8 Things I Wish The Netflix Movie 'XOXO' Warned Me About Before Going Into My First Rave

8 Things I Wish The Netflix Movie 'XOXO' Warned Me About Before Going Into My First Rave

Take care of yourself and others around you.

First and foremost, I want to remind everyone who raves, or anyone who goes to music festivals in general, one really important thing: take care of yourself and others around you.

I’m also in no way promoting underage drinking or drug usage here, but if you’re going to do it, please do it safely.

Learn from Tariq’s experience in Netflix’s rave movie XOXO. Don’t kiss strangers — unless you want to have a far too dramatic (yet probably slightly accurate) drug trip.

Raving should be fun for you and your friends! So, please, for the love of EDM,

1. Be responsible and safe

Please. Oh, and don't forget to

2. Drink lots of water

3. ALWAYS have your ID, ticket, and phone on you

If I could bold my bold, I would.

I swear, so many bad things could’ve been avoided had I had those things on me when things went awry. And if you are going to have someone hold your belongings, make sure to stay with them at all times.

4. Have a designated meeting spot if things do go awry

Again, so many bad things could’ve avoided.

It’s loud, it’s crowded, and there’s usually multiple rooms for different sets. So, in the off chance that you do lose your friends and your phone’s dead — or in my case, not with me — then you’d have a go-to spot to meet up with them later on!

5. Bring a portable charger if you can

This goes hand-in-hand with the whole dead-phone-and-can’t-find-my-friends thing. If possible, bring a portable charger with you.

6. Those people in bright colored shirts are there to help you, not arrest you

I spent way too much time worrying about “being caught” and “taken away,” when I really should’ve been having fun and enjoying myself.

They’re all fully aware that you’re probably under the influence of something, so if they think you’re too out of it to be out on the dance floor, then you most likely are.

7. Making and trading kandi is super fun

Unfortunately, I lost all of the ones I made before the rave and didn’t get the chance to really talk to or meet new people to trade any anyways. That’s on the top of my to-do list for my next rave, though!

(Update: I found the kandi I made in my duffel bag... It was a long weekend, guys.)

8. Ubers suck

They really do.

At least the ones my friends and I had to deal with.

None of the ones we ordered could find us for some reason. And trust me when I say this, it is not fun waiting outside in the cold, wearing nothing but pasties, a thong, and a thin bodysuit.

If only XOXO had prepared me for the hell that was my first rave.

Cover Image Credit: Netflix

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks


Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History


Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year

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Gear Up


This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like NBA.com, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)


If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

Fiserv Forum, Home of the Milwaukee Bucks


Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk


Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

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