Mid-August beckons the return to the academic setting, whether it’s familiar or a foray into an eight month excursion designed to test your ability to manage scholastics, relationships, and, of course, fun. For me I didn’t leave Burlington for the summer and yet I’m still getting the pit of excitement in my stomach as if I’m leaving home for another round of hilarity with a dash of hard work. These three tracks are inspired by that excitement that can’t seem to fade, with personal attachment from the past two years thrown in for good measure.
1. “Living Together” – Circa Survive
Whether you’re moving onto a campus that’s right down the street, across the country, or anywhere else in between, the title of this track gives the most basic view of that moment when you bring your first trip of belongings into your temporary college home and meet the person (or people) that you will be immediately sharing the experience with. The energy of the track may be an indicator of what Orientation may be like, a mix of up and down with a whole lot of the former, and all in all it’s a motivator to get out there and make what’s around you your own.
2. “Thunderfunk” – Gang Of Thieves
I didn’t know how deep into the local music scene I would get when I moved to Burlington. I originally planned on starting a punk band with some new friends, which quickly faded away as we made different friends and/or immediately tied ourselves down in a relationship. Now I find myself as much of a part of the punk scene as I am the funk one. By keeping an open mind with my music tastes I was able to be a part of awesome events that never would’ve happened if I focused on just my punk and hardcore preferences, a concept that isn’t exclusive to music and is important to keep in mind by the time you get on campus.
3. “Anthology” – Thrice
You’re going to come across a lot of stress at college, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Sometimes classes will put a lot on you, you’ll be in a relationship that is emotionally overwhelming, or your family life will dig its way into your school and social life. The greatest thing about college will be the friends that you make; people from different walks of life that will stick with you when the going gets tough. There will be something, such my relationship with this song, which will stick with you throughout your experiences and resonate with you for years to come, acting as the centerpiece of your collegiate life.