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When Opportunity CALLs

When I applied to transfer to Georgetown University last winter, I would have never imagined that my first semester would have been at the Capitol Applied Learning Labs (CALL). And while I was definitely excited to leave my former institution, I was absolutely stoked to have the chance to live in downtown Washington, D.C., and experience everything our nation’s capital has to offer.

When opportunity CALLs, dog answers😎
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During my initial introduction to the CALL, a huge emphasis was placed on the CALL’s design as an experiential learning semester. We’re now on week 11 of the fall semester, and I can confidently say that this semester has been full of new experiences, personal growth and learning. For starters (and a little bit of context), CALL students live in fully-furnished apartments in NoMa, a neighborhood in downtown D.C. named for its location north of Massachusetts Avenue (I know, creative). We are a 15-minute walk from the Law Center and Union Station and a short metro ride away from just about anything else we could want to see or do! 

The CALL Students while exploring downtown D.C.
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The CALL students while exploring downtown D.C.
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Instead of writing a clunky and long article about how much I enjoy living in the heart of D.C., I’m going to go over some opportunities and obstacles (because pros and cons just don’t cut it) from my time in the CALL in case you ever consider signing up for an unforgettable semester. :)


OPPORTUNITIES:


1. Create your own experience! The CALL is designed to be an experiential semester of learning, and that can take form in so many different ways. Most students have an internship (that they get to choose!) as part of their program or a studio-based class. I’m in one of the studio-based classes, “Consulting for Social Impact,” where we are completing consulting projects with three different social impact organizations local to D.C.! I also have the time for a part-time internship, and have extended my summer internship at Life Pieces To Masterpieces (a phenomenal organization). Of course, I could have chosen to keep my schedule open, or worked to find a completely different internship, but that’s the beauty of the CALL — you truly can make it anything you want! The possibilities are endless, and the central location broadens the horizon for even more opportunities. Even better is that it does not cost any more than a normal semester on the Hilltop!

2. The community is absolutely amazing. Take it best from a transfer who up and left the only place and people they had known for the past two years. My biggest concern when transferring was just being able to escape rural Virginia, followed by getting a similar aid package, and then worrying about whether or not I would fit in. The CALL is a small group of students (approximately 30 this semester), which allows for a lot of bonding opportunities — even if most of us have busy schedules with our internships. Every Friday the CALL buys us lunch, giving us an hour of fellowship, food and fun in the student lounge. 

Saturday brunch in our apartment!
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3. Location, Location, Location! I’ve said it before, and I have to say it again. We are in the heart of the District! Not only is it easy for us to go to the monuments at midnight, but there are so many places to explore and things to do. Walking a couple blocks in any direction will land you in an entirely different neighborhood that is just as unique as the next. My favorite part about where we are has to be the daily view of the Capitol. The CALL campus is only a couple blocks away from the Capitol, and that closeness never gets old. While Georgetown has its historical charm, the broader district has so much more to offer.

Midnight monumenting
Courtesy James McGee
Our daily view
Otice Carder/The Hoya

4. Train to be the next Gordon Ramsay! Part of the experience of the CALL is getting to experience life as a young professional. Our meal plans are given to us in the form of debit dollars and grocery store gift cards so that we can go shopping (at the grocery store conveniently on the corner of our block) and cook for ourselves. The possibilities are endless with this one, and if cooking is something you really enjoy, the open kitchen and high-end appliances make it all the more enjoyable. Another obvious bonus is that you can brush up on your food handling skills, so that you won’t have to worry about giving food poisoning to yourself or your roommates.

I’m a big fan of baking, and bake just about every Thursday for our community lunches on Fridays. I stopped baking when I left home my first year, but I have quickly found my groove again. If buying random ingredients from the store and turning them into something delicious was a hobby, I would be its most ardent hobbyist. 

Cinnamon rolls!
Otice Carder/The Hoya
Otice Carder/The Hoya

OBSTACLES:


1. The commute to the Hilltop. You may be wondering, “How do I get to the Hilltop?” The answer? Public transportation! While the GUTS bus from the law center only runs roughly every hour and a half, there are other ways to utilize GUTS in combination with the Metro to get to campus! First, CALL gives us each a MetroCard and will reload it constantly. Yes, that means unlimited sightseeing, adventures, and explorations. And while the fight to bring the UPass Program to the Hilltop continues, the CALL is ahead of the game on this one. You can take the Metro (the Red Line NoMa stop is a block away from our current apartments) to either Dupont Circle or Rosslyn and then take the GUTS bus from there to the Hilltop. Those buses run every ten minutes, which is a lot more convenient than the law center GUTS bus.

