15 Ways To Be The Coolest Kid In High School

15 Ways To Be The Coolest Kid In High School

Wise wisdom from someone who's been there.
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During my first year of college, I really took the time to reflect on my time in high school and what it meant to me. It was in high school that I transitioned from the scrawny, nerdy boy I once was to the suave, muscular man I am today. When I entered high school, I had no sense of what it meant to be cool. By the time I left, I was captain of the football team and the cheerleading squad. I really learned a lot in those four formative years. And now, that I am 19 and my prime is behind me, I would like to impart some of those wise pieces of wisdom upon you, whomever you may be. Here are my tips on how to be cool in high school:

  1. Locker decoration is crucial to social success. Make sure you have a poster of the latest popular band on the inside of the door for all to see.
  2. Be the class clown. On the first day of chemistry class, the teacher will ask each student to name every element on the periodic table. When it is your turn, recite "Potassium kiss-my-ass-ium". The other students will applaud and you will gain an aura of mystery and intrigue.
  3. The contents of your lunchbox are almost as important as how you're dressed. A sandwich? Cool and level-headed. Yogurt? Maybe a little weird. Roadkill and a diet coke? Now that's someone who's worth getting to know.
  4. Think about social connections. On the subject of lunch, make sure you sit with Ember in the cafeteria today. She's your ticket to the party on Saturday.
  5. 1st period algebra? NOT cool. You know what's cool? 1st period throwing eggs at Mr. Jacobson's car. Yeah!
  6. Don't be naive. Jonny Santos might seem like a cool kid who has all the ins, but be warned. His friendship will ensure you an ensemble role in the musical, but the ensemble is where you'll remain forever.
  7. Getting picked up from school by your mom? Major no-no. Getting picked up from school by your 20-year-old boyfriend whose name is "Jack Danger"? That's the ticket!
  8. For the latest gossip, make sure you talk to Ross Casper. You can find him in the second floor bathroom during third period. He'll give you all the deets on the latest hookups, scandals, and parties. But it's gonna cost you a piece of gum.
  9. Ah, health class. A classic part of the awkward high school experience. Don't be nervous. Just put on a condom before class so that when the teacher comes around to check, you'll get extra credit.
  10. Hack the system. Not feeling well? Pay a visit to Nurse Nan on the first floor to get a note so you can go home. If you bring another student, she will use her magical Sick Stick to transfer your illness to that student, and then they can go home.
  11. Do not open locker #666. Don Farley left a turd in there—20 years ago.
  12. Have you played the Fabled Saxophone in the band room yet? It is a requirement for success in high school. To find it, you must solve Mr. Danton the music teacher's riddle.
  13. Homecoming is the most important event of the year. If you do not have a date, your only option is to challenge another student to a soda drinking contest. If you win, you get their date.
  14. Just be yourself. Trends will come and go. At the end of the day, it's who you are as a person that really matters.
  15. Everyone pees their pants during class. It's nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone.

If you follow these 15 simple guidelines, I guarantee that you will be cool and popular in high school. And heck, if you play your cards right, you could even become the principal.

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Everything You Need To Know About BANG Energy Drinks

Say goodbye to your favorite pre-workout drink.
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BANG energy drinks from VPX Sports are the hottest new products for athletes everywhere. On every can, you'll find their catchphrase "Potent Brain & Body Fuel" and it gives you just that. Clean energy, laser-sharp focus, and no sugar induced crashes are just a few of the reasons these bad boys are flying off the shelves faster than retailers can keep them stocked. Haven't heard of them? Sound too good to be true? Let me answer your questions.

What is it? It's an energy drink that's kind of like your typical Red Bull or Monster. It's a perfect substitution for pre-workout supplements or coffee.

Who's it meant for? Anyone! A better question to ask is, "Who isn't this drink meant for?" On the can, you'll find a recommendation for no one under the age of 18 to consume the drink. You also may want to steer clear of it if you're sensitive to stimulants like caffeine.

What's in it? BANG energy drinks contain zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and zero sugar. But what you can find are BCAA's, CoQ10, creatine, and copious amounts of caffeine. These are things athletes often take as supplements.

What are BCAA's? BCAA's are Branched Chain Amino Acids. They are known to stimulate protein synthesis, increase muscle function, decrease your soreness after a workout, and even aid in repairing damaged muscles.

What's CoQ10? Coenzyme Q10 is found in the mitochondria of your cells and sparks energy production. It helps produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. People often take this as a dietary supplement when they feel tired or lethargic.

What's super creatine? Creatine does a great job in enhancing athletic performance by aiding growth of lean body mass (AKA muscle). When you take creatine orally, the amount in your muscles increase and helps regenerate ATP more efficiently. According to the nutrition label, this so-called "super" creatine is bonded to Leucine to make Creatyl-L-Leucine. On SupplementReviews.com, a VPX Sports representative allegedly said the following about the Super Creatine in the drink:

"The creatine in there is actually something very special...it is the world's only water stable creatine. It is Creatine-Leucine peptide. Think of this...if you mix creatine in water, it sinks and if you mix leucine in water, it floats....if you combine the two into a peptide, it creates a water soluble and water-stable form of creatine. It also has a fatty acid chain that makes it easier to cross the blood brain barrier. The focus of the super creatine is not for muscle function, but for cognition...by combining this form of creatine with caffeine, it works synergistically for mental focus."

How much caffeine is in one can? In one can of BANG, you'll be blessed with 300mg of caffeine. This is the equivalent to over three cups of coffee.

Is that even safe? Yeah, it is. In order for the caffeine in the energy drink to be lethal at any capacity, I would have to drink 30.7 cans.

