10 Reasons Band Kids Are The Best Kids

10 Reasons Band Kids Are The Best Kids

From the field to the bleachers we are hands down the best form of entertainment.

Since 5th grade, I was always a band kid. I played the flute, piccolo and eventually became a majorette. However, no matter what part of the football field you are, if you were a band kid, you were (and are) probably one step ahead of the game compared to most other people.

1. Band Kids only strive for perfection

No band kid ever wants to hear their name, section, or school name get a lower score than a 1. If you don't know what I am talking about, at band competitions you get a rating on your performance from 1-4. 1 being superior, 2 being excellent, 3 being good, 4 being fair, and 5 being poor (aka just get off the field). Bands will extend practice past dinner time, start practice during school hours, and even practice on Saturdays just to get that superior scoring.

2. Band is all about discipline

This goes hand in hand with perfection. When I played the flute, we would do pencils tests. We would stick a pencil a little less than 3/4 of the way inside the end of our flute and go through marching sets over and over. Every time the pencil fell, you had to do 10 push-ups. Your flute always had to be parallel to the ground. When I was majorette captain, we did push-ups for ever time we dropped our batons too.

3. Academics are always higher

Playing an instrument, memorizing music, and learning 70 sets in two weeks is pretty demanding. Now try doing all three at the same time. The constant brainwork of a band kid always results in high test scores and higher GPAs.

4. Inside jokes

There is nothing like a 3 hour bus ride to create many inside jokes. Not only is this fun and memorable, but its super funny to reference them in class. I guess it's just a musician thing, but band kids are so hilarious.

5. Constant motivation

Not only is band a great support system for academics, but for your own musical talent. Whether its competitive chair placements or an All-State piece, band kids are always challenged and will always give their best effort.

6. Band becomes your family

Before school hours, during breaks from class, and after school, your second family tends to congregate, always enjoying each others company. Students in band always tend to gather to the band room, they are always around each other, and you build bonds that never break.

7. Your band director is your best friend

There is nothing more heartbreaking than your band director switching schools. I know in particular, two of my band directors were my best friends and I loved them so much. They motivate you, and give you some of the best advice.

8. Talent

Band kids are obviously talented. Even if they aren't the best musician in the country, they still exude skill and talent.

9. Halftime is a common ground

Despite focusing on your role in a halftime show, you also tend to focus on other people. After halftime, we accept bad shows, and celebrate good ones. We will complement each other and tell one another how great they did.

10. Determination

No matter what a band kid does, music related or not, it is always to the best of their ability. Band kids have the tendency to always put forth the most effort possible in everything that they do.

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7 Struggles Of A Girl Who Understands Sports

Other girls just don't get it.

I love sports. I live for the time of the year when football season and basketball season overlap so I can watch my two favorite sports at the same time. However, as any other girl that likes sports knows, there are a few different struggles that we experience on a day to day basis.

1. People won't believe you.

I’ve gotten very accustomed to the “look” people give you when you tell them you like to watch sports. It’s a look that reeks of disbelief. I'm sorry I don't know the blood type of the former coach's oldest son. You’ll just have to learn to let it go... but yes, I do watch sports.

2. People will try to explain the game to you.

Yes, I know that was a sack. Yes, I see that it’s a fourth down. Yes, I know what foul that was. Yes, they are about to take a free throw. Please stop talking while I watch my team play. Thanks for trying to keep me updated, though.

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3. Guys will think you are trying to impress them.

Dude, stop flirting with me while the game is on. Don’t block the TV. I need to see this. I could care less about you. My team is playing.

4. Your girl friends will never care about sports as much as you do.

You will have to beg and grovel just to get them to watch the game with you. Even then, either they won’t pay attention, or they will ask you what’s going on every couple of minutes.

5. No one finds it acceptable when you yell at the TV.

My dad yelled at the TV during football games when I was growing up. My guy friends do it. But the minute I open my mouth when my team starts losing, people start staring at me and silently begging me to act more like a lady.

6. Women's sports apparel is awful.

I get asked on a regular basis when shopping for team apparel, “Do you need me to show you where the women’s stuff is?” No, no, nope, absolutely not. I would much prefer not to run around with rhinestones on my chest or in a pink football jersey. I’m cringing at the thought.

7. You turn into a child when your team loses.

No, it is not my time of the month. You know good and well my team just lost. Don't speak. I’m going to my room to lie down under my baby blanket and eat chocolate ice cream. It’s just too much.

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What Starting A Business As A High Schooler Taught Me

It's never too early to start.


Once upon a time, it was junior year. I was spending my days drowning in AP English homework, studying for the ACT, and trying to get involved in as many extracurriculars as one could. All everyone talked about was where you were visiting, where you were applying, and what you wanted to study. And frankly, I was sick of it. I was sick of planning for my future and waiting around to make a difference in the world. I wanted it all to happen now.

