Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from… Seth Cohen and ‘The O.C.’

Adam Brody as Seth Cohen for THE OC (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)
Adam Brody as Seth Cohen for THE OC (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

In 2003, the world was graced with one of the best comedic characters in primetime history. He’s scrawny, curly-haired and has a plastic best friend named Captain Oats. If you’ve already guessed it, you probably have the same feelings towards him that I do. Seth Cohen, ladies and gentlemen, taught me everything I ever needed to know. In addition to the obvious, such as sarcasm as a second language and impeccable taste in music, here are a few of the reasons why even after The O.C.’s end, Seth is still my own personal Yoda or Mr. Miyagi.

Play It Pathetic and Sweet

The innocent eyes, the bullied past and the undeniable charm: this is how Seth locked down his love interests in The O.C. He had to deal with a lot of rejection before he landed his ladies Alex and Summer. However, it was that pathetically sweet demeanor that won them over in the end. I learned to take his lead in my love life. Beware – us pathetically sweet ones are addictive.

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Can You Say Hipster?

Oh, you listen to that band? I listened to them like, three years ago. Oh, that’s your favorite movie? I read the book first. Come on, guys, let’s be honest with ourselves. We’re all hipsters. We’ve all had that moment when something we loved got suddenly popular. In our heads, we’re quoting Seth, saying, “The rest of the world’s finally caught up to me.” I happily embrace those hipster moments with Cohen-ease.

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And That Hipster Status Leads To…

That moment when you feel like Jesus to the world around you, as though you’ve shown them the way and lead them to the promised land of awesomeness.

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Embrace Your Closet Stalker

There’s always that one person that you can’t help but get attached to, even if you’ve never actually had contact with them. Whether it’s a celebrity or that guy that comes into Chipotle for lunch on the same day once a week, you’re borderline obsessed. You virtually stalk them through social networking and then proceed to pretend like the obsession isn’t there. Now, don’t get me wrong, you should definitely outright deny your stalker status. However, that doesn’t mean that you should kick it all together. Seth taught me that sometimes your obsession could lead to exactly what you’ve fantasized about. The only example I need is Seth and Summer. Need I say more?

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Why Are Pants a Thing?

 I think this image speaks for itself. Getting home and ridding ourselves of our pants is what we all (you know you do it, too) dream about during a long day of work or school. Seth taught me that everything is better when your pants come off.

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If You Think You Eat Too Much, You Don’t

The word “diet” does not exist in my vocabulary. I love food. I love eating. I love eating A LOT. Seth Cohen happily introduced me to this fantasy, which I have in fact attempted. I failed, as I assume most would, but the experience was well worth my overstuffed stomach.

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Live Vicariously Through Media Outlets

Sometimes, there are things that you really, really want to try. However, the potential repercussions or just plain fear can get in the way. When that happens, take to the media as Seth would. There’s someone out there who is living your dirty little secret. For Seth, that was hanging out in groups and then peeling off to hook up. For me, it’s being an old lady for the SAMCRO president (cough Sons of Anarchy cough).

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A big shout out to Kirsten and Sandy Cohen for bringing my mentor into the scripted world of Newport Beach. Honestly, I don’t know where I would be without his inadvertently brilliant advice. I will definitely be spending the remainder of my winter break binging on the first season in tribute, as well as crying over the fact that real-life Adam Brody will soon be off the market. No, I’m not over his engagement to Leighton Meester just yet.

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Brailey can always be found writing or designing spreads for her university magazine. Buy her a Naked Juice and a Tony Scott film and she’ll be your best friend. She is currently studying Journalism at High Point University.

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