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The Weekly List: The Art of Losing

October 17, 2016

With Columbus Day and Parent and Family Weekend out of the way, we don’t have any breaks in sight until Thanksgiving Break. If you’re like me, you’ve probably accepted that you won’t get a good night’s sleep until November. Students are trying to juggle a full schedule of classes, studying, extracurriculars, jobs, and a social life on top of everything. Some people somehow manage to do all of that and also sleep… I am not one of those people. For all of you out there who also feel like you’re playing a game that you’re destined to lose: you are not alone. Hopefully this playlist will get you back on your feet and remind you that losing is, in fact, an art. Once you learn the art of losing, you’ll be able to perk up and laugh your problems off.

  1. “Loser” – Beck

This seemed like the most appropriate way to start the playlist. Beck’s upbeat, feel-good song will definitely make you embrace the “perdedor” inside yourself.


  1. “Almost” – Bowling for Soup

Bowling for Soup spends this whole song describing scenarios that almost happened… but didn’t. That’s how school is making me feel right now. “I almost got an A on my essay, but I forgot to write a thesis. I almost went to running club, but I had to read 200 pages of Aristotle.” You get the picture.


  1. “Good Times Bad Times” – Led Zeppelin

“Good times, bad times– you know I had my share.” I think we can all relate to this. A week full of hard classes will eventually end and give way to a great weekend of partying and adventures with friends. Don’t worry, the bad times are only temporary.


  1. “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen

This is my go-to song when I have to wake up all the crack of dawn to finish homework. It’s full of energy and will instantly make you feel alive. Whenever I listen to this song, I feel like I’m “burning through the sky,” “travelling at the speed of light,” and just jamming through life, motivated and focused.


  1. “Get Over It” – OK Go

Don’t cry over spilled milk. If you start to feel like you’re stuck in a serious rut, listen to this song. The angsty guitar riff and amped up beat will help you just “get over it.”


  1. “Come Out and Play” – The Offspring

This is another high energy song that gets me psyched. Instead of putting myself down when I feel low, I’ll play this song to get pumped up. After waking up the 13-year old punk rock junkie I used to be, I feel like I can seriously fight the system.


  1. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – The Rolling Stones

Here’s where the playlist starts to slow down. This song has simple but significant lyrics. You can’t always get what you want but, like The Rolling Stones say, “you just might find, you get what you need.” You never know where life is taking you so just enjoy the journey. Even if things seem hard and confusing right now, you’ll undoubtedly end up where you were meant to be.


  1. “With a Little Help from my Friends” – The Beatles

I’d like to take this moment to give a huge shoutout to my friends. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, I can always count on them to make me laugh and get me through the day with a smile. Whether it’s just a funny Snapchat, a dinner date at Leo’s, or a serious roast session in the common room, I could not get by without my friends.


  1. “Forever Young” – Bob Dylan

This is my favorite song of all time. It’s impossible not to feel a wave of happy energy after listening to this song. It’s 2 minutes and 48 seconds of Bob Dylan wishing you only the best in life. Even though you have a lot to chew right now, don’t forget to be kind, truthful, and full of love. Stay (forever) young.


  1. “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey

Most importantly: don’t stop believing! Especially, don’t stop believing in yourself. If you want the full effect of this song, you will have to turn the volume up to its maximum, sing the words at the top of your lungs, and dance around your room. This song is famous for a reason: it keeps you going and helps you to forget your anxieties.


Whatever you’re struggling with right now, whether it’s classes, sports, work, relationships, identity, or the simple fact that you never sleep, you have totally got this. I promise there is a light at the end of tunnel but you just need to keep on truckin’ right now.



Brynn Furey
Brynn is a Contributing Editor for the Voice. She's a huge proponent of pop punk, capybaras, and world peace.


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