5 Reasons Ravers Make The World A Better Place

5 Reasons Ravers Make The World A Better Place

There is no I, or you, or me, there is only we, us, and ours.

We all know at least one friend who attends electric music festivals or a raves. Some of us do not show our inner raver all the time, others show it every day. Regardless of our personalities, ravers have at least one thing in common, the ability to embrace and accept one another in a judgement-free zone for a few days. The people you meet in “Those few days” in my opinion, 95% of the time turn into friendships that last a lifetime. Some people think raves are a waste of money or time, yet ravers cannot wait until day one of ticket sales for their favorite rave. In my opinion, these are 5 reasons ravers are just so awesome.

  • 1.We ARE A FAMILY. There is no I, or you, or me, there is only we, us, and ours. A family of individuals that celebrate their lives, their similarities, and their love for the music create a place that is indescribable. We jump up and around, we wave our hands up and down, we dance and sing until we run out of breath, and we wait until the last minute to use the restroom because we do not want to lose our spot in the crowd. We take pictures of random people because their costume is great, or their dancing is cool, and we take videos of the stage, to create memories that we can relive again and again until 365 days later.
  • 2.We are fun to be around. This is probably the biggest fear of a person considering to go to a rave, but in reality, it is what makes raves so great. I know my first time at a rave I thought, “What if people look at me funny, what if I do not know the songs? What if I do not have fun?” I figured out within minutes of entering the venue that most of the people that go to raves do not know all of the music being played, but they know how to make the best of it by being with people who feel the same way and can appreciate the beat and life of the music, first timers or not. We do not judge, we come from all corners of the world, big or small, we a fun for all.
  • 3.Costumes. They come in all forms, all designs, and all types of creativeness. From flags showing the logo “Insomniac” swaying in the crowd to gloves that light up and strobe. Each raver has their own style of costume, their own style of creativity, and their own style of color. Kandi is exchanged in the signs of Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect towards one another. Kandi is a way of showing that no matter who we are, we are all a family.
  • 4.Friends that rave together, stay together. Have you ever been dragged somewhere by a friend to a place you initially would never go alone? I’m sure all of us have. However, when a friend brings you to a rave, they do it because they want you to experience the life, the love, and the craziness that all of us ravers get to enjoy and be a part of every time we dress up for the rave. You meet people who you would never have even seen in your own town because we come from all over. They become your friends, and by the end of the night, your family and support.
  • 5.The Shuffle. Without doubt, the most common form of dancing in rave life. It is branched off of the “Melbourne Shuffle” club dance that originated in the late 80s in Melbourne, Australia. The rapid heel-toe step that is most commonly associated with electric music, and it should be. Some of us have seen it in the music video for the song “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO, but I feel that to get the most meaning out of the dance, you need to see it. Ravers all over the world love to watch and show off their shuffling skills in YouTube videos, Instagram posts, and snapchat stories, as well as all over the internet. It is the feeling you get out of learning to shuffle to dance music that makes it so great.

I am sure there are more than just 5 reasons that make ravers so awesome, the fact we consider each other family even though we may never see each other for a year, or the fact we dress up in funky costumes are just some of the many reasons ravers make the world a better place.

Cover Image Credit: Jason Ringle

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Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

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39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

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5 Things To Do Around Syracuse This Fall

A list of things to do off campus this fall semester, by a local.


Growing up in Syracuse, I've had the pleasure of learning the ins and outs of the city and the surrounding suburbs. While the campus is beautiful, if you're ever feeling like you need a change of scenery or are longing for food beyond Ernie Davis's wraps and cereal bar, some of my favorite spots for the fall semester (beyond the basics that a quick Google search of "What to do in Syracuse" can provide) are:

1. The Great New York State Fair

Located in the heart of Syracuse, the Fair attracts people from all across New York. Whether you're looking for roller coasters, a horse show, or the BEST fried dough and slushies, I promise you will find it all and whatever else you could dream of at The Fair. It runs from August 22-September 3 this year. So if you're looking for something to get your mind off the four big papers you were assigned the first week, the Fair is calling.

2. Clark Reservation State Park

Not too far from campus is the breathtaking Clark Reservation. If you're in need of some fresh air and serene views, this park's rocky cliffs, mild hiking trails, and lake/wetland scenery will surely suffice. You can fish here, too!

3. Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards

Although not open for picking quite yet, by the time you are all settled in and well into the many papers and tests, it will be prime time for apple picking. Being located in Upstate New York, SU has many apple orchards relatively close by.

However, none compare to Beak and Skiff, where the apple picking experience is partnered with a brewery, any Apple product you could think of, and sometimes even live performances. If you are looking for a little drive and to get a taste of the freshest apples Upstate New York could offer, be sure to stop by Beak and Skiff this fall.

4. Festa Italiana Syracuse

For the past four years, my parents have worked the Italian Fest downtown. Naturally, the food is AMAZING. This year it will run from September 14-16, right in front of City Hall. They have much beyond the tents of Italian delicacies, however. You can watch a meatball eating contest or play some Bocce. You for sure do not want to miss out on this opportunity to taste a different side of Syracuse.

5. The Regional Farmers Market

Open Thursday's from 7:00-2:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 7:00am-2:00 p.m., the Farmers Market, located next to Destiny USA, is an amazing opportunity to see what Upstate New York has to offer. There are hundreds of stands selling the freshest and most flavorful of all fruits, vegetables, and about anything else you could imagine.

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Given the opportunity, exploring the city of Syracuse outside of the walls of the campus is so important. There is so much to see and learn about the community that surrounds you as a Syracuse University student. These are just a few of the many things you could experience this upcoming semester. Do yourself a favor and be curious about the city that surrounds you!

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