"Hamilton" hit the scene in 2015, and it took Broadway by storm. Earning 16 Tony Nominations and winning 11, Lin Manuel Miranda's brainchild became a cultural phenomenon. I only recently saw the show in May, and while I'm three years late to the party, I was amazed and inspired. This show manages to tell an old story while still addressing current issues in a way that can connect to youth. Speaking of connecting to youth, it'll be time for students to return to college soon. So, I decided to show you how "Hamilton" transcends the stage!
1. When you think you're awesome cause you're out of high school
I'm not saying that you're not awesome, but you got to remember to stay humble! Life is about to knock you on your ass, and if you get too cocky, you won't have a cushion.
2. When your friends are trying to convince you to go out
Now I know the idea of pouring cheap vodka and nasty beer into your liver may seem like an appealing idea to you now, you need to know your limits! If you have homework or just don't feel like going out, I'm going to let you in on a little secret... you don't have to!
3. When you come home late and you gotta be quiet!
I discussed this in a past article, but the key to a healthy roommate relationship is mutual respect! If you're going to be coming home late, at least have the common decency to be quiet! And if you decide to bring "company" back with you, the same rules apply.
4. When your class is trying to ask the teacher for extra credit
The logic behind this is very similar to when you and your siblings were trying to get what you want. If enough of you ask, they'll eventually give in!
5. When the party gets busted and you're hiding in the closet
There's no shame in admitting, you've been hiding in a strangers room and questioning every life decision you've ever made. There will always be that one person who is frantically talking, and to them, that's what we're all saying!
6. When your done with midterms and you're just happy you passed
When you've been in the library for days and you're running on caffeine and fleeting hope, the fact that you passed is a miracle!
7. When you break up with someone and you get rid of anything that reminds you of them
Break ups are tough, and the usual ritual before indulging in ice cream and complex carbohydrates is clearing your social media. It's tough but completely normal, do what you need to do!
8. When you need to talk to your professor and you camp outside their office
Emails are great, but when you really need help, going in person is always best! Whether you need help studying...or are begging for extra credit, go in person! They have office hours for a reason!
9. When you and your friends pulled an all nighter and ace the exam
All-nighters are not a good idea, very rarely does it work out in your favor. But those rare moments when you studied hard and it paid off are priceless! My advice to an incoming freshman would be this... invest some time in yourself and get your butt to the library!
10. When you fight with your friend and it escalates quickly
It's going to happen eventually, but the important thing to remember is that you need to take a second and cool off. Because if you don't, you'll end up dueling in New Jersey, and no one wants that!
11. When you get your degree and can laugh at everyone who doubted you!
There's nothing better than succeeding at what you were striving for and be able to show everyone who doubted you that they were wrong!
College is an amazing time for everyone to learn about themselves and pursue their dreams. That's what Alexander Hamilton came to do, and it is was because of this drive that our country made the advancements that it has. Alexander Hamilton came to this country for a better life and to get an education, and look how far he went! College is fun, but don't forget you're there for an education.