At the Rave

At the Rave

Do you like music? Do you like dancing like no one is watching?

Do you like music? Do you like dancing like no one is watching? Do you like making friends? Do you like pretty lights? Do you like experimenting?

If you answered yes to any of these, then you need to get on Google ASAP and find the closest music festival to you, and go. If you're craving a life changing experience, you sure are in for one, and here's why:

1. The Music

Obviously the most important part of a music festival is the music. Personally, the best type of music to vibe to is EDM. Mostly because when it comes to this genre of music, there are a ton of sub-genres. Whether you like funk beats or dirty beats, more instrumentals or more bass, there is something for everyone.

2. The Food

Most people try to budget when going to festivals, mostly because the people going are already broke. And more than often, people are sacrificing the festival food, and eating a granola bar. Here is my advice to you; EAT THE FOOD. Yes, festival food is expensive. However, it is also delicious and filling, and you will not be able to get it anywhere else. And honestly, food always makes everything better.

3. The Friends AKA The Dysfunctional Family

If you ever feel like you don't have any friends, download the app Radiate and join the forums to all of the festivals you are going to. Drop a post, and make some friends. People will respond, and they may just become your new BFF. And if you already have a ton of friends, still download the app and drop a post or two. Because who doesn't like a growing rave fam? It's more than likely that if you like the same type of music, that you will vibe with these people and dance the nights away. Let's be real here, music is one of the most important levels of compatibility when it comes to any relationship.

From making friends at a festival, you also may grow stronger bonds. These people become your rave family. No matter how dysfunctional you guys are, you can't wait to see them at the next festival or reunion you are having/going to, and you love them to death. I talk to my rave fam literally everyday. And our groupme can literally show just how dysfunctional we really are. But you wouldn't trade them for the world because they make your festivals just that much better.

4. The Plethora

No matter what your poison, you can find it at a music festival, easy. Just ask. And if that person doesn't have it, they probably know someone that does. Whether you're looking for something simple like Mary Jane, or you're looking for your hardcore friends like Dave, Molly, or Lucy, you'll find them. And if you have any trouble, just locate the closest wook, and you'll be set.

5. The Attire

What you decide to wear is 100% up to you, and trust me no one will judge you. Whether you want to let tata's out, be a boho princess, or rock out, do it. Wear(or don't wear) whatever you're comfortable in. There are literally no rules when it comes to your choice in rave gear. If you can't decide what type of raver you want to be, Pinterest is most helpful.

6. The Great Outdoors

If you love music and you love the outdoors, festivals were made for you. There's nothing better than camping in ninety degree weather, at night, sweating your life away. And the only thought in your head is, "why did I do this again?"

7. The Ecomonics

If you really think about it, going to a festival can really save you money. If you see each of these artists individually, you'll be paying at least $25-$40 minimum on a ticket, going up to hundreds. If a festival has several artists that you want to see, then you're saving money by going. One festival can equal up at least 20 different artists. So even though you spend a couple hundred on a ticket, you're saving so much money, you actually should be able to afford the food.

8. The Vibes

When you're at a festival, it is impossible to be upset. You will never find a place with such little drama in your life. Nothing is better than amazing music, with great friends, good vibes, yummy food and dancing. You'll make a bunch of great memories and super cool friends along the way. It is near impossible to have a bad time at a festival, even if it rains the whole time, or is a million degrees, you'll have a blast.

The best part of a festival is that you can be yourself and no one will judge you. Mostly because everyone else is just as weird as you and only cares about having the time of their lives. So find one, grab some friends, and head out for your next life changing experience. Trust me, it's worth it.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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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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