11 Times 'High School Musical' Was Nothing Like, You Know... Actual High School

11 Times 'High School Musical' Was Nothing Like, You Know... Actual High School

High school musical was an amazing cultural phenomenon, but it was nothing like high school.

"High School Musical" was released in 2006, which meant I spent the next six years anticipating my high school experience and hoping it would be just like Gabriella's.

Spoiler Alert: High school is nothing like "High School Musical," almost all of the events that take place in the movie, don't happen in real life high school.

1. New Year's Eve

Where else to begin than where it all started...

Troy and Gabriella first met when they were forced against their will to sing karaoke together at a "teen party" thrown at the super expensive ski resort they had stayed at over winter break. Realistically most high schoolers spend their New Year's Eve destroying someone's unfinished basement.

2. A high school athlete being so idolized

No matter how great of a player you are you will NEVER experience the praise Troy Bolton is given every day of his life. There's should be no surprise as to why he's deemed the best on the team, his dad is the coach!

3. No experience = lead role

In actual high school theatre, performers and directors believe in paying your dues. There is no way that two people who have never sung before would land the lead role in the school musical, especially when they're late to their audition and their competition is Ryan and Sharpay.

4. The last day of school ending like this

Yes, by the end of a long year everyone is itching to get out of there, but no one actually acts like this and if we did you can bet our teachers would make us stay later to clean up. In my experience, come the last couple weeks, students just stop showing up.

5. An entire friend group working at the same place over summer

Don't you just love it when you and your friends all get hired at the same extremely nice country club, I know I do. With the East High Wildcats being the only staff at this luxury summer destination, how could anything possibly go wrong?

6. Chad always carrying a basketball

It's totally acceptable for Chad to just ALWAYS be carrying a basketball. In class, at lunch, during detention, walking in the hallways and at graduation, he has a basketball in hand at all times and no one ever thinks to question him about it.

Why? Because he's Chad.

7. Conveniently come senior year everyone just so happen's to have a "mini-me"

Sharpay and Tiara

Troy and Jimmie "the rocket man"

8. Sharpay staying an extra year for the theatre

Sharpay decides to stay an extra year at East High just so she can be the star of another high school musical and beat out her "mini-me" turned enemy Tiara — OK, because people willingly stayed an extra year of high school. Right.

9. Prom

Prom with Zac Efron, a girl can only dream.

10. It's super normal to hang out in a junkyard

Chad, who continuously claims throughout all three movies how he doesn't dance, finally decides to let loose in a junkyard. Guess we all have that friend.

11. Everyone is best friends by graduation

This one is a great example of expectations vs. reality because if anything the closer it gets to graduation the more people can't wait to leave all their high school foes behind.

It's safe to say that actual high school was nothing like "High School Musical." After the let down of finding out no one has time to sing in dance in the hallways, my friends and I figured that the only way we were going to get through it, was as if "we were all in this together."

Now only if they could make college into a musical...

Cover Image Credit: Disney

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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