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10 Ways to Brace Yourself for Dorm Bathrooms

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College students living on campus need to adjust to a life spent mostly in dorm rooms, lecture halls, the library, and walking around campus. But they also need to adjust to that hallmark of dorm life: the communal bathroom. It’s a pretty dramatic departure from whatever routine you’d established up to this point, unless you grew up in a home with a couple dozen siblings.

Your normal college prep materials tend to do very little to brace you for the dorm bathroom experience. Most lists you see focus on the obvious: laptop, extra-long sheets, desk lamp, laundry detergent, etc. But you often don’t get much of a bathroom-related inventory, except for, once again, the obvious choices: soap, shampoo, towels.

Here’s a list of the ten adjustments you’ll need to make when moving into a dorm.

  • Buy a shower caddy. Of course you’ll need to bring along your normal list of toiletries, but you can’t just leave them sitting in the shower like you do at home. Unless you want soap scum on whatever drawer or closet you hide your shower stuff in, life will be much easier if you just bring a big plastic carrying case.
  • Cover yourself. While guys’ bathrooms can sometimes be a little more accommodating to simply wrapping yourself in a towel, the girls should certainly invest in a decent bathrobe. The key here is to only take into the shower something you can hang up. I guarantee that you do not want to just drop your dirty clothes on the floor like you do at home, at least not if you ever intend to wear them again.
  • Definitely cover your feet. Waterproof flip-flops are your friend. The stuff everyone else in your hall just washed off themselves on to the shower floor is not.
  • Clean up after yourself. Ladies, I really and truly feel for you on this one, because while we men deservedly have a worse reputation in terms of bodily fuctions, you all tend to leave a wider path of destruction when getting ready. Whatever bits of debris, lotions, or just puddles of water you leave behind need to be cleaned up. That goes double for hair…
  • Hair clogs drains. No matter what, you’ll lose some hair when you shower. Now multiply that by the 20+ other people who need to hop into the same set of showers each day. Drains get clogged fast, and it’s your responsibility to pick up what you leave behind.
  • Pee does not go on there. You’d think this one would be limited to guys’ bathrooms, but I’ve heard numerous reports that indicate otherwise. I hope I don’t have to remind anyone reading this article of how toilets work, so instead, I’ll just advise you all to remain ever-vigilant of the not-as-rare-as-it-should-be misfire. Tilt your head to see if you can catch a reflection in a puddle at a different angle. You want to watch what you sit and step in.
  • Throw out all used toilet paper, even the stuff you didn’t technically “use.” This one kind of baffles me, but it happens so often in all types of public restrooms that apparently someone has a problem remembering. Somewhere in the process of removing paper from roll, a chunk of paper comes loose and floats to the floor. Please pick it up and get rid of it yourself. You can always wash your hands after.
  • Get a sense of the busiest times and avoid them. Each term, as your fellow dormmates are adjusting to their new schedules, you will find certain little pockets of time where it seems like everybody and his/her roommate are showering at once. Identify those times and stay far, far away from them. Even if you have to change your personal schedule, you’ll be much happier not competing with a dozen peers every morning for grooming time.
  • If you don’t have to do it in the bathroom, don’t do it in the bathroom. Growing up, most people see the bathroom as a place for privacy. That all goes out the window the minute you move into a dorm. So if there’s any aspect of your day — drying your hair, clipping your nails, putting on makeup, whatever — that doesn’t absolutely require a shower, toilet, or sink, you’re better off staying out of everyone else’s way.
  • Be ready for things that don’t make sense. Bathrooms are primarily places for necessities. However, when they’re in close proximity to a large number of people in the middle of their terrible-decision-making prime, they become places for just about everything else. One night in my freshman year of college, I woke up at around 3-4 am to use the bathroom, then, while washing my hands, noticed something dark and green behind me in reflection. A Christmas tree had been planted and held upright in the toilet, with a little support from the sides of the stall.

Campus Smoking Bans: Good or Bad?

Young woman smokingAccording to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, 1,182 colleges in the U.S. have campus-wide smoking bans. To illustrate just how much this trend has taken off recently, back in 2010, that number was only 420. (There’s got to be some joke in that second stat, right?) Not all schools have come to this decision on their own: Oklahoma, Iowa, Arkansas, and, earlier this summer, Louisiana have all issued smoking bans to all public institutions statewide.