It is still a little tricky and can be slightly time consuming (especially with the Metro delays that they have going on right now), which is why I’ve listed it as a potential obstacle. I grew up in a small town in West Virginia with no public transportation whatsoever, so you can imagine my continual fascination with the ability to get anywhere in D.C. using the Metro. I enjoy using public transportation, but if it’s something you despise, it would definitely be an obstacle during your time at the CALL.

2. Guy Fieri won’t hire you to work at his kitchen. The task of cooking for yourself may be daunting, and, with the buttload of opportunities and possibilities that ensue from a create-your-own experience program, potentially even overwhelming. While this is listed as a potential obstacle (understandably so), it is one that I think can easily be overcome. As long as your knife handling skills don’t put you at risk, a little practice can go a long way. Make it a low-stress environment and in no time you’ll be ready to answer the CALL (see what I did there) as Guy Fieri’s next executive chef. After all, the point of an experiential learning semester is to learn from new experiences, right? :)

4E’s own, Lincoln Le, taught our apartment how to make dumplings!
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Take this list of opportunities and obstacles as you will. I’m a huge fan of learning and growing from unique experiences, which may slightly sway how I feel about the CALL program. The CALL provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on your passions while giving you the tools to create an experience that is enriching and meaningful to you. College is a time to try new things, meet new people, and learn more about yourself along the way. Being able to create your own experience for a semester tailored to your personal interests is a great way to do that, and it will undoubtedly make your collegiate story even more unique than the next.

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School and The City: Midterm Blues

There’s something cool about being a “blogger.” It’s casual, intimate, quick. But our posts here at the 4E don’t always give you a glimpse into the person behind the screen. I’m here to change that. I bring to you the inaugural edition of “School and the City,” a column in which I tell you everything about all things Georgetown.

Now if inspiration had struck me a couple months earlier, maybe you’d be hearing about the highs and lows of moving in, joining clubs and making friends. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Instead, it’s post-Halloweekend on top of the dreaded second wave of midterms, and I can’t help thinking, “How is such a festive time so stressful?” I was supposed to be going out from Thursday to Sunday, each night sporting a different — but equally quirky and sexy — costume at a different “no questions asked” bar in Adams Morgan. This was in no way, shape or form bound to happen. I have to work my part-time job every day this weekend, study for two midterms on Monday and continue applying for clubs. 

That’s the thing about Georgetown. You don’t go to a selective school and expect it to be unicorns and rainbows all the time. Ask anyone, and I promise they’ll tell you that. Still, it sure would be great if it were easier sometimes. No one talks about how demoralizing it can be on the Hilltop. The competition doesn’t end, and neither does the work. Lately, I feel myself being pulled in every direction and forced to sacrifice my social life for the work-heavy lifestyle that almost every student here is forced to adopt, which is definitely very far from the whole “college is a movie” thing I’ve heard so much about. 

I went away that weekend (in between work of course). This was my fourth time going away from campus in the 11 or so weeks we’ve been here. Honestly, it’s such a breath of fresh air. Regardless of everything I do like about this school, sometimes it’s nice to go to a frat party where no one asks you about internships, classes, or what school you’re in. Plus, it’s a reminder that you don’t always need to carry that stress of competition around with you, and you can even do it as a sexy pirate.

Eri and Maggie’s Squid Game Review

Warning: This article may contain spoilers of Squid Game Season 1

If you have been on any form of social media the past month, you must have heard all about the new Netflix series, Squid Game. I felt the need to watch it as soon as it came out: As a K-Drama addict myself, why wouldn’t I? Now, this is something I don’t like to brag about, but I stayed up until 2 or 3 AM to finish some episodes in the midst of midterm season. Would I recommend you do that normally? Obviously, not. But, Maggie and I can guarantee you that Squid Game is an exception, and it is worth losing a few hours of sleep for a few days (or one day if you are brave enough to binge everything in a night). Here, we will give our own reviews on the series; while we will *try* to not spoil anything big, there are no guarantees… sorry :(((

Premise

Squid Game is a dystopian series where the contestants compete against each other in six childhood-inspired games with deadly twists. The one surviving winner obtains a cash award. Although the participants chose to take part in the games, they were predetermined as those who are in charge of the game picked people who are suffering from crippling debt and would most likely want to gamble their lives for money. 

