8 Captivating Netflix Shows To Watch This Summer

8 Captivating Netflix Shows To Watch This Summer

When there's nothing to do over summer break, watch a show on Netflix!

As summer break starts to roll in, so does the extra time to spend for ourselves! Sometimes, because we're so accustomed to having so many assignments and due dates during the school year, we don't know what to do when we haven't decided to hang out with friends. For those kinds of days, Netflix is the best solution, providing so many shows to choose from that cater to all interests.

Here are eight shows currently on Netflix that I love to watch.

1. "Black Mirror"

"Black Mirror" explores the possibilities of a future guided by technology, showing interesting scenarios where different people's lives are ruined by it. From a government official's public image to a normal woman's social media rating that decides her life, "Black Mirror" creatively envisions a society where they don't realize how much they rely on technology. The show gives off a mysterious "Twilight Zone" vibe and makes the viewer rethink his or her choices on how much he or she should rely on a mobile device.

2. "Grey's Anatomy"

When I first heard about the show, I found no interest in watching it because I was told that it was more about the surgeons' personal lives rather than the medical side of the show. I'm more of a "House" fan because I've always been fascinated by the amount of bravery doctors have when they work with patients. But "Grey's Anatomy" is a balance of medical practice and personal drama that keeps the viewer watching for the developing, underlying plot. Just after watching the first episode, I wanted more.

3. "The Office"

This is one of the classic comedy shows on Netflix that I've seen more than once. I love watching medical and crime shows, but "The Office" has a sort of character development that when I look back from season nine to season one, it's almost impossible to imagine that such people could change so much. I won't lie when I say that I've been emotional when watching certain episodes, but the emotions that come along with watching "The Office" are worth reliving.

4. "Gilmore Girls"

Lorelai and Rory Gilmore of Stars Hollow are the main characters of "Gilmore Girls", another show that's outside of my comfort zone. Rory is growing up, going from high school to college. The show progresses by documenting the mother and daughter's relationship and family drama. The best part about the show is how they're best friends more than they are just a mother and her child, and how they communicate with each other is unique.

5. "How To Get Away With Murder"

I'll admit, the title scared me when I first saw it on Netflix, but the first episode quickly cleared up the confusion. But that doesn't mean that the title is wrong... The show is about more than just how the main group of characters solves court cases; they have some problems of their own. "How to Get Away With Murder" is a great show for anyone with an interest in law and how to actually get away with murder.

6. "Friends"

I haven't finished "Friends" yet, but from what I've seen so far, the friend group's adventures are fun to follow. For me, Phoebe is my favorite character because her cluelessness is so relatable. At the same time, though, the six adults have their own underlying problems that allow their personalities to form, which makes them different from the others. I like the show especially because it lives up to its title. "Friends" shows how friendship can overcome any issue.

7. "A Series of Unfortunate Events"

When I was younger, I would always read Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events." I always thought that he was a weird man, and when the older movie came out a few years ago, I would not stop watching it. So when I heard that the books were coming to life once again in a Netflix show, I could not be more thankful to have access to Netflix. I finished the show in two days because of how excited I was, and it lived up to my expectations! I'm so excited because I hear that there is apparently going to be a season two!

8. "Bones"

As soon as I had heard that "House" was being taken off Netflix on April 1, I knew that I had to quickly find another show that I'd enjoy. I stumbled upon "Bones," a show that I had seen snippets of when I was much younger, but I had never sat down to watch it completely. Before I knew it, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen and finished a few episodes in one night. To my luck though, seasons one through four were removed from Netflix on April 1, too, but the rest of the episodes are still there!

Hopefully, this is enough to last the whole summer! Have a great summer break 2017!

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

I will always love you, Akon.

Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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My AP Environmental Science Class' Cookie Mining Experiment Shows Why Capitalism Is Destroying The Planet

Who cares about the environment with profits this high?


With the AP exams in May approaching quickly, my AP Environmental Science class has wasted no time in jumping right into labs. To demonstrate the damage to the environment done by strip mining, we were instructed to remove the chocolate chips from cookies.

The experiment in itself was rather simple. We profited from fully or partially extracted chips ($8 for a full piece and $4 for a partial) and lost from buying tools, using time and area and incurring fines.

This might seem simplistic, but it showcased the nature of disastrous fossil fuel companies.

We were fined a $1 per minute we spent mining. It cost $4 per tool we bought (either tweezers or paper clips) and 50 cents for every square centimeter of cookie we mined.

Despite the seemingly overbearing charges compared to the sole way to profit, it was actually really easy to profit.

If we found even a partial chocolate chip per minute, that's $3 profit or utilization elsewhere. Tools were an investment that could be made up each with a partial chip, and clearly we were able to find much, much more than just one partial chip per tool.

Perhaps the most disproportionally easiest thing to get around were the fines. We were liable to be fined for habitat destruction, dangerous mining conditions with faulty tools, clutter, mess and noise level. No one in the class got fined for noise level nor faulty tools, but we got hit with habitat destruction and clutter, both of which added up to a mere $6.

We managed to avoid higher fines by deceiving our teacher by pushing together the broken cookie landscapes and swiping away the majority of our mess before being examined for fining purposes. This was amidst all of our cookies being broken into at least three portions.

After finding many, many chips, despite the costs of mining, we profited over $100. We earned a Franklin for destroying our sugary environment.

We weren't even the worst group.

It was kind of funny the situations other groups simulated to their cookies. We were meant to represent strip mining, but one group decided to represent mountaintop removal. Mountaintop removal is where companies go to extract resources from the tops of mountains via explosions to literally blow the tops off. This group did this by literally pulverizing their cookies to bits and pieces with their fists.

They incurred the maximum fine of $45. They didn't profit $100, however.

They profited over $500 dollars.

In the context of our environmental science class, these situations were anywhere from funny to satisfying. In the context of the real world, however, the consequences are devastating our environment.

Without even mentioning the current trajectory we're on approaching a near irreversible global temperature increase even if we took drastic measures this moment, mining and fracking is literally destroying ecosystems.

We think of earthquakes as creating mass amounts of sudden movement and unholy deep trenches as they fracture our crust. With dangerous mining habits, we do this ourselves.

Bigger companies not even related to mining end up destroying the planet and even hundreds of thousands of lives. ExxonMobil, BP? Still thriving in business after serial oil spills over the course of their operation. Purdue Pharma, the company who has misled the medical community for decades about the effects of OxyContin and its potential for abuse, is still running and ruining multitudes more lives every single day.

Did these companies receive fines? Yes.

But their business model is too profitable to make the fines have just about any effect upon their operation.

In our cookie mining simulation, we found that completely obliterating the landscape was much more profitable than being careful and walking on eggshells around the laws. Large, too-big-to-fail companies have held the future of our planet in their greedy paws and have likewise pulverized our environment, soon enough to be unable to return from.

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