'Dear Evan Hansen' Could Make The World A Better Place

'Dear Evan Hansen' Could Make The World A Better Place

A musical as unique as “Dear Evan Hansen” will reach out and touch so many people, making them feel a little less alone.

Though some may call me a “fake fan” because I only became aware of this musical after it swept the Tony Awards and became mainstream news, it doesn’t take away any of the importance of its story. Dear Evan Hansen is painfully relatable for anyone who has ever felt invisible or alone. It offers us a glimpse into the life of the titular character, Evan, who suffers from severe social anxiety. The fact that mental illness is even being treated directly mentioned as part of a character is revolutionary, and this musical does a beautiful job of addressing it. Instead of treating Evan like he is only his illness, his anxiety is treated as a setback- just something that makes certain tasks more challenging. Evan’s longing to be accepted and loved by those around him makes him an incredibly relatable character.

The thing that I think makes this musical great is that it shows humanity- the fact that no one really knows what they’re doing. We are often plagued by self-doubt and the fear that we won’t meet other people’s expectations, and some people can handle these better than others. It often seems like the easiest thing to do is to, as Evan put it, “step out of the sun.” Eventually, Evan finds something that provides him a way of making meaningful connections with people. In the end, it does not pan out the way he planned, but it helped him to connect with people that he never thought he would. Taking a step outside of his comfort zone provided him with the acceptance and love that he wanted, and I think we could all learn a lesson from this.

Evan’s mother, from the very beginning, worries if she will be able to provide for him on her own. She tries to be there for Evan but, like everyone else, she isn’t sure how to get through to him. Like rest of us, she’s just figuring it out as she goes along. Evan was scared to ask her for help for a long time because he didn’t want to burden her, but she tells him he should never be scared to come to her for whatever he needs. Telling someone that you need them is sometimes difficult because we don’t want to cause them any added stress or pain, but anyone who truly cares about you will want to know that something is wrong. Don’t shut people out if you need them, and make sure that your loved ones know you are willing to help them and that they are not an extra burden on you.

I am not the biggest Broadway fan out there, and I am not ashamed to admit that the only other musical I’ve listened to in its entirety is Hamilton. However, when a story as unique as Dear Evan Hansen comes along, I am all for it because I know for sure that this is going to reach out and touch so many people who relate to the struggles that these characters face, and as a result, these people will feel a little less alone. For anyone out there doubting themselves, just know that you are not invisible. It may take some time, and there will be rough spots along the way, but believe me when I tell you, you will be found.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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A Step By Step Of How Your Thanksgiving Will Actually Go

Every year we think it will go differently, and yet...


It's pre-Christmas, and it will be a day of stress, love, and wonderful food.

1. You wake up to the sounds of a parent slamming pots and pans on the counter top


It is time. The day has begun and your mom or dad will start yelling for you any minute.

2. You finally make it downstairs and you're assigned your tasks before family arrives


There will be the "Make this table," or the "Dust the entire house because your cousins are coming and they won't notice but your aunt sure will. Oh, and please stay out of the kitchen." You know, the usual.

3. You try to eat breakfast and lunch but honestly you can not WAIT for dinner tonight and the smells coming from the kitchen are overwhelming


What are we celebrating again? I'm just excited to eat.

4. You rush and make your way to the grocery store at least once (maybe twice) because your parents can't leave the kitchen


"You would think mom wouldn't forget anything for tonight, but I guess it is pretty easy to forget gravy when you're making a million other dishes," you think to yourself as you try to defend the forgetfulness.

5. You spend a few hours feeling bored as you wait for your family members to arrive because you still aren't allowed in the kitchen and you find yourself watching that one "Friends" episode to kill some time. 


Football or "Friends"? Honestly I should ask my mom if she needs more help but I'll just keep watching this.

6. Your family finally arrives 


It is suddenly overwhelmingly loud and you now get to talk about your life for the next few hours. Food cannot come soon enough.

7. Hours and hours seemed to go by but dinner is finally ready


At llllaaaassssstttttttttt, my dinnnnnnneeeeerrrrrrrr will be mmmmiiiinnneeeeeeeeee!

8. You have to sit through and listen to either heated debate or six conversations at once while you eat 


Honestly, I'll just keep quiet and enjoy these mashed potatoes for their deliciousness.

9. You get one look from your mom and suddenly your busting the whole table


But hey, there are worse things in life. For instance, I'm not even toughing that turkey carcass I don't care what my parents say.

10. It's round two. You've been waiting for that pie all day 


There's this cool thing called a dessert stomach where you have more room for dessert than you did five minutes ago. Isn't that great?!?

11. Your family slowly starts to leave, and the food coma starts to settle in 


It's been a great meal, even if there was some arguing. At the end of it all, it's still been a great thanksgiving.

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