A Thank You To My Idol

A Thank You To My Idol

You have no idea what you mean to me.

In elementary school, I was a devoted fan of the singing competition reality show, American Idol. I watched it every week and cheered on my favorite contestants like it was my job. I loved the show so much that one week when I wasn’t allowed to watch it (for reasons I won’t go into detail about), I sat in my bedroom and cried all night.

I am telling you this because from my loving of this television show came a certain singer who means everything to me.

Carrie Underwood.

If you’ve had even one conversation with me you know that I love Carrie Underwood more than anything.

My love for her began when she was a contestant on American Idol. She was on season four, and I was in the third grade.

I remember sitting on the couch one night watching auditions (my favorite part of the show). I remember Carrie walking into the audition room and falling in love with her and her voice as soon as she started to sing.

I also remember arguing with my fellow classmates the day of the finale of the show. They all thought Bo Bice was going to win, but I stuck with Carrie the whole season and she never let me down.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard any voice more beautiful or pure than Carrie Underwood’s. There is something so unique and distinctive about it. I say this because just last week my mom asked me to pick her voice out of a recently released country singers medley, and I could do it within five seconds of her starting to sing.

The thing is, Carrie Underwood is more than just a singer to me. She was my role model growing up and still is today.

Her story, a shy, small town girl making it big on a reality TV show inspires me in ways I cannot even explain. It reminds me that even though I too am a small town girl, I should never give up on my dreams and passions.

To this day I am still a devoted fan of my American Idol. I have seen her in concert seven times and counting, and cry every time.

In 2007 I even had the privilege of meeting Carrie in person.

I had a laundry list of things I wanted to say to her, but of course, when the moment actually came I was overcome with emotion and so totally starstruck, that all I said was,

“It is so nice to meet you…”

Which, of course, it was. But now that I have grown out of my awkward middle school stage and don’t know if I’ll ever have another opportunity to meet my idol, here are some things I’d like to say:

Thank you so much. I have been with you on your journey since day one, and I am incredibly proud and inspired by everything you have done. I know that some days you probably have no idea of your impact on people like me, but just know that it means so much to me to be able to look up to you. Thank you for being a role model and for always staying true to your home town values. You are truly my inspiration. Your music is one of a kind and something that has gotten me through the roughest days and longest nights. Please always keep writing music and always keep singing. Just thank you for being you.

As one of my favorite Carrie Underwood songs says, "thank God even crazy dreams come true." I'm so glad hers did.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.

When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...


"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"


Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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