Experience

The feeling of being a college graduate - What comes next?

The feeling of being a college graduate - What comes next?

June 15th, 2018 was a very special day for me. I finished another chapter in my life, my biggest to date. I graduated from the University of California, Irvine with an Undergraduate degree in Political Science.

This process or rather journey society calls college has given me five unforgettable years. The road was not perfect. I faced many uphill battles, defeats, and failures during my collegiate tenure at UCI. But I eventually made it.

The experience college has granted and blessed me is incomprehensible. It has given me so much joy, satisfaction, grief, despair, and humility. I went places, met some amazing people that I crossed paths with, and solidified friendships that will last a lifetime.

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Goodbye Wix! Our Memories Are Archived Below

It’s official. I am on Squarespace and will officially be retiring the Matt’s Two Cents Wix domain and blog. It was a fun journey, but like everything in life, I need to move onto something new.

Enter M2C. Matt’s 2Cents. A fresh rebrand to my blog, one with hopes for later expansion into the new year. Hint...Hint...Podcasting???

Maybe, but until then, I have archived my collection of Wix blog posts below. Please Subscribe to this new website for upcoming “two cents.” See you all soon!

- Matt Lauman

Florence, A perfect Summer Vacation

Florence, A perfect Summer Vacation

Considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a small city that enchants travelers with mesmerizing architecture and art. Unlike Rome, Florence offers a more vibrant and intimate experience of Tuscany.

The fondest memories I have of Florence are the feeling of being stranded in the deep countryside. Florence is an urban city masked with a small-town feel. An escape from metropolitan congestion.

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Denver - Craft Beer Mecca

Denver - Craft Beer Mecca

Having a reputation for being a mountain-town city, Denver surprisingly offers more than just outdoor camping and skiing. The Rocky Mountain metropolis is a booming hipster nightlife magnet.

With a population of less than one million, Denver is one of the fastest-growing cities in America. Having traveled earlier this month, the downtown cityscape is filled with cranes as new high-rise buildings await.

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Chicago

Chicago

Chicago gets a bad reputation for having the country’s highest crime rate to severe winter weather. If you take away those two caveats, Chicago is an awesome city. A Midwest melting pot full of culture and life.

The Windy City will hit you with its industrial yet modern architecture, incredible selections of food, to its esteemed sports fanbases. Chicago has everything that New York and California have, minus the ocean. That’s not to say Lake Michigan is no ocean, it is.

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Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza

Festivals have become this rite of passage for millennials. They are the best chance we have at seeing multiple artists perform from our favorites to up-and-coming ones. Festivals are simply worth the price of admission.

Although concerts provide an unparalleled level of intimacy, to be front row, the price for one artist at times ends up being greater than a multi-day festival pass. Despite living in LA and being close to one of the greatest music festivals in Coachella, festivals like Lollapalooza Chicago offer one hell of a bargain.

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Flashback to Rome

Flashback to Rome

Planning on a summer vacation? Book a flight to Rome, a nostalgic powerhouse that is a journey within a journey into the past. A city that will leave you reminiscing for years to come.

The city’s affects still linger since my visit back in 2013. Rome simply is an unforgettable experience one must take as the city’s landscape, monuments, and cuisine will leave you both in awe and nirvana.

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Contact Winter Music Festival

Contact Winter Music Festival

After summer festival season ends, reality kicks in for festival goers as they wait for next years lineups to be announced. It is a long and dreadful process that usually is met with fewer festivals in the Fall.

When Attending Coachella 2016, I got back into enjoying EDM. Seeing performances by DJ Mustard, Zedd, and The Chainsmokers made me want to seek out the genre even more. The problem with Coachella is that you must be selective with your sets.

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Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

The 2017 year has officially started, yet I continue reminiscing over my recent trip to Vancouver. Although it was my first trip to Canada, Vancouver was nothing like I had anticipated. It did not feel foreign.

Vancouver is a city that will give most Americans deja-vu because it is not that different from the states. It did not feel like I was ever in Canada and that is what often brings and pulls many visitors looking for a Canadian experience.

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