Reasons Why Kendall is Literally The Best Contestant on Arie's Season

Reasons Why Kendall is Literally The Best Contestant on Arie's Season 

Yes, her love for taxidermy makes the list.


Her confidence.

Throughout this season it is clear that she is comfortable in her own skin and completely aware of her feelings.  She is not shy about her thoughts or telling Arie what she's feeling.  She is also not afraid to get out of her comfort zone– cue eating bugs on that disastrous group date.  

Emotional Intelligence.

Cue Taylor Nolan and the unknown psychology concept of emotional intelligence from Nick's season.  The two-on-one left Krystal and Kendall left to vie for the rose from Arie.  Krystal chose to bash Kendall on her lack of experience in love and relationships to Arie.  In return, Kendall killed Krystal with kindness and compassion.  Sure, Kendall may have little experience in relationships or has never been in love, but she has amazing character– which scored her the rose.  

Gentle and Nurturing 

I think I am too attentive to body language and behaviors of contestants, but it seems whenever one of the girls is distressed or breaking down, Kendall is always a shoulder to lean (more like cry) on if needed.  Whenever with Arie, she always makes sure to ask how he is doing and how he is feeling with not only their relationship, but the entire process.  Let's be real, it is SO NICE when it seems like someone actually cares how we are doing, and Kendall makes sure to do that with Arie.  She is definitely gentle and nurturing– which are two traits he said he was looking for in a wife.

Her questions book.

For real, if someone you're into is like, "I'm going to ask you totally random questions because I want to get to know you"– you'd be all for it.  This girl came prepared with a BOOK.  How thoughtful is that?

Late Connection with Arie.

Know of Sean and Catherine Lowe?  Sean was a bachelor (and contestant on the Bachelorette with Arie during Emily's season) and gave his final rose to Catherine, a girl he did not have a serious connection with until towards the middle-end of the season.  Now the two are happily married with the cutest little boy and another baby on the way.  Kendall and Arie's connection within the last two weeks has gotten stronger and comparable to the other connections Arie has had since the beginning (aka Becca K).  Maybe a late connection will result in Arie's happily ever after like Sean and Catherine's.

Her personality– totally quirky.  

From the first glimpse of Kendall amongst her taxidermy collection in the trailer for Arie's season, she had the attention of audiences.  Some people assumed her to be the next Ashley S., the proclaimed "crazy" girl from Chris Soules' season, who was obsessed with onions.  After getting to know Kendall, it is clear the girl is just proud and open with her hobbies and passions– which include playing the ukulele and taxidermy.  She serenaded Arie with a song on her ukulele one of the first nights, which is a bold move, and it totally worked on him.  She also opened up about her love affair with taxidermy, which Arie was also here for.  He even wanted her to bring a piece to the cocktail party and rose ceremony.  He is totally cool with it– or is at least accepting.  As a self-proclaimed nerd, Arie and her should, and do, totally vibe together.

She's never been in love before.

This gif is literally me every time someone makes a big deal about a contestant never being in love before coming on the show.  I may be bias in my opinion (I've never been in love– but I am only 20 so it's ok), but I do NOT understand what the big deal is.  From all the seasons I have watched, almost all of the contestants say the love they feel on the show is unlike any love they have felt before.  With that being said, even if Kendall has been in love before, she would probably be saying the same thing.  Kendall and Arie's journey of love would be completely unique and unlike any other.  Kendall just has the advantage of not having to compare her relationship with Arie to a past serious relationship.  I also think it's pure that we can watch Kendall possibly fall in love for the first time for our enjoyment– gives people like me some hope.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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