13 High School Musical Songs To Guide You Through The Semester

13 High School Musical Songs To Guide You Through The Semester

We all need a Chad in our life.

College is supposed to set us up for adulthood and to prepare us for the real world. However, throughout the semester, sometimes there is a much deeper connection with "High School Musical" rather than other adult things. No matter what part of the semester you are in, no worries, because there is a "High School Musical" song just for you.

1. Right before you leave home again: "Scream" - HSM 3

In this angsty song, we see Troy Bolton trying to figure out what his purpose is as he wants his own thing so bad he's gonna scream. As I always do before the semester starts, I feel an impending doom of entering into classes again and getting through the semester, much how Troy feels about choosing between basketball and music without Gabriella being there.

2. Syllabus week: "Bop to the Top" - HSM

The wishful hope that this semester is going to be easier than you think before they are crushed by the introduction slides changing into lecture one slides. Even if it looks like there might be a bit of work later on in the semester, you'll be able to handle it and get the A+ you promised your parents.

3. Syllabus weekend: "The Boys are Back" - HSM 3

Seeing all your college friends that you didn't see during break means getting the squad back together to "wake up the neighborhood" like Chad and Troy. The choreographed dancing through a scrap yard is optional for this but highly recommended.

4. Lecture 1 slide: "Get'cha Head in the Game" - HSM

The dreaded switch from Introduction to Lecture One slides creates a mix of sadness, a little bit of misery, but the start of trying to get your head back in the game to absolutely kill this semester. We all need a Troy in our life to keep us motivated.

5. Impending midterms: "Work This Out" - HSM 2

Realizing not only that it's already halfway through the semester when you feel like you haven't learned anything, but also that you have three different tests next week. We'll work this out to make things right, the sun will shine again!

6. When someone makes a study guide for the midterm: "We're All in This Together" - HSM

Shout-out to anyone who does this because you are a definite blessing for uniting us when we needed each other the most. In this moment, we are all the Wildcats.

7. Completing your paper in one night after your professor said you couldn't: "Bet on It" - HSM 2

The ultimate college bet — actually getting that six-page paper, on the topic that you will never talk about again, done in one night. The dying computer battery, your professor, all betting against you. But you always bet on yourself so don't worry.

8. Receiving your grades for said paper: "I Don't Dance" - HSM 2

No matter what grade you got on the paper, you just did your thing and maybe that thing isn't dancing. It happens, but hey, it's over now, so maybe you and Chad can sing about how you both can't dance.

9. During break: "Fabulous" - HSM 2

Breaks are crucial, and whether you're spending it in a sunny area, back home, or at school, it's always fabulous.

10. Coming back from break: "When There was Me and You" - HSM

The heartbreaking reality that crashes back when that break ends hurts just as much as Gabriella going through her first rough patch with Troy. Gabriella, don't worry because the breaks (or Troy) always come back.

11. Impending finals: "Now or Never" - HSM 3

While there might be a little more than 16 minutes left in the semester, it might feel that way with all of the projects, papers, and exams that are coming your way. This is the last chance to make your mark for the professors, like Troy and the boys' with their last basketball game.

12. Actually taking finals: "Humuhumunukunukuapua'a" - HSM 2

At this point in the semester, we don't know what day it is or how it got to be 3 a.m. so quickly. Everything makes just about as much sense as Sharpay does when she speaks fish to Troy. Whatever happens, happens, and at this point in the semester whatever you know, you know.

13. Finally being done: "What Time is It" - HSM 2

Finally it's all over, the tears and struggles from all of the semester are now over and it's time for summer. The thrill of summer heat, tanned skin and relaxation is finally here and is definitely to be celebrated.

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Whenever you feel overwhelmed just try and remember that Troy and the squad are here for you. What team?

Cover Image Credit: Disney

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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