Before we go any further, let me clarify. Personally, I have no horse in this race. I don’t smoke but I’m not particularly bothered by the smell. I could wake up tomorrow and learn that all tobacco products had been banned in the US and it really wouldn’t change my life whatsoever. On the flipside, I could wake up tomorrow and learn that I had been transported into a noir film, or Eastern Europe, and my reaction as far as smoking is concerned would be basically non-existent.

As far as I can tell, smoking bans exist for one reason: to make smoking less culturally acceptable. After all, that’s the only way to effectively fight the practice. The less people see others smoking, whether it’s in movies or walking down the street, the less it’ll be seen as normative behavior, and the less they’ll have a desire to try.

And that’s a noble goal. There are any number of statistics I could throw out related to lung cancer, heart problems, or any other sometimes fatal condition that’s exacerbated by smoking. But I’m pretty sure you’ve heard them all before.

That being said, part of me feels sorry for smokers. I know, I know, cry me a river for all the smokers who need to huddle together in the cold X number of feet away from a building every time they want to reduce their life expectancy by a few minutes. But at the end of the day, smoking is a personal choice and everyone needs to respect that. I generally feel that the impact one person’s choice has on other non-smokers is overstated. I’m not arguing against research findings on second-hand smoke, I’m just saying that, personally, I think the name “Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights” is kind of silly, as if nonsmokers were under attack by smokers, big tobacco, and their lobbyists.

As always, the opinions above are my own and don’t necessarily reflect those of Bookbyte. However, my straddling-the-fence position on the topic leaves me wide open for posts from people with all sorts of perspectives to tell me how wrong I am. Fire away, commenters!

Should College Athletes Get Paid for Appearing in Video Games?

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The bigger the business of college sports gets, the more the line between student and professional blurs. They already don’t make any money on jersey sales (though most schools just sell jerseys with numbers, not names). And they also don’t see a dime for having their name and likeness used in official NCAA video games.

That’s the official practice, but it may or may not be… technically speaking… legal. Starting with former UCLA player Ed O’Bannon, a total of seven college athletes have joined together on a long-brewing class-action lawsuit against the NCAA, Electronic Arts (EA), and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) for licensing out their likeness without permission. This could become a major case, not so much because of what it means for videogames, but because the only way the NCAA has a case is to argue that college athletes should not be granted the same rights as professionals, that their work and their likeness are not their own property, but the property of the college they attend. If the NCAA loses, that sets a precedent for many, many more cases regarding the professional nature of the college athlete.

In the latest wrinkle to this story, the NCAA has decided to part ways with EA, mostly out of fear of the monetary damage this lawsuit could do. EA (which, it’s worth noting, has been voted the worst company in the world by Forbes magazine two years in a row) has in turn said, “Well, whatever, we don’t need you anyway. We’ll just go through the CLC and the individual colleges.” In theory, that just means their upcoming games will be titled things like College Football 2015,”instead of NCAA Football 2015. In practice, it could mean there are bizarre holes in the games’ conferences. What if EA can’t come to an agreement with some football powerhouse like the Ducks or the Wolverines? Will they just not exist in the world of the game? Or will EA try to plug the holes with imitation brand teams: the Mallards and the Weasels?

Back in 2009, EA announced that it would be putting its college basketball games on indefinite hiatus. At this point, the series was only selling around 600,000 copies per entry. (The NCAA Football series sells about 1 million more per entry.) Keep in mind these retail for around $50-$60 a piece, and each new yearly entry is basically just a roster update and one or two new interface changes. I can’t imagine production costs are that high. The licensing fees with the NCAA must be absolutely insane if selling half a million copies each year is considered enough of a failure to quit altogether.

And that’s excluding royalties sent to college athletes.

I can’t get behind the idea that college athletes should be paid for their performance. At that point, there really isn’t anything separating them from professionals. But using their likeness? I’m not sure what to think. I’d certainly want to be compensated if someone ever made money off a digital version of me.

In 2009, a court ruled that universities cannot claim ownership of inventions simply because they were made using campus resources. College athletes might not be inventors, per se, but money is still being generated because of their work. I’m not sure exactly what that ownership looks like, but I’m pretty sure that there is some ownership there.

Why Aren’t College Students More Invested in College Town Politics?

iStock_000015650351XSmallThe traditional idea of a college town is one that’s truly built up around the college. These towns have bars and restaurants packed with students. They root for the school’s sports teams, especially the local hotels and motels who fill up with visiting family during games and graduations. The campus is the most identifiable landmark in town. It’s the largest contributor to the local economy. It’s in the identity of the town.

