Expressing Yourself Through Art

Expressing Yourself Through Art

Everyone needs a creative outlet to express themselves
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Nowadays people will say that being an artist should be a temporary dream, something only a select few can do. Some would say there is no money in art until after the artist is dead. That art is hard to make a living off of it. In today's society that may be true, but it is also important to think about what art means. It isn't just a painting or a song, it is an expression of emotion that cannot be felt through just words themselves. Without artistic creations of others how would we get new ideas, or figure out different ways to do the same task?

A craft of imagination can be more important than a craft of knowledge, and it is absolutely possible for the two to be combined or to blend into one another. A piece of work isn't just something created without discipline and/or training. What many people would not understand about a painting that is covered with a dozen different colors and looks like a five year old did it is the emotion as well as the training within the painting. An artist needs to learn how to complete the basics like a master before the student can add in their own emotions and change the painting to be their own.

"Art is theft" was said by Pablo Picasso. This is a great quote for all artists in the sense that each piece of art is different, but inspirations are shared. Students are taught the same thing over and over again. Which is good, however, it is better to expand a child's horizon by teaching students to accept new ways of finding solutions or solving their issues.

There are schools who want to take out the different forms of art found in public schools. Unfortunately, this can hurt a student more than help them. Every person needs an outlet. Something that will allow an individual to release stress in a healthy way, though a way that can be shared with others or kept to themselves. If art, music, or other such electives are taken out of the school systems, then how are students suppose to learn about alternative ways to express themselves?

Students, young adults, or just people in general need different ways to express themselves. How can a person learn about various mediums within the arts if the program is taken out of school? A student will spend seven hours a day, five days a week, ten months of the year, and for at least twelve years of their life in a classroom. If art is taken out of the lives of younger people, then how will creative ideas will be born? Many people think that creative ideas cannot be in crafts of knowledge or discovery. When a person mentions mathematics or science, creativity isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Yet it is creativity, or a person having an unique side, that helps people connect the knowledge and creativity to find a new idea or solution.

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.
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With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

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The 9 Types Of Guys You're Destined To Meet In College

Yo bro, ya heard? That's what's up!
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Oh, boy! In college, you will come across people of all shapes and sizes with a wide range of personalities. Despite that, there seem to be several categories that boys fall under while at college. This week, I've outlined the 9 types of guys you'll run across in college:

1. The total frat dude.

Yo bro, ya heard? This guy is in a frat and has made it his mission to let everybody know he is. His go-to look is a polo shirt with cargo shorts that are just a tad too short. He probably has an American flag hanging on his wall and his most creative Instagram caption is "Saturdays are for the boys". Don't get me wrong, frat guys can be nice just stay away when they're too many beers in on a Tuesday night.

2. The 'Victory Royale'.

Almost like clockwork, this guy posts a snap on their story of them winning Fortnite a caption along the lines of "AYYYEE" or "Dubs only." When this guy is not on a bean bag chair two feet away from his TV screen he's with the bros. This guy might not be the best at getting ladies but at least Fortnite is always there for them (except when the servers crash).

3. The gym rat.

Muscle tees, pre-workout and a gallon jug of water are this guy's best friend. He either is busting out of his own skin after taking steroids or is the leaner guy that could take someone out in one punch. You never see these dudes on a treadmill, only lifting weights. His favorite food is probably chicken and he likes to post snap stories of him eating an excessive amount of eggs. He likes to date girls that are tiny to make him look big in comparison. These guys are nice until you question their masculinity.

4. The cool nerd.

If you meet a nice guy who is smart there's a 50% chance he's an engineering major. This guy probably likes to casually play sports and/or is in the band. School is always his number one priority but he also wants a smart girlfriend to talk nerd too. This guy peaks around sophomore year when most people start to settle down. He's the one at the end of college with a high GPA and a girlfriend out of his league.

5. The country boy.

This guys truck/ jeep is named after a girl and is most likely on their Instagram page. Every weekend this boy is either mudding or on a boat with their neighborhood friends. They are the only reason Natural Light is still being sold and were taught to shotgun at age 13. This guy loves him some camo and "Make America Great Again" hats. Don't let him have aux at parties unless you want an erratic playlist that has a mix of country, rap, and the occasional girly pop song. However, don't let the country fool you – these guys end up graduating with a good GPA and a business degree.

6. The dad bod.

This guy is probably in a frat and has been for the past four or five years. He is really taking his time with the whole college thing and doesn't let it stress him out. This guy is either really tall or awkwardly short and you can't really tell if they're muscular or heavier. This guy came into college and went wild his first couple of years and now he has a beer in his hand the majority of the hours he's awake. Although this guy loves making pledges drink until they're on the verge of alcohol poisoning, he always makes sure everyone have a sober ride home.

7. The pothead.

This guy never fails to let everyone know he has a three-foot-long bong and treats it like it's a precious artifact. He loves wearing hoodies and posting pics of him lighting up a blunt in nature. His favorite colors are coincidentally the same as those on the Jamaican flag. His role model is Bob Marley and his room always smells like a mix of rotting food, dirty laundry, and a quite herbal scent. All his friends hang out and end up talking about how cool elbows are.

8. The hard worker.

This guy is one everyone respects. He somehow manages to take a full course load and work a ton of hours at his job. He is smart and level-headed. He goes underappreciated all throughout college but turns out to be super successful in his career.

9. The GBF.

Gay Best Friend might be a 2014 movie but these guys are real. They have a ton of pretty girlfriends and are always the go-to for venting. These guys take the show at the club and really make the best of college. Their Instagram feed is so much more aesthetically pleasing than yours and they are always flashing their white teeth. They're always super nice unless you piss them off.

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