Editor’s Corner: You Do You Reply

Yeah, I bought One Direction concert tickets more than a year in advance. My love for those five boys is insane, a little
costly, and quite frequently is the punch line of many jokes.

As I am about to graduate college and I’m looking at the life lessons I have learned, I realize I don’t care if someone wants to make fun of my music choices, because everyone has that one thing they could classify as guilty pleasure, if only they felt guilty about it. It is okay to like what you like, and not care what anyone else has to say about it. In this society, we are too concerned with what everyone else thinks of us; who cares if you marathon “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” if you enjoy it, don’t let someone else poking fun at that get you down.

Many layout sessions of The 1851 Chronicle have gone by with some sort of joke being made about One Direction, but what’s the point in liking something if you’re ashamed of talking about it? Yes, I do buy their CDs, I am going to their concert for a second time, and I did buy their fragrance (it surprisingly smells really nice), and because I enjoy them, that’s why I’ve written a review on their new album for this issue.

I know I’m not alone in any of this either. Senior Sara Roberts loves Taylor Swift so much she celebrates Swift’s birthday, goes to her concerts, and cried when she met Swift’s mother this summer. But she doesn’t feel very guilty about any of this, saying, “Loving Taylor is RED.”

Natalie Kfoury, a junior, has a deep love of MTV shows, specifically “True Life,” “Teen Mom,” “Catfish,” Jersey Shore,” and “The Real World.” She says she gets made fun of for liking these shows, but in the end, everyone else watches with her. “My family and my boyfriend make fun of me, but they all end up watching it with me and they watch it without me around,” said Kfoury. “It’s really funny when my dad calls me to say he’s at home getting caught up on “16 and Pregnant.””

The Obama family is a source of obsession for senior Kia Rivera. “I don’t even remember when I started loving the Obamas,” said Rivera. “I think it was when Obama first ran for President, and it just skyrocketed from there.” Rivera has a photo in her dorm room a friend photoshopped of her into an Obama family photograph, which she likes to show off to her friends. “On more than one occasion I may have referred to them as my parents,” Rivera said.

If asked what one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned over my three and a half years in college is, besides saying “vigorous
writing is concise,” being true to you would be my next answer. Rivera has a saying, “You do you.” That’s something we should all take to heart; if you’re not doing what you like, what’s the point?

Live your life, like what you like, and if someone has a problem with that, well then it’s their problem, isn’t it? I’ll end this column
with what I told my sister before she began her freshman year of college. She was worried people wouldn’t like her because she liked One Direction. I said if they make fun of you for something as silly as a band you like, why become friends with them in the first place?

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