Reasons To Go To NITC

Reasons To Go To NITC

"Nevada's Legendary Country Music Festival"
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It’s that time of year again.

The time of the year when people get rowdy, party all night long, and enjoy the company of friends as they take in the sounds of country music.

Night in the Country (NITC) is a country music festival held in Yerington, Nevada, every late July. You get to camp out in the desert, whether it’s in a tent or trailer, and you get to spend the weekend with people who are all there for the same reason as you…to escape reality and have a good time with friends and family. The profits made from Night in the Country benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Mason Valley.

I attended NITC in the summer of 2014, and it was one of the best highlights of my year. It was my first time going, and I couldn’t have gone with a better group. Half of the group were experienced goers while the other half were just as new as me to the whole event.

Man, all I can describe that weekend was that it was unforgettable. The music, the friends I was with, the new people I met in random campsites…there’s nothing better than being able to enjoy country music with people who like country music as much as you do.

Sara Torgerson was one of the people I attended NITC with, and without her, I probably would have been lost on what to do for and at NITC. She has attended NITC four times, and this year will be her fifth.

“NITC is a weekend of pure fun with friends where you don’t have to worry about anything,” said Torgerson.

Brian Kehoe has attended NITC once so far but will be unable to attend this year since he will be out of town that weekend.

“It is impossible to feel unhappy when country music is in the air," he said. "Even for non-country lovers…the saying eat, drink, and be merry really comes alive out there since the amazing music is only footsteps away from the campgrounds which means the food, music, bar and bed are all so close. Being a NEVADA student, I saw so many of my classmates out there really helping making the experience that much stronger.”

Bailey Clark has gone to NITC the past two years.

“I go because I personally am a fan of country music and camping,” said Clark. “My friends also go, which makes it 10 times more fun because I’m with people I enjoy being around.”

Everyone at NITC is so friendly, offering you drinks here and there, people saying "hi" to you, taking pictures with you, dancing with you…it is an event that has to be experienced.

Even if you are not a huge fan of country music, it is still fun to try something new, and if you still don’t like country music after your experience, at least you got to spend the weekend with friends and family.

Cover Image Credit: Melissa Ung

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

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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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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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