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Office DJ: Songs to listen to while walking to morning classes


Aiko Rachel Peterson eats a burger at Al's Burger Shack on Feb. 24, 2023. Photo Courtesy of Aiko Rachel Peterson.

I don’t know about you, but I need a serious pick-me-up when I walk to class in the morning.

Thinking about sitting in a lecture hall for at least 50 minutes when the choice to stay in bed is right there makes me want to jump right back under the covers. But we all need that degree, right?

On the days when I’d wake up too late to pick up a cup of coffee (we’ve all been there), my morning playlist never fails me. 

Music can be a powerful motivator. 

As I walk out of my apartment, I need something that’ll make me commit to that 20-minute walk to class. I can’t have something mellow or sad. I need energizing, exhilarating, heart-pounding music. I need something that constantly makes one foot step in front of the other until I reach my unassigned-assigned seat in class. 

Research says that music can affect you in a number of ways, including reducing your perception of fatigue, increasing or decreasing your heart rate, improving your mood and making exercise seem easier. 

I agree with these researchers. 

There’s a reason why I’m able to make it to my 8 a.m. computer science class with just a little more pump. And there’s a reason why I’m able to pay attention through an early lecture before my daily caffeine intake(s).

College gets nasty sometimes. Students don’t always have time to get a full eight hours of sleep at night, eat properly or, again, buy that much-needed cup of coffee. 

But I guarantee you, something we'll always have the time to do when dashing to class is play some music.

So, envision yourself as a super spy on a time-sensitive mission — play your theme song and go do what you came for.

From Macklemore to K-pop, feel free to use this playlist as your pick-me-up.


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