Eri’s Review

To start off, let me say that Squid Game takes you on such an emotional rollercoaster. The majority of the times that I have cried on campus so far have been by watching this series. As someone who doesn’t cry often, this is a pretty big deal. Let me say the two characters that I got especially emotionally attached to (I will not be spoiling if they die or not):


1. Ali Abdul (Player #199)

Ali is an absolute sweetheart. From the moment he saved Gi-hun (Player #456)’s life in “Red Light, Green Light,” he’s had my heart. Even in this dystopian world where you literally are in a situation of life and death, he still manages to care about the other people in the game and always puts their lives out first. He’s too precious and too good for this world that it’s so so sad to see when he gets taken advantage of. If he’s not your ideal significant other, I can’t talk to you.

I mean, look at him. He’s literally glowing and, overall, adorable.
Source: NBC News

2. Kang Sae-byeok (Player #067)

As with the millions of other people who have watched the series, I am absolutely obsessed with Sae-byeok. First of all, she is so, so gorgeous. While she was risking her life playing the games, I couldn’t stop myself from saying “Wow, she’s so pretty” every few scenes (my friends can attest to this).  I definitely wasn’t the only one because the actress who played the role, HoYeon Jung, gained 13 million followers on Instagram in less than 3 weeks. 

She just *cries* looks perfect. Her hair, her skin, everything.
Source: Insider

In the series, she also has an amazing backstory: She escaped from North Korea with her brother, and she joins the game to be able to get him out of an orphanage and live with him. It makes sense why she doesn’t trust most of the other players in the game, I’m sure that more than 80% of them were snakes. 

For introducing me to these two amazing characters, I give the series 4.5/5. I took the 0.5 points off because the ending was not satisfying; it was as if they were asking Netflix to make another season, but I would have been fine with one season with all the original characters. However, I guess the series got it right, it really does come down to money at the end of the day…

Maggie’s Review

Before I hop into things, I wanted to preface this by saying that I watched the whole series in one day in two-times speed. Yes, that’s right. I like watching my kdramas like how my Philosophy professor lectures – at the speed of light. 

I would say Squid Games is one of the best thriller kdramas I have watched, and, trust me, as someone who’s watched over 100 kdramas (give or take), you definitely want to take that to heart. 

Its unique dystopian twist combined with its commentary on economic inequality keeps watchers on their toes while subtly critiquing the debt-infused system many citizens are lured into by loan sharks and debt collectors. Watchers are so engaged that many have attempted to interpret the director’s purpose of Squid Games – coming up with all sorts of theories about Squid Game’s purpose from a critique on neuroliberal capitalism to a warning against communism. But, whatever the political message behind it is if there even is one, it’s a great drama. 

And now, since Eri went over her favorite characters, I want to take the liberty to go over my favorite character. Drumroll please…

Han Mi-nyeo! 

God, what a misleading picture. Anyway – unlike Eri – I won’t spoil anything, you can thank me later. But, her character is definitely iconic. If you have watched the series, you know why. If you haven’t, be prepared to love and hate her all at once. Take that how you will. I know for sure, I will be looking at bathrooms differently for the next few months…

Overall, I give Squid Game a 4/5 stars rating. I’m not a big fan of thrillers and all the gory blood effects so that’s where the 1 point deduction comes from. Granted, that is a biased rating: taking off a point simply because of the genre it is. Anyway, if you haven’t watched it, what are you even doing? Jump on the bandwagon already! And for all my peeps without Netflix, steal your roommate’s password! If you need any kdrama recommendations or any sites to  *legally watch them, you know where to contact me!

Closing Remarks

Squid Game is definitely worth the hype and a great way to get exposed to kdramas for those who have never watched any. Plus, you can join the trend of making dalgona cookies for a fun cooking process with a tasty reward at the end.

Reviewer’s Eri and Maggie Out.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Losing Your Ren Faire Virginity

Everyone remembers their first: the turkey legs, the mead, the ornate costumes, the jousts. Or maybe you don’t. Maybe you never will. Nevertheless, for those looking to branch out or gain a bit of knowledge beforehand, here are my Do’s and Don’ts of your first time… at the Ren Faire. 

