MTV's 'Awkward' Was A Social Revolution That Taught Me A Lot Of What I Know Today

MTV's 'Awkward' Was A Social Revolution That Taught Me A Lot Of What I Know Today

Jenna Hamilton is my heroine.


Back in my old country, when this show was airing, my friends and I would always find time between class to discuss what could possibly happen in the intriguing life of Jenna Hamilton. Would she and Matty finally realize that they are meant to be together -- or will something come their way and take them off the correct path?

Moments like this used to be the highlight of my day. Awkward. is one of my favorite shows, and I was overly excited when I found out it was on Hulu.

The story follows ordinary Jenna Hamilton, who has been crushing on dream-guy Matty McKibben for... like ever. During summer camp, her wish to hook up with him comes true. After that one time, Jenna and Matty's secret relationship began, but the world well off Jenna's hands as she suffered an accident tagged as a suicide attempt. News of her suicide attempt rang through the school like the school bell, and then she had to manage her way through the hardships of high school.

In reality, she hadn't really tried to commit suicide. Perhaps she had written about how she wanted to die, but the accident was just that -- an accident. Too many aspirins fell off the bottle and she slipped on the floor and broker her arm or shoulder.

However, the intriguing life of Jenna Hamilton contained more than her crush for Matty. The show didn't just entirely revolve around them. The show progressed as Jenna did as well; learning lessons about people and life and decisions.

Some decisions can benefit you but hurt others. Bad influences are bad influences; everybody tried warning you, but you never listened. The world around you is always burning with horror and madness and sadness. Everyone is in pain, not just you. Everybody deserves a "happy ending" every now and then.

Jenna Hamilton became my favorite TV character since I first laid eyes on her. She just wanted to fit into the thrilling, yet dangerous, the world that high school is. Everyone hyped it up in middle school. Not everybody gets to sit at the top of the hierarchy from the first day -- only a few lucky ones can. Those who dwell at the bottom need to tread those murky waters.

She aspired to be a writer, just as me -- and like some of you. Her dream was to go to college to study creative writing. A young girl with a heart of gold, and a mind that spoke wonders on her blog. A soul that was easily manipulated by the perilous beauty of the world. A girl that always went back to the top when she found herself at the bottom -- a resilient human being.

I'll admit that I am a sucker for many shows, but Awkward. is definitely at the top. Despite the quirky lines and hidden humor, Awkward. served as a professor for those of us who were growing. It helped to open an eye for the world out there because there is more to life than boys and crushes and popularity. There is a world beyond high school, and that is a lesson I'll always carry with me from that show.

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19 Reasons French Bulldogs Are Scientifically Proven To Be The Best Kind Of Dogs

Because they are the best dogs.


Now I may be biased, but I believe that French Bulldogs are just simply the best.

Not only are they super cute but they definitely have a unique personality.

That being said, here are 19 things that every French Bulldog owner has experienced:

1. Having to explain to people that you have a pig as a pet that’s not really a pig


2. Having to explain to people that it is also a mouse


3. Having to explain to people that it is also a bat


Those ears are just too cute!

4.  Having to deal with the strange looks people give you when you say that


5. Having to clean your Frenchie’s wrinkles


Gotta keep 'em clean!

6. Struggling to choose just one outfit to buy them when you go to the store


7.  Trying to sleep but their snoring keeps you up


8. But then you get used to their snoring and miss it when you don’t hear it


9. Laughing at that little hop they do when they get excited


10. Laughing at their butt just wiggling when they get excited, since they don’t have a tail


11. Having everyone coo at your Frenchie when you walk it


12.  Having a need to buy another one


They are like potato chips, you cant just have just one.

13. Occasionally hearing a random snorting sound out of the blue


14. Being protective over your Frenchie


They would never bite up your shoe! How dare someone assume that. Some other dog probably did it.

15. Taking 1,000s of pictures and videos of your Frenchie and then sending them to people

Taking pictures

16. Missing your Frenchie when you go away on vacation

Miss dog

17. Having to turn back on a walk after 1 block  in the summer because they get hot easily


They are not lazy. They just can't go that far!

18. Not being able to leave food anywhere on a low level surface


They are little vacuum cleaners.

19. Falling in love more and more every day with your wrinkly little baby


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My AP Environmental Science Class' Cookie Mining Experiment Shows Why Capitalism Is Destroying The Planet

Who cares about the environment with profits this high?


With the AP exams in May approaching quickly, my AP Environmental Science class has wasted no time in jumping right into labs. To demonstrate the damage to the environment done by strip mining, we were instructed to remove the chocolate chips from cookies.

The experiment in itself was rather simple. We profited from fully or partially extracted chips ($8 for a full piece and $4 for a partial) and lost from buying tools, using time and area and incurring fines.

This might seem simplistic, but it showcased the nature of disastrous fossil fuel companies.

We were fined a $1 per minute we spent mining. It cost $4 per tool we bought (either tweezers or paper clips) and 50 cents for every square centimeter of cookie we mined.

Despite the seemingly overbearing charges compared to the sole way to profit, it was actually really easy to profit.

If we found even a partial chocolate chip per minute, that's $3 profit or utilization elsewhere. Tools were an investment that could be made up each with a partial chip, and clearly we were able to find much, much more than just one partial chip per tool.

Perhaps the most disproportionally easiest thing to get around were the fines. We were liable to be fined for habitat destruction, dangerous mining conditions with faulty tools, clutter, mess and noise level. No one in the class got fined for noise level nor faulty tools, but we got hit with habitat destruction and clutter, both of which added up to a mere $6.

We managed to avoid higher fines by deceiving our teacher by pushing together the broken cookie landscapes and swiping away the majority of our mess before being examined for fining purposes. This was amidst all of our cookies being broken into at least three portions.

After finding many, many chips, despite the costs of mining, we profited over $100. We earned a Franklin for destroying our sugary environment.

We weren't even the worst group.

It was kind of funny the situations other groups simulated to their cookies. We were meant to represent strip mining, but one group decided to represent mountaintop removal. Mountaintop removal is where companies go to extract resources from the tops of mountains via explosions to literally blow the tops off. This group did this by literally pulverizing their cookies to bits and pieces with their fists.

They incurred the maximum fine of $45. They didn't profit $100, however.

They profited over $500 dollars.

In the context of our environmental science class, these situations were anywhere from funny to satisfying. In the context of the real world, however, the consequences are devastating our environment.

Without even mentioning the current trajectory we're on approaching a near irreversible global temperature increase even if we took drastic measures this moment, mining and fracking is literally destroying ecosystems.

We think of earthquakes as creating mass amounts of sudden movement and unholy deep trenches as they fracture our crust. With dangerous mining habits, we do this ourselves.

Bigger companies not even related to mining end up destroying the planet and even hundreds of thousands of lives. ExxonMobil, BP? Still thriving in business after serial oil spills over the course of their operation. Purdue Pharma, the company who has misled the medical community for decades about the effects of OxyContin and its potential for abuse, is still running and ruining multitudes more lives every single day.

Did these companies receive fines? Yes.

But their business model is too profitable to make the fines have just about any effect upon their operation.

In our cookie mining simulation, we found that completely obliterating the landscape was much more profitable than being careful and walking on eggshells around the laws. Large, too-big-to-fail companies have held the future of our planet in their greedy paws and have likewise pulverized our environment, soon enough to be unable to return from.

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