20 Life Lessons 'New Girl' Taught Me

20 Life Lessons 'New Girl' Taught Me

This show is good for much more than laughs.
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If you're looking for one of those shows that makes you laugh hysterically while you're in a room by yourself, "New Girl" is what you need in your life. Not only do Nick, Winston, Jess, Schmidt, and Cece make you laugh until your mascara is running down your face, but they also bring some impressive insights to life and the curveballs it tends to throw at you. Here are 20 life lessons that will help you get through the toughest of situations.


1. Everyone has their weird quirks, and deep, dark secrets.

That's what keeps people interesting. If you're embarrassed about something that you've done, I guarantee someone around the world has done something much more mortifying. And if you think that you're some kind of weirdo, you probably are, but there are people out there much weirder than you, like me!


2. If you've always felt like a grandparent trapped in a 20 year-old's body, you're not alone.

The good news is that you will grow into your "mental age..." eventually.


3. What can I say, Cece knows best.

Well, I guess there are a few things that're less sexy than that.....


4. It's all about baby steps.

If you're trying to work towards a goal, it's all about the smaller steps that lead to the big ones! Don't be discouraged when you're not seeing progress right off the bat. I mean, Rome wasn't built in a day.... Am I right, or am I right?


5. Take it upon yourself to learn something new every day.

We live in a society where we can access almost anything at the touch of button, so take advantage of that. Read a new book, watch a documentary, or talk to a stranger while you're waiting in the Starbucks line.


6. Face your problems.

You might think that you can avoid whatever problem you're dealing with, but sooner or later that will have a consequence, and that consequence will be 100 times worse than the initial problem. Getting it taken care of right away will save you so much inner turmoil and stress!


7. Don't underestimate yourself.

You know yourself better than anyone, and you're capable of much more than you think you are.


8. Happy Hour was invented for a reason.


9. You have the ability to change your situation.

If you don't like the way something is in your life, change it. If you don't like your job, or you're having trouble with school, or you're unsure of your career path, change it. Yes, change requires some work and venturing into new territory, but you don't want to go through life with the big "what if?"


10. It's all about perspective.


11. You're not the only one who can't tell the dessert fork from the salad fork.

From left to right it goes: salad fork, dinner fork, and dessert fork. You're welcome!


12. It's OK to take time for yourself.


If you need a day of solitude, don't let anyone take that away from you. Everyone needs a day or so to recharge their batteries, so don't feel guilty about not wanting to go out to lunch with your best friend today.


13. I couldn't have said it better myself.

Schmidt has such a way with words...


14. Don't let anyone make you feel like you have to hide your crazy.


15. Don't underestimate the power of proper grammar.

Do I really need to get into to proper uses of "your," "you're," "there," and "their?"


16. People will hurt you...

You just have to decide if you're going to put up with it, or show them the door.


17. Don't even try to tell me that you don't blurt out Adele's new song on your way to class like you're the new Mariah Carey.


18. Just because you haven't found the right person now doesn't mean that you won't ever find them.


19. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

You don't have to accept their opinion, but you do have to acknowledge it. Just remember, your perspective is not the only perspective.


20. No you won't, I promise.

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The '50 Shades' Franchise Is 50 Shades Of Lame

What we really thought of that mind-numbing erotica
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When the first 50 Shades of Grey book was released in 2011, I wasn't allowed to read it. My oldest sister and even my grandmother read it before I did. When I finally got around to reading it, the film was in the works, and I knew I needed to read it before it hit theaters. Let me just say this: I was not impressed.

The plot was awful. The writing was awful. Everything about it was awful. I hated how quick everything seemed to progress, from Ana first meeting Christian to their first time having sex. I hated Ana's character, her personality, her thought process- really, just her.

The idea that a god-like creature such as Christian Grey himself could fall for the blandest and most average looking woman, Anastasia Steele, was just mind-blowing. It was almost as painful as Bella from Twilight landing the vampire-equivalent of Christian Grey, with all that unnecessary teen-angst thrown in.