Do: Dress up! 

The costumes are what sell the experience, and if you don’t have anything to wear, that’s no problem. Around almost every corner there are vendors selling folk-ware, ranging from elf ears and flower crowns to entire pirate ensembles and artisanal suede cloaks. 

Don’t: Expect to use Apple pay. 

They didn’t have Venmo in the 1500s! Sure, maybe they could’ve picked up contactless payment during the plague, but hindsight’s 20/20 on that one. Instead, bring cash, sacks of gold, or some valuables with which you can barter. 

Do: Come with an empty stomach.

Part of the fun of Ren Faire is trying all the weird foods you would only see there. Besides the obviously popular turkey legs to be washed down with meads and ales, the faire will typically have tents with cuisine from all parts of the world. You can try Mediterranean, East Asian, Mexican, Irish, Nordic, and North American goods all in the same picnic area.

Pro tip: Go to the shortest line if you’re really hungry. All the food is so good, you won’t be missing out on the 45 minute donut wait. 

obligatory picture of me eating fajitas at Ren Faire

Don’t: Try to cram everything into a couple hours.

Take it from me. I was to be traveling back to Washington, D.C., the day I went to the New York Ren Faire, and even with the six hours I was there, I felt like I could’ve spent the whole weekend without even scratching the surface of what the faire had to offer. Get a schedule of the shows and performances they have planned, and try to see as many as possible. After all, they are the only things included in the price of admission (around $25), and you may as well make the most of your money. 

Do: Use the Ren Faire jargon.

If I’m not hearing “Huzzah!” at least every fifteen minutes, why even go? In all seriousness, get into the spirit of Ren Faire! Even if it isn’t particularly your scene, it has something for everyone! The most fun way to be involved in the faire is to really immerse yourself in the 1500s, for the most part. You may not be losing stool in the streets, but the port-a-potties will be labeled “latrines.”

Overall, the Ren Faire is what you make of it. If you want a really fun day full of living it up in your best wench-wear, then I highly recommend going. I’m just here to make sure your first time is a memorable time, whatever that may be.


My First ~Official~ Month as an On Campus College Student in Review

My life is currently spiraling out of control (yay midterms!), but hey, so is Georgetown University, so at least I’m not in it alone. Midterms kicked my butt while also providing me with the academic validation that I so desperately needed. So, I guess I can’t complain too much, but I still will. As a sophomore who spent last year online, being on campus for the first time is definitely a new experience. I’ve officially been on campus for over seven weeks (ignore the title, because as I said, yay midterms!) and it’s been wild. Ok, so this isn’t really a ~one-month~ review, but what are you gonna do about it? Be prepared for some major word vomit about my first official month on campus as a college student.

How I felt before my midterms.
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My first night here, I obviously had to go see what was happening on the Vil A rooftops. I was immediately disappointed when the first thing someone said to me was, “Are you a first-year?” I said, “No, I’m a sophomore.” And this boy had THE AUDACITY (because if boys have anything, it’s the audacity) to say, “Oh, so you’re basically a first-year.” Of course I had to ask how old this inquisitor was, to which he responded with “a junior.” I mean, doesn’t that basically mean he’s a sophomore by his logic??? I think the Class of 2024 has a collective frustration with this.

An accurate representation of how I react internally when people call me a first-year.
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We already missed a whole year of college. We are already upset that we know virtually nothing about this school,.YOU DON’T NEED TO KEEP REMINDING US!!! And the worst part is it’s not just annoying boys on Vil A rooftops, but it’s also the girl working at Outdoor Voices when I went with my friend to pick up her online order, parents who come to visit campus, their friends and everyone else!!! It’s just obnoxious at this point. I think being here for a month should count me officially as a sophomore now because otherwise I’m going to be a junior whom people are calling a sophomore. If that’s the case, maybe I should get a refund on my first year and Georgetown can keep us sophomores here for another year. However, I’m not too sure if we want that right now though because this school feels like it’s falling apart. 

I don’t even think I can list all the problems this school has had in the last month on one hand. First, there were the extremely long lines at Leo’s the first few days. Not sure why I waited for over 30 minutes to eat uncooked chicken, but I guess I was just too naive considering I’m a “first-year.” (Please note the sarcasm.) 

