Something completely unexpected is happening in a few weeks…I am going to Coachella, aka hipster paradise.  And, for someone who is pretty much whatever the opposite of a hipster is, this is a big deal.  I mean, I do of course have a lot of hipster friends, and we tend to make jokes about how opposite our taste in music and clothes are.  Whenever I tell one of these friends that I am going to Coachella, they laugh and do not hide their shock at this news.  And honestly, I never in a million years thought that I would want to go spend 3 days melting in the desert while listening to artists I’d never heard of and watching half-naked people prance around in a daze.  But then a few good friends told me about their Coachella experience last year and I began to rethink my idea of the festival.

I watched as their eyes lit up when describing the friends they made at their camp site, how they sprayed water onto each other to survive the heat, and the way they sat in the grass as they listened to music and watched the sun go down.  I realized that although it is indeed a music festival, the music is not really the only reason people go.  You go to Coachella to escape real life for a few days and make hilarious and ridiculous memories with your friends.  Coachella is more than just a massive 3 day concert; it is something that brings people together for a bit to enjoy the simple things in life.

I may only know about a third of the bands that will be performing at Coachella, but that does not mean that I will not have a great time.  It’s hard for me to really predict what my weekend at Coachella will be like, but I do know that it will be an unforgettable experience and unlike anything else I have partaken in thus far in my life. I cannot wait to spend 3 days away from work, stress, and constant first world problems to spend time with some awesome people, catch some rays, and find new music to add to my favorites playlist.

So why do I want to go to Coachella?  Well, why the hell not?!  I’m young, employed, and have friends to go on this adventure with.  This is the time to try new things, break out of your shell, and do the unexpected; and that’s exactly what I plan to do.  Well, so long as I can financially afford to do so.


Rachel Woolslayer graduated in June 2012 from UC San Diego with a degree in Communications and a minor in Business. After spending a year working as the Marketing Assistant for a trivia company in San Diego, she decided it would be a great idea to quit her job and move to Austin, Texas with her best friend from college. While she will always be a California girl, she has enjoyed embracing the Texas lifestyle, y'all...well, minus the ridiculous heat, and the bugs. Aside from that, she has a wanderlust that won’t quit and is constantly planning her next adventure. In her free time, she enjoys pretending to be friends with her favorite celebrities, getting too emotionally involved in her TV shows, and knowing way too much pop culture. Feel free to see if she has remembered to tweet recently at @Rauncheezy.

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