Fall Break is here, which means four days without 8 a.m. classes, tripping on bricks and Rams Head cookies. If you’re going home, it also means four days of home-cooked meals, proper water pressure and dodging as many questions about your future as possible. Whether you’re eagerly anticipating or dreading the impending return home, here is a playlist to get you through each situation and emotion.
“The Boogie” by Outasight
It’s Wednesday night, and judging by how many people I saw struggling at 1 a.m. in Davis Library, we’ve earned a break. Blast this awesomely catch new single to get excited for the next few days and (more importantly) get through bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-40.
When it comes to seeing people from your hometown again, everyone wants to come back smarter, more mature and most importantly, more attractive. So get a confidence boost by pretending X Ambassadors wrote this song about you, and show off how much better looking you’ve gotten over the past few months (regardless of how many dining hall cookies you’ve eaten) to the boy who constantly forgot your name in high school.
“Body Heat” by Selena Gomez
If you’re lucky, you’ll get to spend the break catching up with your friends and family. If you’re really lucky, you’ll have parents who work full-time, and have the house to yourself for a full afternoon. Ditch your latest binge-watch, jam out to Selena’s latest J. Lo-esque track, appreciate there not being someone constantly five feet away from you and pretend you actually know how to dance. Netflix can wait for your dorm — personal space cannot.
“Wasted Love” by City and Colour
As much as I love not having to constantly worry about being hit by cyclists, I have to admit that there’s something weird about coming home again. Hanging out with high school friends isn’t always the same, and it’s hard to tell if “home” is my hometown, Chapel Hill or neither. Luckily, City and Colour pretty much has a song for all of my teenage angst needs, and “Wasted Love” is no exception. The song’s tempo is fast enough that you can get your frustrations out by crying, running, or an awkward combination of both.
“Like This” by R. City
It’s Sunday afternoon, and time to leave your own bed — but don’t let any homesickness ruin your drive to Chapel Hill. Use this super hype reggae-rap mix to get psyched about the 53 days leading to the next break, because despite how many times we complain on YikYak, we’re in one of the country’s coolest places.