Many of the largest state schools are in these sorts of towns. The students of Arizona State University makes up over a third of the population of Tempe. University of Georgia students a little shy of 30% of Athens’ population. Virginia Tech is in Blacksburg, a city of 42,620. Total number of students at VA Tech? 31,087. Over 70%.

Yet in most cases, the student population is considered essentially transient, and that has a big impact on both the way these towns think about the students as members of the community and the way the students view themselves.

Berkeley, CA, realizing the size and impact of UC Berkeley (about 32% of city population), recently approved a measure that would let the school be considered its own voting district. It was an amazing act of faith in the judgment of the student body and their say in local politics. A similar proposal was suggested regarding the University of Vermont (about 27% of Burlington), but was dismissed by the local government. The Burlington city government simply assumed that students would not be interested enough to get involved.

That assumption might not be as baseless as it sounds. UVM hasn’t been able to drum up enough enthusiasm among the student body. So what’s happening? Why would students pass up the opportunity for greater direct influence?

As politically involved as students can be, it’s rare to see that same passion applied to local politics. As far as I can tell, here are the biggest reasons why:

  • The student body is made up of lots of people from lots of different places. I went to a college outside of my home state, and probably around 80% of my friends were from out of state (or country) too. Our local politics were the decision made by the school itself. That’s what had a direct impact on our day-to-day lives. It didn’t feel like we moved into a community as much as we created a new community of people from around the country (or planet).
  • Local politics aren’t as flashy, dramatic, or interesting as national/international politics. Strike up a conversation about politics and it would usually be (at the time I was in college) about the Iraq War, abortion, or gun control. Either international relations or broad social issues. As students (especially at a liberal arts college), we were used to speaking about vague theoretical concepts of how things should be. We weren’t used to discussing practical issues like construction on the freeway or a tax hike on property owners. We had very little media exposure to city-level concerns, even in the media we created ourselves (like student newspapers).
  • Students don’t think of themselves as members of the community yet. It’s a little like the old question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We get so used to thinking of our education as the time before we start our “real” lives. Local politics don’t seem like something we can, or should, be a part of yet. College students have largely not yet been greeted as full adults, so on some level, they don’t see themselves as full adults.

If Burlington changes its mind and lets UVM become a district, I think it would the student interest would follow. Students would be more interested in local politics if they were invited to become more invested. But if the city/community doesn’t try to get the students involved, it’s unlikely they’ll bother.

Whether or not a city wants so many young people to have a more powerful voice is a different matter…

 

Opinion: Supreme Court Makes the Right Call on Affirmative Action, Pleases No One

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This morning, the Supreme Court kicked off its summer blockbuster season with a long-brewing case on affirmative action. We first talked about the case last October, where an aspiring college student named Abigail Fisher sued the University of Texas: Austin for discrimination after not being accepted.

The Supreme Court’s call was agreed upon 7-1. (There were only 8 votes since Justice Kagan recused herself.) To make a long ruling short, the Supreme Court sent the case back to lower courts, saying that they didn’t scrutinize UT-Austin’s admissions process closely enough before sending the case along.

If that sounds like a bit of a cop-out, well… it is. The justices said quite a bit on the nuanced topic, but decided on very little. But all things considered, that was probably the best thing they could have done. Any sweeping decision on affirmative action — for or against the policy — could only have resulted in lots of unfairly disenfranchised people.

A nuanced topic needs a nuanced ruling, and the Supreme Court’s non-decision only reflects the pointlessness of the question “Is affirmative action good or bad?” It’s both and it’s neither. Kicking the case back down to the lower courts just shows that if you want the Supreme Court to give you a straight answer, you need to ask them a more specific question.

Race-conscious admissions discriminate unfairly. Race-conscious admissions help establish and maintain a diverse academic community. Both of these statements are undeniably true, meaning we can’t entirely get rid of affirmative action, even if we haven’t figured out the best way to do it yet.

Personally, I’m more sympathetic toward the UT-Austin administrators trying to establish a balanced admissions system (even if the end result is deeply flawed) than I am toward a single student who didn’t get into her first choice of school. That being said, I’m glad these sorts of cases get brought up, because affirmative action should be scrutinized heavily. It’s the only way to develop, over time, a system better than what we currently have. Delaying a decision was the right call. This topic needs more time to evolve.

