If there’s one musical artist that has changed my life in a positive way, I’d have to say that artist is Mod Sun. Mod Sun is a hippy rapper and author from Minnesota. Ever since Mod Sun was in high school; he’s been promoting happiness and positivity.
When I first heard Mod Sun I wasn’t necessarily a fan of his music, but there was something about him and his lyrics that just made me smile. After listening to him more and more, he really started to grow on me. Then a few years back I went to see him at a secret concert in Madison. After that day, Mod Sun has been in circulation on my iPod. I’ve been to over 50 concerts in my life, but this concert was really special. He was on such a small stage, but his stage presence was incredible.
Like I said earlier, Mod Sun is also an author. I use to work for the city of Appleton mowing lawns, and I would always listen to his book on my iPod. Not only did he write a book, but he also did the recorded reading for it. The whole book was solid from cover to cover, but there were two lines that really changed my life. The first one was, ”Walk outside, and look up. The sky is endless and filled with possibility. Now look down. No matter where you are, you will see an ending below. You decide whether or not to look up or down.” The second quote was, “No matter what amount of negativity you are presented with, 5 minutes from now could be the best moment of your life.” Whenever I’m feeling down I just think of these quotes and the darkness always goes away. Mod Sun has truly been an inspiration to me.
This past week I went on vacation to South Padre Island for the first time in my life. This was my first time leaving the Midwest since 2012, and it was the time of my life. I went with a car full of awesome people all from Wisconsin and one girl even flew in from Colorado. The car ride in total was roughly 26 hours, but it was totally worth it!
After a long 26 hours, we finally made it. We checked into our hotel and headed right to the pool. Everyone was too tired to go to the beach, so we all decided to wait till the following day to go. Once it hit 8:00 am the following day, we all packed up our stuff and headed to the beach. I haven’t seen the ocean since 2012, so just seeing the ocean was enough to make the 26 hour car ride worth it. Once we got to the beach we walked down to where the music was and posted up there. We brought a huge Wisconsin Badgers flag so everyone knew where we were from. It was ton of fun having people come up to us just to talk about Wisconsin. I even ended up meeting multiple people from UW-Whitewater! We all stayed down there Sunday through Friday, but then we had to head back to Wisconsin.
Before we got back to Wisconsin, we stopped in Dallas and then St. Louis. Let me tell you what, St. Louis was the coolest city ever! We got there at 10:00 pm then for whatever reason we all decided to hit the bars downtown. The bars ended up being the nicest bars I’ve ever been too! In one of the bathrooms they had a guy who got your hand soap and paper towel for you. After a long (but fun) night downtown, we went back to our friend’s house to sleep. The next morning, we all woke up and headed straight home for one of the longest car rides of our life! Overall, this was the most fun I’ve ever had and I hope that I can go back next year!
In this post I’ll be switching gears from my first blog post. This post I’ll be talking about all the fun experiences I’ve had here at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from the eyes of a transfer student. As a transfer student, the first day I got on campus I had a few things to do compared to who are now my friends that I’ve met here. I had no idea where my classes were, how to get books, where the bars were, and the number one thing that I stressed about was being able to make new friends as a transfer student. Luckily, making new friends has yet to be a problem for me.
Making new friends here has truly been a blast. It felt like grade school all over again, mainly because I originally only knew four people who went to school here. Luckily my roommate Jack had a big group of friends who were more than willing to become my friends. Freshman move in day was the first day I met most of these people and they were truly the most excepting people I’ve ever. Freshman move in day was more fun than I would have ever imagined.
With it being only the second semester I’ve lived here, it truly feels like I’ve been here for years (in a good way of course!) All my classes are in Hyland, which is awesome because I love the building and atmosphere. I’ve had some awesome professors and classmates, but more importantly I’ve already learned so much just from going to class and attending outside events. I can proudly say that there’s nowhere I’d rather go to school than the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater!
Here is a guy that crowd surfed at Warped Tour!
Photo by Ted Van Pelt
Five years ago me and two of my friends were going to Warped Tour for the first time and we didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that there were two things that I wanted to do there. I wanted to crowd surf and meet my favorite artist. Little did I know, both would come true.
Once we finally got there we went to the first show and just kind of sat in the seats and watched from afar. After a few shows we finally got the courage to go into the pit to watch the show. The band we ended up watching was We The Kings, who is more of a soft alternative band. After their awesome set, the next band started to play immediately after them. The coolest thing about Warped Tour is that they actually split multiple big stages in half for the artists. So when one artist is performing, the other artist is setting up to play. There is literally zero silence all day long. We didn’t know the next band and they ended up being this heavy metal band. After just one song, there were crowd surfers everywhere and everyone was just going nuts. Later on in the set, the lead singer said it was going to be there last song. And for Warped Tour that’s the universal sign for, “If you want to crowd surf to our set, you better do it now!” So once they began to play their final song, I got my friends to throw me up and then I proceeded to crowd surf all the way up to the front! That first time crowd surfing was the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life!
After a long day of shows, the final acts were about to go on. So we walked over to Machine Guns Kelly’s stage. At that time he was my favorite artist and even to this day he’s still my number one artist. After a crazy good show, my friends and I were just kind of hanging out on the stairs by the stage. The security guards were telling everyone to leave, but for some reason they didn’t tell us to leave. After sitting there for about 15 minutes, Machine Gun Kelly and his crew started to walk by. I walked over to him and gave him a handshake and just start talking to him. At this point I was super star struck, all I remember saying was, “Awesome show man, awesome show man!” We talked for a little bit and then he had to go back to his tour bus. All I remember after that is walking away with the biggest smile on my face.