11 Songs Every Preteen in 2005 Had on Their Ipod

11 Songs Every Preteen in 2005 Had on Their Ipod

I can't believe my Ipod nano still turns on...
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In honor of my 22 birthday this week, I have been getting super nostalgic listening to my favorite songs from middle school. I have the pleasure of living in a dorm with all Freshman and thoroughly enjoy the weird looks I get for listening to music that they were too young to remember.

What do you mean you never listened to the "Black Eyed Peas?" You have to be pulling my leg when you say you don't know who Hillary Duff is (does Lizzie McGuire ring a bell? No? Like Hannah Montana, but better).

I just realized that these songs that I still listen to on the reg are now 11 years old. Ouch. Either that just got me right in the feels or it is my arthritis that is surely developing as we speak. Here is what I was listening to on my 11th birthday, 11 years ago:

1. Gold Digger by Kanye West feat. Jaime Foxx

"Kimye" didn't exist and he had yet to interrupt T-Swift on stage. I know every single line... of the radio edited version, that is. I was in sixth grade. I wasn't allowed to download explicit songs off of Itunes yet. Good job, Mom and Dad.

2. Pon De Replay by Rihanna

We were just getting to know Riri at this point. Girl had moves.

3. Sugar, We're Goin' Down by Fall Out Boy

I thought I was super cool for listening to Fall Out Boy. I was. #nbd

4. Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day

I was obsessed with this album. Green Day posters were plastered all over my walls and the moody adolescent I was totally dug the guy-liner.

5. My Humps by the Black Eyed Peas

There wasn't one preteen/teen that wasn't listening to the Black Eyed Peas. You really didn't have much of a choice since they were so incredibly overplayed. I wasn't upset about it. My Dad, on the other hand, really didn't appreciate this song...

6. Behind These Hazel Eyes by Kelly Clarkson

This was that song I sang in my mirror with a hairbrush hundreds of times...

7. Beverly Hills by Weezer

Crowd favorite. Who didn't love this song?

8. Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani

So damn catchy, it's b-a-n-a-n-a-s.

9. Don't Cha by the Pussycat Dolls

The pussycat dolls were squad goals. Think a more bad-ass (and sexualized) version of Fifth Harmony. Can we bring back girl bands, please?

10. Lose Control by Missy Elliot feat. Ciara & Fat Man Scoop

As soon as you heard "MUSIC MAKE YOU LOSE CONTROL" you knew it was about to get lit. You can't not dance to this. Missy Elliot and Ciara are queens.

11. Wake Up by Hilary Duff

I just couldn't let go of Lizzie Mcguire. Ah, the good 'ole days.

#brb while I go annoy the shit out of the Freshman on my floor. Happy Birthday to me.

Cover Image Credit: Gwen Stafani

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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My First College Gal Pal Road Trip Was Amazing

Every girl should have one good girls trip.

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In some way or another, everybody has a list of things they want to do in their lives before it's all over. After all, we're human. There's adventure to be had in every life. One thing I have always wanted to do before I grew too old and grey was go on a road trip with my gal pals to the beach. A couple weeks ago, I achieved this memorable milestone, and it allowed me to open up to new surroundings and experiences.

On this trip, I went with two of my friends from college, Kait and Lindsey, to visit my roommate Elizabeth in Virginia Beach. This was pretty big for Lindsey and I because neither of us had been to Virginia Beach before. Thankfully Elizabeth and Kait knew their way around the city, so we never got lost on our way to and fro.

Like most vacations, my favorite parts probably took place at the beach. I'm always at utter peace stomping through mushy sand or leaning down to splash the salty water that tries to knock my short self over. We took pictures and did something us college girls rarely have time to do especially in school: Relax.

The four of us did not live up to the crazed stereotype of girl trips in movies. Although I finally got a chance to sing along to Taylor Swift in a car ride with my friends, so that's always a plus. We played "Top Golf" one day, and by some miracle, I actually won the second game by a fair amount after much humiliation in the first one. We visited some of Elizabeth's family, and I finally got to meet her giant dog Apollo (I call him 'Wolf Dog'). Everyday was another chance to ask with enthusiasm: "So what are we doing today?"

Our trip wasn't like the movies where we all cried or confessed our deepest darkest secrets. Everything the four of us shared was laughter and this calm feeling of being at home, in the chaotic peace of each other's company. We understand each other a little better due to finally seeing what we're like outside of Longwood University. After this, all I can say is that we're most definitely planning the next one!

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