If College Majors Were Internet Music Genres

If College Majors Were Internet Music Genres

Niche, but so are college majors.
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Occasionally I come across a trending Odyssey article via their Facebook and baffle at why and how it amassed as many views as it did. In the past few months, I have noticed a lot of article headlines titled "If College Majors Were..." followed by any group possible. Fast food chains, Vines, The Office, (a lot from The Office) are only a few of the seemingly popular category.

Naturally, I hopped on that bandwagon because some of them actually ended up being true or funny. I asked myself what category I could pair with college majors, and after thinking while listening to an unhealthy amount of YouTube, the light bulb turned on in my brain. Music genres–no–internet music genres needed to be it. By internet music genres I mean a genre that either emerged in the last 20 years in the age of electronic music or spawned from the internet that has gained a following through a few viral videos or a meme. A lot of these genres intertwine, utilizing the same aesthetic or sampling audio from the same time period, but isn't every major, in a way, interconnected?

Obviously, I cannot add every single major (sorry, animal husbandry) due to the limited number of internet bred music genres (at least, all those that I could fine), but I sure can try to stretch and generalize.

1. Chemistry - Vaporwave

The music is slow, but chemistry major's lives are anything but. If you have absolutely no idea what I mean when I say internet music genres, perhaps this image will spark some recognition. One of the more recognizable and notable genres, think of vaporwave as elevator music with jazz and R&B samples plastered with a '90s aesthetic. I can imagine this is what their mind sounds like when you've been in the lab for five hours but nothing is going right and you want to scream but instead you just become a certified Sad Lad.

2. Computer Science - Future funk

Like computer science, future funk shows a lot of promise due to its introduction into the mainstream. No longer are the tech nerds on the bottom of the food chain, and the reemergence of a 1980s aesthetic helps out future funk, since the music is heavily sampled from 80s anime, Jpop, disco, jazz, or Western '80s pop. Future funk videos often feature a looping gif to complement the repetitive nature of future funk songs, and computer science majors go through the same code over and over again until it works. Props to you guys.

3. Education - Nightcore

If you went through an anime phase in middle or high school, you know what nightcore is. If not, nightcore speeds up an already existing sons, increases the pitch, and nearly every nightcore video features an anime art style thumbnail. Nightcore is fast. It is energetic, and because the singer also pitched higher, they sound a lot younger, like kids education majors have to deal with when earning field experience in a classroom.

4. Communications - Glitch hop

Call me bias, but there is a reason I assigned my major to my favorite music genre on this list. Glitch hop is the fusion of hip hop and glitch music, a genre that belongs to the electronic music family. Glitch hop spans a large collection of music including video game remixes and chiptune, just as communications encompasses a whole bunch of concentrations such as media studies, public relations, or journalism. Because communications is generally a popular major on college campuses, you will meet one whether you want to or not, and if you spend any time listening to music on YouTube, I guarantee glitch hop will show up in your recommended sidebar.

5. History - Electro Swing


Electro swing is the result of knowing about the past (in this case, swing music from the 1920s and '30s) and looking at it from a different perspective. Isn't that what history majors do? They learn about the past and find ways in which to learn from it? Ain't that just the bee's knees?

6. Engineering - Remixes of the Mii Channel Meme

Engineer certified from a friend of mine, pulling all nighters is the norm. They wonder if the good pay and job security will be worth it. For now, listening to meme songs helps them get through the pain. Or at least numb it.

7. Biology - Seapunk

Did I assign biology to seapunk because of the 'sea' theme? Maybe. Did I give seapunk to biology because seapunk and vaporwave, while distinct, can be intertwined in work, just like chemistry and biology? Yes.

8. English - A Song But It's Playing In a Different Room Meme

That muffled sound, so close, you are so close to finding that perfect word for your essay, poem, screenplay, or prose, but you are so far. Listening to this is the equivalent of writer's block, where nothing seems to be entering your mind, even though you can just barely grasp it.

