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Enjoying Life and Living Colorfully: Holiday Hai

A Girlfriend's Guide to College

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As a full time college student and having a full time job, life can be hectic and never spare you a free moment. I feel that this semester has taught me to always have an open mind, never get wound up in the college bubble or life that you're living, and always think in the big picture. As a person who loves culture and experiencing new things as a form of learning, I have come to be open to saying yes more and living experiences that are not in my culture or part of my everyday routine.

I am talking about more than just trying new foods and listening to music of another language. Traveling to a different country is a great way to leave your comfort zone and culture. As mentioned, I am a full time student and employee, however, I do not always have time to travel to another country... I mean who does, right? Instead, I have learned to make it a priority to incorporate aspects of cultures other than my own into my regularities in life. I feel like I am at the perfect point in my life to do so… my 20's should be the point in my life where I experience new things prior to settling down in my life.

I often plan events for my family's restaurant and most recently, I worked together with my co-worker to plan a Holi Hai Festival. Originally an Indian Cultural Festival, we welcomed people of all ethnicities practicing all cultures to experience this festival with us. This event was filled with color to represent happiness, love, and the freedom to live vibrantly. All who attended were covered in colorful powders to represent the celebration. Loud music and happiness being spread all around, we were celebrating the victory of good over evil. This festival of colors is something that I hope to experience again.

Planning and/or attending a celebration for a culture other than your own is a great way to experience alternate practices that can greatly contribute to your experiences, persona and viewpoint on life.


Now that finals are here and summer is just around the bend, plan to do something outside of your comfort zone this summer. Travel, experience an alternate culture and move forward in making yourself a cultured individual because you may even learn something about yourself that you did not know before. Have fun and live life!

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Bonnaroo Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival

4 days of camping, 150 performers, 10 stages, and the most incredible experience you'll ever encounter in the middle of Tennessee.

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The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes place in an enormous 700-acre field -- nicknamed "The Farm" -- in Manchester, Tennessee. Festival-goers from all over the country fly, drive, or walk into the festival to experience 4 days of music, activities, and food. This past weekend was my first time going, and I can without a doubt say that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. One of Bonnaroo's common sayings is "Radiate Positivity," and the 4 days spent there are factual evidence of the saying. At Bonnaroo, there is no stress, no worry, and not a care in the world. People of all kinds come together each year to celebrate life, love, and music without judgment. Each person's authenticity was something I noticed as soon as I stepped foot into the festival.

You can embrace your true self without apology. Each person is there to lift you up, too.

The atmosphere is much different than anything else I have experienced before. Even when my friends and I felt tired, or if the sun was just too hot to bear, we still did not mind being on our feet for hours on end. We enjoyed being exactly where we were, despite the minor inconveniences we may have faced -- like sitting in 5-hour traffic to get into the campground! I may sound crazy for saying this, but time truly did slow down while we were on The Farm.

My friends and I pulled up to the campground at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning as The Farm buzzed with people. We were too excited to go to sleep, so we spent the morning exploring the place instead. Day or night, everyone was alive with smiles that were contagious. We heard the words "Happy Roo!" from friends and strangers alike.

No matter where you came from, everyone was family at Bonnaroo.

One thing I noticed this past weekend was that everyone was there to help one another. If we needed help with setting up our tent, our neighbors who camped next to us were there to help in seconds. If someone tripped and fell, three people would be there to help the person up. If someone needed a few bucks for water, there was someone in line who was more than willing to cover the cost. I felt so at home there, as if I was a part of this community consisting of all types of people. I felt like I belonged there.

Alongside incredible people and a fulfilling community, there was stellar music as well (of course!). Headliners such as The Lumineers, Post Malone, and Kacey Musgraves rocked The Farm with new and old hits that hyped up the crowds.

Each performer reminded us that Bonnaroo is a safe place and does not discriminate against any person.

Hearing these words so often gave me so much hope for this world and the changes we can make. Bonnaroo is known as a Music and Arts Festival for a reason because it also promotes and sells eco-friendly living and handmade creations all throughout the festival. The activities that are available to attendees set the festival apart from other music festivals.

Bonnaroo connects us all through music, acceptance, and love. I can't wait to go back next summer!

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Everyone in the world, has an individual dream. Whether it be their life dream, their dream vacation, their dream job, their dream family, their dream partner in life, their forever dream. Dreams are what drive us to be the best people we can be. Chase the stars. Here is a poem to remind everyone to never forget their dreams....

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Dreams

"Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow"

By: Langston Hughes


Dreams are what keep me going everyday. The dream of my life. The dream to live where I want. The dream to do what I want. The dream to conquer the world. The dream to succeed. The dream to be happy in my own life.

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