As we ring in the new year, we drag a long list of resolutions with us: to leave Lau before DOPS checks your GOCard, to go to Yates everyday, to get straight A’s, to finish your homework before 9 on a Thursday night, and the list goes on. But let’s break free from the daily grind this new year. Drop those books and appreciate the little things D.C. has to offer. We’re only Georgetown students once, so let’s make it count.

The 2012 Hoya Bucket List

If you’re going through Christmas withdrawal, the Sculpture Garden is the place to be. Strung Christmas lights, festive music, hot chocolate and most importantly, ice skating! It’s a little winter wonderland right in the middle of D.C.

Looking to melt away those holiday pounds? Sign up for the SunTrust Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon on March 17. The training will whip you into shape in no time. You can make it as relaxed or intense as you’d like with Hal Higdon’s free training plan online. Remember: Spring Break is just a week before, so you’ll have a rockin’ bod to flaunt on the beach.

Show some school spirit and get over to Verizon Center to see our Hoyas play Big East rivals UConn, Villanova and Notre Dame. If you’re looking for your 15 minutes of fame, get there early and grab front row seats. Don’t forget to call your mom and tell her to TiVo your big moment.

When the weather starts to warm up, go have a picnic at the new Waterfront Park. The ingredients for the perfect picnic: warm weather, good friends and Wisey’s.

Take a Capital Bikeshare bike and ride to the National Mall to admire the Cherry Blossoms. Let out your inner artist and snap some beautiful shots of D.C. at its finest.

Go kayaking on the Potomac. The views of Georgetown from the water are amazing. You can even wave to your friends dining in O’Donovan’s on the Potomac from your boat.

Love fresh produce and crafty things? Go to the Eastern Market. You’ll be able to browse through old records and vintage postcards while munching on fresh, locally-grown fruit.

Be bold. Send that handwritten love letter you’ve had in your desk drawer. Strike up a conversation with that cutie at Yates. Ask your crush out on a date … yes, a date, Georgetown boys.

Our budgets are tight with the amount of money we spend on caffeine and the people at the Kennedy Center feel our pain. Head over to enjoy one of the daily free performances at the magnificent building.

Need to de-stress? Take a deep breath and head over to hot yoga at Down Dog Yoga. Student rates are $12 a session.

With either a Tuscany slice or Canon Rebel in hand, go admire our capital’s monuments at night.

Every Hoya knows the best day of the year comes in the spring. Make sure you wake up early on Georgetown Day because you want to make it well worth the wait … even if the waking moments become foggy memories.

Regardless of whether or not the Mayans are right, we should live everyday like it’s our last. Even if we don’t accomplish any of these things, our most important resolution should be to grasp every opportunity that comes our way.

Have fun and stay classy, Georgetown.

 

Courtney Mastrangelo is a sophomore in the CollegeShe can be reached at mastrangelo@thehoya.com. More from Maz appears every other Friday in the guide.

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