Mean Girls: Real Life Edition

Mean Girls: Real Life Edition

Sometimes they don't grow up.
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It would appear that every kid and their mother has seen the movie "Mean Girls." It starred Lindsey Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and some other people that are not popular enough to remember. Let's not forget about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler back before we actually knew who they were.

I digress.

(Spoiler alert ahead for those souls who haven't seen the movie.)

We can all attest that at the end of the movie, the mean girls have a "come to Jesus" moment when they find their place in their high school niche. All is right in the world and the audience has a few laughs and reminisces on the times when they were in high school. Yet, is that reality? Do all mean girls eventually grow up? Heck no.

Thinking back on it, we all knew those mean girls in high school and could probably name a few right now. What happens, though, when those high school mean girls don't have a "come to Jesus" moment and remain forever-stuck in their ways?

That's right, they come to college. Maybe I was too bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to believe that when people came to college it was a fresh start to be the people that they actually wanted to be. I thought we'd all grown past that silly petty drama. I mean that's why we wanted to get away from middle school so badly. I soon realized, though, that mean girls still exist and it's not just in the confines of a classroom. They are everywhere terrorizing the lives of those so undeserving.

They are still stuck in the minds of their little high school selves believing that everyone worships the ground that they walk on and will belittle people into getting what they want.

I don't know who raised these mean girls, but I could probably give them an earful. It shocks me that at the age of 21, I am still hearing stories of hurtful and ruthless girls that truly believe the world revolves around them.

I wonder, has no one ever put these girls in their place? Has no one ever created an army and stood up for themselves? And then I realized: mean girls are so subtle that sometimes it's hard to tell if they are outwardly mean because it's so fake. I thought about how manipulative mean girls are and that if you did try to stand up for yourself, on your own, there would be a whole army ready to attack you and tear you down.

Mean girls are bullies. They could care less how their actions affect you. They could care less about the emotional damage their harsh words cause you. They could care less that their vindictive nature brings you to tears. They could care less that their poor actions and decisions negatively affect your life. They could care less about you.

I'm not worried about mean girls for myself. Over time, I have dealt with them, learned how to handle them and chose to stay clear of their tornado-like path. What worries me is when they target someone who is not strong enough to handle their torment. Someone who can't stand up for themselves. Someone who will break.

We hear all the time about suicides. Sometimes it doesn't directly impact our lives so we just shake it off, but what if your best friend was being bullied and you didn't even know it? What worries me is that these mean girls exist all throughout the ages, some more extreme than others. What worries me is that these girls will never be put in their place.

What scares me is that there will never be an end to their rampage, that their ways of bullying will become more discreet, their means of breaking a person apart will become so unnoticeable until it's too late.

What scares me the most is that sometimes things won't get better for the people that need it the most.

A favorite quote of mine, from a TV show I do not watch, goes as follows, "Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can be used to hurt you." My advice, which may fall on deaf ears, is to gain confidence in yourself. Be strong enough so that no one's words will ever have the ability to tear you down.

And if all else fails, face these mean girls with the best advice that my dad has ever given me: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." Don't let mean girls have power over you.

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11 Things You Understand If You Hate Physical Contact

Please keep your hands and feet away from me at all times.
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We currently live in a world where EVERYONE LIKES TO TOUCH EACH OTHER. People enjoy hugs, high fives, tapping others on the shoulder, pokes, ect. For someone like you and me (I'm assuming you too since you clicked on this article), this is the WORST thing in the world. Whenever I think of someone touching me (even just a poke) without my permission my reaction is like Sofia Vergara in Modern Family.

I mean, when I take that love languages quiz, physical touch is always on the bottom of my preferences. So I thought to my self, you know I can't be the only person in the world that hates physical touching. So here are 11 things every person who hates physical touch will understand:


1. When people tickle you

I don't care that it's just for fun and jokes; I'm not laughing because I want to, you are literally forcing me to laugh. I hate you, get your greasy hands off of me before I make you get them off of me.


2. When people think they need to tap your shoulder to get your attention

As if simply saying "Hey" followed by my name wasn't enough. I don't need your grubby little fingers touching me. Now I'm annoyed with you before this conversation even started, what do you want?


3. When someone you barely know reaches in for a hug

I don't know who the heck you're thinking you're about to hug because it sure isn't going to be me. Hugs are reserved for people I know well and like, not you. Okay release me now, I am not enjoying this. LET ME GO.


