Fourteen of our top college students from ONE Campus chapters across the country came together at the legendary Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee as part of this year’s ONE Campus grand prize. Luis Giraldo, University of Florida and Lesley Kucharski, University of Michigan report on Day 1 of Bonnaroo.
First day in Planet Roo (the nickname). We came with a purpose — to sign up new ONE members and get them excited about the fight against HIV/AIDS — and the natives seem to be loving it. By becoming a part of something larger than they know, they are contributing a piece of themselves and advocating for a purpose.
We were a little apprehensive at first, but approaching people was easier than it seemed. The culture at Bonnaroo is perfect for campaigning. Everyone here seems to feel an amazing sense of camaraderie, evidenced by everything from the tens of thousands of people camping out in the dust, to the extensive recycling system, to being so receptive to our virtual AIDS quilt.
We have collected hundreds of digital quilt patches for our (2015)QUILT so far, each one representing a commitment to see an AIDS-free generation by 2015. We are so excited to see what happens as the festival continues. Check out some of our favorite pictures below!
By Luis Giraldo, University of Florida and Lesley Kucharski, University of Michigan
Photo credit: Chelsea Davis and Luis Giraldo