7 YouTubers That Are Actually Amazing At What They Do

7 YouTubers That Are Actually Amazing At What They Do

They'll have your emotions on a rollercoaster.

I love YouTube. I’ve done a few articles related to YouTube before, "7 Videos to Watch When You're Having a Bad Day" and "9 TED Talks With Incredible Life Lessons," that I found. It’s a great place to go to be entertained if you’re broke and/or don’t feel like keeping up with the Kardashians. I spent a good portion of my time in high school on YouTube and there are certain channels that entertain and interest me more than others.

1. Tati Westwood

Tati’s videos are what introduced me to my love of makeup. She uses everything from the cheapest drugstore makeup to the most luxurious high-end products. She doesn’t discriminate between the two demographics and can make almost every product work. My favorite thing about her channel is that she makes it obvious that accurately informing her viewers on beauty products is more important to her than being on the “good side” of makeup brands.

2. Gabbie Hanna

I found Gabbie’s channel during high school while I was home sick for an extended period of time. Her videos are hilarious and relatable. She can turn a simple story about a craving for an apple into an eight-minute video. Gabbie was one of the YouTubers that made a smooth transition from Vine (RIP) to YouTube. The video that launched her channel was a rant about her “psycho” roommate. Her channel is well-known for its “Storytime” videos, but recently she has branched off from those into dance, videos of her singing, music videos, makeup videos and many other random videos. She released a poetry book in September (I bought it and highly recommend it!) I hope Gabbie continues to expand and do amazing things.

3. Grace Helbig

I found Grace’s channel through VlogBrothers when John went on paternity leave for a few weeks. I thought she was hilarious and subsequently started on a three-hour long binge of her channel. The non-systematic topics of Grace’s topics make me want to see the inside of her mind while also making me think that if I could see the inside of her mind I would be terrified.

4. Bella Fiori

Bella started out as a beauty channel and most of the content that she puts out is beauty/fashion related, but what made me subscribe were her “Mystery Mondays.” In these videos, she talks about missing people, unsolved murders, and unexplained events, like the Bermuda Triangle. She presents the evidence (or lack thereof) and the background information with great attention to detail due to “getting lost in research” as she has informed her audience before. Her makeup and fashion videos are still some of my favorites. She does neutral, everyday makeup and sometimes gray, creative makeup looks with bright colors.

5. VlogBrothers

This was the very first YouTube channel that I EVER subscribed to. Brothers John and Hank Green share this channel and “send” vlogs back and forth to each other. Whether they are explaining historical or currents events or doing a silly challenge they find a way to educate others. They like to keep things fast-paced, short, and concise. If John’s video is not under four minutes, then Hank gets to choose a challenge for him to do and vise-versa. In the haystack of channels on YouTube whose content is not contributing to the betterment of the human population, it is nice to have this channel whose main goal is to educate and entertain others.


Superwoman, AKA Lilly Singh, is a Canadian YouTuber that has been posting videos on her channel since 2010. She became popular for her “Types of People” videos. During her time on YouTube, she has written a book, toured, and released a movie with YouTube Red of her tour, “A Trip to Unicorn Island.” Two years ago, she launched the #GirlLove campaign on social media to promote spreading love and not hate between women.

7. Jenna Marbles

Jenna Marbles is the OG female YouTuber. If you asked, she would probably be the inspiration for half of the female influencers right now. Famous because of her “How to Trick People into Thinking You’re Good Looking.” Since then, she has accumulated over 17 million subscribers (right now she’s almost at 18 million.) She makes videos on everything from makeup challenges to different editions of “Jenna’s Ratchet Salon,” but she always finds a way to make whatever she is doing funny and entertaining.

There are probably a hundred more YouTube influencers that I could add, but I chose these channels, these people because they genuinely care and show interest in what they do, their audience, and how they have and could impact them.

Cover Image Credit: Gabbie Hanna

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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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