8 Signs Rory Gilmore Might Be Your Spirit Animal

8 Signs Rory Gilmore Might Be Your Spirit Animal

There are many ways I relate to Rory from Gilmore Girls.

If you haven't watched Gilmore Girls, I 10/10 recommend binge-watching the Netflix series over your holiday break. One wouldn't expect to learn much from watching Netflix; however, I came to a few realizations from watching the classic television show.

I appreciate that the show highlights a mother-daughter relationship, showing that it can be cool to be BFFs with your mom. I also learned that taking chances can lead to great things, like when Rory made her college decision. I recently took a pretty scary chance when I decided to attend C of C, twelve hours away from home, but I am so glad I took an opportunity to get out of my comfort zone.

Most importantly, the show taught me that it's OK to be a "good girl." There is nothing wrong with making school a priority and generally being a good human, as long as making time for relationships and having fun are also priorities. As a freshman in college, I feel that I relate to Rory Gilmore on many levels. Below are a few ways I relate to my gal Rory.

1. My mom is my best friend.

I am not ashamed of calling my mom while in college, even if it's just to hear her voice.

2. I may have a slight coffee addiction.

Honestly, what would I do without it?

3. School is important to me.

I have always cared about my education and strive to do well.

4. I enjoy a Friday night on the town but know it's perfectly fine to stay in once in a while.

It is good to have a balance between going out and just chilling.

5. I recognize my sarcasm.


6. We all have bad days.

A college experience doesn't always consist of partying and pulling all-nighters. I personally find other ways to enjoy my time.

8. I like tacos.

Me 3/7 days a week.

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11 Oddball Restaurants You Need To Visit

Taiwan's Modern Toilet Restaurant has a sh*tload of awesome food. Pun Intended.

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1. The Lovecraft Bar in Portland, Oregon

This horror-themed music venue and bar has endless amounts of demonic symbols, unique decorations, and themed nights that aren't for the conservative.

2. Cereal Killer Cafe in London

This cafe will have you hungry and nostalgic as you enjoy unique cereal and milk combos.

3. H.R. Giger Museum Bar in Gruyères, Switzerland

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4. Unicorn & Narwhal in Seattle, Washington

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5. Modern Toilet Restaurant in Taiwan

Here, you sit on a toilet bowl, drink out of a toilet bowl and, yes, eat out of a toilet bowl.

6. Heart Attack Grill in Vegas, Nevada

Enjoy sumo burgers, wine IVs, and giant shots (well...jello shots, that is). Over 350 pounds? Enjoy a meal or drinks on the house.

7. Wilson and Wilson in San Francisco, California

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8. HandleBar in Austin, Texas

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Why I Won't Shut Up About 'One Day At A Time'

And why it's so important right now.

Ask any of my friends, I highly recommend watching One Day At A Time on Netflix. Honestly, I won’t shut up about it. Let me tell you about it! The show is based on the 1975 sitcom of the same name, following a divorced mother, her family, and their building superintendent.

The show is a comedy, and that's not a lie. The jokes are really funny and relatable, which is rather typical for a sitcom, but these jokes are next level. I've literally had to pause the show to laugh at and recover from a joke.

While there is quite a bit of comedy, the tears will flow (honestly, brace yourself). Many sitcoms tackle social issues, but this is where the show really stands out from any other current show. Each character brings their own dense storyline that incorporates everyday issues many people face but are not typically or correctly represented in television.

Let's start with Mom. Penelope Alvarez is a veteran, a recently divorced mother, and a nurse. Penelope is chock-full of hilarious mom jokes, motherly advice, and love for her family. Her storyline focuses on her status as a veteran and how that has affected her mental health and relationships. The show's portrayal of depression is more accurate than I've really ever seen on any show. Along with this, her job as a nurse, and taking care of her family, Penelope is a rock whose life is never boring.

Moving on to the funniest character of the show, Lydia. Lydia is Penelope's mother who immigrated as a child from Cuba with many other unaccompanied minors fleeing the country. It is later revealed that she is still undocumented, but she works hard to attain citizenship. She is a dancer, a mother, and prime comedic relief. 10/10 character, honestly.

Next up, Elena Alvarez, the ultra-liberal fifteen-year-old daughter. Elena quite accurately represents what growing up and figuring out your sexuality is like. The first season primarily deals with her coming out process, how she deals with her family's varying reactions, and her quinceañera. The second season brings Elena a job and a nonbinary girlfriend, which is fitting as the last episode of the first season centers around her quinceañera, a ceremony celebrating a girl becoming a woman.

Baseball-loving, cello playing, preteen son, Alex, during the first season, provided a partner in comedy for Lydia and a provocateur for Elena. But in the second season, he is the first character shown to be directly affected by racism. Especially now, talking about latina discrimination is extremely important. An entire episode is dedicated to the issue and discusses how to handle the situation correctly without escalating it.

Finally, Schneider, namesake of the 1975 series, provides silly comedy and a different prospective, the white male prospective. Schneider is the Alvarez's landlord, who was born into wealth and has a history of addiction. He is often blinded to the issues of racism and money problems, but through his friendship with the Alvarez's, he is enlightened. Schneider shows how easy it is to not realizes things are bad if they don't affect you.

Plus, the theme song is great and gets stuck in your head.

Now, go watch it on Netflix!!!

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