So, what are the downsides? There are two things that come to mind. One is that consumers have no idea how much BCAA's, CoQ10, or creatine is actually in the drink. It could very likely be trace amounts too small to do anything beneficial. Two, BANG energy drinks do not go through the FDA approval process.

Is it really that good? Well, out of 113 reviews of the product on Bodybuilding.com, there's an average 9.6 overall rating. Most reviews comment on the quality of the energy, the cognitive focus, and the non-existent crash once the drink wears off.

What kind of flavors can I get? There are currently eight BANG energy drink flavors on the market: Black Cherry Vanilla, Cotton Candy, Sour Heads, Star Blast, Blue Razz, Champagne Cola, Power Punch, and Lemon Drop.

Where can I buy BANG energy drinks? You can find BANG energy drinks at Amazon, your local GNC or Vitamin Shoppe retailers, Bodybuilding.com, VPX Sports' website, some gas stations, and privately owned retailers.

How expensive are they? This depends on where you make your purchase. The cheapest place to purchase your BANG energy drinks is at Bodybuilding.com for about $2.00 per can. You can find similar prices on Amazon and at your local retailers. The energy drinks are most expensive through the VPX website where you'll pay about $2.75 per can.

How does BANG compare to other energy drinks? I'll give you some data on nutrition facts and you can make your decisions based on that:

16 oz. BANG: 300mg caffeine, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar.

16 oz. Monster Energy (regular): 160mg caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

16 oz. Red Bull (regular): 160mg caffeine, 56g carbohydrates, 56g sugar

16 oz. Rockstar (regular): 144g caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

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It's Time For Texas A&M To Step In And Stand Up

Writing off victims in order to pretend your college campus does not have a problem with sexual assault does not mean you do not have a problem.

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I got on Twitter for the first time in probably a month, and suddenly a post caught my eye. I'll leave the details out, but essentially, a student who was sexually assaulted by a TAMU athlete not only learned her attacker would remain on his athletic team but also received a curt, cold and insensitive response from the university.

I was disgusted.

Then it got worse, and it is what I saw next is the reason I am writing this right now: this girl is far from alone in her negative experience with A&M.;

In fact, as I scrolled through the comments, I saw more. I read of a girl who was sexually assaulted by another TAMU athlete, only to have the assault written off as "harassment" and told to simply try to avoid him. Another mentioned the person who sexually assaulted her was to return to campus this fall, and again was told to simply stay away.

Texas A&M; might be a big school, but no school is too big to care. These were just two that I read that day, but two is too many in my opinion, not to mention those still not ready or able to come forward.

These posts I read represent instances where sexual assault victims, and students of Texas A&M;, courageously came forward against their attackers only to be undermined, pushed aside, ignored, and silenced by the very people and very university that was supposed to protecting and listening to them.

As an Aggie, and a proud one at that, I am ashamed of my school. I am shocked, and I am heartbroken. I cannot imagine how it must feel to be told that the person who has made your life a waking nightmare will be sharing the classroom and the library with you once again.

I used to brag to friends at other colleges about how safe I felt on my campus, and how proud I was of a school who exercised their core values so tangibly.

It not only terrifies me that sexual assault is happening on my college campus, under my own nose. It terrifies me how comfortable my college campus appears to be with that fact.

It terrifies me that my college campus values athletics and academia over the well-being of its students.

Texas A&M;, you have failed the fellow Aggies I mentioned above. Therefore, you have failed me, and you have failed every single student who steps foot on campus.

If you know me, you know I don't like to do stuff like this. I don't like to put myself out there, to step on toes and make statements. But this grabbed me.

Because this is not about just one Twitter post or one whispered rumor or one instance or one student. I am writing this because one or two stories forces me to dreadfully consider the fact that there may be more.

This is not something you can sweep under the rug.

Another hotel or more engineering degrees is not going to fix this. Because this is not just happening not only in dorm rooms and libraries and classrooms and apartments. It is happening in boardrooms and coach's offices where decisions are being made, and students are being hurt. And when this is bigger than just students harming students, when a university is harming students too, then you have a crack forming in your foundation, getting bigger and bigger every single day that you let assaulters off the hook.

I can't help but think of Step in and Stand Up. For those who may not know, this is a campaign founded by A&M; in 2015 to create open conversation and provide recourses and training to prevent sexual assault on campus. This year, in particular, the movement gained a lot of momentum, with countless events and, ironically, even the athletics department participating. And all of these things are wonderful.

According to a survey by the Association of American Universities done in 2015, 15% of females at Texas A&M; reported being sexually assaulted. And although this number is lower than the study's 20% national average, that number does not take into account unreported cases, and it does not take into account what happens after these cases are reported, which in my opinion, is almost as important.

But Ags, we can do better.

And so can our administration. The ones who are supposed to be leading and guiding this university are letting off the assaulters, and it needs to stop. I am calling out the people of Texas A&M; who have been pretending we do not have a problem because you are catalyzing the problem. I am asking, pleading for a school who has for too long been focused on money and trophies to truly prioritize its students to take sexual assault seriously, and specifically, to take sexual assaulters seriously.

Yes, I realize these cases that have most recently come to light may very well be isolated, and I honestly hope that is the case. Some might say these words come across a little extreme or harsh, but it's because I believe there is still time to change. The damage has already been done, but I don't want to give up hope on my university yet, because I still love this place, and I still believe there is something special about the Aggie spirit.

One of our core values is integrity. I want to believe my university still has that. Texas A&M;, it is time to step in and stand up.

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