashioned classic rock to tell you to “just keep swimming”.

8. If You’re Going Through Hell – Rodney Atkins This is country music’s take on the whole situation; as the song says, “when you face that fire, walk right through it,” because you are almost done.

9. The Final Countdown – Europe This one is pretty self-explanatory as well.  But nothing says “you’re almost there” like a little bit of Europe.

10. You’re The Best – Joe Esposito Made famous in the original Karate Kid, Joe Esposito sends you a friendly little reminder to put a smile on your face walking into that last midterm.  You’re the best!

Good luck Hoyas, and don’t forget to bookmark this playlist for Study Days, too!

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