What I Learned From Disney Princess Movies

What I Learned From Disney Princess Movies

Years and years of watching Disney Princess movies actually taught me something. Take that Disney haters!
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Ever since I was a young tot, I have grown up in a family that is crazy about Disney. We have always loved the movies, the music, going to the parks and by the time I turned 18 I knew everything there was to know about Disney. Something that has always sparked my interest in particular was the Princess movies. To this day, I still like to believe that I'm actually a princess in the midst of her big movie, which is also the reason I go around singing songs at random. Each princess movie has taught me something special, and it's because of these movies that I am who I am.

1. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937)

In this movie, the Evil Queen is who taught me a major lesson and that lesson was in self-confidence. She was so insecure that Snow was "the fairest of them all" that she sent someone off to have her killed. There is a way to deal with your insecurities and putting others down is not the way to do it. This movie taught me that no matter how much you try and put others down to try and make yourself feel better, it will never work. Goodness will always prevail.

2. "Cinderella" (1950)

Cinderella taught me that you are to have courage and be kind in everything you do. Despite the horrible way her step-sisters and step-mother were treating her, Cinderella had grace and did all of her chores with as much dignity as she had left. It also gives me hope that whenever you feel at your lowest, don't give up hope. There may just be a fairy godmother on her way to build you back up again.

3. "Sleeping Beauty" (1959)

This movie taught me that if your man would not sword fight a dragon for you, then he is not the one. I'm only about two percent teasing on this one. Look at all that Prince Phillip did just so that he could be with Aurora; he got kidnapped, set free and then fought a huge fire-breathing dragon. The most boys do nowadays is like your Instagram photo. On the other hand it also taught me that sometimes you just need a really long nap and to stay away from thorns.

4. "The Little Mermaid" (1989)

"The Little Mermaid" taught me that true love takes sacrifice and sometimes a risk. While I do think that Ariel did excessively overreact by giving her beautiful voice to an evil sea witch, love does take sacrifice. If you wouldn't sacrifice something for someone you love then it isn't worth it in the end. Ariel taught me that if I truly love someone, the sacrifice will be worth it.

5. "Beauty and the Beast" (1991)

Belle taught me to truly value somebody's inner beauty and not focus on whats on the outside. She taught me how to be strong in the things I value and to not give into someone just because they are good looking. Although Gaston, the most wanted man in the whole town, had eyes for her she saw him for what he truly was underneath his beautiful exterior: a disgusting, sexist, low-life pig. She fell in love purely based on inner beauty and that is something I have always admired about Belle. She also taught me that it's a princess thing to love reading, which gave me all the hope in the world.

6. "Aladdin" (1992)

This movie taught me to not pretend to be anyone else other than myself. Jasmine fell in love with Aladdin because of who he was, not because he was a dazzling prince. In the end, all of the trouble was caused because Aladdin was so focused on trying to hide the fact that he wasn't a prince. If he was just honest with Jasmine, I'm sure they could have found some way to work out their love life. Be honest about who you are, if someone doesn't like it they aren't worth it anyway.

7. "Pocahontas" (1995)

Pocahontas taught me to truly enjoy and respect nature. The world out there is so beautiful and nowadays it is so common to just brush by it as if it doesn't matter. Nature is always there so we often forget to stop and admire it. Pocahontas taught me that I need to stop and take in nature as much as I can and to be kind to the animals out there. Appreciate nature and learn to paint with the colors of the wind.

8. "Mulan" (1998)

This movie taught me that I can do anything I want to do if it is important enough to me. Not only that but it taught me to stick to my goals even if others don't agree with them. Mulan's family believed that her prime purpose was to be the perfect wife and make a man happy. Mulan wanted more for herself and to prove that she was meant for more she literally went out and saved China. Mulan taught me that even if no one else believes in me, to go reach for my goals and if they are important enough, I'll get there some day. Also everybody needs a sassy sidekick.

9. "Princess and the Frog" (2009)

"Princess and the Frog" taught me one of my favorite lessons I have ever learned in a Disney movie. It taught me that you should work hard for your dreams. Dream of impossible things and then work hard to make them happen and sometimes, in the midst of all your hard work, a little bit of magic will come your way and give you a much needed push. Have some hope in wishing on stars but don't put so much faith in wishes that you don't work for it.

10. "Tangled" (2010)

Rapunzel taught me that my dreams are worth waiting for. She may not have appreciated those beautiful lanterns if she saw them up close as soon as she discovered them. She waited 18 years to see those lanterns and the way she admired them just proved that it was worth the wait. If you dream of something and that dream is big enough, waiting for that dream will be so worth it.

11. "Brave" (2012)

Merida taught me in this inspiring movie that you simply don't need a guy to be happy. Merida was so happy just doing her thing, shooting bow and arrows and riding her horse, but all that changed when her family tried to force her into marriage. This movie showed me that I can be happy and live my life to the fullest without a prince. When my prince comes, that will be great, but I am complete without one and for now I can stay married to myself.

12. "Frozen" (2013)

Last but not least, Anna and Elsa taught me the importance of friendship (even though they were sisters). Platonic love is just as important, if not more important, as romantic love, and this movie was a beautiful example of that. Friendships are so important and this movie taught me to have a soft heart and be completely loving and open towards my friends. The eternal winter was cured with the love of the two sisters and that love is what saved the day.

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

The arts are important, too.
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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...

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"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"

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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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