In Defense Of One Direction

In Defense Of One Direction

More than just a boyband.

When people hear the name "One Direction," most will give an obnoxious eye roll & audible sigh with the thought of screaming, crying, and deranged teenage girls that follow. And if by chance you don't know who they are, congratulations, you've somehow been completely oblivious to one of the most talked about groups in the media light. That is the main connotation that is given with the popular boyband sadly, though there is so much more meaning for so many people.

While the term "boyband" usually comes with some humorous scoffs, but that certain group could be helping through someone through some real shit. From the three 1D concerts, I have been fortunate enough to attend, I've seen multiple girls hold signs up saying "Thank you for saving me" or "You saved us." Music is an outlet, no matter if it be pop, rock, rap or anything else, and if that can help someone through their darkest times, does there need to be judgment?

One Direction gave me possibly the greatest thing to happen to me, and that would be my best friend. We both went to school together since kindergarten, lived two minutes down the road from each other and had no idea neither one existed, until freshman year of high school. One morning on the bus ride to school (at an ungodly hour may I add), I couldn't seem to find a seat and quickly sat next to a girl sitting by herself, looking out the window with her headphones in. I quickly put in my headphones to avoid awkward small talk to and put on the catchy song I was hearing on the radio repeatedly by this cute boyband. After about a minute the girl nudged me, leaning in to show me her iPod and to my surprise was listening to the exact same song. That quick moment leads to a chat about this unknown boyband, and there began the lifelong friendship. Ever since then, we have attended a One Direction concert each year for the past three years as a kind of tradition. To celebrate our friendship by enjoying what started it all together.

Besides the fact of meeting Leslie, One Direction has given me some memorable experiences that'll last me a lifetime. They were my first concert back in 2013, first time to Michigan to see them in 2014 (and having to walk down a highway exit to get to the venue in time..that was a fun day) and this past year was able to see them catwalk for the last time in 2015. All these adventures were all because of the little "stupid pop boyband."

Now I'm not saying if you don't like One Direction that you're a terrible person, but I am saying everyone is entitled to their own likes and dislikes. If I'm 20 years old and a boyband from the U.K. makes me happy then who cares? When I'm at their concerts or listening to their music, I'm in my happy place. All the stress of life, school or work just minimize for that moment.

I can't thank those five (now 4) British lads for what people and experiences they've given me. Their simple music has brought me joy when I've needed it, and given me friends that'll last a lifetime. Who knew the simple things in life are what can bring us pure happiness? As cheesy as it sounds, One Direction will always be more than a band for me. Even when I'm that 50-year-old mom going to the reunion tour, they'll still bring me as much joy. I'm a One Direction and always will be. So the next person that tells you that they're a 1D or any other music fan, rather than laughing give a respectful response. And maybe even give them a listen, you never know, you could become a fan too.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.

When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...


"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"


Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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