My reaction to my first bite of Leo’s after a summer of home-cooked meals.
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Then of course there were difficulties with the mailroom. I was only slightly bothered by the weeklong processing delays to receive my packages after they were delivered. What bothered me more was when they just lost two of my packages and then ghosted my emails. The packages were successfully located weeks later, but it was rather inconvenient considering one of them was a textbook for my psych class that put me weeks behind in the reading. When I was at home last year, I definitely don’t remember having this many problems receiving my packages. Sometimes my mom or my sister would intercept them, thinking it was for them, or my mom would try to teach me a lesson for buying so much online and steal my packages until I inquired about them. 

The way things are going, it’s honestly possible.
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The school might be falling apart, but hey, so are all of the students. The unprecedented early flu outbreak was enough to wipe out all of us.

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Speaking of sickness, I obviously can’t forget about frat flu/common cold. It’s not like I could forget about it because it’s like every day in class I have someone coughing down the back of my neck. The common cold just seems angry that it lost a whole year of terror to COVID-19, so it came back fighting. Every time I’m sick, I try to remember all those glorious times when I was healthy. Naturally the university is only really concerned with your well-being if you have norovirus, coronavirus, or the flu. Those with the common cold are told to suffer in silence. Or in the back of class coughing on everyone because apparently professors are not expected to accommodate students unless they have COVID-19 because “life is normal now.” Yeah, right. 

Live footage of the person sitting behind you in class.
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How would I best describe my first month on campus as a college student? Lit, crazy, movie. With a side of sickness.  (I’ve also been spending too much time on TikTok if you couldn’t tell.)

Header Image: Alexander Brown / The Hoya

Do You Want to be The Next Georgetown Survivor?

This article contains spoilers for the first three episodes of “Survivor” season 41.
Do you want to be the next Survivor?

We’ve all been following Liana Wallace (MSB ’23) on “Survivor” all season, and rightfully so—it’s a lot more interesting than watching those five econ lecture recordings you’ve had queued up for the past week. To catch up on her last two episodes, here’s a recap: Liana formed an all-girls alliance, and she slayed the balance beam. Her team unfortunately lost the Immunity Challenge in the second episode, but luckily, Liana remained safe for the rest of the episode. In the third episode, she sadly missed an obvious clue, prompting the title of the episode: “Her Million Dollar Mistake.” However, Liana won Tribal Council and is safe until next week.

Now, you’re probably thinking: how can I be on “Survivor”? I don’t have the skills (or time) for that. However, little did you know that Georgetown University has been preparing you this entire time.

Nutrition
If you’re worried about eating strange, exotic foods on the island, you’re more prepared than you think. A crispy catfish sandwich has prepared you for anything that may come your way. Also, each contestant is given a bag of rice, which we’re all too familiar with as the go-to substitute for any of the questionable Leo’s specials of the day, made al dente of course.

Physical Ability
Even if you aren’t a Yates gym rat, you’re better off than most. Racing up the ICC steps to get to class or up the New South hill after Leo’s would allow you to pass any fitness challenge with flying colors.

Ruthlessness
In “Survivor,” you have to fend for yourself. If you know anything about club culture at Georgetown, you’re scrappy. You will be one of those 5% of students who gets into The Corp and will run over your fellow classmates to do so. Similarly, the audition process for “Survivor” is rather lengthy, containing multiple rounds of cuts. If you applied for any club here at Georgetown, you’re already prepared.

Alliances 

A big part of “Survivor” is making alliances, like Liana’s all-girl team. At Georgetown, you have to survey the people in your class on day one and figure out who to sit next to. Gauging who’s fake and who’s not — who’ll give you the notes when you’re suffering from a bout of food poisoning and who’ll gatekeep them — is an essential skill. Once you perfect that skill, your tribe is ready to go.

Lau
I think this speaks for itself. If you’ve spent more than three hours in the life-sucking environment of Lau holed up in a cubicle, you’ll be able to survive any barren wasteland you’re thrown into. This is a type of endurance that can’t be learned anywhere else.

Even if it offers nothing else, Liana can always thank President John DeGioia (CAS ’79, GRD ’95) for the cura personalis education that’s helped her last this long on “Survivor.” And maybe one day, with luck, we’ll see more Hoyas on the show.

