10 Reasons Why You Should Attend A Music Festival

10 Reasons Why You Should Attend A Music Festival

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There's definitely something in the air (and probably something in the water) at music festivals.

1. You have a reason to get a group of your friends together for a crazy weekend.

Music brings people together. So whether you're going with your best friends or people you're just starting to get to know, music festivals are a great place to bond!

2. Music festivals are the perfect place to meet new people.

Whether you get lost and find a cool group of people, or a lost wanderer stumbles upon your group, music festivals are great places to meet incredible people.

3. There are usually different stages, so there's music for everyone in your groups taste.

If one friend is into trap but the others into house, there's no problem! There's plenty of different music to be heard and lots of time to run from stage to stage.

4. The people at music festivals will make you question why people outside the festival can't get along.

Most people who spend money on their festival tickets are going to have a good time and put out good energy. While you're in there its gonna be weird to think that there's a reason for hate in the world. There's so much love inside a festival and people give that love out to friends, family, and even strangers.

5. P.L.U.R.

Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect. Thanks to the EDM community, music festivals are a great place to be completely yourself and not have to worry about judgement.

6. It's a great excuse to come up with a killer costume.

People bring their a game to festivals. From homemade costumes, to expensive ones and from being covered head to toe, to just barely being covered at all, music festivals are a great place to let your freak flag fly.

7. Camping.

Some festivals offer camp grounds which means the party literally doesn't stop until the day after the festivals over!

8. Art

There's so much art to be found in a festival. Sometimes artists are hired to sell and make their art inside, and sometimes people bring and make their own. Gloving and hula hoops have become a huge trend at festivals. People will bring their accessories inside and put on shows for people resting in the grass.

9. The stages are beautiful

Festival designers come up with crazy stage ideas that will blow your mind. From huge owls, to cathedrals, to waterfalls on stage and fireworks, you'll be taken away by their beauty.

10. Festivals will change your life for the better.

There's a feeling that I'm pretty sure everyone gets when leaving a festival. While walking through the gates to your car, you get a pit in your stomach and it feels like a sense of belonging and love for everyone you just spent the last few days with. Everyone inside has a connection with each other. The connection comes through the music and its what keeps everyone coming back again and again.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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10 TV Shows You Need To Watch On Hulu

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I have recently moved to watch shows and movies on Hulu and Netflix. Hulu has a lot of great shows and movies to offer that aren't on Netflix. While Netflix is still great, Hulu is definitely starting to grow on me. Here are some shows that I have watched or have started watching on Hulu that I think are pretty great!

1. 11.22.63

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If you love James Franco and Stephen King, you'll love this show. The first episode is a bit long, but all the other episodes are only 45 minutes. The plot line is pretty interesting. I also like that it doesn't tell you everything, it shows it to you and you piece things together.

2. The Act

The fact that this show is based on a true story is just insane. The acting is really great, especially if you watch actual videos of Gypsy, Joey King does a great job.

3. Castle Rock

Another Stephen King masterpiece. This show is riveting and really makes you think about what the truth is in the context of the story, and brings in some ethical questions.

4. Future Man

I've only recently started this but it's pretty interesting and funny.

5. The O.C.

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This show was great. Sometimes it was a bit annoying, but it is a classic show from the early 2000s. You really become invested in all the characters and your opinion may change on some characters because they grow and develop throughout the show.

6. The Handmaid's Tale

If you've read the book, you should definitely watch the show.

7. Obsession: Dark Desires

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I just love true crime stories and this really dives deep into crime stories and the darkest parts of humanity.

8. Intervention

This show can be really sad or frustrating, but I think it's good for people to see the reality of addiction.

9. Smallville

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I also started this one very recently and I've always wanted to watch it. It can be cheesy but it's pretty entertaining.

10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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This is a great show if you want to laugh. I love all of the characters and everything they bring to the table.

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