Inside Georgetown: Take a Break

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Everyone needs to take a break from school work every now and again, and here’s a great list of shows to watch when you need to get your mind off of Micro.

(All shows are on Netflix unless otherwise stated.)

25 Minute Shows

Parks and Recreation: I genuinely believe this show made me a better person. Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) helps run the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana along with a creative and diverse set of characters. It’s a great show for lovers of comedy, local government, and waffles. If you’ve never seen it, make this show your next priority.

lucilleblinkArrested Development: This comedy series follows the life of Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) after his real estate mogul father is arrested and he has to keep his family together. There are four seasons of dry humor, with the last season produced by Netflix. Because of this, you can switch this show into a variety of different languages, which is a great way to study for listening tests in language classes. This is true for all Netflix originals.

Friends: This another show everyone has to see. It’s a classic sitcom, and even though it went off the air twelve years ago, it still fuels pop culture references in TV and movies. It’s fun to watch now and see how the world has changed since the show went on the air in 1994, from clothes and hairstyles to pagers.

The Office: Michael Scott (Steve Carell) plays the hilariously awkward boss for a paper-selling company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It features a lot of amazing characters like Dwight Shrute, and no one can beat Jim and Pam’s relationship.

mytreatMaster of None: The first and only season (so far) of Aziz Ansari’s show premiered exclusively on Netflix. He stars in the comedy, which has been celebrated for its diverse cast and creative plot lines. It doesn’t follow a traditional timeline, and he brings attention to real, everyday problems. You’ll feel every emotion watching this show, and since there’s only one season out right now, it’s not a huge time commitment.

50 Minute Shows

cjThe West Wing: This is my all time favorite show, and it’s a popular show among Georgetown students. This inspirational drama about the president and his staff highlights some real issues that still face our country. The cast is amazing and loveable, featuring the likes of Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, and Dulé Hill.

Madam Secretary: Another great DC political show. The show centers on Secretary Elizabeth McCord as she balances global crises, diplomatic responsibility, and commitments to her family. The show is high drama, and Georgetown’s campus is even featured in a few episodes. Those scenes are especially great to watch after you’ve arrived on campus, since they have used CGI to alter the campus landscape. Try and find the large bronze fountain on Healy Lawn or the Washington Monument on campus.

millie-freaks-and-geeksFreaks and Geeks: Taking place in 1980, this show focuses on the lives of Lindsay and Sam Weir as they navigate high school. The show takes on a lot of complex issues, such as bullying. Even the most minor characters in the show are extremely complex, and it helps defy the stereotypes we all subjected ourselves to in high school. On top of that, this show launched the careers of many of today’s household names, from James Franco and Seth Rogan to Jason Segel from How I Met Your Mother. This show also only lasted one season, so it’s a low time commitment show.

Grey’s Anatomy: Someone will always be watching this show in your floor’s common room. The popular hospital drama features a lot of cliffhangers and tears, but it has been nonetheless beloved by millions.

NCIS: This is the show that never seems to end that your mom is always watching. However, this DC Navy detective drama features another great cast with characters you’ll grow attached to. The cases are clever, and it’s fun to recognize the names of different places they visit in DC  (but less fun when you recognize the location of a murder).

Bonus

The Big Short: A must-watch movie for MSB students. This movie focuses on the men who predicted the 2008 financial crisis that stemmed from the mortgage bubble, one of whom is played by Ryan Gosling. This all-star cast makes the gritty details of the world of finance interesting, fun, and dramatic. It’s also on Netflix, and it will blow you away.

Newsroom: If you have HBO Go or Amazon Prime, you can watch Newsroom. Another show by Aaron Sorkin (the writer of The West Wing), this show follows the fictional Atlantic Cable News company as they break the biggest news stories from 2011-2013, during the show’s air time.

ginaBrooklyn Nine-Nine: If you have a Hulu account, you should definitely watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Sparked from the success of workplace comedies like Parks and Rec and The Office, Brooklyn Nine-Nine centers on a Brooklyn police precinct and their misadventures. The show is hilarious, and the actors actually went through police training before filming.

