15 Things Each Character On 'Criminal Minds' Can Teach Us About Life

15 Things Each Character On 'Criminal Minds' Can Teach Us About Life

Life lessons from our favorite people of the BAU.

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I remember the first time I ever watched an episode of "Criminal Minds." It was the summer before my freshman year of high school and I found the first few seasons on some random website. I was hooked. Now, this show has been a part of my life for five years. It's insane. Recently, the news dropped that "Criminal Minds" would come to an end after a final 15th season with 10 episodes. I have loved every minute of this crazy, spooky, thrilling, and emotional journey. Every season is made up of complex characters that make the show so great...

1. Aaron Hotchner

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Hotch teaches us that no matter what, the key to being a good leader is to be just, fair, honest, and always willing to be there for your team. He also makes the BAU a family. We miss you, Hotch.

2. Emily Prentiss

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Emily teaches us how to trust. She grows so much throughout the series, and after a run in with a former undercover enemy, she really starts to grasp the fact that the BAU has her back. She can trust them because they love her and care about her. She is also a major badass and I love her.

3. Stephen Walker

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Walker is lighthearted and funny, but he's also so wise. He always makes time for the team. He teaches us that spending time with the people you love is one of the best things that you can do. I miss him...

4. Kate Callahan

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Kate teaches us that showing people how you feel doesn't make you weak. It makes you strong. She is so full of energy and life and is never afraid to let people know what is on her mind.

5. Spencer Reid

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Spencer Reid teaches us how to be strong. He never seems to get a break... like... ever. By relying on his team, his family, he is able to get through some of the hardest things imaginable. He is so precious. I've loved watching him grow.

6. Tara Lewis

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Tara teaches us that one of the most badass and beautiful things that you can do in this life is to be true to yourself. She comes into the BAU and brings this light. I'm obsessed with her and you should be, too.

7. Jason Gideon

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Gideon teaches us to follow our heart and our gut. His affinity for his team, his quirky love for birds, and his intuition make him one of the most memorable characters. We're just gonna forget about how he ghosted the BAU for this post, lol... and just focus on the good stuff.

8. David Rossi

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Rossi teaches us to keep your friends and family close to your heart. He is always going out of his way to make sure people are OK, but he does it in such a lighthearted way that people miss it. His team is a part of his family and he doesn't see them any other way. There is nothing Rossi wouldn't do for them. He also throws AMAZING parties.

9. Matt Simmons

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Simmons teaches us that putting your all into something pays off. He has a family, and puts his all into that. He joined the BAU and brought people together, putting his all into that. Simmons is a hard working, family loving cutie who deserves the whole world.

10.  Alex Blake

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Blake teaches us how to forgive. She and Erin Strauss had some beef. You don't need to be a linguist to know that. But she always managed to put her job and her team first, before any of the drama from the past. Blake is also a superb listener. We stan.

11.  Erin Strauss

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Strauss teaches us that your past doesn't define you and that every new day is an opportunity to start over. She worked hard and was good at her job, but she had her vices, as everyone does. She didn't let them define her, though. Miss you, Strauss. You were quite the toughie but you grew on us in the end.

12.  Luke Alvez

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Luke teaches us that stepping out of our comfort zone can lead to some of the best experiences in the world. He's the newbie and told Garcia he didn't share his personal life with his co-workers. It didn't take long for him to start settling in and feeling like another vital addition to the family within the BAU. All it took was a leap. He's too good ugh.

13.  Jennifer Jareau

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JJ teaches us to never ever ever lose hope. JJ had a major shift in career, fell in love, had a son, got married, got tortured, lost her sister, and on top of all of that she still persevered. The always had hope, even in her darkest moments. She will always be one of my favorite characters because of this.

14.  Derek Morgan

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Derek teaches us that one of the best things that you can do for the people you love is to simply remind them that you are there for them. He told Emily she should trust him. He told Reid to hang in there. He told Hotch things would be OK. He reminded Penelope of her worth. He is constantly a voice in the back of the team's mind, telling them that they matter and that he's there for them.

15.  Penelope Garcia

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Garica teaches us that no matter what, there are people somewhere in this world that care about you. They could be hundreds of miles away, typing away on a computer or sitting next to you on an airplane. She also teaches us that happiness can be found anywhere and to never stop loving others. Garcia is my fav. LOVE her.

Thank you, "Criminal Minds." Thank you, BAU. Thank you for letting us join you on this journey.

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The Ultimate List Of 'One Tree Hill' Moments That Left Us Shook

There's only one Tree Hill.
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Late last semester, I was in desperate need of a new Netflix show to start watching. I casually inquired to my roommates if I should start watching "One Tree Hill." Both having watched the show before, and slightly horrified that I've never even seen a single episode, they wholeheartedly urged me to begin the emotional journey that is "One Tree Hill." The show is quite a doozy at nine seasons, but I powered through all the ridiculous, melodramatic, and, above all, ups and downs that the multitude of characters experience. I have way too many thoughts concerning this show, but here we go.