Around this time, I had recently noticed a trend where young girls, like me, were up and coming businesswomen. Whether it was designing trendy college apparel, selling jewelry, or even people bedazzling champagne bottles, social media was filled with all kinds of businesses. I even watched several of my friends start successful businesses. I was fascinated and wanted to hop on the trend. If these people could do it, why couldn't I?

So after months of developing ideas, and even more so BEGGING my mom, Lauryn Taylor Designs was formed, where I created custom-made hand-drawn gifts for various colleges, camps, and special occasions. My products ranged from shoes to pillows to wooden letters to canvases. Truthfully, I love every second of making my products and find the process very therapeutic. And while I am no longer really running my business, it has still taught me so many valuable lessons over the last two years that I am very thankful for.

Sometimes things don't go as planned.

About two months into my business, I had a major shift. I started out solely selling my products on redbubble.com, but was frustrated with the lack of profit, and frankly, the lack of work I was doing. My mom was scrolling through social media and stumbled upon someone who had drawn on a pillow with markers. She showed me the item and said, "Lauryn, why can't you do this?" I drew my first pillow and that's when my business took off and I began expanding my product line. I didn't expect that I would end up down a path like that, but without it, I wouldn't have been so successful.

You may discover something about yourself you didn't even know.

If you were to tell me years ago that I would've run a business revolved around art and design, I probably would've laughed in your face. I would never, in a million years, describe myself as artistic—in fact, I was self-conscious about it. I always had good handwriting, but when it came to drawing, I sucked. But when I began making my products, it was like discovering a hidden talent I never knew I had. I had to work at my artistic abilities and I know that I have grown from it. My art teachers never picked my work for examples and I was never once in an art show, but look at me now.

Not everyone you work with is going to be easy.

Oh boy. If I could sit through and name all of the annoying customers that asked me the stupidest questions of things that were flat out stated on my website, we'd be here forever. I had to work with people who didn't understand just how long it took me to make my products or what exactly they entailed. I was fortunate to have many loyal and supportive customers, but I did have experience with ones who called me mean names and insulted my work. It was definitely something I wasn't prepared for, yet running a business isn't always going to be sunshine and rainbows. Unfortunately, I had to learn that the hard way.

Your schedule is going to fluctuate, so you have to plan your time accordingly.

Going to school full time, participating in extracurriculars, applying to colleges, and then on top of that owning a business, you'd probably think I'm crazy. There were definitely times I was overwhelmed with the amount of work I had to do, especially at the peak times of my business. You may have to miss out on some times spent with family and friends, but if you love what you do, adjusting your schedule and doing the work is all worth it.

Patience is key.

My success did not happen overnight. In fact, I still believe that I didn't get exactly where I wanted to. When I first started, I remember sitting for hours trying to follow as many people as possible through social media and spending a lot of time, effort, and money enhancing my website and marketing platforms in hopes that I would become the next up and coming entrepreneur. Running a business requires a lot of waiting around, but the delay of gratification will be worthwhile and you'll feel a lot more proud of your hard work.

As a high schooler, you're probably not going to be taken seriously.

This may have been the most frustrating thing I have ever felt. I remember doing two different local charity shows and the intimidation I felt setting up my small booth next to adults who had likely been running their businesses for years and years and had a lot more experience than I did. It hurt to get the cold shoulder from patrons walking past my table, overlooking the seventeen-year-old girl, probably because no one thought she would be good enough or had enough background. Feeling like you are not been seen to your fullest potential is the absolute worst.

Just because you like something doesn't mean it has to become your entire life.

I've gotten a lot of questions from people asking me why I'm not studying business or graphic design. As much as I loved running my business and would love to continue to do it in the future, it is not something that I can see myself doing for the rest of my life nor something I want to support my income and future. I wrote an article recently about my passion for psychology and from my coursework and experience, I know that I want to use this knowledge to help make a difference in this world. But, if you have an idea of how to combine the two, let me know.

Don't compare yourself to others—progress happens on your own time.

One of the reasons that I was so interested to start my business and knew it had the potential to be something great was because some of my own friends had done the same. However, that came with a lot of me saying, "well so-and-so has more followers" or "they're making more money than me." The list goes on and on. But what I did realize is that you can't measure success. Everyone has their own unique struggles to make it in this world.

It's more than just a monetary reward.

Okay, I'll admit, the money is pretty nice. But skills such as marketing, communication, art, and public relations that I gained from this direct experience is something unmatched from what you will learn in the classroom. And more importantly, I learned the importance of hard work, perseverance, and what it means to truly be passionate about something.

Although LTD has unfortunately died down, I am still so grateful for my experiences and wouldn't trade it for the world. Running a business as a high schooler is not easy, but it has provided me many valuable lessons that I will take with me for the rest of my life. I urge every single one of you to find something that you love and believe in and make something out of it—it's never too early to start.

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