Is College A Cappella Really Like Pitch Perfect??: 11 Reasons Why
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Is College A Cappella Really Like Pitch Perfect??: 11 Reasons Why

Prepare to be 'pitch-slapped' with the truth.

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Is College A Cappella Really Like Pitch Perfect??: 11 Reasons Why
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When I tell people that I’m in college a cappella, a common reaction that I get is, “Soooo... is it kinda like Pitch Perfect?!” As a fellow alto/mezzo soprano a cappella-er, I have decided to formally give you my take on why being in college a cappella is almost like being in Pitch Perfect:

1. We play singing games similar to the Riff-Off.

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Some examples include Song Circle and improv harmonizing. Also, if you haven't seen the Riff-Off from the first movie, search "The Riff-Off" on Youtube; it's life-changing.

2. Just like the Barden Bellas and the Treblemakers from the movie, we also have multiple a cappella groups.

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Some co-ed, others all-male or all-female. There are faith-based, soundtrack-based, Disney-based groups: anything you can think of.

3. Social mixers and parties go down between different a cappella groups.

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Let's just say that drunk harmonizing is not uncommon during a cappella parties.

4. A Cappella becomes your life.

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A cappella is inevitably your life when even 7 to 10 hours of rehearsal and choreography a week isn't enough to prepare for a performance.

5. Gigs and concerts are frequent and are popular amongst the student body.

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We often joke that a cappella is a bigger deal than our Division-III sports. Don't worry, college athletes! I'm sure they're joking... Right?

6. Remember the a cappella competition in Pitch Perfect? Yea, that's a real thing.

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Many incredibly talented groups compete in the ultimate a cappella showdown called ICCAs.

7. "Aca-" is a prefix we use in front of words.

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No shame.

8. Recruiting season is extremely intense and immediately followed by multiple days of auditions.

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You'll find us at activity fairs, information sessions, basically any event at the beginning of each semester. At least we don't recruit in communal showers.

9. There is a Fat Amy in every group.

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Just kidding, I wish.

10. Aca-cest exists.

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Whether it be within an a cappella group or between members of different groups, aca-dating happens fairly frequently.

11. No matter how dysfunctional each group can get, we're one big fam teeming with aca-love <3

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College a cappella is an amazing community that I am so blessed to be a part of. A cappella is my safe haven, the source of my best friends and favorite memories. My college life would not be complete without it~


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