10 Things That Prove You Went To Passaic Valley High School

10 Things That Prove You Went To Passaic Valley High School

Hornets forever, y'all.
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Nestled comfortably in the heart of Little Falls, New Jersey, Passaic Valley High School has become home to hundreds of thousands of Hornets since it's founding in 1940. It is here where the young adults of Woodland Park, Little Falls, and Totowa follow their hearts, make new friends and discover their passions for the future. However, Passaic Valley is not as typical as it may sound. Indeed, it is much more than your run-of-the-mill, small-town high school. To its students, PV has been a place for friendship, expression, and of course, memories. And in a school as special as PV, its students are well-aware of certain quirks that the old green and white holds dear. That being said, here are 10 things that only PV Hornets, past and present, know very well to be true:

1. Your most worn accessory in high school was your ID and green lanyard.

Even though they were necessary to wear, the truth is that nothing ruined a killer outfit day more than that cringe-worthy ID picture from the first day of high school and your clashing lime green lanyard. And when you lost (or "lost") that pesky necklace in hopes of taking a new picture, you only found yourself in a $10 hole for buying a new one with the same awkward selfie on a shiny, new piece of plastic. Go figure.

2. You know what "good chicken" is and would choose it any day over the alternative.

You may be asking yourself what makes "good chicken" considerably "good". Basically, "good chicken" is the Beyonce of the Passaic Valley cafeteria. When it arrives, it deserves an announcement of its presence and the line to see it is endlessly long. But, PV students know that getting the "good chicken" in the cafe was like hitting the lunch-line jackpot. Sooooo worth it.

3. Two words: Girls' Show.

Let's put it this way: if the Olympics were once a year, they would not have as much hype as Girls' Show has at Passaic Valley. From cheer to exercise to dance, even relays and posters, this annual showdown is truly an event of epic proportions. For an entire year, hundreds of PV students spend hours in the gym, practicing and polishing their unbelievable routines for a chance to keep their winning streaks. And the anticipation leading up to this grand extravaganza does not stop at the participants. PV students, old and new, go to the greatest of great lengths to show their support for their favorite teams. Bottom line: Girls' Show knowledge could be a requirement in the school handbook.

4. On the topic of Girls Show, trying to explain it to any non-PV person is like teaching physics to a preschooler.

The astonishing irony of Girls' Show is that it is arguably the biggest event at Passaic Valley annually, yet your friends from college have most likely never even heard of it. So when that *magical* time of year finally arrives and you find yourself in absolute fangirl mode for the Greens or Whites, you're going to have a lot of explaining to do to your roommates.

5. Having a locker in the main hallway and trying to open it between classes was the hardest thing about high school for you.

Fun fact: Passaic Valley High School holds around 1,400 students per year. An even more fun fact: getting assigned a locker in center hall and trying to open it to grab your biology textbook before class is going to be 0% successful. However, there was a better chance that you'd get shoved about 20 times and dodge a few elbows to the face than there were of you actually retrieving the things you needed.

6. The PV cookies were something out of a dream.

I know that the more recent PV grads will agree with me 100% here. Quite honestly, no snack could ever compare to the deal of a warm, barely-cooked sugar cookie at 50 cents a pop. Sugar, chocolate chip, red velvet, peanut butter, and more were just a few of the delicious variations of these little nuggets from the Gods.

7. Having a green and white varsity jacket hanging in your closet, knowing fully-well that it will probably never see daylight again.

Let alone the fact that the thing cost you a cool $400, you now get to stare at it retrospectively and cherish the times it was socially acceptable to wear in public. Ahh those were the days.

8. You ran on a steady diet of Quick Check, Dunkin' Donuts, and snacks from the bagel store.

Because, when you think about it, you were really just a broke teenager without a license or time between school and practice to go anywhere else. And quite honestly, who could get sick of Quick Check subs, caramel iced coffees, or taylor ham, egg, and cheeses?

9. "A hornet born, a hornet bred..."

And when I die, I'll be a hornet dead! (A little morbid, but it rhymed so why not?)

10. Running to your car at 2:32 p.m. to beat the buses.

Everybody who has ever parked in the PV parking lot knows that if you didn't leave at 2:32, you were doomed to wait until 3 p.m. to leave the campus. And who had the time to wait there in traffic? You were a hungry 17-year-old with places to be!

In the end, there are more than just these 10 silly quirks that the students of Passaic Valley know to be true. Aside from these, PV students also know how many incredible memories have been made by the thousands of students who have come and gone through their school. They know how their teachers will be there for them, even after they've thrown their caps into the air like so many before them. And above all, they know that your high school is one of those places in life that truly shapes you into the person you'll be to the world. Quite honestly, I'm glad I was a hornet yesterday, because I know that there will always be a little part of me that will stay a hornet tomorrow.

Cover Image Credit: PVHS Class of 1967

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My Acceptance Speech For My Letter Of Rejection

Your proposition to make life's bummers Oscar-winning moments.
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This is my acceptance speech for the award I received engraved with the phrase, "You've been rejected." To put this in simpler terms, I did not get selected for the position I applied for. It's certainly no Oscar, but it sure shines like one.

This is your proposition to make life's bummers Oscar-winning moments. This won't be awkward.

