I usually don’t listen to the radio. I always listen to Pandora in the car and on my computer whenever I’m getting some work done. Naturally, whenever I do turn on a radio, I’m overwhelmed with nostalgia. There’s a collection of songs that define each year of my college experience. Since I graduated, the back to school commercials that keep infiltrating my life make me moderately sad. So here’s a musical trip down memory lane…
Freshman year 2010-2011
“Dynamite” (Taio Cruz) – If you ask me what I remember about Welcome Week 2010, it was constantly hearing this song at every event. It was also countless awkward encounters as everyone desperately attempted friendships with their floor-mates. Some of those worked out, and some didn’t, but “Dynamite” will forever remind me of the good old first days of the college experience.
“Summer of ’69” (Bryan Adams) – Who doesn’t love this throwback? Hearing this one takes me back to the room across from my freshman RA where my side of the floor would regularly congregate to take shots of the most disgusting vodka in existence. The genius that is my boy Bryan Adams would serenade us on Fridays as we drunkenly sang along on the nights we wanted to “stay in” from the chaos of fraternity parties and avoid jungle juice. Thanks Bry, I’m forever indebted to you.
Sophomore Year 2011- 2012
“Saturday Night” (Jessica Mauboy), “Man I Feel Like a Woman” (Shania Twain), & “Like a G6″ (Far East Movement) – Also known as the pregame music of my fraternity party frequenting lifestyle. These songs best go with seven shots of Dragonberry Bacardi, chased with orange juice, surrounded by the most basic of your girlfriends on Thursday/Friday nights before you have to deal with the drama of the weekend bus schedule to get away from and back to your campus.
“Sexy and I Know It” (LMFAO) – The song assigned to my pledge class when I joined my Greek organization in the fall of my sophomore year, AKA when I made the best friends of the next three years. Whenever I hear this one, I remember the feeling of finding my place at my big university.
Junior Year 2012-2013
“Don’t Stop Believing” (Journey) and “Die Young” (Ke$ha) – Junior year is when I turned 21 and could legally belt these songs in any bar. This usually was reserved for between 1 and 2 AM with a crowd of white girls who had about four LITs (at $2 each, duh) and loved life. #live Honorable mention to “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful” (1D – obvs) which was the 1 AM song of choice in friends’ houses where the judgment was kept to a minimum, even after a bottle of Andre.
“Wonderwall” (Oasis) – Junior year is also the first year I participated in a dance marathon for 32 hours in an effort to raise money and awareness for a local foundation that helps kids battling cancer and other blood disorders. Around 4 AM, 17ish hours into the marathon, “Wonderwall” starts playing. Now, we were all about three years old when this song was first released but somehow all remember loving it during our preteen/early high school years. It was just the push we needed to reignite our spark for the marathon when our energy was fading fast,
Senior Year 2013-2014
“Last Week’s Alcohol” (Kerrigan-Lowermilk, performed by Matt Doyle) – Soundtrack to my mental breakdown/ final study session for physiology. I listened to this song on a loop for the entire respiratory chapter, and have no regrets. I also passed the class, so snaps for this girl.
“First Date” (Blink 182) or anything that plays on All American Rejects Pandora – In our old age, my friends and I would relive our high school days by blasting these songs at any and every pregame of senior year before passing our wisdom down to the next generation.
“Good Riddance” (Green Day) – Just for the tears.
Whenever these songs play, memories rush back & I know that I just left behind 4 of the best years of my life. They remind me that I have a great education and even greater friends to carry into future adventures – which will, of course, feature their own soundtrack.