A week of spring break and we’re supposed to come back refreshed and ready for a new quarter? Please. It’s only been a week, and we’re already beyond burned out. Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to pretend that spring break truly is forever.
1. Tan on the roof of Boelter
Get that vitamin D between lunch and stats lab. It’s called multi-tasking and, no, it’s not weird.
2. Frolic around the Family Pool
Because nothing says “spring break” like alumni, their young children and the sweet smell of chlorine.
3. Hoard everything coconut-flavored from the student store
Shampoo, yogurt, toilet cleaner … Everything is fair game. Pro tip: Also works with “tropical” and “sea breeze” scents.
4. Line up the shots … of espresso
As a wise man once sang: “Shots! Shots! Shots!” Make sure to amp up the caffeine and “turn up” for class this quarter.
5. Sip a tropical drink under the sunlight fluorescent lights
Jamba Juice has your back, spring break-dweller! Order yourself a nice Caribbean Passion, and enjoy in the calming atmosphere of your favorite student union.
6. Take a wildly undeserved nap at a popular landmark
It’s syllabus week and you just got back from break, so naturally you’re exhausted. Don’t forget to make a pit stop at Powell to release all that stress and enjoy the local architecture.
7. OR just deal with it
Sorry ’bout it.
How are you extending spring break? Tweet us @dbmojo or comment below.
Living on campus is large part of the “quintessential” college experience. Or at least that’s what all the classic college movies tell me. After about two quarters of living on the Hill, I feel pretty adjusted to communal living. However, going home has reminded me of all the best and worst parts of living at home.
1. No headphones
I consider myself to be a respectful roommate, so I always plug in my earphones when I want blast some tunes or binge-watch my latest Netflix obsession. Apple claims that their earphones are specially designed to “the geometry of the ear.” I call shenanigans. There is no way shoving hard plastic into places it should not be shoved feels comfortable to anyone. Over-the-ear headphones are a good substitute, but after two and a half episodes of “Friends,” they become just as uncomfortable. Spending time in a room I can completely call my own is music to my tortured ear canals. Nothing is better than hearing a cheesy ’90s laugh track echo freely off the walls.
2. Walking around barefoot
Dorm floors have definitely seen some bad times. Years and years of students have occupied the same place long before you called it home. The amount of food, juices, bodily fluids and unidentified substances spilled on the carpets call for 24/7 footwear. Feeling the soft squish of clean carpet under your toes is a luxury only found at home.
3. Abundant, quality toilet paper
I think all of us can agree that the toilet paper in the dorms sucks. It has the thickness of tissue paper combined with the texture of unused sand paper. Every time I use the bathroom, it’s like playing a game of chance. Will this stall actually be properly stocked with toilet paper, or will I have to awkwardly ask the person next to me to help a girl out? There’s no worries back at home. Moms, bless their souls, have the toilet paper rotation on lock. Plus, the added layers of beautiful soft cotton is enough to make even the toughest of men shed a single tear. #threeplyordie
Surrounded by tons of other students, living on the Hill makes finding a study buddy, an eating companion or just someone to talk to easier than ever. Coming home to a full-sized house filled with the same amount of people I squeeze into my tiny dorm room is definitely an adjustment. Of course, it is nice to get some actual peace and quiet, but is it weird that I missed the noise of people running up and down my hallway?
2. Food assembly
Coming from one of the best dining hall systems in the country, it is hard to go back into making my own food. My swipes are completely useless here; I can’t just swing by my counter and pick up a pre-made plate and move on. There’s actual preparation involved. You might actually have to boil some water. Ew.
3. Embarrassing childhood memorabilia
Parents love you no matter what, that’s part of their charm. They love you through the awkward brace-face years, the terrible, mismatched outfit choices and the array of choppy, bad haircuts. Even better? They absolutely love to commemorate these wonderful moments by displaying them in picture form throughout their homes. Honestly, going back home serves as a reality check. If you are feeling pretty good about your young adult self, taking some time to peruse your parents’ museum of embarrassing moments can bring your ego back into perspective. Really gives a new meaning to “started from the bottom, now we’re here,” huh?
What are your favorite and least favorite parts of going back home? Tell us about it in the comments or tweet us at @dbmojo!
It may not feel like winter, but believe it or not, spring isn’t here until vernal equinox hits on March 20, or the Friday of finals week. As we head into the last stretch of winter quarter, keep your motivation high for finals and plan your calendar using Mojo’s top picks for spring SoCal electronic dance music concerts and festivals. (We’re not including Coachella, because that’s its own beast entirely.) Whether you’re staying through spring break or looking for something to do over Memorial Day weekend, we’ve got you covered. Also, check out the Spotify playlist below for a sample of some of the music to look forward to!
Simian Mobile Disco (March 19)
Sound Nightclub (21+) If you finish finals early, celebrate by checking out Simian Mobile Disco at Sound Nightclub. An electronic duo hailing from the United Kingdom, they initially produced electro-house music but have since shifted to a more minimalist techno sound. Only a short Uber ride away in Hollywood, and with tickets at $20, it’s a low-investment jaunt for those who are into shows with an indie-electronic vibe.
