15 Songs To Get You Back Into Pop-Punk

15 Songs To Get You Back Into Pop-Punk

Pop-Punk Saved Me.

Pop-Punk is not dead. Let me start by saying I never really lost my love for the "alternative" world. Most everyone grew out of their angsty, emo phases and morphed into "free spirits." Warped Tour at some point became sidelined and raves became the new go-to. The genre of pop-punk has grown as have we, don't knock it till' you hear some of the bests, and let me tell you tattoos, beer and a good pit can seriously cure any soul.

Here's a collection of new and old to help you remember just why you need this genre of music in your life:

1. If It Means A Lot to You- A Day to Remember

"And hey sweetie, but I need you here tonight." The ultimate pop-punk ballad.

2. Dive In- Pierce the Veil

"I wanna be the tattoo ink that swims down through the needle in your skin"

3. Don't Wish- Tonight Alive

*If you have ever been mistreated YOU NEED THIS SONG* This song healed me in so many ways and made me feel strong on my weakest of days.

"I didn't know what love was then, So how can you say that nothing has changed? And you still regret letting go of me that day"

4. Scene One- James Dean & Audrey Hepburn - Sleeping With Sirens

"They say that love is forever, Your forever is all that I need"

5. Remembering Sunday- All Time Low

"She's been running through my dreams, And it's driving me crazy, it seems,
I'm going to ask her to marry me"

6. Body in a Box- City and Colour

I promise, this song will somehow give you peace.

7. Oh Well, Oh Well- Mayday Parade

"Oh well, oh well, guess I'll see you in hell"

8. Fade- This Wild Life

"God you know I miss it, but girl you know I'm distant"

9. Bulletproof Love- Pierce the Veil

"My love for you was bulletproof, but you're the one that shot me"

10. Have Faith In Me- A Day to Remember

"Cling to what you know and never let go"

11. Like Knives- City and Colour

" And I will blame myself, for holding onto what I hoped would keep you by my side"

12. December- Neck Deep

Somehow making your heartbreaks catchy since 15'

13. Floral and Fading- Pierce the Veil

You'll be singing this for the next week. You're Welcome.

14. Jamie All Over- Mayday Parade

Roadtrip playlist: Enabled.

15. Downfall of Us All- A Day to Remember

*oh sweet sweet nostalgia*

Studded belts and bad haircuts might be out, but pop-punk is still alive, and by the way, Warped Tour is still a kick-ass time.
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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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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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