Dear Consulting: Please Let Me In

It’s the time of year where eager first-years and burnt-out sophomores and juniors send in their hopeful applications, dress up in their suits for interviews, and make it to the last round of interviews — only to face that final rejection. Georgetown fosters this toxic club culture where students with no prior experience are extremely disadvantaged from joining competitive clubs that heavily favor students with prior experience. Club culture’s exclusivity leaves inexperienced students feeling as if they only have two options: simply not apply or apply and wait for the rejection.

Not to name clubs specifically (consulting) but Georgetown’s club exclusivity perpetuates an interesting paradox. Students curious about new fields look to clubs as a way to gain experience but are often rejected if they do not have that experience. I’m not big on using comparisons, but it’s like the chicken and the egg: Without one, you can’t get the other.

If you’re someone like me who came from a public high school that didn’t offer every single club known to mankind, you’re already at a disadvantage. At my high school, clubs like mock trial, FBLA and model UN didn’t even exist. So, when I got to Georgetown, I saw these clubs as a way to explore my interests and learn about subjects outside my intended major…

As a government major, I was (surprisingly) interested in investing. I figured if Warren Buffett could have a net worth of $1 million by 30, I had about 13 years to catch up to him. Needless to say, I regret to inform you that the world has so far lost the opportunity to see all my investing potential.

If this all sounds excessively bitter, then it has successfully conveyed my purpose. My hope is that as Georgetown’s clubs grow and become more established, the club leaders of these exclusive and highly coveted clubs will focus on the establishment of novice programs for new members to integrate better and learn about the basics of the program before being thrown in headfirst. Expanding training programs for all or even creating shadowing programs for novices would help many eager students learn about the fields and causes the clubs support.

Anyway, instead of sulking about Georgetown’s club culture, I thought it’d be useful to compile a list of clubs that didn’t require you to win a Nobel Peace Prize, intern under Dr. Fauci, or discover a new chemical element. Apart from their open membership, these clubs give students the opportunity to meet peers in all different majors with similar interests. They often offer more of a noncompetitive environment with more flexibility and are great for students looking to explore their interests without having to commit a burdensome amount of time.

Undergraduate clubs:

Cultural clubs: Asian American Student Association, Armenian Student Association, Arab Society, Black Student Alliance, Central Americans United Student Association, Iranian Cultural Society, Japan Network, Korean Student Association, Latin American Student Association

I feel like this is pretty self-explanatory. I don’t think anyone’s going to bar you from your own culture or exploring others. This list in no way encompasses all the cultural clubs offered on campus!

Consulting: DCivitas

This one is for all my consulting rejects. Unlike the other heavily competitive consulting clubs, DCivitas prides itself on its open-membership policy. Even if you’re not a consultant, you can still participate in training programs, so when the next application period opens, you can try again — this time with experience.

Investing: Georgetown Collegiate Investing (GCI)

GCI requires no application, just that you attend the training sessions and pass a midterm. It might seem like a heavy commitment, but honestly, for a club that lets in people who aren’t in the MSB, it’s not bad.

International affairs: International Relations Club, Model UN (MUN)

This one I found really surprising. Considering how Georgetown’s MUN team is ranked No. 2, its open membership is something to definitely take advantage of. If it helps, my MUN friends are always raving about their conferences — and gatherings!

Law/debate clubs: Moot Court, Parliamentary Debate

To all my fellow Mock Trial rejects and aspiring law students, I have found some hopeful alternatives. Moot Court doesn’t require any applications. Parliamentary Debate does, but the process is fairly lax from what I have heard and experienced.

Political clubs: College Democrats (GUCD), College Republicans (GUCR)

For all my fellow students interested in starting political debates in the common room at 1 a.m., I’m happy to inform you that GUCD and GUCR have open membership and are a great way to become even more polarized!

School spirit clubs: Hoya Blue, Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program, and Georgetown Program Board

There’s nothing like cheering on our teams and being the literal embodiment of hype.

All joking aside, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to get into every single club to find your community. Despite my caustic remarks, getting into the most competitive clubs doesn’t mean everything. It definitely doesn’t hurt to apply, but don’t feel discouraged. Many open-membership clubs — like the ones listed above — do amazing work while providing similar experiences and resources to its members. As our amazing editor said, “People find their way to their community eventually, but it just takes time.”