It’s Better to Drop Out Than to Never Try, Says Study

A four-year college degree isn’t for everybody. I’d be reluctant to even say it’s for most people. However, everybody needs and deserves education. Our society just needs to do a better job recognizing the validity of the huge variety of types of education for different types of people, interests, and careers.

I know a lot of people who went to college, but I know less people who have diplomas stuffed in a drawer somewhere. And that’s totally fine.

Now we have proof that this is totally fine, found in a paper from economic think tank the Hamilton Project. Turns out the boost to your lifetime salary received from even a little college experience significantly exceeds the amount you spend to attend. (Students with some college experience earn $100,000 more over the course of their lifetimes than students who have none.) If you’re looking at higher education as an investment into a future career, it’s worth getting any amount you can pull off.

Naturally, if you’re looking at this purely in terms of numbers, a degree still helps a lot more. Students with bachelor’s degrees earn $500,000 more in their lifetimes than students who end their education after high school.

However, let’s say you’re a struggling high school senior who knows he can make it into college, but isn’t sure if he can make it through. Pursuing a degree isn’t an all or nothing proposition. Getting half a degree still leaves you with half of what you’d learn if you hadn’t tried at all. And that will have some impact on what opportunities you get once you enter the workforce.

Ever heard anyone say, “Reach for the moon. Even if you don’t make it, you’ll land among the stars”? If you can ignore the horribly inaccurate astronomy, it’s still advice worth thinking about.

How Are Unpaid Internships Legal?

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The further along students get in their education, and the closer they get to entering the workforce, the more the line between the two starts to blur. College athletes, for example, aren’t getting paid for their athleticism, other than the lucky ones offered scholarships. But in many cases, their hard work is still making truckloads  of money for their universities.

Internships are the tipping point between education and career. But if higher education is something that you pay to do and employment is something that you are paid to do, which of the two is an internship?

It’s a point of contention, for sure. A group of former interns recently sued the Hearst Corporation in a class action suit, claiming they were owed back-pay. The judge threw out the case, saying they didn’t meet the definition of a “class,” since the work done varied too much between individuals. But if the case had been able to play out, it would have come down to an argument over the nature of the work. Were the interns primarily there to receive instruction and experience, or were they there as a free source of labor?

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, there’s a few criteria an unpaid internship must meet to be legally acceptable:

  • It must give educational training.
  • It must be for the benefit of the intern.
  • It can’t displace regular employees.
  • It can’t give your employer a competitive advantage.
  • It isn’t a lengthy try-out for a full-time job.
  • Everybody involved has to know and agree to the fact that there’s no paycheck.

As you can see, a few of these definitions are more than a little fuzzy. (Though keep in mind the phrasing used is mine.) Every job benefits the worker on some level, even if it’s just another line you can put on a resume, so I’m not sure how even the most mind-numbing internship would fall short of that requirement. Also, every intern does work that ties back into the objectives of the company somehow, otherwise no company would hire interns. So while “displacing employees” and “competitive advantage” might be a little strong, in one way or another all interns will be doing work that someone else could be doing. That being said, these vague rules are probably about as fair as they can be, considering the already vague definition of the word “internship.”

So should companies pay for internships or not? It’s a tough question. The classic anti-unpaid argument is that unpaid internships only offer opportunities for employees financially stable enough to work for free. Therefore, if an internship is the expected entry point to a career, that career is only available to people in good socioeconomic standing.

But, fair or unfair, how is that different from any form of higher education? At least an intern doesn’t have to pay the company in anything other than time. Sure, college students can take out loans, but that just leaves them saddled with debt. Either way, isn’t the ultimate objective of both the same: to gain the experience and credentials to help launch your career?

The summer between my junior and senior year of college, I took an internship with a newspaper. It didn’t pay and I couldn’t use it for credit. Still, I’m happy I did it. It gave me a major leg-up when looking for entry-level positions after graduation. It got me my first job. But I also only did it for two and a half months. Long enough to get what I needed: experience and recommendations.

I have no doubt that there are a lot of businesses out there exploiting their interns as a source of cheap (or free) labor. But interns should keep in mind that they might be able to exploit those businesses too. Find the business that will give you experiences you can use as future leverage.