Here are some of the best things about this show:

1. Brooke & Peyton's Friendship

2.Haley & Nathan's First Kiss

3. The Cracker Jack Box Prize

4. The Boytoy Auction

5. Lucas and Nathan's Budding Friendship

6. Whitey's Tough Love And Wisdom

7. Jake Being The Best All-Around Guy

8. Lucas's Heartfelt Speech To Brooke In The Rain

9. Peyton Bonding With Her Biological Mother

10. Karen & Keith Getting Together

11. Mouth Being The Ultimate Friend

12. Haley & Nathan Renewing Their Vows

13. The Ravens Winning The Basketball Championship

14. Lucas Declaring His Love To Peyton

15. Haley & Nathan Having Jamie

16. The Heartfelt Farewell To The River Court After Graduating High School

17. The Transformation Of Brooke Davis

18. Brooke & Peyton Reuniting In Tree Hill

19. Haley & Nathan's Little Family

20. Quentin & Jamie

21. Lucas & Peyton Getting Back Together

22. Deb Knocking Nanny Carrie Out

23. The Dog Eating Dan's Heart

24. Lucas & Peyton Getting Married

25. Peyton & Lucas Having Sawyer

26. Nathan Getting Into The NBA

27. Brooke & Julian's Relationship

28. Clay & Quinn Getting Together

29. The Utah Trip

30. Brooke & Julian's Wedding

31. Lydia Scott Arriving

32. Brooke Telling Julian She's Pregnant

33. Jude & Davis Baker

34. Chase Being The Best Bar Manager

35. Chris Keller Returning

36. Keith Forgiving Dan

37. Clay & Quinn Getting Engaged

38. Clay & Quinn & Logan Becoming A Family

39. The Cast Singing Along To The Theme Song

40. This Iconic Line

"One Tree Hill" is definitely a show that gives you some serious feelings, and because of that, I think it's one of the best teen dramas ever made. Lucas, Nathan, Brooke, Peyton, Karen, Keith, Whitey, Jamie, Deb, Mouth, Skills, Clay, Quinn, Millie, Chase, Chris, and even Dan will always have a place in every OTH fan's heart. There is, after all, only one Tree Hill.



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'Shrill' Is A Giant Middle Finger To Unhealthy Body Image, Sexuality, And More

Aidy Bryant kicks off the pilot episode of her new show on Hulu with a bat of her eyelashes and middle finger to negative social standards.

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When I was scrolling through Facebook the other day looking for content to write about at work, I stumbled across a post about a new comedy show on Hulu called "Shrill." I didn't know much about it other than that it stars Aidy Bryant, who I love, and immediately put it on my radar.

As a quick premise, if you don't know who Aidy is, she stars on Saturday Night Live and is one of the most nonchalantly hilarious women in comedy. She's known for her effortless way in sliding in jokes under her breath and for being a downright awesome advocate for women. Tie that all together, and I knew the show would be iconic.

The start of the pilot episode gives you a warm feeling, almost a sense of familiarity. It has that same "this premise is going to be about women who live their lives for themselves," much to how I felt watching "Broad City" and "Girls." With the latter already ended and the former coming to its close, I was hoping a new show would come out, and "Shrill" seems to already be hitting more nails on the head.

Spoiler alerts ahead.

In the first episode, we see Aidy take on topics that are heavy, controversial and very transparent in nature.

First and foremost, she talks about her body image issues and how it plays a role in her relationships. Because of her plus-sized figure, she explained how she always used it to scrutinize every aspect of her life. How because she was always bigger, she felt the need to prove herself in other ways, like being constantly kind, giving and nice to everyone around her. Don't get me wrong, these are great attributes to have, but she realized that by constantly making sure everyone around her was happy, she lost herself in the process.

She stopped standing up for herself out of fear of creating a wake for other people. She stopped demanding more for her worth and settled for what could be good. And she stopped seeing herself as a person worthy of anything real outside of her weight. Her body constantly played a role in her choices and became shackles holding her down from making true actions throughout her life.

We see her ask for a job promotion and get humiliated in the process. It's not till the end of the episode when she realizes her worth that she begins to fight for herself, her goals and her future.

In the midst of it all is a man who she sleeps with and clearly wants more from him. She felt that because she had a man want her, she needed to do everything in her power to keep him around, which included allowing him to have sex with her without protection. In the process, she didn't realize that Plan B pills aren't applicable to anyone over 175 lbs and got pregnant as a result of it.

What a brave woman that Aidy Bryant is. Because also in this first episode, her character has an abortion as a way of claiming her truth and womanhood. She made a decision to terminate her pregnancy, and in this day and age of politics, that will absolutely come with its fair share of backlash.

But instead of the abortion being clueless, haste or uneducated, she shares the experience from an authentic perspective. She talks about claiming back her life and how she didn't have the procedure for anyone other than herself.

I can already hear pro-life advocates screaming at their TVs calling her selfish and inconsiderate of the baby, but what's impressive to me is that Aidy didn't care to go into more detail. In the show, she didn't feel the need to plead her case. She simply said it was for herself, and left it at that. With an understanding friend and supportive family, she knew it was all she needed to get through. I'm sure women everywhere felt the depth of this answer or lack thereof.

Without spoiling too much, we see her come to terms with tormentors in her life: her weight, the lack of respect from the man she sleeps with and the absurdity of the woman/trainer who pushes the narrative that in order to be a respectable human Aidy must lose weight.

It was a standard pilot episode in the archetypical timeline of it all: Woman has issues; woman has major life lesson; woman changes her perspective and the show kicks off to really begin in episode two. Although I've seen this plotline before, the actual content this one carries has me drawn in and eager to watch more. I'm curious to know what other hard-hitting topics the show will introduce in its 6 episodes, and I plan on writing a season recap/reaction to it all in the end.

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