Music for Your Journey To Sarah Lawrence

Summer’s almost over. Facebook says some Sarah Lawrence kids have already moved into their dorm rooms. Instagrams of stuffed suitcases and airport gates abound. We’re all transitioning, whether you’re a nervous freshman driving from New Jersey with your mom or a senior flying from India for the tenth time.

Just like in a good chick flick, every transition requires great music. Enter the SLCspeaks “Academia Again” playlist. (Included music is biased to me; don’t blame the other editors for my Maroon 5 fandom). It starts with a set of songs to help you ditch your summer romance; unless they’re moving to Sarah Lawrence with you or you’ve been dating for a billion years, they’ve got to go. No roommate wants to deal with your sappy Skype sessions, and your SLC social life will flourish with flirtation (see: “Let’s Get Wrecked”).

Next, we’ve got the motivational portion of the playlist. You’re moving to New York ’cause you’ve got problems with your sleep. Screw sleep; you’re at Sarah Lawrence now. You know who else went to Sarah Lawrence? Win Butler of Arcade Fire. Sources allege that Win spent his year at SLC writing the lyrics for what would become Funeral.

After Santigold’s song (album title: Master of My Make-Believe. Take it to heart.), indulge in ego-tripping Blue Room prep. “I could never drown,” rasp The Black Keys. Nelly Furtado is whiny but somehow it’s inspirational and she says her pant legs are so wide she’s got her backpack on. Open to interpretation, but it sounds to me like she’s dominating every dance floor ever.

Finally, Danny Brown mellows out the list. Use his two minutes to reflect on your own perseverance and growth. You made it to a new, exciting chapter. It’s all up from here.

Ella Riley-Adams (Founder, Editor-in-chief) comes from a small town in Southern Oregon. She enjoys champagne, soccer and swimming in ponds. When not immersed in Sarah Lawrence affairs, Ella works for NYC marketing and tech blog The New York Egotist and The Faster Times. Follow her on twitter @ellarileyadams.

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