5 Things I Learned At The All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir

5 Things I Learned At The All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir

Thank you for changing me for good!
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For countless people, an enjoyable summer often includes a visit to a fair, whether it be the county fair or even the state fair. One of the unique aspects of the Ohio State Fair, specifically, is that they have their own youth choir known as the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir. This is an organization designed to bring high school students from all over the state of Ohio to live at the Ohio State Fair for eighteen days to sing. Throughout this experience, I have learned a plethora of important skills that will stick with me throughout the entirety of my life. Here is just a minuscule sample of what I’ve learned.

1. Music.

As the name of the organization points out, you are a member of a choir and, therefore, are at the fair to sing and learn music. I speak not only for myself, but for a majority of others when I say that the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir strongly improved my ability to read and memorize music. This skill is one only obtained through practice; something you receive an abundance of when you sit through about five days of music rehearsals before the fair even opens. In fact, the choir continues to learn new music while also balancing up to seven performances a day.

2. Showering with others isn’t as awkward as it sounds.

When you’re shoved into a bathroom with 100+ people and there are 5 showers, it can be a little tricky to get everyone clean in a limited amount of time. The solution? Shower together! It might sound a little intimidating, but, nevertheless, once you become super sweaty from marching around all day, you just need to get clean and you don’t care who is in there. Consequently, showering with others can increase personal self-confidence! Showering with others is also another way to form close bonds. Who could be closer than people who shower together, am I right?

3. Living with 100+ people.

Not only are you forced to share a bathroom with 100+ people, but you also share a room with them for all eighteen days. While the dorms typically do not hold everyone in one room, you can still wind up sharing a room with up to 60 people. This experience can be extremely intimidating to the new members considering this leaves people in the optimal situation to dig through their personal belongings and even steal. (This is why it is important to have a trunk that locks!) Although the dorms that the choir members live in are less than comfortable, sharing such an intimate space allows for possibility of countless friendships

4. The power of 18 days.

Although eighteen days can seem like a long time to live at a fair, the time truly flies by. The time seems to drag on at first and many people develop homesickness, however, once the fair actually opens, there is almost a complete shift in the choir's mood. Each day there are new audiences and new memories made, then, all of a sudden it’s time to head home.

5. Friends are friends forever.

At the youth choir, it is not uncommon to become friends with people that you would never have imagined becoming friends with. It’s challenging to understand looking at it from an outside perspective, but nearly impossible to explain from an inside perspective. These friends basically become your second family. In the simplest words possible, once a part of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, always a part of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir.

The youth choir has not only had a large impact on me, but everyone involved. Thank you for changing me for good!

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."
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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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5 Christmas Movies You Have To Watch This Christmas Season

It's never too early or too late to watch Christmas movies

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No matter how you feel about the holiday season, no matter how you feel about when the right time is to have Christmas season start Y'all need to watch these five movies regardless.


1. Miracle on 34th Street

It's a classic, I mean it did air in 1947 but it's worth it I promise.


2. The Santa Clause

And of course the others, but we all know that nothing compares to the O.G. (I mean who wouldn't freak out if you woke up one day and you were Santa Claus)


3. The Christmas Story

Let's be real, Fragile will always be pronounced FRA-GEE-LEEH now. #iconic


4. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

I mean baby grinch was kinda adorable, also as a psych student, I feel bad for him. (p.s. naming a town Whoville? I'd prolly get outta there too.)


And of course, I saved the best for last...


5. Elf

"The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear."

"Bye, Buddy I hope you find your dad."

"We Elves try to stick to the four main food groups: Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn and SYRUP."


It's Christmas Season, so get cuffed up, and get some hot chocolate (peppermint is the way to go) and curl up next to a fire and watch these five movies, and go see Christmas lights!!!

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