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An Open Letter of Baby Names for Mr. John Mulaney (CAS ’04)

Dear Mr. Mulaney,

It has come to the attention of the Editorial Board of The Fourth Edition of The Hoya (membership count: 3) that you and Ms. Olivia Munn are to bear a child and raise it in this world.

Per the contract you signed so many years ago, as a young and bright first-year at our shared Georgetown University, we have compiled a list of child names from which you are to choose. 

We take great pleasure that you have contacted us and wish to uphold the bond of the contract, for a great many alumni before you have, as the colloquialism goes, “tossed us to the wind.” 

With no more delay, please take your time to peruse the below fifteen names we have collected for the birthright of your child, five of which we have selected as the best and for which we have provided a few brief lines of justification.

Best wishes to you and your young family,

Signed this last Thursday of September, Two Thousand and Twenty-one,

The Editorial Board of The Fourth Edition

Nota bene: all names are to be considered gender neutral

SECTION I: Ten Honorable, but Less Desirable Names

  1. Ryan 
  2. Bryan
  3. Jak
  4. Marc
  5. Claribelle
  6. Annabella-Marianna
  7. Marianna-Annabella
  8. Suz
  9. Tenderfoot
  10. Billy

SECTION II: The Five Great Names

5. John

We have selected John as the fifth place name for your consideration. First, it is simple, classic, and elegant. There are contained within it a plethora of nicknames for your child, such as Johnny, Johnnie, Jack, Jackie, Jacky, Johnson, Johnsonny, and Elf. Second, it is your name, and if your child (regardless of gender) bears such a name, it will solidify your legacy and bloodline, eliminating the chance that a pretender arises.

4. Olivia

Olivia is our fourth place name because it is your partner’s name. In the fifth century Annals of the Blog, it was tradition that all those who were bound to The Fourth Edition would bear the name of the mother. We also believe in the strength of the nicknames: Liv, Livy, Olive, Olivy, and GrubHub. This is a strong name, and your child would be proud to wear it.

3. Beowulf

A proud name of a strong and ancient king. We are aware that you read English under the tutelage of our alma mater, and we have presumed that you would appreciate the inclusion of such a persona as the king of the Geats. Your child would have to live up to the destiny of the great lord, but what is such a challenge to a Mulaney, if not butterscotch?

2. Bloggert

Bloggert, Blogbert, Blogginton, Blogson–it is poor form to suggest ourselves as the future name of your child, but we believe that we deserve it. We have taken the time to compile such a list, so why not honor our efforts? 

INTERLUDE: Honorable Mentions from Your Opus

  1. George St.Geegland
  2. J.J. Bittenbinder
  3. Mr. Finch (The Duck Guy)
  4. Bill Clinton
  5. The Guy Who Gave You A Prostate Exam
  6. “Proud Asian American Woman”

Finally…

1. Petunia

Was this not the name of a child you had in the past?

Post-script

Mr. Mulaney, we hope you have enjoyed this list and that we have caused no offense with our suggestions. We have meant well and do genuinely wish you and Ms. Munn a safe pregnancy process and wonderful, wonderful life.

Emily’s List of Under $15 Georgetown Favorites

I hate a lot of foods. Growing up, I was the notorious picky eater in the family, which led me down a very interesting path of eating boxed mac and cheese for dinner every night. Luckily, when I got older, my appreciation for healthy, nutritious food grew. Now that I’m at Georgetown, there is only one thing standing in the way of me eating these kinds of foods: the mandatory unlimited meal plan at the dining hall. 

If I could have had it my way, I would save myself the money and just pay for the least amount of swipes possible. Even better, in a perfect world, I would be cooking to my heart’s content and purchasing the food I actually want to eat every day. You see, I am unfortunately a perfect storm of picky meets health-conscious meets semi-vegetarian, and I don’t always find myself enticed by my choices at the Table at Leo’s. It’s true they have salad, vegetarian and halal stations to accommodate many dietary restrictions, but these stations seem to rotate on a very limited — and very repetitive — menu and could honestly offer more when it comes to healthy, filling options. 

I don’t want to waste the money I was forced to spend on the meal plan; however, sometimes I just cannot bring myself to go to Leo’s. For those of you who also find yourself in this position, I have taken it upon myself to compile “Emily’s List of Under $15 Georgetown Favorites (For Times When Leo’s Is Not Your First Choice).”

