How To: CHARMS

Is it time for you to find your first ever college roommate? Get excited for a year (or four) of pillow talks, impromptu dance parties, sexiling and shared bathrooms! Finding/having a roommate is nothing to stress out about. In my opinion, you can have three outcomes: A. You may find and get to live with a newfound BFFL; B. Your freshman year roommate will be someone that you can get along with well enough (not the future best man in your wedding, but trustworthy and good for a couple of 2am heart-to-hearts); or C. Getting through the year may require some Facetime-enabled venting to your parents, but you’ll emerge (mostly) unscathed with some great stories to tell about your miscommunications.

Many of you will find your roommate using CHARMS (Campus Housing Roommate Matching System….CHRMS?), which is perhaps better understood as the college-roommate-version of Tinder. CHARMS has a curiously high success rate. Is it a match made in heaven? It’s actually more like a  match made by virtually dating other eligible roommate-seeking baby-Hoyas after comparing room temperature preferences and how messy neat you are. Using this bewilderingly successful forum is as much a rite of passage as Club Lau, getting lost in the ICC, DFMOing with a stranger on a Vil A rooftop and learning how to order an Epi quesadilla. In order to help you with this signature Georgetown experience, here are some tips and tricks to hopefully help make your CHARMS adventure a little ~easier~.

1. Use Facebook It is much easier to communicate via FB Messenger than on the CHARMS site itself. Using Facebook saves you from logging on to the Starrez Housing Portal to check messages and lets you see when someone has read your message. Additionally, friending your potential roomie on Facebook allows you to do some ~wholesome investigation~ to make sure that they were just as weird (and good at Photo Booth) in seventh grade as you were. Plus, this allows you two to tag each other in the comment sections of some stellar memes – objectively the most effective means of determining your compatibility.

2.  Be Honest

This is my biggest piece of advice. There are roughly 2000 people in your grade, so don’t worry about revealing yourself to not be 100% compatible with one of the ~three people that CHARMS initially matches you with based on your Living Preference Questionnaire (a series of mostly arbitrary questions) answers. Don’t claim to be the world’s most organized person if, in fact, a greater percentage of your clothing is lying on your floor rather than neatly hanging in your closet. No need to disclose the exact number of empty water bottles currently in your bedroom, but come clean (#notsorry) about some of your messier tendencies and find a roommate who will understand (rather than resent) your system of putting your dirty clothes on the floor when your laundry basket is full of clean clothes that haven’t been put away yet.

3. Some Helpful Translations

“I’m in the McDonough School of Business” I won’t have classes on Friday. I have an extensive collection of Vineyard Vines polos. In my free time I enjoy cracking open a cold one with the MSBros. “I’m pre-med” I have early morning lectures. Aesthetic: goggle lines post-three-hour chem lab. Celebrity crush: Neil deGrasse Tyson. “I’m kind of a NARP” Direct translation: I’m a Non-Athletic Regular Person. More accurate interpretation: I have little intention of ever setting foot in Yates Field House (Field Dungeon?), but might be persuaded to go to SoulCycle if we can get acai bowls at South Block after. “I LOVE The Office” I will tag you in an endless stream of Michael Scott memes. You better understand my frequent references and respond appropriately, and also support my “Prison Mike” Halloween costume.

4. Plan ahead, but be realistic!

Coordinating some logistics with your roommate ahead of time is a good idea. Figure out what items you might want to have, what will be shared and who is bringing/buying a mini-fridge, a clothes drying rack, cleaning supplies, etc. Just remember that most freshmen dorm rooms are on the smaller side. I was particularly lucky to score what seemed to be a glorified closet of a freshman dorm room—great for some roomie bonding, less great for housing two humans and too many Bed Bath and Beyond purchases. Bill Clinton did it and you can too, but don’t plan on buying a couch or bringing your pet elephant. Best of luck finding a roommate! Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, theodysseyonline.com

Soundtrack to Your Freshman Year

Healy_Hall_at_Georgetown_UniversityFreshman year is easily one of the most exciting times of your life.  You’re away from home, completely for the most part independent from your parents and left to fend for yourself.  You have a lot of new freedom, which also means a lot of added responsibility, but at this point you’re ready to take on anything.  While you’ll certainly experience a lot of highs and lows throughout the year, you’ll look back it with fondness and wish you could repeat it a thousand times over.

