Tales Of A High School Fangirl

Tales Of A High School Fangirl

Before You Exit, I'm looking at you.

One summer when I was 14, I boarded my favorite band's tour bus two nights in a row.

After concerts in New Jersey and New York City, my friend Mackenzie and I followed them to the bus where they played some music, hung out with us, took pictures with us, and got the chance to unwind after a show. At the time, it was undeniably the best thing that ever happened to me. And the obsession with this band continued.

Last week, pop band Before You Exit released their latest single "Strangers," and a million memories came rushing back to me. Almost all of my time in high school was spent planning my time around the boys in this band and bands just like it. I thought of endless concerts, waiting in line for hours to meet members, bus parties, Twitter interactions, driving for hours sometimes to get to shows, and most importantly, starting a YouTube channel with my friends so we would have the chance to conduct interviews.

I was the ultimate fangirl. There was no question.

From 2013-2015, a baby-faced version of myself, with braces I might add, was the quintessential ardent admirer of these boys. Here's a picture of me with Before You Exit in May 2013, just so you get a nice visual.

These are the tales of a high school fangirl.

The first time I went to a Before You Exit show, it was an accident. I was being dragged to The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ to see a local band open up for a plethora of others. I bought a $12 ticket and Googled a few of the bands who were also scheduled to play that night. Coming across Before You Exit’s YouTube channel, I started to get excited to see them. The three brothers, Connor , Riley , and Toby McDonough, conjured up all my Jonas Brothers nostalgia. They were teenage boys with cute faces and talent! And the youngest one, Toby, was my age!

The day of the show I lined up outside the venue with my friends and some band members passed by us, making conversation with fans in the line. At this point in my life, the only band I had ever loved was One Direction. And Lord knows I will never be able to hang out with One Direction before a show outside the venue. So when Toby McDonough passed by us in line and said hi, I was freaking out. Little did I know in 5 months or so I would be laughing at him and calling him a dork on their tour bus.

The time I literally created a YouTube channel, blog, and professional email account with my friends Molly and Mackenzie so we could interview them at a benefit concert. We had no idea what we were doing but it was so fun. It was also a Halloween themed concert, so yes, I am dressed up in a Supergirl costume. Watch the video if you dare…

And the times we boarded the bus and got to hang out with them. I remember the candy drawer so specifically. Under the seats of one of the couches on the bus, a drawer pulled out to reveal all the candy their fans brought them on tour. Riley passed around Sour Patch Kids and I asked him to pick me out a red one because those were the only ones that I liked. He looked at me like I was absolutely crazy, and laughed. “You’re serious?” he asked. “Dead serious,” I replied. And he gave me a red one.

The little moments like that which I got to share with the members of these bands made every experience I had with them so special. Some may find it funny, but I still cherish these memories and the brief intimacies because I’m so grateful they made time to do that sort of thing with their fans.

It didn't even stop at Before You Exit. I was obsessed with every band that I saw or knew of as a result of them. Paradise Fears, Allstar Weekend Hollywood Ending, Action Item, and more. It was like an infection, except I didn't want to make it go away. I attended 13 concerts in 2013, at least one every month. It was the absurdity of it all that I thrived off of.

I love looking at the pictures, even though my face is cringe-worthy. I love thinking about all the memories because I know that my time wasn’t wasted. I’ll never regret it. And I’ll still buy Strangers on iTunes. You should, too.

Cover Image Credit: Annie Condodina

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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A Step By Step Of How Your Thanksgiving Will Actually Go

Every year we think it will go differently, and yet...


It's pre-Christmas, and it will be a day of stress, love, and wonderful food.

1. You wake up to the sounds of a parent slamming pots and pans on the counter top


It is time. The day has begun and your mom or dad will start yelling for you any minute.

2. You finally make it downstairs and you're assigned your tasks before family arrives


There will be the "Make this table," or the "Dust the entire house because your cousins are coming and they won't notice but your aunt sure will. Oh, and please stay out of the kitchen." You know, the usual.

3. You try to eat breakfast and lunch but honestly you can not WAIT for dinner tonight and the smells coming from the kitchen are overwhelming


What are we celebrating again? I'm just excited to eat.

4. You rush and make your way to the grocery store at least once (maybe twice) because your parents can't leave the kitchen


"You would think mom wouldn't forget anything for tonight, but I guess it is pretty easy to forget gravy when you're making a million other dishes," you think to yourself as you try to defend the forgetfulness.

5. You spend a few hours feeling bored as you wait for your family members to arrive because you still aren't allowed in the kitchen and you find yourself watching that one "Friends" episode to kill some time. 


Football or "Friends"? Honestly I should ask my mom if she needs more help but I'll just keep watching this.

6. Your family finally arrives 


It is suddenly overwhelmingly loud and you now get to talk about your life for the next few hours. Food cannot come soon enough.

7. Hours and hours seemed to go by but dinner is finally ready


At llllaaaassssstttttttttt, my dinnnnnnneeeeerrrrrrrr will be mmmmiiiinnneeeeeeeeee!

8. You have to sit through and listen to either heated debate or six conversations at once while you eat 


Honestly, I'll just keep quiet and enjoy these mashed potatoes for their deliciousness.

9. You get one look from your mom and suddenly your busting the whole table


But hey, there are worse things in life. For instance, I'm not even toughing that turkey carcass I don't care what my parents say.

10. It's round two. You've been waiting for that pie all day 


There's this cool thing called a dessert stomach where you have more room for dessert than you did five minutes ago. Isn't that great?!?

11. Your family slowly starts to leave, and the food coma starts to settle in 


It's been a great meal, even if there was some arguing. At the end of it all, it's still been a great thanksgiving.

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