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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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right

In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"

35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?

39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"

I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

Cover Image Credit: Vine

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Poetry On Odyssey: 'Surround'

Inspired by Surround Yourself, an exhibition by Jordan Wilshaw at Eastern Michigan University in April of 2018.

Sound yourself with the doers.

Surround yourself with the movers,

the shakers,

the believers,

the winner,

the crazies.

Surround yourself with the the dreamers.

Surround yourself with the “good ones”.

Surround yourself with the people who just get it — whatever “it” is.

Surround yourself with people you love.
Surround yourself with those who love you.
Surround yourself with love.

Surround yourself with art.


For more art by Wilshaw, see their website here.

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