In order to chart the progression of your freshman year, 4E has decided to set your experiences to music.  For those of you just finishing your first year on the Hilltop to our seniors getting ready to take on the real world, everyone can relate to the craziness that ensues over the year.  For any members of the Class of 2019 reading this: take note.  You’ll be in D.C. before you know it, and you’ll want to know how to better expect the unexpected.

4E presents: Soundtrack to Your Freshman Year

1. Eighteen Cool (Hoodie Allen)You’re about to start your freshman year of college, and at this point high school is just a distant memory.  So long to questionable school lunches and classes that start at 7:30 AM.  You’re a college kid now!

2. Anything Could Happen (Ellie Goulding): You just moved into your dorm room (shout out to Harbin 4) and finally met your roommate after messaging all summer about mini fridges and comforter sets.  You can already tell that you’ll be best friends, and you couldn’t be any more excited about what the year has in store!

3. Young Blood (The Naked & Famous): The upperclassmen start to arrive on campus and you begin to realize that you’re on the bottom of the totem pole.  It’s ok though, being the youngest just gives you an excuse to make a ton of mistakes anyway.

4. All Night Longer (Sammy Adams)Your parents are gone and you’re all on your own making the rules as you go.  This college thing is pretty cool, no one is telling you to clean your room anymore and you could really get used to this.  Furthermore, you no longer have a bedtime or curfew.  Want to stay out until 5AM?  No one’s stopping you!

5. I Love College (Asher Roth): You’ve finally started figuring out the freshmen social scene at Georgetown.  You know where Brown House is and how to get to Pink House.  College is the absolute best and you can’t wait to tell all your friends about your super wild nights when you see them over break.

6. Opposite of Adults (Chiddy Bang): Things start to get stressful when you realize that you’re expected to juggle homework, extracurriculars and figure out how to do your own laundry.  College is fun, but sometimes you really just need your parents.  You’re definitely not ready to be an adult yet.

7. Home (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros): It’s your first finals season and there’s no place you’d rather be than at home with your family.  The count down to winter break begins, and time seems to pass at a ridiculously slow pace.

8. What’s My Age Again (Blink 182): You come back to school in January and decide to expand your horizons on the social scene.  Suddenly remembering your birthday becomes difficult.  We’re you born in 1992 or 1993?

9. Take Me Home Tonight (Eddie Money): With the expansion of your social scene comes the possibility of meeting new people.  You might even make such friends on a dance floor and decide to leave with them!

10. Drunk in Love (Beyonce): While you may think it’s love at first sight between you and your friend from the dance floor, it definitely won’t be in the morning.  Just because you both like pizza and are in the College does not mean it’s a match made in heaven.

11. Tipsy in the Sun (White Panda): The winter weather finally ends and it’s springtime.  The nicer weather brings out a strong affinity for pastels, Village A rooftops and a general disregard for school work.

12. Doses & Mimosas (Cherub): Congratulations, you’ve made it to your first Georgetown Day!  You’ve heard so much about this holiday from older Hoyas and you couldn’t be more excited to make memories you’ll never remember with people you’ll never forget.

13. And We Danced (Macklemore): It’s been one amazing year, but as finals wind down it’s time to pack up and head home for the summer.  You’ve danced, cried, laughed and made some of your best friends for life.  The separation from the Hilltop is only temporary though, you’ll be back in a few months and you honestly can’t wait!

Enjoy your summer, Hoyas!  We’ll see you back on the Hilltop in the fall for even more debauchery and good times.

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Georgetown Day: A Retrospective

TD_DrakeNWTS_4-639x420Hello, and welcome to the other side of Georgetown Day. I am happy to report that I made it through my first Georgetown Day alive and with my dignity (mostly) intact.

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In fact, my biggest Georgetown Day fail was ordering a Chicken Madness without cheese or mayo, which is probably considered a sin in almost every world religion. In addition to a lifetime of memories, I also gained two unidentified pairs of sunglasses, got a sunburn, took a nap on Copley Lawn and harassed someone into giving me a bite of their Burger Madness.

Although my Georgetown Day was fairly standard and uneventful, there are many things that could have happened that would have made the day a legendary mess. Here are a few things that could have turned Georgetown Day from fun to frightening:

  1. I did not fall off of a Vil A rooftop, end up hopelessly lost and wandering in the ICC, or jump into anyone’s Uber.

  1. I did not end up lost and confused in Bethesda or New Carrollton. My obsession with the Metro could very easily have resulted in disastrous consequences.
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  1. I did not end up on the bottom of the Tidal Basin. Side note: I am somewhat surprised that this has never happened to someone on Georgetown Day.

