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Commentary: Rockin’ out is better by myself

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Carly Hill, Arts Editor

I hate being alone. No, really. Ask my friends, or look at their phones, which probably have 20 unanswered text messages at this very second.

Now at 21 years old, I got lonely.

However, there is one surprising thing I actually enjoy doing alone.

I get the biggest rush from going to concerts by myself.

After getting a freelance gig at a music magazine, requiring me to venture to venues on my own, I felt my heart drop.

I was terrified to go to lunch at the cafeteria on my own, let alone a concert with thousands of crazy people, mostly inebriated.

I have come to a conclusion: A show is so much more enjoyable when you go alone.

My conclusion is based on a lot of evidence.

I have gone to more than 30 shows by myself, and enjoyed every one of them.

When I get to a concert, I can park wherever I want and leave at whatever time I want.

No one is whining in the front seat about walking too far or wanting to stay for some ridiculous band that sounds like raccoons crying.

No offense if you are into Coldplay.

In addition, you can stand wherever you want.

Personally, I choose the back to avoid greasy sweaty people. But my friends prefer the front.

Take out the friends, take out the problem.

Another plus is not having to hold onto your friends to move around the venue.

Linking arms or grabbing shirts leaves you sweaty and gross.

Without bringing someone, there is no one to lose.

Shoving through crowds to get to the car safely is no longer a chore.

I do not have to designate a meeting spot if someone gets lost.

The freedom of going to a show alone is tremendous.

I can go to see whatever band I want, without worrying if someone else wants to see them.

If I want to go see the Jonas Brothers I can, no strings attached.

Which is great, because I can suggest bands to my editor for the magazine.

They may make fun of me for my weird obsession with Fall Out Boy, but whatever.

Fall Out Boy is the greatest band alive, just to let you know.

Plus, by yourself, you are forced to put yourself out there and meet people you probably would never talk to in a normal setting.

And meeting people is important, especially for a college student who needs to network to get a job for the future.

So my suggestion to you is to go out on a limb, try something different, and go to a concert alone.

The freedom is exhilarating, and it may boost your confidence.

Who knows? You may even meet someone who could change your life.

Carly Hill, a junior journalism major, is arts editor of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at

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