Don't Sleep On The Next Big Thing, And I'm Not Talking About Your Mattress

Don't Sleep On The Next Big Thing, And I'm Not Talking About Your Mattress

Recognize talent before it goes away; it won't stay available forever.

Sleeping is great. It's necessary for everyone, it feels good after a long day, and it's privacy that no one can take away. Recently, I've come across a new meaning of the word, one that fills a person with the exact opposite feeling. Turns out, 'sleeping' can also refer to, "Not being able to catch on to new or up and coming trends; or not being able to recognize when something new... is great," as Urban Dictionary defines it. Hearing the word used in such a way was foreign to me, but I immediately recognized that I have been doing so for the longest time.

College has been an eye-opening experience, and my cultural, social, and political have grown exponentially from the days I've spent in high school, with the same people coming and going every day. I hear viewpoints with a better understanding, I express my opinion in hopes I have something more to learn, and listened to music I thought I would never listen too. Hearing a track or two from some familiar sources is great, but I'm sure we can all relate to the repeat of a singular hit over and over until you memorize every stanza. For me, that feeling was Childish Gambino, also known as Donald Glover, a name I've only begun to recognize.

Childish Gambino wasn't exactly a household name, but I hear him every so often while he was alive and thriving. I never actively looked for his new material, since I just lingered on tracks like "Freaks and Geeks." I had no such passion to discover what he's done, and in hindsight, it felt like I just pulled a cover over my head and called it night. It took too long to pull the trigger of exploration, but when I did I was humbled by what he's created. Donald Glover, not only a late artist under the stage name of Childish Gambino, has dabbled in comedy, starred in shows like "Community," created the award-winning show "Atlanta" on FX, and has even dabbled as an actor.

Words cannot describe the disgust I had for myself, for not branching out sooner in the achievements of one man. I don't know what held me back, but it amazes me every time to reflect on my ignorance and Glover's accomplishments. Those people, who try and succeed in this world, deserve all the credit they get, and he has quickly become a personal hero and aspiration of mine.

But that's just one example. There are many others who I have ignored due to the sole fact I failed myself. Actors, artists, civil rights leaders, and influences around the world need appreciation, but we first must open our eyes. I know what I did, but I hope you don't sleep on people who deserve praise as well. Explore far and wide, and keep both eyes open; only you can choose to grow. Don't sleep on the next big thing.

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

"Alexa, play "Burnin' Up" by the Jonas Brothers."


In case you missed it, the Jonas Brothers are back together and, let me tell you, they're giving us some major jams. For those of us who were there when it all began back in 2007 with their first album, It's About Time, this has been one of the most important events of the year. But nothing, and I mean nothing can rival the excitement every twenty-something felt as the Jonas Brothers announced their Happiness Begins tour. I, for one, put my name in for ticket presale, have been following every single social media site related to the tour/group, and, of course, listening to the Jonas Brothers on repeat. And if you did manage to snag tickets, then you know that this is how your brain has been ever since they announced the tour.

1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

If you, like me, have finally fulfilled one of your dreams since childhood, then congrats, my friend! We've made it! Honestly, of all the things I've done in my adult life, this might be the one that child me is the most proud of.

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Severus Snape Is The Worst, And Here's Why

Albus Severus, sweetie, I'm so sorry...


I grew up being absolutely obsessed with the Harry Potter franchise. I read the books for the first time in second and third grade, then again in middle school, and for the third time in my last year of high school. Recently, I had a somewhat heated argument with a fellow fan of the books about Severus Snape. As I've reread the Harry Potter books, I've noticed that, although J.K. Rowling tried to give him a redemption arc, he only got worse because of it. Here's why I still think Severus Snape is the absolute worst.

His love for Lily Potter was actually really creepy. When I was younger and reading the books, I always found the fact that he held fast in his love for Lily to be very endearing, even noble. However, rereading it after going through a couple of relationships myself, I've come to realize that the way he pined over her was super creepy. It was understandable during his time at Hogwarts; he was bullied, and she was the only one who "understood" him. However, she showed zero interest, and if that didn't clue him into realizing that he should back off, her involvement with James Potter should have. She was married. He was pining after a married, happy woman. If he truly loved her, he would have realized how happy she was and backed off. Instead, he took it out on her orphan son and wallowed in bitterness and self-pity, which is creepy and extremely uncool. When a girl is kind to a boy during high school (or in this case, wizard school), it's not an open invitation for him to pine for her for the literal rest of his life and romanticizes the absolute @#$% out of her. It's just her being a decent person. Move on, Severus.

He verbally abused teenagers. One of the most shocking examples of this is in The Prisoner of Azkaban when Snape literally told Neville Longbottom that he would kill his beloved toad, Trevor if he got his Shrinking Potion wrong, and then punished him when he managed to make the potion correctly. Furthermore, poor Neville's boggart was literally Snape. The amount of emotional torture Neville must have been enduring from Snape to create this type of debilitating fear must have been almost unbearable, and even if Snape was simply trying to be a "tough" professor, there is no excuse for creating an atmosphere of hostility and fear like he did in his potions class for vulnerable students like Neville. In addition, he ruthlessly tormented Harry (the last living piece of Lily Potter, his supposed "true love," btw), and made fun of Hermione Granger's appearance. Sure, he might have had a terrible life. However, it's simply a mark of poor character to take it out on others, especially when the people you take it out on are your vulnerable students who have no power to stand up to you. Grow up.

He willingly joined a terrorist group and helped them perform genocide and reign over the wizarding world with terror tactics for a couple of decades. No explanation needed as to why this is terrible.

Despite the constant romanticization of his character, I will always see the core of Severus Snape, and that core is a bitter, slimy, genocidal, manipulative trash being. J.K. Rowling's attempt to redeem him only threw obsessive and controlling traits into the mix. Snape is the absolute worst, and romanticizing him only removes criticism of an insane man who just so happened to be capable of love (just like the vast majority of the rest of us). Thank you, next.

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