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Musical Motivation

Musical Motivation

The fall semester is finally in full swing! Unfortunately, this means that with each passing day, the number of homework assignments, papers, and midterms continues to grow and grow. Most days, I’m able to plan out a schedule for myself, so I can get a decent amount of sleep. However, on rare occasions, even with a schedule, the amount of work I have to do keeps me up to obscenely late hours in the night. It’s during times like these that there is only one thing that I find solace in: music.

I believe that music is a universal language. Even though everyone doesn’t like the same songs or even the same genre of music, we can agree that we all have our favorite songs that make us

“feel some type of way”
– Rich Homie Quan


Regrettably, I’ve noticed that a lot of times when people listen to songs, they gloss over the lyrics. This is unfortunate because lyrics are what really makes up and conveys the message of the song. 

Below I’ve included SOME of the songs I listen to when I find myself working in the library, a couple hours from sunrise, with no one to keep me company. Before each song, I’ve included a choice lyric – one that I feel resonates with me the most during my late nights in the library. Clicking play on the videos will take you to precisely those lyrics. The songs below are by no means my favorite songs (I’m saving those for another blog post); they simply help me focus and re-motivate myself.

So without further adieu here are 15 SONGS YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO if you’re stressing over the work you have to get done.

1. We Are The Champions – Queen

We are the champions, my friends,
And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end.

2. Superheroes – The Script

When you’ve been fighting for it all your life
You’ve been struggling to make things right
That’s how a superhero learns to fly
(Every day, every hour, turn that pain into power)

3. Lose Yourself – Eminem

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo

4. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy

5. Warriors – Imagine Dragons

Here we are, don’t turn away now,
We are the warriors that built this town.

6. The Climb – Miley Cyrus

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waitin’ on the other side
It’s the climb

7. I Lived – One Republic

I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived

8. The Motto – Drake

Now she want a photo
You already know though
You only live once ‒ that’s the motto, YOLO

9. Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

10. Chandelier – Sia

I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry

11. Not Afraid – Eminem

And I just can’t keep living this way
So starting today, I’m breaking out of this cage
I’m standing up, I’ma face my demons
I’m manning up, I’ma hold my ground
I’ve had enough, now I’m so fed up
Time to put my life back together right now!

12. Let It Go – Idina Menezel (Frozen)

It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me,
I’m free!

13. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’

14. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor

Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

15. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

Phew! You made it! Hopefully some of these lyrics helped you regain your motivation.

Six S’s to Sophomore Survival #embracetheS

Six S’s to Sophomore Survival #embracetheS

Every Hopkins student and his or her family can remember a conversation during which someone referred to the university as John Hopkins University (leaving out the ‘S’ in Johns). In fact, most students know that one person who, no matter how many times you tell them, keeps referring to the university as John Hopkins University. For example – “You got in to John Hopkins University? Great job!” or “Hows John Hopkins University going?” and even “My friend’s son got into John Hopkins University. Do you know him?” As a sophomore, this is extremely frustrating for me to hear. I can’t fathom how the graduating seniors felt when world-renowned filmmaker Spike Lee mispronounced the university’s name (emphasizing the ‘s’ in Hopkins and leaving out the ‘s’ in Johns) during the commencement ceremony at their graduation last year.

To bring attention to fact that there in fact is an ‘S’ in Johns, the university has adopted a movement known as “Embrace the S”. Especially highlighted during Freshman Orientation, this movement serves not only to bring attention to the ‘S’ in our name but also to help students identify what makes them unique; what their individual ‘S’ is. I personally think that the “Embrace the S” movement is a great one, and that’s why this blog revolves around it. Even though it’s only been a month into my sophomore year, I think I have a good idea of what it’s going to take to survive. Below are my top six tips. Hopefully, seeing so many S’s reminds you that we aren’t John but JohnS Hopkins University!

1. Sacrifice some sleep 🙁giphy-12

You’re probably thinking: “Sacrifice sleep? I need at least 8 hours of beauty rest each night to function the next morning.” Allow me to explain:

Many in college say that you can really only have 2 of the 3: Sleep, good grades, or a social life. While I don’t advise pulling multiple all nighters in a row, I do believe that ten years down the road you’re not necessarily going to remember the nights you got no sleep, but the grades you got and the journey your success took you on.

2. Spend time with your friends


The people you meet, hangout with, and get close to during your four years in college are going to be some of your best friends even after you graduate. While some may disagree, I think that if you truly are best friends with someone you’ll make it a point to meet up often even if life takes you to opposite sides of the globe.

3. Salad: Mmm yummy!


Unlimited meal plans and freshman fifteen are undoubtedly a thing of last year. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a sophomore sixteen or sophomore seventeen for you to attribute your shape to. So eat healthy, hit the gym, and maybe even make “sophomore slim” a thing.

4. Save your dining dollars


Most sophomores switch to a dining dollar meal plan after having unlimited meal swipes their freshman year. While $1400.00 may seem like a lot of money, 3 meals a day at roughly $7 each leaves you with a cash balance of $0.00 on day 66 of the approximately 100 day semester. You may be thinking – “I never eat breakfast!” or “There’s no way I’m going to spend 21 dollars a day!” Watch out; those 4 dollar bubble teas at Bamboo Cafe and .50 cent per ounce salad bowls at Char Mar sure add up quickly.

5. Search for your true calling


News flash- you’re not a freshman anymore! So when someone asks you what you want to do with your life or what you want to major in, you can’t use “I don’t know. I’m still a freshman.” as an excuse. That’s not to say you need to have the next ten years (or even the next two years) of your life all planned out. I know I sure don’t. You just need to have an idea of what you like and want to pursue and what you don’t and will never do.

6. Seize the day!


As cliché as this may sound- it’s true. You’re only a sophomore once. Heck, you only live once! So make each day count. Be spontaneous. Join that a capella group or dance team you thought you would never have time for. Eat that left over bento box from Bamboo for breakfast. Maybe even take a dip in the president’s pond (or not, this may be illegal). Just don’t have a boring schedule that goes: eat, sleep, Brody, repeat. Because in the end, “Life’s what you make it, so let’s make it rock. Life’s what you make it, so come on come on (everybody now)!”

That’s right, I just quoted Hannah Montana. #Sophomores2k16