7 Signs You're From Montgomery County, MD (1/1)

7 Signs You're From Montgomery County, MD (1/1)

Are you hip?

Montgomery County, Maryland is home to over 1.04 million people. Being the biggest county in Maryland, there is this sense of "big college with a small college feel" that you hear in almost every college tour you've been on. There is so many citizens but you get that sense of a small town community. There is so much we Moco residents have in common along with differences that make us as a county, one of the most diverse. As the famous saying goes...

"You can take the person out of Moco, but you can't take Moco out the person" and here are 7 signs to prove it...

1. You always run into someone you know at Montgomery Mall

2. You say "I'm Hip" at least 15 times a day

3. Rio use to be the go-to place to hang in middle school

4. You've been Ice Skating at the Rockville Town Square

5. People look at you funny when you say "What's the Move?"

6. You have rode on the metro at least once

7. You proudly represent the best county in Maryland!

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The Meteoric Rise Of Barstool Sports

Let's Give Credit Where It's Due

If you are ages 15-27, care about sports in any capacity or have an interest in social media, you've probably heard of Barstool Sports. Barstool's meteoric rise from just a small newspaper publication in Boston to one of the biggest sports agencies in the world is not without reason.

Let's look into why Barstool Sports resonates with so many people. For one, their social media presence is enormous and their strategy is genius. Hundreds of colleges and universities around the country have their own affiliated Barstool page which essentially creates a network connecting schools all around the country.

Why is this important?

Not only is what comes out of the hundreds of schools hilarious and amusing but also it provides a never-ending stream of content. Not to mention, students around the country (one of Barstool's main audiences) feel connected to the outlet through their school's own barstool account.

Going along with social media, Barstool's following goes beyond their main account's 4 million followers on Instagram and 1.1 million followers on Twitter. Each and every barstool employee is almost like a reality tv show character. They all have distinct personalities and social media presences that people can relate to.

Additionally, all of the employees are extremely active on social media and frequently interact with their fans. Similarly to the network that Barstool has created with colleges and universities, they have writers that produce content for many of the major sports cities around the United States. With this network, they attract even more than just the young college demographic.

While their social media presence is massive, Barstool does more than just post on social media. Barstool podcasts (I say podcasts because I mean they have a ton) top the charts of not just sports podcasts, but all podcasts in general. Podcasts like Pardon My Take have become wildly popular. This summer I would listen to it every morning on my commute from New Jersey to the Bronx. In addition, Barstool now has its own 24-hour Sirius XM station.

But what really makes Barstool great? The answer is simple: it's hilarious and entertaining. Barstool is almost like the sports guy version of a reality show where you can hear funny takes about recent sports news and laugh at the ridiculous office banter that goes on within their headquarters.

Because of how popular Barstool has become, they even have their own nickname for their diehard fans: Stoolies. Barstool Sports is paving the way for new media to arise and they're doing so in a big way. Better watch out, ESPN.

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Ladies, Stop Criticizing Your SO's Interests And Maybe Make An Effort To Get Involved Instead

Even if it's not your thing, it's important to them, Make it important to you.

Sitting here side by side with my boyfriend Chase, we have both decided to spend some time catching up on our favorite Instagrammers, Youtube channelers, etc. I know, I know, but please save the "get off your phone" lecture for another time; we all have our interests that may or may not include social media.

As I listen to the yelling and screaming that is coming from his Achievement Hunter video, I sigh and look back at my Nicole Guerriero makeup tutorial video. Then I realized, he follows me into Sephora, watches me as I apply makeup and talk through it, and listens to my hours and hours of conversation about my love for makeup. Why wasn't I doing the same? I watch his videos with him, but his love for gaming is akin to my love for makeup.

Without fail, every girl I know with a gaming boyfriend rolls their eyes and disapproves of the hobby. I get it, if it's getting to the point where all he is doing is sitting on his butt, ignoring you and screaming at the screen in front of him as an obnoxiously loud explosion happens, it's time to have a conversation. Then again, are you lying on the couch watching Tarte's Instagram stories and then scrolling through the Sephora app for hours while your significant other sits right next to you?

Everything in moderation. If every once in a while your boyfriend climbs onto his gaming device for a half an hour or so, sit with him. Be with him. I know it sounds ridiculous if you're not into it either, but that's an interest of his! In my humble opinion, you should try to support your partner in any way you can. Note the word 'try.' We're not all perfect.

But honestly, how nice would it be to have your guy walk into a craft store with you and get into the DIY project you're about to create, or cook a meal with you while you talk about your hobby for cooking? To him, he most likely can't relate to your hobbies just like you can't relate to some of his.

Build that bridge. The next time he brings up a new game he's been playing, or the book he's indulged in, or a new exercise he's been trying, instead of rolling your eyes and making a snarky comment, ask him about it. Be genuine. Try and build that connection even though you can't see why he would have these interests, and hopefully it will be reciprocated when your interests are brought up.

Support each other in any way you can, even if it's hard to wrap your head around. Plus, what's the harm in learning about something new?

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