It’s taken me an excruciatingly long time to develop the perfect study playlist.
I have combed through my recommended playlists, crept through Spotify and Apple Music and interrogated my friends. I’ve tried listening to different genres, but I’ve found problems with all of them.
Alternative and soft rock? I’ll start dancing and jamming out. Classical? Too many traumatizing flashbacks to high school band class. Country? Trash. Bollywood? Look up the lyric translations, that stuff will put you in your feels way too fast.
Finally, by my junior year of high school, when I realized I couldn’t get straight A’s without studying anymore, I doubled down and really started looking for a playlist to get me through study hall. I needed something upbeat enough to keep me from falling asleep on my AP Chemistry review book, but could also be blended into the background.
See, I have another huge problem when it comes to studying: I’m my own biggest distraction.