4. When people tell you that you aren't an affectionate person

Are you aware there are ways to show my affection without constantly being all over you like a koala bear? Yes, I'm affectionate, hop off.


5. When someone is in your personal space

We could be best friends, we could be complete strangers. We could be lovers, I could hate your guts. We could be in private, we could be in public. I don't care what the situation is, if you're in my personal space uninvited GET OUT. There is no reason to be so close to me unwarranted.


6. You don't know how to comfort people

When you see an upset loved one, most people think they you should comfort then by pulling them into a long lasting hug. But, that's the kind of things that your nightmares are literally made out of. So, you stand there confused how you should comfort your friend/relative while also not sacrificing your touch moral code.


7. When people say you "look like you could use a hug"

Um no. I never could use one, get off of me. I will let you know when I want one.


8. When you're hugging someone wondering how soon you can release

Please end my suffering.


9. When you arrive at a social gathering and people rush to greet you with hugs

Let's not.

10. When you try to leave a social gathering by just waving to get out of goodbye hugs

Please no one make me hug you.


11. That one person who is allowed to hug you/touch you

This person, typically a significant other or best friend, gets to break all the "no touch" rules and we gladly accept their hugs and cuddles and public displays of affection. But only them, no one can copy them.

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7 Reasons 'Starset' Deserves To Get Big

The main reason they deserve success is that they love everything they do.

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Starset consists of four members, Dustin Bates, Ron DeChant, Brock Richards, and Adam Gilbert. The band was formed in Columbus, Ohio in 2013. Their music has influenced my and several others lives.

Here are a few reasons why they deserve to go down as one of the biggest bands in history.


1. They're the most original band I've heard in awhile.

Starset's content is unlike any other band I've heard or seen before. They classify themselves as "space rock", creating a type of music that many have never heard of before. They use your regular guitar, bass, and drums, but they also incorporate the use of violins, cellos, and synthesizers to create the unique, one of a kind sound. The lead singer, Dustin Bates, even created his own microphone that distorts his voice to use in live shows, so that you feel as though he's speaking to you through a radio in a space station.

2. They're all a bunch of nerds/dorks.

Starset is the kind of band that you'd love to be friends with. Not only are they wicked smart, they also have an amazing sense of humor. They incorporate their knowledge into the songs that they write, leaving you wanting to learn more about what it is they write in their songs.

3. Their songs are lyrically and melodically beautiful.

Ricochet is one of their most impactful and meaningful songs. When you first listen to it you can hear the emotion in Dustin's voice, but as you take a minute to listen to the lyrics, you realize it has so much more meaning than what you assumed. It represents the struggle of a relationship gone sour, the internal struggles within yourself, and the effect it has on both people in the relationship. It's a song that a lot of people can relate to, and I find that amazing.

4. They interact with and care about their fans.

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Before their shows, they do eat and greets where they hang out with their fans, eat pizza, perform some acoustic songs, and take pictures with them. They have genuine conversations with them, asking us our names, what we like to do, and just keep up small talk. My brother, pictured here, had a conversation with Ron, the bassist, before the show started and they got along phenomenally. I don't know many bands who take that much time to get to know their fans and they even interact with them on Twitter.

5. Have comics with Marvel.

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Not only does Starset create music, they also have their own comics with Marvel. The comics are based on an alternate world they created through their music. Each album has a story, but now it's come to life through their comic, The Pros Transmissions. How dope is that?

6. Created their own society to inform the world of various things.

The Starset Society is a mission, created by Starset, to inform others of the up-coming technological advances happening in the world today. The main goal of this society is to make sure we're well aware of the things happening in the world, and it's not just aimed for the fans of Starset. It's influenced by the idea of Thomas Jefferson that says the first step toward a guided future is an informed public.

7. They love what they do.

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The main reason they deserve success is that they love everything they do. They put so much work into making their shows interactive and enjoyable, and they spend years working on albums so that they and their fans are pleased with the final product. Knowing that they put so much passion and effort into their work makes it obvious that they deserve to be one of the biggest bands in history.

After learning more about this amazing, influential band, aren't you intrigued to hear more of their music? To learn more about their society and their comics? They're great people with a great purpose driving them to continue creating some of the most unique, epic rock sounds in history. Check out Starset. You won't regret it.


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