8 Artists That Are Perfect For Summer

8 Artists That Are Perfect For Summer

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For me, music is a big part of my summer. I tend to associate memories from summer with songs that I listen to; music is a big part of those ~summer vibes~. Here are some of my favorite artists to listen to this summer:

1. BORNS

BORNS has a very unique sound that you don't hear too often. I would describe his music as very carefree and breezy.

My Favorites: Electric Love, Seeing Stars, The Emotion

2. Empire of the Sun

My little sister actually introduced me to Empire of the Sun. The duo has a very millennial, electronic sound, and it's perfect to listen to in the car or on a rainy day. It's definitely whimsical, and I find it easy to zone out and disappear into your own little world while listening to their music.

My Favorites: Walking on a Dream, Way To Go, High And Low, Standing On The Shore

3. Catfish and the Bottlemen

I feel as if Catfish and the Bottlemen perfectly embodies rock & roll. Their music is very high-energy and sunshine-y.

My Favorites: Kathleen, Homesick

4. Phoenix

Phoenix's music is extremely upbeat and I guarantee you that it will always put you in a good mood.

My Favorites: 1901, Lasso

Flume

Flume's music is on the more electronic side of things. I discovered Flume last summer en route to one of my many family lake trips, and his energetic sound perfectly captured the mood.

My Favorites: Holdin On, Sleepless feat. Jezzabell Doran, Tiny Cities (feat. Beck)

ODESZA

ODESZA is also a little more electronic, but I'd say it's more dreamy and twinkly. This was another artist who I found on one of my lake excursions, and it was one of my favorites during spring as well.

My Favorites: Bloom, White Lies (feat. Jenni Potts)

CRUISR

CRUISR is very relaxed and comes off to me as one of those bands to listen to while sitting on a beach drinking a smoothie. Perfect for sunny, adventure-filled days.

My Favorites: All Over, Kidnap Me

Circa Waves

To me, Circa Waves has a slightly vintage, sipping-coke-and-wearing-sunglasses-in-a-convertible sort of feel. Their sound is very fun and chill, and they're a part of the Music Midtown lineup.

My Favorites: T-Shirt Weather, Lost It

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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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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5 Reasons It's Always Worth It To Be A Summer Camp Counselor

Summer camps have a special place in my heart, and I'm here to share that with you.

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Since I was 15, I have been a counselor at various summer camps. I have been a Program Aide at Girl Scout camp, a counselor at church camp, and a counselor at a day camp. These were all camps that I attended as a kid, so they already had a special place in my heart when I got a chance to work at them.

After being a camp counselor for five years, there are things that I have learned on the job that has helped me in life. Being a counselor has also helped me grow as a person. It's helped me gain skills that I don't think I would have learned in other jobs. I'm here to share what I love about the job of being a camp counselor.

1. You get to be the leader/role model

As a kid, there were many counselors in my life that I looked up to. They were people that I strived to be alike in my life, but now that I'm older, I get to be that person for the kid. What I say and do will influence how the kids around me act. That comes with a lot of stress, but it's also empowering. You can be a positive influence in a kids life, and hopefully, teach them important life lessons.

2. You can be your goofy self

One thing that I love about working with kids is that I can be silly around them. Kids won't judge you for being silly because they're silly right alongside you. They feed off your energy, and it can help them explore the world around them through communication. Plus, when was it not fun to be silly?

3. You get to hang out with kids all day

This reason might turn people off from the job, but it's a part of why I love being a counselor. Hanging out with kids tires me out at times, but they also motivate me to keep going. They're little balls of energy, and I feed off of other people's energies well. The kids also help me feel youthful and like nothing matters. Everything is fun to them; they help me keep a positive outlook on life.

4. Your coworkers become your best friends

Working at a summer camp can be difficult at times. It's emotionally and physically draining as well. But having a good support team helps with that. The counselors that I have worked with in the past have become my best friends, and I still stay in touch with some. They're there for you when no one else is, and they understand what you're going through. You know that their feelings for you are genuine, and they want to help as much as they can.

5. You get to watch the kids grow

Over the summer, I get to see the same kids every week at my camp. I get to see them grow as people over the summer and it's a rewarding experience knowing that I was able to help them. Watching them become leaders and grow into little helpers by the end of the summer is one of my favorite things.

I'm excited to have the opportunity to work at a summer camp again this year. I know that it'll provide an opportunity to grow as a person and I can't wait to see my favorite kids again.

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