It feels like it was just yesterday when I was playing an active role in our economy by shopping for back-to-school supplies. It was a simpler time. The only things I had to worry about were preparing for Orientation Week, balancing my two jobs, and trying to squeeze in a healthy 8-hours of sleep everyday. Okay, maybe not.
Fast forward a week (or 2 and a half months), and here we are. It’s Fall Break, and while some people are using this break to go to places like New York City, I’m using this break to go to Robarts. What’s more fun than that? I’m very serious. You can have fun while studying. Maybe not as much fun as a vacation to a sprawling metropolis, but pretty darn close.
A few months ago I shared my Study Time Playlist, and since it’s Fall Break, I thought it’d be topical to make a new playlist! Add some humour to your study session, and I promise everything will be alright!
“You can take everything I have
You can break everything I am
Like I’m made of glass
Like I’m made of paper
Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper
Like a skyscraper”
It’s Friday, and you’re looking at your planner. You’re 2 weeks behind on readings, and you have 3 papers due in the next 2 weeks. You get approximately 4 minutes and 5 seconds to be sad. You can do it, you skyscraper.
I gotta work it!
I know in time I’ll find a way
Everybody makes mistakes! Life isn’t over because you’re behind on a few readings! Plenty of people have been in your situation, so relax. You’ll survive!
“What shall I do today?!
What shall we do today?!
What shall I do today?!
What shall I do?!”
Now that you’ve spent a good while feeling bad about yourself, it’s time to laugh at yourself. Irony is fun – I promise! What shall you do today? You shall study.
“Be a man!
We must be swift as a coursing river
Be a man!
With all the force of a great typhoon
Be a man!
With all the strength of a raging fire
Mysterious as the dark side of the moon!”
Always remember that while gender is fluid, this song is what you need when mid-study session. You’ve already finished 100+ pages of readings, and it’s only 4pm! You have all the strength of a raging fire!
“Stronger than yesterday
Now it’s nothing but my way
My lonliness ain’t killing me no more
You’re on a roll. You’ve been studying for hours – you’re stronger. Still, try not to jump on your chair while listening to this song. You might appreciate your “awesome” dance moves, but the security guards at Robarts do not.
“But I keep cruising
Can’t stop, won’t stop moving
It’s like I got this music
In my mind
Saying, ‘It’s gonna be alright.'”
You did good, kid. You proved to the world, and most importantly, yourself, that you can successfully “shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it off.” You’ve studied enough for today, and now it’s time to wrap up, and bust a move in the cafeteria to this sick beat.
So, UofT, how’s your studying going this Fall Break, and even more important, what are you listening to? Comment below, or tweet me @Ondiek_UofT.