by Nicholas Laughlin
I had been looking forward to last weekend since August. I finally got to go to my first music festival, Austin City Limits (ACL), in Austin. The whole festival experience was true to what I thought it would be. I went on Friday and Saturday and saw some amazing shows! On Friday, I saw Bleachers, Sam Smith, Foster the People and OutKast. ALL of them were fantastic, especially Sam Smith. If you have not listened to his album, In The Lonely Hour, you absolutely should. His voice alone is the only reason you need to give this artist a chance. Bleachers was also excellent, I highly recommend them as well. Saturday was another great day! I got to see Lana Del Rey, Iggy Azalea and Skrillex. They were all great!
I also got to hang out with a few of my best friends who I hadn’t seen in a while, which is always a plus. Getting to spend three days with your friends, in Austin, listening to your favorite bands makes for a perfect weekend! During my visit, I had some of my favorite foods, like Hey Cupcake!, Torchy’s, Kerby Lane, Amy’s Ice Cream and JuiceLand. There is so much great food yet so little time.
After having an awesome weekend, I am now trying to get back to the school routine. These last few weeks have hit really hard, but I am determined to work my hardest! The honeymoon period is over. Midterms are starting and class work is beginning to pile up. Also I have to stay up on my articles for The University Star. College is now a real thing!
For the last five years of my life, I have juggled school, being a member of a year-round theatre company, yearbook and many other outside school activities. I managed myself pretty well. I was busy every day after school and that felt normal. In reality, I have as much on my plate now as I did in high school. I am accustomed to being involved and staying busy. Looking back on how busy I was last week, I realize now that it’s going to take some getting use to. I know I can juggle everything; I just need to slow down a minute and figure it all out.
As my friend Emma said, “We’ve been living in summer camp for the last six weeks. There are going to be hard weeks every now and then.” So that’s where I leave you for now. I register for spring classes this week, which I am pretty excited about.