Your Music Festival Bucket List

Your Music Festival Bucket List

Trust me, your bank account will forgive you.

Summer is just around the corner and that means it's festival season. In the last twenty years, people have created music festivals in almost every state of the country with music artists of all genres. Coachella has come and gone but there are more festivals are to come in the four to five months. It sounds expensive but they are worth the experience. Here's a list of some well known and fun festivals around the United States.

1. Coachella

The granddaddy of them all. This bohemian chic festival is held in the desert in Indio, California for two weekends in early April. It's the most notable festival and has the most musical guests for two weekends. It's held the stage for Beyonce, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Drake, Guns N Roses, Kendrick Lamar, just to name a few. Being the biggest festival means having the biggest price tag. Tickets to the festival alone are at least $1200 for one whole weekend pass and not including parking, lodging, or concession passes. It's a high price but it's something that you would want to do at least once.

2. Lollapalooza

The OG music festival for the last two decades. This is the North-East Chochella. Grant Park, Chicago hosts this event every August and it's mainly the place for indie and fewer mainstream artists to play. The turnout is huge and the performances are phenomenal. If you're in the Chicago area, come out if you want the experience of what it's like at festivals.

3. Bonnaroo Music Festival

This outdoor fun fest is held in Manchester, Tennesse in the first weekend of June. The hype around it is real and true to belief. An outdoor rave is a festival-goer's Disneyland. Dancing, Good Food, and so many places to take flawless selfies. There are even Ferris Wheel rides and Midday Yoga for attendees. This is an ideal vacation for college goers.

4. Music Midtown

This is on my senior bucket list. Music Midtown is held in September in Atlanta, Georgia. People all over the south-east coast come down to Piedmont Park to celebrate and enjoy music from EDM to Hip-Hop to Rock to Pop. Not only that but there's also some much to do around the city as well. You can walk downtown to Centennial Olympic Park or the Georgia Aquarium. Head over to Austell and check out Six Flags. Georgia's capital city is a place to have a good road trip with your friends.

5. Electric Zoo

This is the mecca of festival heaven. New York City hosts this wild festival of music during Labor Day Weekend and it is EPIC. You've got Marshmello, Skrillez, Calvin Harris, and Martin Garrix, who are some of the seventy or so performers on the stages. It is seriously something you want to attend before you die, because this will take you to another universe.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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