During this fabulous spring/summer music festival season, I am busy transitioning into post-college life. That means scrambling to get all the pieces of my life in place, and working to pay my rent. So, no Coachella, Sasquatch, or Governors Ball for me. I’m just jealously scowling at all the awesome Instagram pictures of bands I’d kill to see flooding my timeline.
But a few weeks before graduation, I decided that I deserved a reward. I was about to graduate from college after all! I wasn’t going to be able to attend any of the music festivals I was dreaming of, and camp out to make it into the first row, but I did realize that I could do something similar. I decided to camp out in line for a quintessential New York experience: tickets to a live taping of Saturday Night Live. Even better, this would help me check the last item off my ReadyU Conquer This List: #38, Rough It For Front Row. All year, I’ve been working to check items off this epic college bucket list, and I figured there was no better time than right before graduation to complete my last one. ReadyU is the ultimate resource for college students and, though it will close its Facebook page at the end of the month, you can still stay up-to-date on everything you need to make it through college by liking P&G brand Facebook pages – like StyleUnited which has information on all your must-have beauty brands like Secret and Herbal Essences, Always and Tampax, to name just a few of my favorites!
My first order of business was to find a good friend to wait in line with. I probably overthought this one – I decided that I didn’t want to go with a big group, because what if only some of us got in? But I also didn’t want to wait in line alone. I had heard that sometimes it was necessary to wait almost 15 hours. That length of time requires good conversation. So, I invited one very patient friend, because let’s be honest, waiting in line sucks.
Next, it was time to pack. Like I said, I knew we were going to be waiting for an awfully long time. Some snacks and a few big, full water bottles were essential. I wanted to avoid getting too grungy, so I threw some Secret deodorant in my bag along with some playing cards and a good book to pass the time.
My friend and I got to NBC studios around 5:30am (the earliest I’d been awake in a long, long time) and there were already quite a few people in line ahead of us. That’s when I realized how crazy this idea really was. Standby tickets only become available when guaranteed ticket holders don’t show. Were there really going to be enough tickets for all these people? But there was no turning back. We were already there. We settled down into our places in line, ready for the long haul.
Surprisingly, the time passed more quickly than I expected it to. And in the end, it was so, so worth it, because there were just enough tickets available to get us in the door. I’d call that a success!