Then there's the sex. As erotic and sensual as it may seem, most of it sounded painful, impractical, and almost unnecessary. Jump forward to the second and third installments, 50 Shades Darker and 50 Shades Freed, and it's the same thing over and over again.

Christian and Ana need to seek marriage counseling and therapy immediately. From the very beginning of their relationship and sex contract to their marriage, Christian is nothing but a controlling and possessive sex freak. At first, readers and viewers alike are somewhat overwhelmed by Christian's ways. With the contract that he encourages Ana to sign which makes her his sex slave (or his submissive), to freezing Ana's employer's bank accounts to prevent her from going on a business trip, to his argument about Ana going out for a drink with her best friend, Christian has taken the concept of being a control freak to a new level.

The only way to fix all of their problems and resolve their arguments is with sex, of course, because no good ever came from sitting down and talking it out. As fun as it may seem to screw until you're no longer upset at one another, it does not fix the underlying issues. Anytime Ana and Christian have an argument or a disagreement or are even involved in a car chase, they have sex. Never soft, sweet, passionate sex. It's always insanely hardcore and never seems practical.

Multiple articles have discussed the verbiage that E.L. James used, such as using the word "there" to describe the location where Ana felt her sensations and the language that Christian used to speak to Ana. Some articles have gone so far as to compare Mr. Grey to a serial killer ( here and here ). I didn't come across anything remotely romantic or passionate that wasn't so heavily burdened by his dark, twisted, and often ominous tone.

Those that skipped reading the books and went straight to the films only saw the so-called steamy sex scenes filled with Anastasia's breathy calling of Christian's name. They were able to look past E.L. James' poor writing style and lack of character development, while those of us that suffered through all three books cannot forget the abomination of a "modern-day romance" full of BDSM that is the 50 Shades of Grey franchise. What a tragedy.

"Laters, baby."

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5 TV Shows You Should Be Binging On Hulu

Weekends were made for binging TV.
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If you’re a student and have not taken advantage Hulu’s student discount, you are definitely missing out. Hulu has a great selection of TV shows, perfect for those late-night binges. Here is a list of some of the best TV shows on Hulu you should be watching.

1. "Younger"

"Younger" is such a refreshing dramedy. Watching Liza pretend to be 26-years-old is extremely cringe-worthy but entertaining at the same time. After her daughter leaves for college, Liza Miller is having a hard time finding a job in publishing and when her best friend suggests lying about her age to get a job, Liza finds herself in a world of millennial fashion trends and slang. Between heartbreaks, crazy adventures and hilariously awkward situations, "Younger" will always keep you guessing.

2. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

If you’re a fan of "The Office" or "Parks and Recreation," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is a perfect fit. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" follows the life of immature detective Jake Peralta as he solves cases with other members of the Nine-Nine. This show is all different forms of hilarious, ranging from classic Michael Scott humor to clever one-liners and laugh out loud cold opens.

3. "The Mindy Project"

"The Mindy Project" is basically a rom-com in the form of a TV show, which makes it super amazing. Following Dr. Mindy Lahiri, "The Mindy Project" is a great mix of drama, comedy and romance. The “will they/won’t they” trope is perfect and Mindy’s crazy love life is enough to make you laugh until you cry and die of secondhand embarrassment.

4. "Sabrina the Teenage Witch"

"Sabrina the Teenage Witch" is a great throwback, especially when you have no idea what you want to watch. Sabrina’s teenage awkwardness is super relatable, minus the magical powers. The best part of the series is that it’s one of those shows that manages to say good for a long period of time, making it prime for an extended binge.

5. "The Good Place"

"The Good Place" is a wild ride from start to finish. There are so many twists and turns that you never really know what’s going on. When Eleanor realizes she’s been mistakenly been put in The Good Place, she does everything she can to fit in, even taking ethics lessons to avoid being sent to The Bad Place. This show is such a gem, it’s worth every second.

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