Remember the one question we were asked as little ones?

"What do you want to be when you grow up?"

I wanted to be a teacher, a scientist, a cosmetologist and a fashion designer. While a doctor, police officer, firefighter, psychologist or lawyer are some of the other occupations we listed, no one ever said, "When I grow up I want to be a journalist" — not even me.

Around age five, my teacher recognized my outstanding reading — I have a certificate of proof. At age 11, I looked forward to the days we were required to wear close-toed shoes and foggy old goggles. In high school, A.K.A. the era in which we wanted to own both Justin Bieber's latest album and his side bangs, I was the go-to girl to cut your hair. Right before graduating high school, I penciled in one more goal at the bottom of my lifetime to-do list: Attend Parsons School of Design. The following fall semester at Washington State University, I put myself on the track to potentially certify in the apparel design program.

Given all the initiatives I took in my past to explore the little quirks of every profession I ever wanted to pursue, I guess you can say all I have left to do now is choose what it is I want to do.

Here's the truth:

It's been almost eight years since I read a novel for fun. Today, if you catch my nose between pages, it's probably because I am sniffing the perfume sample in an issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. I still don't mind wearing close-toed shoes as long as they add miles to my legs, and click and echo on hardwood floors. I haven't cut my own hair in two years, which means for two years the plastic ties of clothing tags are the only things I severed with my sheers. Speaking of which, I can't remember the last time I snipped through the fabric, or heard the bustling hum of a sewing machine. In fact, I changed my major to be someone in broadcast journalism.

What now? Even though I had all the tools I needed to become a teacher, scientist, hairdresser and fashion designer, I no longer have a desire to become either. What else is left for me to be good at?

It wasn't until recently that I realized my most valuable possession is my voice. That is what I have left for me to become — well, me.

From getting time-outs for talking too much in kindergarten to feeling exhilaration instead of embarrassment after goofing up my first live weather report, I've always known that the expressive bug inside me would never leave. That's something I'm can't wait to live with for the rest of my life, despite the trouble it's put me through.

Cover Image Credit: Greg in Hollywood

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13 Times You Say, 'I’m Dropping Out of College' And ALMOST Mean It

Almost everyone can guarantee that college will be the "best years of your life,” but it does come with its challenges.
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Every college student will eventually have this thought in their head.

Almost everyone can guarantee that college is “the best years of your life,” but it does come with its challenges. Here are a few things that make us contemplate the duration of our college career.

1. When you have no idea how much Financial Aid you’re going to receive for the upcoming school year.

Financial Aid is so important because it allows students to not have to worry about paying for school, by being awarded federal grants and loans. Having to wait to know how much aid you will receive until right before the next school year is about to start is very distressing. If you can’t pay for your education out of pocket, you either have to find another way to pay for it or discuss what the next steps are if you’re unable to pay for your schooling.

2. When you have a class before 8 o'clock in the morning.

Nobody wants to get up early in order to get ready and go to class- it just isn’t fun for most students. How does anyone stay awake that early in lecture without coffee?

3. When your professor grades strictly.

A strict grader means it’s harder to succeed, especially when they are nit-picking every single thing you do. In some cases, perfection is the only way to get an A in you professor’s eyes.

4. When your schedule is packed for the week.

You might feel overwhelmed at everything that’s on your plate and that’s due in the near future. Freedom is limited- just remember to take time to breathe.

5. When you hardly get any sleep.

Staying up too late or struggling to fall asleep can be a pain, and waking up in the morning is the last thing we want to do. Having to be up longer than 12 hours at this point requires coffee.

6. When you miss your friends and family.

Being homesick might make you want to pack up your bags every chance you get, and when you are finally back home you just don’t want the breaks to end. All you can think about is the next time you don’t have to do schoolwork or going to be on campus.

7. When you’re challenged in class you might not excel in.

Life isn’t easy, and college isn’t either. If you don’t understand the material, it’s easy to want to give up.

8. When you get a bad grade on an exam.

There’s a reason why exams weigh so heavily and pretty much determine the letter grade you can get in a class. You need to comprehend the material and concepts in order to prosper.

9. When you start falling behind.

Remember when you said that you’d read that one chapter for class this past weekend? Well it never happened, and you have to read at least four chapters if you want to be up to speed with what’s actually happening in lecture. We all know the deal.

10. When your GPA isn’t where you want it to be.

You know you can do better than where your GPA is at now. Just know that you’re capable and have so much potential.

11. When your expected graduation date gets pushed back.

Not everyone will complete their Bachelor’s in 4 years. Having to wait at least another semester to graduate feels like an eternity. You just feel disappointed, stressed, and exhausted. In hindsight, you might have regrets and wish you could’ve done things differently.

12. When you think of whether the decision to go to college was right for you.

There are so many variables that brought you to be where you are today. You may have regrets about the past, doubts about the present, and worries about the unknown future. Rationalize your priorities, and maybe it’ll give you a clearer head based off your initial decision.

13. When life just isn’t going your way.

You might be having another bad day, are sad, or just aren’t in the mood to devote your time to your studies. You’re drained of constantly running to get everything required of you done. You might have made a major mistake and just want to quit, embarrassed of failure.


"College has given me the confidence I need to fail." - Jarod Kintz
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