By Susan Pereny
If you’re lucky enough to be one of those people who don’t get bombarded with work during the first few weeks of the semester, then please accept my congratulations and envy. You must live in the mythical land of “syllabus week,” where the classes are made up and the grades don’t matter.
The truth, however, is that the first week of the semester can be just as overwhelming as any others. If you’ve ever read a syllabus and thought, “Nope, I think I’m just going to be a beggar instead,” then you probably know what I’m talking about.
Here are some songs to help you readjust to being a college student after a lovely winter break filled with nothing but hot chocolate and “Modern Family”:
Vampire Weekend, “Campus”
Anyone who knows me knows I worship Vampire Weekend like some sort of music deities, but besides that insignificant tidbit, I really believe this song is perfect for adapting back to college life. If the title isn’t already an indication of its appropriateness, let’s consider the lyrics, which really capture my feelings after reading some of my Lit professors’ syllabi: “Now I see you / you’re walking ’cross the campus / cruel professor / studying romantics.”
In case you missed them at the Welcome Back Concert (or at the Rat last year!).
Squeeze, “Black Coffee in Bed”
Drinking coffee in bed really reminds me of the correct way to study in college. It’s only been a week and I’ve already done it.
The Presets, “Down Down Down”
Maybe you feel like raging because the temperature has been following this title’s advice, or maybe you need an angry song to motivate you into actually starting to do work.
Pink Floyd, “Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2”
Just kidding, you do need education. Haha! That’s why you came back for another semester, fool.
The Decemberists, “O Valencia!”
If your readings so far have been super boring, maybe you need a spicy plotline in your music. This “Romeo and Juliet”-esque love song details a forbidden love that ends with someone dead on the ground.
Lana Del Rey, “Born To Die”
I think this song must have started playing somewhere in the world when I recently read my very long to-do list. Or when I read that one syllabus. Or saw the line in the Library Café.