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This post was written by Angela Caprio (COL’19), GUSA Deputy of Social Media, majoring in German and Political Economy. Have stories you would like to share with the next freshman class? E-mail us at communications.gusa@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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Inside Georgetown: Events to Look Forward to in the Fall

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Coming into freshman year, it’s easy to get lost in the flurry of joining clubs and making friends. You might not even realize some important events happening on campus.  Here are some events to mark in your fall calendar so you don’t forget them! Even if you’re not a freshman, maybe its time to do something new and engage with the Georgetown community in a new way?

rangilaRangila: Join Rangila!! Rangila is the largest dance and cultural showcase Georgetown has to offer, with nearly five hundred students involved every year. It includes different South Asian dances and is a great way to meet people from all different years and backgrounds on campus. Sign ups are near the beginning of the year, so keep your eye out! Dances are known to have waiting lists hundreds of people long, but people are placed into dances randomly as no dancing ability is required.

And if you don’t get a chance to join a dance, still be sure to catch one of the two shows later in the fall (usually right before Thanksgiving)! Profits go to charity. You can check out more about it here!

*cough, shameless plug: You should join the dance Filipino Fusion because I heard their choreographer is pretty gr8*

georgetown_basketballMidnight Madness: Every year around October the Georgetown men and women’s basketball teams open the season by presenting the new and old members of each team as well as having both student and other performances. Former performers include 2chainz and Trey Songz, so who knows who they could bring this year??

It’s a great way to feel the Hoya spirit and maybe even meet Jack the Bulldog (or at least Jack the Bulldog mascot?).

Corp Gala: Around December, the Corp hosts one of the biggest parties of the year. Even if you aren’t in the Corp you can go and have a fun time with your friends, while meeting new people. It also gives you a chance to dress up in the Fall and dance the night away!

The proceeds also always go to charity.

Homecoming: I am pretty sure you cannot “forget” to go to Homecoming because the whole campus really goes all out, but its worth mentioning!

TEDxGeorgetown: ~shameless plug~ TEDxGeorgetown is an amazing conference which will host around 9 speakers in the fall to give a TED talk to the Georgetown community. The day includes amazing 20 minute talks, with personalized breakout sessions, goodie bags, and even its own Farmer’s Market! With historically over 1500 attendees, it won’t be an afternoon to miss.

nataliaThis post was written by Natalia Peña (COL’17), GUSA Director of Communications, majoring in History and Government. Have stories you would like to share with the next freshman class? E-mail us at communications.gusa@gmail.com.

Inside Georgetown: Favorite Off-Campus Study Places

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From the windowless cramped spaces to the pervasive anxious energy, Lau is the least likely place you’ll find me. That being said – your girl still needs to study and get her coffee fix. Also, as a notorious adventurer, breaking the university bubble is a must. So, what a better way to simultaneously break the bubble and study than find spots to do your homework off-campus? Here are my top three favorite places to study off-campus:

First Bake – Farmers Fishers Bakers:

first bakeHere at Georgetown, brunch isn’t just a meal – it’s a religion. However, brunch can get super pricey after a while. As a semi-broke college student with an expensive taste, I have found a loophole in this lifestyle paradox. Tie on your tennis shoes and walk to Farmers Fishers Bakers before that 11 am class on a Tuesday. From 7:30 am – 10:00 am on Monday through Friday, this notoriously delicious brunch spot offers an array of drool-worthy breakfast options for as low as $1.25. Plus, since its opening times are earlier than the times most college kids wake up, the restaurant is practically empty, filling the spacious area with a peaceful calm with pleasant background noises of cooks preparing your breakfast. Need to write an essay or do research? No worries – there’s free wifi! With my latte in one hand and dreaded economics notes in the other, I can focus and speed study for that quiz I should have studied for nights ago, enjoying the open view of Georgetown’s waterfront. Can’t think a better way to start your day than with some fresh air, coffee, and productivity.

