Syracuse University Students Celebrate the end of the year with academics and alcohol.
She had one more week of classes until she graduates and moves onto the real world. For the past four years Milan Esco has enjoyed Syracuse University to the fullest extent. As a social work major, she has endured multiple group projects, essays, and terrible winters. I had the opportunity to follow Milan around and shadow her activities throughout the day.
I arrived at her apartment in the UV apartment block around 12:30PM. She was finishing her makeup when I arrived so I was hanging out in her bedroom. For a university student, the UV apartments are quite large. She lives with 3 other roommates who have rooms all to themselves. The apartments also include a fully furnished kitchen as well as a large living room.
While she was still putting makeup on, we conversed about the day’s activities. I wasn't sure that we would get to go to ALL of them since everyone was going pretty hard already on South Campus..
Went went from South Campus to Euclid and eventually ended up at Walnut park where we finally parted ways.
Each year, the university cancels classes for the day to celebrate the achievements of their students. However, many students use the cancelled classes as an excuse to come together and celebrate in a typical college fashion.
The students consume large amounts of alcohol.
The school gated off walnut park into two sections. The section closest to the school hands out beer to students over the age of 21 and the farther station gives out free corn dogs, hamburgers, and grilled chicken to students. Many students went to the walnut park area to listen to A$AP Ferg and student DJ, Nicola Bernadini.
Later, students walked to the dome for ‘BlockParty,’ the second part of ‘Mayfest’ where two headlining artists performed rap and dance music.
In the DOME students started to gather together around 7pm for LA based DJ, Brasabelle. During the performance, the crowd was at it’s lowest point however, there were at least 300 people present for her performance.
The next artist to perform was 2Chainz. He is famous for his songs such as ‘I’m Different’ and “Used 2.” His performance was decent.
The final artist, Zedd, drew the largest crowd. Since the EDM movement is still popular and many kids at Syracuse know and listen to EDM music, this gave them an opportunity to hear the music live.
When the concert ended, a few kids still went out to have fun at different parties but the majority stayed in and just went to sleep. Everyone was exhausted from the day’s activities.