The key deciding factor should not be money, but should be variety. If the internship is just repeatedly doing a single, simple, and boring task, it’s not probably not worth doing. If the internship means you get to be shoved into a dozen different bottom-level tasks, then there’s educational value, as well as a dozen new things you can put on a resume and spin into something bigger during future interviews.

10 Reasons You Might Want to Take a Few Summer Classes

iStock_000020064261XSmallPre-college, summer school is hung over the heads of students like a threat for not working hard enough. That’s already an unfair stigma for grade school and high school students, but for college that stigma truly makes no sense. If you’re reluctant to sacrifice your three months of sunshine for a few spare credits, here’s a few reasons you might want to reconsider.

1. Summer classes are typically easier. Take this one with a grain of salt, because I have no doubt there are plenty of exceptions, but generally speaking, you won’t need to do as much work during a summer term.

2. You can knock out that class you’ve been dreading while you’re not ridiculously busy. Have to take Organic Chemistry sooner or later? Have you been putting off your core Foreign Language requirement? It might be worth tackling those when you don’t have any other distractions.

3. You’ll still have plenty of time for a job. Assuming you’re only taking one class, it’s only a few hours a week commitment. Not too many students work 9-5 at summer jobs, so it should be pretty easy to make it work with your schedule.

4. Plenty of time for a vacation too. Even if you’re taking a full load, most summer terms last less than two months. Plenty of time to still take off for the beach, another country, or to hang out with the family for a months or so.

5. You don’t have to take them at your normal school. If your college gets pretty lonely during the summer months, it’s fairly easy to knock out your summer classes at a school closer to home, even the local community college. Just make sure to double check with your current institution that all the credits will transfer.

6. Easier to find dirt cheap textbooks to rent. Places that rent out textbooks (like us) only have a limited stock available. There’s no scramble to  find an affordable copy during the summer, when most copies will be sitting around our warehouse.

7. Shorter, cheaper rental terms. Another benefit for semester students taking an accelerated summer term: You can save a few extra dollars by renting for just a month or two.

8. Smaller class sizes. This isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but summer classes grant the opportunity to have a more direct one-on-one relationship with an instructor, since class sizes shrink by a huge margin. However, be warned that the instructors for summer classes are often TAs and not full professors, so it may not be the one-on-one interaction you’re looking for.

9. Earlier graduation. If you’re really committed to grabbing credits here and there, you might even be able to shave a term or two off the whole college experience. Again, this isn’t for everyone, but with the cost of college rising as it is, any tuition corners you can cut might be worth it.

10. Getting campus (almost) to yourself. You’ll see a very different side to your campus in the summer. It’s kind of like walking around New York City at six in the morning on a Sunday: all these buildings and nobody in or around them. You’ll miss the mania of a packed campus after a few weeks, but for a short term it’s a relaxing change of pace.

The 4 (Mostly Positive) Things About Job Searching No One Ever Tells You

iStock_000011171834XSmallCongratulations to the class of 2013 graduates, whatever it is you’ve studied and whatever it is you plan to do now. Most of you are probably shifting from college senior laziness into frantic job search mode right about now. If you are, file away the four points below into the back of your head. They’re the best advice I have to offer, as someone who (a) didn’t study an “in-demand” field and (b) has been job hunting in the last couple years.

1. There are far more jobs out there than you even know exist. 

Most people have some sort of preconceived notion for what jobs come from what majors. Psychology majors become therapists. Biology majors go to medical school. Pre-law means you’ll be a lawyer. Education means you’ll teach. The problem is that this way of thinking doesn’t give you a very good picture of what the professional world is like. There are only so many therapists, doctors, lawyers, and teachers in the world. Far less than the total number of people people studying psychology, biology, law, and education.

The truth is that most people will land in a job peripherally related to the field they studied. Remember that you can’t get a job in a subject, you have to look for jobs in an industry. You can study Biology, but there aren’t jobs in Biology. There are jobs in pharmaceuticals, government, agriculture, food processing, and dozens of other industries. Much of the job search is simply becoming aware of the possibilities.

2. Yes, you can get a job as an English/art/theater/etc. major. It just might not be the one you thought you’d get.

Graduates who studied arts can totally get jobs. Seriously. Yes, math and science jobs tend to pay better right out of the gate. Yes, those jobs might be easier to land. But the idea that arts majors only prepare students to be unemployed, starving artists is simply not true.

