5 Types Of People You'll Always Meet At A Concert

5 Types Of People You'll Always Meet At A Concert

Don't be fooled, at least one (if not all) will be there.

It doesn't matter what genre of music it is or the size of the venue, these types of people are almost guaranteed to show up at a concert. Usually, they are easy to spot, but some wait to make their appearance later on in the show.

1. The Newbies (most likely in their early teens)

Don't get me wrong, it is absolutely okay to be a newbie at a concert. You could finally be getting the chance to meet or let alone see your favorite band live for the first time. We've all been there. Here's the thing, though: try not to act like a newbie. Older fans know that it's probably better to not put on a full face of makeup before going inside. You're just going to sweat it off. Don't talk about how you've listened to every song of theirs 20 times; we have too. The best way to get through the newbie phase is to just chill out, make some friends in line, and go rock out with them.

2. The Partiers

The partiers are never actually there to listen to the music. They usually only come because they heard that a band was coming to town and they wanted an opportunity to get trashed. We can spot them from a mile away. Most of the time, they're already buzzed or high by the time they get in line. They will 100% spill their beer on you or blow smoke in your face. Another name for these types of people are "Bouncies". Why, you ask? Because that's all they do. They bounce around the venue and annoy everyone. Just give them about ten minutes and they'll be so far to the other side of the stage that you won't even see them anymore.

3. The Groupies

These people probably don't know the first thing about the band that you're seeing. They are dressed the same at every concert. Black shorts, usually with tights underneath, or some variation on a hipster look. They stand out of line and until they talk to security (who lets them right in or they are escorted in by a crew member). I know it sucks to watch someone end up there when you spent a huge amount of money and you're not even close. There is a bright side to all of this: The members of the band usually only see them as groupies and never as real people. They will respect you so much more for following the rules.

4. The Die-Hards

Ahh, the good ol' Die-Hards. These fans will be your best friends at any concert. They will teach you tricks about how not to get trampled and they'll be the ones you still talk to on social media three years down the line, trust me. I have at least eight friends that I speak to on a daily basis that I met at -- you guessed it -- concerts. These people take concerting seriously. They're usually front row, screaming every lyric of every song played, and they truly care about the band. When it comes down to it, these are the people that the bands love and care about because they're there for the music and only the music.

5. The "I'm So Rich I've Met The Band X Amount of Times" Fans

If there were ever a group that fans hate most, it's these people. They brag about how many times they have met a band, been on stage, and how the members remember their names. While part of the issue is that the rest of us are jealous, it's more of the fact that we think it's unfair. They have more money than all of us have -- especially the newbies -- and it hurts our souls to think that they get more time with the band than others do. It's also awful when you're standing right beside someone who gets onstage because the members know them. Personally, I don't understand the point of going to eight different tour locations to see the same set over and over again. There should be some limit on these.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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