I’m glad you made it out of Georgetown Day in one piece. If you’re conscious and reading this, your life isn’t totally ruined beyond repair, so congratulations! Go forth and prosper with your new memories and stories from everyone’s favorite day of the year.

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GUGorNOT?

gobuckwildgugernautNow that Georgetown Day has come to an end, you’re probably ramping up for Guggernaut tonight. Okay, maybe you’re still in that head-pounding, ears-ringing phase, but you’ll rally when it counts. So some of you are probably wondering what Guggernaut even is. It took me a whole year to find out that it was GUGernaut and not JUGernaut; I know, I’m not the brightest of the bunch. But even if you were intelligent enough to understand that it’s a party related to GUGS, that still doesn’t explain the meaning of the word. So, here are a few guesses from yours truly.

1.  Guggernaut: German noun meaning little prancing ponies. You’re in for a surprise when you head up to Village A tonight. Lil’ Sebastian has returned!

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2.   Guggernaut: French noun meaning delicate salad tossers

3.   Guggernaut: Danish verb meaning to run around in circles naked. Now that’s my kind of party!

4.   Guggernaut: Finnish noun meaning large, scaly dragon. Game of Thrones theme!? I’m definitely coming dressed as Khaleesi.

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5.   Guggernaut: Old English verb meaning to rub your tummy after a long day. Sounds about right — this pretty much describes my Saturday.

6.  Guggernaut: Italian noun meaning a spontaneous breakout dance session.

So there you have it: What Guggernaut means in seven languages! Who knew one word could be important in so many cultures? But most importantly Guggernaut, whatever it might mean, is a Georgetown tradition. So drink your water, pop that Advil and get your butt to Village A tonight.

Photos: tumblr.com, thepenningzoo.com

How to Break Up With Your Roommate

o-BREAKUP-facebookHousing selection is on the horizon! Freshmen everywhere are wondering, “Will I get that Henle/Village A?” (Answer: With that 248 lottery number, keep dreaming.) Upperclassmen are considering whether or not to move off campus. But whether you’re in your first year or your third, you could have one thing in common: You might not want to stay with your current roommate. The problem is: They don’t know it yet.

We here at 4E understand this struggle and have developed a form letter for you to give to your soon-to-be ex-roomie. Just select the proper options and go! Slip it under her pillow! Display it prominently on his desk! Or, you know, tell her in person and be a mature adult.

A Form Letter for Breaking Up With Your Roommate

Hey, [name],

I don’t know about you, but when we met [on CHARMS/ on Facebook/ the first day of school/ in New South that one time/ just kidding we never met], you seemed [super chill/ very compatible/ the most willing to put up with my 3 a.m. drunk crying].

I was really [happy/ ambivalent/ secretly doubtful] when we agreed to be roommates for this year.

When we started hanging out together more during [NSO/ dinner in Leo’s/ just kidding we never hang out], I realized that you were actually kind of [a jerk/ flaky/ literally insane/ I have no idea what your personality is like because we don’t hang out].

And our room. Can we just take a moment to talk about a little thing called [our roommate agreement/ basic hygiene]?

I understand that maybe you’re not used to cleaning up after yourself, but that’s no excuse for [not taking out the garbage/ leaving your week-old sandwich on your desk/ not cleaning up last night’s vomit].

And, okay, maybe you’ve never lived with a roommate before, but that’s still no reason to [blast music at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday/ steal my stuff/ not clean up last night’s vomit].

Now, I know that I’m not perfect. Sorry about that time I [drunkenly ate everything in the fridge/ forgot to wake you up for that class/ said I was a “9” on cleanliness when I’m apparently about a “2”].

How about we just do the right thing and agree to find different roommates for next year? Because I may have already asked someone else …

Sorry [not sorry],
[Your name here]

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Housing at a Glance: Picking the Perfect Housing

With housing selection for freshmen fast approaching, there are lots of things to consider. Besides trying to find someone you are willing to live with for an entire year, you also have to consider which housing option to select. While everyone dreams of living in a Georgetown townhouse and leaving behind the days of awkward towel-covered and  flip-flop walks to/from the bathroom, there is something standing in the way: housing lottery numbers. Since there is no way to know what housing number will arrive in the inbox, it’s best to get your hopes up too high. Freshmen lucky enough to get relatively low numbers have decent chances of avoiding a communal bathrooms; with the majority of first-years, dorm life continues. For those confused about their options, take a look at our compilation of Hilltop housing.

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