Where it is: 3000 K Street NW, Washington Harbor, Washington, DC 20007

How to get there: Practically less than a 15 minute walk from the front gates. Take Prospect and make a left onto M St on 34th. From there you can take the back route (gorgeous walk) to the water front.

What I recommend: If you enjoy poached eggs, you must try the Birds in a Nest. I’m getting hungry thinking about it.

Potter’s House

potter houseUnfortunately, like many large cities in the country, Washington DC has a huge problem with gentrification, displacing hundreds of long-time residents in the area. That is why I love Potter’s House. This nonprofit café, bookstore, and event space, built in Adams Morgan in 1960, is a place that prides itself on community development and social movements. If you don’t mind a bit background noise and chatter, this may be the perfect spot for you! Take a seat on the various colorful seats, inside or outside, with tea or coffee from the café. Glance and peek into the multicultural books that line the shelves all over the store. Listen to one of the multiple speakers when you finish a mid-term review session. I cannot emphasize how much I absolutely adore this space. Inspired by the positive vibes and curious visitors, I have cranked out great papers here.

Where is it: 1658 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC, 20009

How to Get There: This spot is a little bit more time consuming to get to if you don’t want to Uber there. *deeps breathe and prepares for lengthy explanation* If you have time to spare, take the Rosslyn GUTS to the Rosslyn Metro Station. From there, you will take the Orange line to New Carrolton to L’Enfant Plaza Station. Hop off, take the yellow line to Fort Totten and get off at Columbia Heights Station. Then it’s a 10 minute walk! It’s a good way to figure out the metro lines. If all of that is too much for you, split an uber with a couple of friends and ride on over there.

What I recommend: The masala chai is YUMMY. Treat yourself to that drink! Also, download the METRO BUS APP and GOOGLE MAPS if you haven’t already. It will help you sense of when buses/rails are coming and where you need to go to. They are lifesavers!

The National Art Gallery – Kogod Courtyard

kogod galleryEven after a year of being on the hilltop, I hasn’t fully hit me that one of the coolest cities in the United States is practically in my backyard for four years. I take every opportunity I get to explore the city and break that bubble. The National Art Gallery is a great way to explore the city while getting some work done at the same time. Not only is Kogod Courtyard breathtakingly beautiful and spacious, there are plenty of spots to set your backpack down and write that essay. Need a study break? You can stretch your legs and roam the Smithsonian museum, checking out various art exhibits. Enjoy this picture of me, chowing down on a cannoli, 10/10 recommend by the way.

Where it is: 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

How to get there: If you are coming from campus, use the D6 bus (there are stops behind the Georgetown Hospital and all along Reservoir Rd) to 7th and E and walk a block to the National Art Gallery.

What I recommend: Although there is a free wifi, most of the outlets nearby aren’t functional. Charge your laptop and phone prior to your study visit. The café sells decent cappuccinos as well!

Other Places I recommend: Crumbs and Whiskers, Tryst, Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso, Mitisam Café, Library of Congress

We Georgetown students are incredibly busy with academics, internships, extracurriculars, and whatever else consumes our lives. In the midst of all this, it’s difficult to set time out to explore the city just right around the corner. A cliché as this sounds, what I have learned this past year is that it is important and necessary to take time to do the small enjoyable things in life for your mental, physical, and emotional health. So the next time you’re thinking about hunkering down in Lau 2 for a depressing amount of time, think about ways to make that studying a little bit more bearable.

11173310_943677189026177_2711661299074056817_nThis post was written by Cherie Vu (COL’19), GUSA Director of Outreach, majoring in Political Economy. Have stories you would like to share with the next freshman class? E-mail us at communications.gusa@gmail.com.