My sixth grade band teacher liked to talk about how “powerful” music could be.
While I disagreed with most of her teaching methods — particularly how she failed my trumpet rendition of “Mary had a Little Lamb” three times in a row — I had to agree with her on this one.
Music is powerful, especially when it comes to affecting people’s mood.
Ever since I got my sister’s cracked, hand-me-down iPod mini in second grade, I’ve made playlists for every single situation or emotion I’ve found myself facing.
Every time I prepared for a race at a swim/cross country meet in high school, I’d listen to AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.”
Every time I need a good cry, I listen to pretty much anything by Hozier or Florence and the Machine.
Every time I have to drive on the highway, I listen to “Pretty Fly for a White Guy” on repeat (it gives me much needed false confidence).
With all the stress and anxiety that come with exams, it can be hard to remember that things aren’t the end of the world.
But it’s also super important to remember that there’s life outside of crying in Davis and stress-eating animal crackers while looking at five class Google Docs.
So for a time when everything feels hopeless, here’s a playlist that makes it hard not smile.
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