5 Simple Steps On How To Be Petty

5 Simple Steps On How To Be Petty

OK Petties, now let's get in formation.

Being petty has become very popular among young people today. This could be a trend or maybe we were just born this way. The pettiest part of all is that we don’t even use the word correctly. This just shows how petty we are! According to dictionary.com, petty means “of little or no importance”, so we are being “of little importance.” In reality we are actually freaking out over a situation that is petty. I use the words “freaking out” because when we are “being petty,” we are usually about to do something super psychotic and outrageous.

With that being said, I still think we should all just keep being petty and keep using the word the way we do. Petty makes the world go ‘round, and by that I mean crazy.

In order to make sure we keep the pettiness going, I want to make sure we all know how to be petty.

1. Analyze a situation.

An unimportant situation, that is. This can be the smallest, most unimportant problem of all time. Someone ate your Hot Pocket. Although, for me, this is actually not a small problem. This is a big deal, but I think it is because I was born petty.

2. Sulk to yourself.

Wow, you were really hungry and you were so excited about that Hot Pocket. Your stomach is making whale noises now, all thanks to Sue Ann.

3. Come up with a plan.

The plan should not be well thought out, though. This should be impulsive so act fast before you have time to talk yourself out of it.

4. Act on it.

Sue Ann stole your Hot Pocket so you’re going to steal her whole fridge. She won’t let you eat, so you won’t let her eat.

5. Be logical.

You’ll show her a hot pocket!! Next, you’re going to take all of Sue Ann’s pants and light all of her pockets on fire. That’ll show her!

Use these tips for any situation! Channel your inner Petty Wap and keep the pettiness going!

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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.

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It's As Important To Read Harry Potter As It Is to Read Jane Austen And Other Classics

Harry Potter is the classic of our generation.


I have always read a lot, especially in my early teenage years. As I grew older though, my family and teachers constantly began to pressure me to read "serious" books as opposed to the fantasy novels I adored.

While I see the importance in reading classics such as The Great Gatsby and Jane Austen, and autobiographies and other non-fiction books, I feel the need to advocate for the Harry Potters and Percy Jacksons and even the Twilights of our generation.

The importance I find in reading these books ironically is linked to the reason why in English Literature classes we are assigned classics. Books considered classics are in my understanding, books that either revolutionized the traditional way of writing or books that reflect and shape a generation or time period. And what better example of books that have shaped and reflected our generation than the Harry Potter series?

As a History major, I have often heard my professors say things along the lines of the present being live history. In the same way that we look back and study how Jane Austen's books critique and comment on the British landed gentry of the 18thcentury, one day students will study our generation, and I think they will comment on Harry Potter.

I had a history teacher in school that whenever students asked him what was the point in learning history he would laugh and tell us to imagine someday you are in a cocktail party alone, and you want to make conversation, why not bring up the Tennis Court Oath or the Battle of Hastings? He said it as a joke, but this really stuck with me.

Regardless of which career track you want to pursue, everyone is involved in conversations. I hate not catching a reference or having to ask what something is, or worst of all, blurting out an ignorant comment. And realistically speaking, Harry Potter comes up much more frequently in conversations nowadays than classics. Think about the last time you discussed Jane Austen versus the last time you asked someone what Hogwarts house they are in.

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