9. Every Major/College Student - Lofi Hip Hop Beats You Can Study/Chill To

Let's be real. This girl, this looping anime girl gif studying hard while on the verge of falling asleep is every major; it is every college student. Sure, they may be beats you can study or chill or hang to relax to, but stress is stress. Listening to a 24/7 livestream of subdued hip hop music will not extend the essay or lab report due tomorrow, but you keep doing you, Lofi girl. We will keep doing us as best we can.

If you did not see your major, I apologize. There are only so many niche music genres that I could connect to a college area of study. Just relate to Lofi girl. She gets it.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
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Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.


So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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Competition Isn’t Real, So Stop Worrying About What You Think Is Your 'Competition'

When you stop worrying about being better than "your competition," you will succeed.

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"What are your plans for after College?" is the one question every college student wishes they could never hear again. After hearing those seven short words, the body of the college student is flooded with waves of irritation, paranoia, and worry.

When you set all your triggered thoughts and anxieties aside and manage to hurl out an answer, you're probably told "That's nice, but how are you going to get a job? That field is so competitive." At this point, you are probably ready to excuse yourself from the conversation for a timely breakdown.

Throughout high school, conversations at family gatherings and holiday parties typically went through this vicious cycle.

A naive junior in high school who was quick to say his major was going to be Musical Theater in college was always infuriated by the response "You'll never find work. That field is so competitive."

After a while, I started to believe it and decided to look elsewhere for a career path. I considered nursing, to where I was told how competitive college nursing programs are, and how little students they accept. I figured I wouldn't stand a chance, so I kept looking.

I circled back to the theater and was reminded by everybody how rigorous the Musical Theater college audition process was, and how they only accept a handful of kids. Surely there were other students more capable than me, and I wasn't going to let the ridiculously annoying boastful comments of theater kids ruin my search for my path in life.

My Dad always reminds me how much money I could make pursuing business, but working a 9-5 desk job dealing with hot-headed businessmen being choked by the tightness of their neckties never appealed me.

I felt fatigued like I was being told that I need to pursue what other people want me to, instead of following my dreams.

At this time I was a senior in High School, and my CommonApp was filled with prospective schools that I might attend, but the "intended major" section part of each application wasn't filled.

The loud "you can't" and "you'll NEVER get work" boomed in my ear until I was convinced I couldn't follow my dreams of becoming an actor, so I caved and intended to pursue journalism. I was told by all my teachers I was a gifted writer, so I figured it would be worth a shot.

"You can always do theater on the side," is what I heard. Now in college pursuing journalism, a field I was told: "will be one I can actually get a job in," some professors tell me after graduation, I will be doing journalism "on the side" because of how "competitive" the field is.

All occupational fields are competitive, whether that be communications, business, nursing, etc. Here is one thing that I learned through this experience and many others…

You have no competition.

In the eyes of someone who is hiring for a job, they are going to pick whoever's work they feel best fits the position. This isn't the product of a cutthroat field, it's solely the product of your work fitting the part.

You can't mash two puzzle pieces together because you THINK it's what fits, whatever is meant for you will come to you. Your puzzle pieces will fit together naturally.

In the end, it will come together to form a beautiful picture.

As for me, I decided to tune out the comments about competitive fields. What used to consume me cannot phase me anymore.

I still intend to pursue my dreams of becoming a performer, and at every audition I will remind myself that it is not the field that is competitive, there is no competition. The performer sitting next to me at an open call is not my competition, but my inspiration to work hard to find the job that will best fit me.

In the words of Cinderella, "there is one thing, they can't order me to stop dreaming."

The reporter who grabs every single story shouldn't turn me into someone who viciously grabs every story they can to build their portfolio, it should make me look for stories I WANT to tell that will progress me as a writer. After all, I am still learning.

I learned that I shouldn't belittle other people that are deemed "my competition" to disorient them, giving me a better chance at getting a job. Kindness will be more rewarding than contributing to the vicious dog-eat-dog world.

"I'm not in competition with anyone except who I used to be, and everything I do now is just an evolved version of something I've done before" -Kali Uchis

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