Beyond Wonderland (March 20-21) San Manuel Amphitheater (San Bernardino) As an Insomniac event, Beyond Wonderland’s wide appeal among electronic music lovers and its coinciding with the end of finals week makes it the perfect way to kick off spring break with your squad of EDM-loving friends. With a two-day lineup including the likes of Dillon Francis, Tiësto and Knife Party and tickets still available, it’s not too late to organize a trip to San Bernardino for two full days of mainstream EDM-induced bliss.
Rave of Thrones (March 26)
Exchange Los Angeles (21+) Largely being noted for its lovably gimmicky premise, Rave of Thrones features DJ Kristian Nairn, also known as Hodor in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” If you’re in town over the break and want to spend a night immersed in a sea of Khaleesi wannabes dancing to Nairn’s progressive house mixes, get your Game of Thrones outfit together and dance the night away in downtown Los Angeles for only $20.
Madeon (April 15) El Rey Theatre
You may have heard his catchy remixes of Martin Solveig’s The Night Out and Deadmau5′s Raise Your Weapon, but this young French artist is about to drop a new album this year, and his original stuff is just as compelling, if not more. Though original tickets are sold out, try your luck on StubHub or with the UCLA “Free & For Sale” Facebook group for a pleasant evening of French electro-house. If you’re into softer EDM with a lyrical bent and less beat drops, Madeon is the DJ for you.
Lightning in a Bottle (May 21-25)
San Antonio Recreation Area (Bradley) If you don’t already have plans for Memorial Day weekend, consider Lightning in a Bottle. With headlines like Flume and ODESZA, this four-day festival up in the Bay Area is a lot more artistic and outdoorsy than other EDM festival offerings coming up. Goldroom, who played at Ackerman Grand Ballroom last spring, is also on the lineup. If you’re in the mood for some more ethereal electronic music with vocals, a weekend camping in NorCal may be just the thing for you. Organize a trip with some friends and a car, as they offer both full four-day passes and weekend passes ($205).
Missing any events you think are a definite must-go? Let us know on our Facebook page or tweet us @dbmojo.
“Spring break forever,” you mutter under your breath as you crawl into your discussion classroom and begrudge the TA of your attention, instead scrolling through Facebook as he reads through the syllabus twice more.
Mojo commiserates with your back-to-school blues so we’re extending your spring break by compiling a list of fun activities to do this weekend: Spring Break Forever Edition.*
*Title inspired by the film “Spring Breakers,” starring our very own alumnus (and professor) James Franco.
☆ Feast on cheap post-Easter chocolate and other goodies. “When I die bury me inside the 99¢ Only Store,” raps 2 Chainz. Okay, those may not be his lyrics verbatim, but when you’re a broke college student there is nothing more splendid than toilet paper, instant noodles and potted plants that are available for purchase for only a buck. I am delighted to tell you that for this week only Easter items are on sale for 39¢. Hear that? Yes, those neglected chocolate bunnies in the candy aisle are most certainly calling your name. Ralph’s has similar deals. Even if you’re not religious, who can say no to cheap chocolate?
☆ Go to a museum. Speaking of bunnies, why not hop on over (see what I did there?) to The Bunny Museum in Pasadena this weekend and surround yourself with more than 11,000 bunny-related items (it even holds a Guinness World Record for housing the most bunny relics). D’awww! Okay, we know some of you don’t have cars to venture out, so why not take advantage of the free museum on campus instead? The Fowler Museum is now exhibiting Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe: A History in Layers featuring beautiful apparel from Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary and more. Spring fashion inspiration anyone?
☆ Catch some flicks. Haven’t been out to Westwood since you got back? Well, now is the time to grab a U-Mini bite before hitting up the Hammer Museum’s Open Projector Night Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. The Skylar Brothers will emcee, popcorn will be served and short films will be watched. You can even submit your work to be displayed during the screening from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free for all you film enthusiasts and wannabe auteurs.
☆ Watch a sports game. You’re not from L.A. if you haven’t been to a Lakers or Clippers game! Instead of late night grubbing at Fat Sal’s to watch the game (#coachelladiet) why not see it in person? There is a L.A. Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies game tomorrow night with tickets you can snag online!
☆ Concert hop. If you’re more of a concertgoer you should check out Canadian Mac DeMarco, a multi-instrumentalist who will be continuing his 2our (tour for his recent album 2) at the Echoplex this Friday at 8:30 p.m. Opening acts include Catwalk [Captured Tracks], Calvin Love and Chad & The Meatbodies. It’s guaranteed to be a groovy time.
☆ Indulge in a TV marathon. Sunday bloody Sunday. With a new episode of Game of Thrones and the season premiere of Mad Men airing this Sunday, why not have your friends dress up as one of the last remaining Dothrakis or a super fabulous Joan Harris and host a viewing party? Here is a suggestion: do both because it will be hilarious when all the Don Drapers start a spitting game with the Daenaryses.
☆ Make a mixed drink. During my own spring break I tried out a concoction called the “Hello Kitty.” The kawaii moniker is derived from the inclusion of a sake-based liqueur with vodka and lemonade. You can sip and pretend you’re still on vacation!
☆ Head to the beach. Last but not least you can always stop by the Santa Monica Pier and take in the sunsets before you get started on the reading assignments for the week.
How do you plan to extend your spring break? Tweet at us @dbmojo.