11 Things I Learned From Lollapolloza

11 Things I Learned From Lollapolloza

It's all fun a games until someone crowd surfs.

1. It's not about the perfect Instagram picture.

You will probably look great for the first couple of hours into the festival. However once you start waiting in the hot sun for hours to see your favorite band and your makeup will start to smear and hair frizz up. Or you are in the far back of the concert.

2. There is no camping in Lolla.

Yes lolla is a music festival but there is no camping. You better be prepared to spend some extra cash for a hotel room or Airbnb.

3. Bring cash, a lot of extra cash.

Just as much as your ticket cost so does the food. Be sure to eat something before leaving your hotel room. Let's not talk about the price of water.

4. Make a plan.

Before heading out to an all day of music fun make sure you make a plan so don't get lost. Make you sure you plan a schedule to see all of your favorite bands. Remember there are like thousands of people in one park so navigating around will be horrible.

5. Fanny packs are you're best friends.

Think about where you are going to hold all your stuff like portable battery, a poncho in case it rains, water, tissues, hand sanitizer, etc. Fanny packs are great because they are small and easy to carry especially when are in large crowds.

6. Eighty percent of the people in the crowds don't know who is actually playing.

The great thing about festivals are that you get to discover new artist you have never heard on Spotify before. On the other hand there are people don't who your favorite artist is but are in front of you. sigh.

7. Crowd surfing will be the death of you.

You might not be the person crowd surfing but you feel the pain. Next thing you know there will be pushing and hands everywhere.

8. You will dislike people sitting on other people's shoulders.

Why it's bad enough we aren't close enough to the stage.

9. There will be a lot of touching.

Whether you are line to use the port-a-potties or watching your favorite band just remember there will people pushing and shoving. Not to mention the overly drunk people who think it's funny to start pantsing people.

10. Two word: Mosh Pits

If the death of you weren't the gross port-a-potties or the crowd surfing that feels like your bones are crashing then mosh pits will be. No matter how much you try to escape them you won't be able to.

11. Overall just enjoy the moment you paid good money for it.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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