Reasons To Attend EDC: Las Vegas

Reasons To Attend EDC: Las Vegas

The electric sky is waiting.

I attended EDC Las Vegas for the first time in the summer of 2014. And it was an experience I will never forget.

EDC stands for Electric Daisy Carnival. It is an EDM (electric dance music) festival for ages 18 and over that is held for three days from sunset to sunrise. People from all around the world come to visit Vegas for this experience. There are various stages around the motorway where you can see different artists. There are little art carts around that also have smaller artists playing. In different spots of the motorway, there are scattered carnival rides. People are dancing everywhere, just enjoying themselves and having a good time with people around them.

EDC has to be experienced in order to know what it feels like to be there and what exactly happens there. It is not an experience that can be explained through words.

I highly encourage those who haven’t been to EDC to try to go once in their lives. It’s a place like no other. The positive vibes and people who circle in that one environment made me think of how you should be happy about life and want to spread positivity wherever I go.

Twenty-three-year-old Joss Alfonso has attended EDC two times and already with plans to go again next year.

"EDC is a place of no judgment. It's where I can go once a year for three days to escape reality for just a bit, and I am able to just get lost in the music. The PLUR (peace, love, unity, respect) is so alive out there and is in a much bigger spectrum than a small concert. You can just be you at EDC. It's an adventure to be accomplished whether alone or with friends," he says.

Patricia Eustaquio is 20 years old and has attended EDC two times. She had not planned to go back for different reasons, but she realized that it was an event she has to attend again.

"The experience is what everyone tells people should be their reason to go to EDC, and they're right. It's something that has to be experienced in order to be talked about. The music is appreciated by people there, and you get so immersed in it. Living the moment with friends makes the experience that much better."

Cecy Cervantes is 19 years old. She got to experience EDC for the first time this past summer (2015), and it was an experience like no other.

"EDC is a great excuse to visit friends and to be down in Vegas with your friends. It gives you a chance to be creative and create costumes and outfits to your own liking. There are so many great EDM DJs in one place. You get to meet people from all around the world. You're surrounded by over 100,000 people who are just there to enjoy themselves. EDC is just an amazing experience as a whole," says Cecy.

Ruben Ramos is a 21-year-old and has attended EDC twice so far.

"The first four steps before and the last four steps after the festival always make you want to relive every moment. Going to EDC, I have met new friends. My bonds with current friends grew with the mutual enjoyment of the music, and I'm sure that's what happened with everyone else. When you're at EDC, you get to see the decorations and themed stages Insomniac puts together. It's amazing to just look at, making it worth every penny. The memories you make are unforgettable. Whether it's with the person you love or with the people you went with or even the people you meet when going solo."

Whether a person has attended EDC once or is an experienced concert goer, there is always excitement to be reunited under the electric sky.

Cover Image Credit: Melissa Ung

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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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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.

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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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