However, students do need to understand that the jobs held by arts majors often don’t appear creatively rewarding at a distance. The odds of landing a creative job right after graduation are basically nil. Even if you land in the industry you wanted. Entry level graphic designers will do boring, tedious work color-correcting and saving images in different file formats. They probably won’t be designing anything for the first few years.

Other arts majors may end up in a business or industry that doesn’t seem to be creative whatsoever. But that doesn’t mean their days won’t have plenty of opportunities to make use of what they’ve learned. Writing clearly and presenting information well are invaluable to just about every industry. You might not get hired for your ability to do those things, but done the line that could very well be the reason you get promoted.

3. Interviewing well is more important than writing a good cover letter and resume.

Both are vital, obviously, but… and I’m not saying this to freak you out… interviews are judged more harshly. There’s still a chance you’ll get a job with a so-so cover letter. There’s no chance you’ll get a job with a so-so interview. Why am I saying this? Because typically the person interviewing you is somebody you’ll need to work with on a daily basis. That person is going to be sizing up every little thing you do. Every little thing. Far more than you have any way of knowing or preparing for.

Now that doesn’t mean every interviewer is going to be a jerk. They want you to succeed. They really do. They hope that every person they interview will be the last one they need to interview. Most of them understand that human beings are fallible, so minor mistakes and awkwardness are typically forgiven.

Think of it as a first date. Both of you want this to work out, but if it does, you’re going to be spending a lot of time together, so you both want to make sure you enjoy being with that person. If it doesn’t work out, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve done a bad job, just that you aren’t right for each other.

4. Not everybody will have a job that makes them happy, but don’t put up with a job that makes you unhappy.

One last thing to never forget: For most people, a job is simply a way to make money so you can keep living and keep doing the stuff you actually enjoy doing. You can find pleasure in your work, you can be passionate about doing it well, but at the end of the day, you’re probably going to do something you enjoy more after you go home.

That being said, there’s a difference between having a job that isn’t your life’s calling and having a job that you actively dread going to. If you find yourself in the latter position, or headed in that direction, don’t put up with it. You don’t have to take the first job you’re offered if it’s going to be miserable. A longer period of unemployment is easier to stomach than daily misery.

Your Ultimate College Finals Playlist

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Whether it’s still the calm before the storm or you’re in full-force finals mode, you’ve probably found yourself in that awful position where you simultaneously have tons of free time and also no free time whatsoever. All the normal responsibilities of your schedule are cleared, replaced by the much more intimidating responsibilities of studying or finishing that final paper. We’ve put together a soundtrack to get you through it. It’s not exactly studying music; it’s a soundtrack to reflect the rollercoaster of emotions that finals inevitably bring about.

  • Paul Engemann – Scarface (Push It To The Limit) — That moment when you need the power of ’80s montages to get you through a long stretch of studying
  • Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Strong — That moment when you’re working hard, well, fast, and strong, but need a little bit more of each.
  • Coldplay – Don’t Panic — That moment when you’re in desperate need for the advice in the title of this song.
  • They Might Be Giants – Why Does the Sun Shine? — That moment you realize you need a cheat sheet for Astronomy 101.
  • Miike Snow – Animal — That moment when you realize that no matter how much you have to do, your basic needs come first… you know, like eating, sleeping, and urinating.
  • Eagles of Death Metal - Now I’m a Fool — That moment you’re looking over your notes and don’t remember even writing half this stuff.
  • She & Him – This Is Not a Test — That moment when you freak out from oversleeping, then realize that it’s not even exam day.
  • Muse – Hysteria — That moment when you freak out from oversleeping, then realize that, yes, it IS exam day.
  • Wavves – Idiot — That moment you need to feel better after an impossible test makes you feel stupid. (Some NSFW lyrics.)
  • The Broken West – The Smartest Man Alive — That moment you need to celebrate after an easy test makes you feel brilliant.
  • Wu-Tang Clan – I Can’t Go To Sleep — That moment when you’re pulling an all-nighter and you need a song just as restless as you’re feeling. (Some NSFW lyrics.)
  • TV on the Radio – Caffeinated Consciousness — That moment you pop open your second Red Bull for the night.
  • The Roots (feat. John Legend) – The Fire — That moment you’ve realized too many of these suggestions are tongue-in-cheek and you really need to hear something genuinely inspiring.
  • Europe – The Final Countdown — That moment right before the final when you need a shot of transcendent cheesiness.
  • Zircon – Warhead — Post final rave!
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