Top Five K-Pop Groups You Should Be Listening To

Top Five K-Pop Groups You Should Be Listening To

With the popularity of k-pop on the rise, it's hard to figure out what groups are worth checking out.
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K-pop is one of the best genres of music in my opinion. I'm obviously biased, considering the only music I listen to 90 percent of the time is k-pop. With the popularity of k-pop on the rise, it's hard to figure out what groups are worth checking out. The answer to that problem is all of them. Since there are so many groups out there, it may be a bit difficult to check out all of them, so I'm here to suggest five of the best ones.

1. BTS

BTS or Bangtan Boys, is one of my favorites when it comes to k-pop. Their voices are angelic and their dance skills make me want to get up and jam. They were one of the first groups that I listened to and they remain the group I listen to the most today. BTS recently won a BBMA for Top Social Artist here in the U.S. If that doesn't scream talent, I don't know what does.

2. Seventeen

Seventeen is one of the biggest k-pop groups I have come across. They have a whopping 13 members. This is confusing to some people considering they're called Seventeen. Regardless of their size, they make it work. Their choreography is always on point and their music is top notch.

3. GOT7

I recently came across GOT7, and let me tell you, I'm glad that I did. The one thing that stands out the most, is the way the group interacts with each other behind the scenes. They joke around and are always laughing about one thing or another. You can bet when they hit the stage, they go all out.

4. EXO

EXO was the second group I got into when I started listening to k-pop. Like Seventeen, they have a lot of members. Starting out they had 12 but now they have nine. The group is still relatively large and still as good as they were before three members left. Their vocals stand out the most and is what makes them one of the most popular k-pop groups next to BTS.

5. Monsta X

Monsta X is really getting up there in popularity. Their intense dances and lyrics to match, is what gets heads turning. With a comeback currently on the way, Monsta X is definitely a group worth checking out.

All of these k-pop groups bring a lot to the table and are all worth looking into. They work incredibly hard to provide content for their fans. I barely scratched the surface of the k-pop world with these few. There is so much more k-pop out there and so many groups that deserve attention. Some other groups not mentioned but are definitely worth checking out, are Super Junior, Big Bang, BlackPink, Cross Gene, Day6, iKON, NCT 127,VIXX and many others. Happy k-popping!

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Things To Do When You're So Bored All You Want To Do Is Cry

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Everyone has times when they have nothing to do and boredom strikes way too hard. From experience, I have found some top things to do when you literally have nothing else to do!

1. Clean

Not super fun, but will keep you busy.

2. Netflix

Find a new show to binge watch. Watched them all? Rewatch something you haven't seen in a while!

3. Shopping

Retail therapy can always keep you busy.

4. Make a home cooked meal

Spend some time in the kitchen and make something yummy! Even invite some friends.

5. Visit friends/ family

Pop in on some people you care about that you haven't seen in a while!

6. Write

Writing is something we all do and is a great way to express ourselves!

7. Exercise

Hit the gym or go for walk, do something to keep you nice and fit.

8. Volunteer

Go to an animal shelter, food bank, museums, or anywhere in your area that needs help.

9. Look for a job

If you're bored, maybe getting a part time job will keep you a little occupied. Plus it's extra money in your pocket.

10. Draw/ do something artsy

Even if you think you're a bad artist, drawing is something fun to do! You'll get better in time.

11. Join an Odyssey Team!

Writing articles through the Odyssey is an amazing experience and can always keep you busy!

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