25 Reasons 'High School Musical 2' Is The Best Of The Series

25 Reasons 'High School Musical 2' Is The Best Of The Series

Yeah, I said it.

In my circle of friends we often spend time discussing Disney Channel Original Movies (DCOMs) and sometimes we rank them as franchises. We go from comparing Cheetah Girls to Camp Rock from trying to decide which of the "High School Musical" movies are the alpha HSM movie. I am here to tell you why, without a doubt, "High School Musical 2" is the best.

1. Summer

Everything's better in the summer.

2. The old friendships we love

Come on, they're the best.

3. The country club itself

Only fabulous and over the top events can occur at a place like this.

4. The new friendships

Because Ryan deserves something nice once in a while.

5. The Pool

So many iconic scenes were filmed in this pool, including the pink piano.

6. Zeke got to bake

I'm not sure how he was qualified, but I'm willing to ignore it to let this boy be happy.

7. Bet On It

The musical number (and dance) that revolutionized the industry, honestly.

8. The iconic pool scene

Twelve year olds around the world were sure they had a grasp on adult relationships after this heartbreaking scene.

9. The less iconic, but still iconic, pool scene

Gabriella dragged Sharpay and we don't talk about this scene enough.

10. Taylor always had her eye out

Friendship goals, honestly.

11. We love to hate her

An antagonist with a crush on our leading man. Maybe not the most original, but why mess with what works?

12. The stress

Troy's panic helped to prepare us all.

13. These two

The learning new songs, the calling each other out, the synchronized stepping. Relationship goals from way back.

14. This tidbit of information

Apparently Troy knew and didn't bother telling anyone for the entire first movie.

15. Sharpay's style

Sharpay was back and as fabulous as ever, arguably with a better wardrobe than the original HSM.

16. "That's my ball."

The screenshot says it all, the tension was building, the tempers were flaring, and all of it was too good to look away from.

17. Sharpay and Ryan

They still had their ups and downs, but we saw a new side of the twins in this film.

18. The whole soundtrack

Every song in this movie has either a knock out line or is overall a bop.

19. Mr. Fulton

That man was just trying to pay his bills and not get fired because of Sharpay.

20. Dates

The adorable, and never country club approved, moments Gabrielle and Troy managed to have off the clock.

21. I Don't Dance

The whole song may be the best DCOM moment. You still know the words, don't lie.

22. Kelsi saving the day yet again

Because we all know the real hero of the trilogy.

23. Miley Cyrus' three second appearance

It seems like every time you watch this movie someone has to try and pause it so that you can all point at the screen and find her.

24. The Numbers

The first broadcast of the film on August 17, 2007 broke records, receiving 17.2 million viewers. This number made it, at the time, the most-watched basic-cable telecast in history.

25. The memories

You had a viewing party with your friends, your family, we all cried and laughed together. It was real and it was wonderful.

Cover Image Credit: The Walt Disney Company

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

Cover Image Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

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It's time to go on a date with yourself.


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Different ways to explore your artistic side can be very easy: as easy as 3rd-grade coloring books, coloring mandalas, or finger-painting. Recently, I participated in a lantern festival and being able to paint a small lantern was an amazing outlet from a stress-filled week and allowed me to express myself through something besides just communication. Writing is also another good way to express emotion and create art: many books are just art pieces, and can be another way to further develop yourself. Additionally, other small fun things like carving pumpkins (spooky season!) or even curating the perfect Instagram profile can be another way to express yourself.

Appreciating the small things in your life as art and self-expression help put you more in touch with yourself, which is easy to lose throughout the mundane cycles of college, work, and life in general. Keeping yourself in harmony and balance might seem like an earthy-crunchy concept, but self-care and self-love are vital in keeping the rest of your life ordered. Being mindful of yourself and your goals is something that I have always have had difficulty with, but working toward learning more about yourself is taking the first step.

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