You’re welcome.*

*Disclaimer: If you have the stamina to walk to Trader Joe’s and the gumption to use your common room kitchen, go for it. I, however, am not one of those people. 

Breakfast: 

Uncommon Grounds

I know, I know, the coffee is a bit on the expensive side, but speaking as a girl who, not kidding, eats breakfast there every day, it’s not terribly priced. It’s even pretty comparable to Starbucks and less expensive than Saxby’s, the nearest off-campus option. In fact, today I got a large iced tea and a bagel for $5.85, and I’m still convinced someone inputted the total incorrectly. Plus, you can use Flex dollars, so it feels like it’s free (until you check your virtual wallet). Regardless, the less money I’m spending on my debit card, the better. 

Pro tip: If you’re really committed to the saving grind, and, like me, cannot resist bagels, save $3.25 on the sun city at Call Your Mother and get the bacon-less version. Just add takeout bacon from Leo’s. 

Lunch:

Falafel Inc.

I don’t even have to explain this one. I know it’s good. You know it’s good. We both know it’s cheap ($3!). Enough said. Pro tip: Mix the garlic and habibi sauces together and thank me later. 

Bluefin Sushi

Located on the canal near Thomas Jefferson Street, the spot is a little tucked away, but it is amazing. The regular rolls are $6 to $7, and around lunchtime, you can get a combo order of three rolls for around $14, which, if you’re comparing it to buying the sushi from Leo’s or Vittles, is a much better deal. Only downside: If you’re living on campus, be prepared for a bit of a walk. 

Good Stuff Eatery

Though not exactly a secret in the Georgetown community, the name rings true. If you ever find the dining hall chicken sandwiches to be a little not to your liking, then take a trip down to M Street. Their burgers run around $9, which is on the higher side, but they get bonus points for all the sauces.

Dinner:

Oki Bowl

Right off Wisconsin Avenue, Oki Bowl is an experience. The Japanese fusion cuisine hits the spot and doesn’t break the bank; their popular oki curry ramen is $17 and is a large enough portion to have leftovers for the next day. So, when you think about that price as split over two dinners, it definitely falls under affordable.

Chaia Tacos

On Grace Street, Chaia sells vegetarian tacos for $4.50, including my favorite, the creamy kale and potato taco. They’re perfect if you’re not too hungry and even better if you’re not looking to spend a lot and your friends want to grab dinner with you. There is no room for FOMO on this list.

Dahlgren Quad

On any random night of the week, Dahlgren will have its white party-hosting tent packed with people, and even better, caterers. Obviously, I do not advocate for stealing catered food, but if you walk past at the end of the event and see a lot of leftovers, just ask the event coordinators if you can take some. It’s better than wasting food, and it’s free. Win-win.

Charcoal Town Cafe

I am — subjectively — the biggest shawarma fan. I love it. I could eat it for every meal. If you don’t want to do the Falafel Inc. ~vegan shawarma~, Charcoal Town Cafe has a chicken shawarma wrap for $9, and for $3 more you can add on seasoned fries. Very worth it.

Drinks:

Wawa

I know what you’re thinking. Wawa? For drinks?? Yes. Not for just any drinks — for coffee. The large iced coffees are incredibly cheap, huge and sugary enough to keep you energized on the hunt for your next cheap eat. If you’re a over 21 Hoya who isn’t on the meal plan, this is also the go-to spot for mixers.

Mai Thai

If you’re a living, breathing (21+) person at Georgetown, you’ve been to Mai Thai. You’ve had drinks there. You know about the $13 pitchers during happy hour. That’s why you keep coming back. We all do.

BeuTea

I have only scratched the surface of all the amazing Asian and Asian-inspired restaurants in Georgetown, but the other day, I went into BeauTea and got a large Golden Ginger Tea for $4. *chef’s kiss*

A Random Henle

If you ever find yourself particularly parched on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, just show up to a random Henle with a suspiciously large crowd of people outside, and I can almost guarantee that you will find something inside to quench your thirst. Just don’t offer to pay for it.

Bonus!

Emily’s List of Cheap Eats That Are Simply Not Worth It:

  1. First Bake (sorry, overrated)
  2. 90 Second Pizza (I don’t know how they conned people into believing it’s cheap, but where I’m from you can get a slice of pizza bigger than their pies for $2)
  3. Foxtrot Market (sadly, it does not live up to this list’s standard of “cheap”)