7 Songs By Jack Johnson That Show He Understands What It's Like To Be A Stressed-Out College Student

7 Songs By Jack Johnson That Show He Understands What It's Like To Be A Stressed-Out College Student

I have a hunch he is writing majority of his songs with us college girls in mind.


Anyone who enjoys a nice cup of coffee, a slow pace of life, and a nice lazy afternoon know who Jack Johnson is. The man can manage to change any mood with the sound of his charming, serenading voice. Here are a few songs that have helped me get through typical college kid struggles.

1. "Banana Pancakes"


Waking up the morning after you just drank your problems away the night before and now feel like you are nursing the worse hangover ever. Maybe you had a class or something planned later that day and feel guilty for skipping. I can assure you, listening to Banana pancakes will help put your mind at ease. And by the way, your going to want to try out this recipe.

2. "I Got You"


When you wake up at 10:20 in the morning and realize if you speed and make it to Chick-fil-a in ten minutes you can get chicken minnies. The moment the first chicken minnie touches your tongue, just play the song guys.

3. "Do You Remember"


When you first lay your eyes on the most beautiful human ever and 'accidentally' bump/trip/fall into them at the bar and proceed to fail at flirting with them and then grow a creepy crush which involves you stalking their instagram on a daily basis until you accidentally like a picture from three years ago so you try to make yourself feel better by reminding yourself one day this will be the story to your kids of how we first met. Am I the only one?

4. "Eyes Like That"


Your favorite professor catches you sharing homework answers between you and a couple of your classmates at the beginning of the semester. You realize the relationship you just jeopardized with your professor and how bad you want them to like you again and forgive you. For the rest of the semester you laugh at all their dad jokes and try and answer every question they ask- pulling a classic kiss up move, we have all been there. But really, don't act like you haven't shared homework answers once upon a time.

5. "Better Together"


She makes you laugh, she makes you cry, she is there for you when you really feel like you have no one else to turn to. You and your favorite bottle of wine. Love you girly.

6. "Upside Down"

Sitting at your desk in class, sweating, dreading the end of class because you know you are about to get the test back that you took last week and are about 99.9998% sure that you bombed it. You gulp as she hands you the test, take a deep breath, flip the test over and to amazingly to your disbelief you got a B!! In that moment the word is at your fingertips, you feel unstoppable, and never want the feeling to go away.

7. "Good People Go"


When you lose all your friends at the bar and find yourself talking to the 3/10 that has been trying to hit on you all night just so you don't have to stand there alone. We've all been there.

So prior to your next panic attack, hungover morning, wine night, or chicken minnie hitting your taste buds, play the songs people, and it will help you- or make that moment just that much sweeter. Here's to you Jack Johnson, thanks for looking out for us stressed college kids.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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Remembering Mac: The Way We Should Be

"Easy Mac, with the cheesy raps."


It has officially been six months without one of the most popular rappers of our era. For many people- especially those of us in our twenty's- Mac was the rapper that shaped not only rap but also hip-hop for our generation and what we think about music today. Mac Miller affected so many people around him including his friends, family, peers, artists' and fans. Mac Miller was a self-taught musician and was someone that anyone could relate to.

He first started rapping by the age of fourteen and by the time he was seventeen, people were starting to hear is raps and listening to him. Soon after he was signed by an independent record label where he then started releasing some of his most popular and well-known singles, "Best Day Ever" and "Donald Trump."

For me, Mac Miller is more than just an artist. His music meant something to me and my friends and we all could really relate to him and his music. In high school, some of my favorite memories are brought right back to me when I listen to his music. His album "Good AM" is my all-time favorite, including one of my favorite songs by him "Weekend." Any time I hear this song, I am brought back to the night I was at his concert with my three best friends. We were in the front row singing along with him and that is when the picture above was taken.

I often wish I could go back to this night and take more advantage of the time I had, being in the same room as him. If I could go back, I know I would be on my phone less and taking in more of my surroundings and really listening to every word he sang. I know if I wasn't on my phone, I would have never gotten this picture but I do believe I would have been more in the moment rather than trying to take the perfect picture.

It has been six months, and yes I still have not wrapped my head around the fact that he is gone, and we will never get new music from him again. Not only him passing away at a young age is hard to grasp, but the way he did as well. Now, looking back and listening to his music, you can hear him sing about his struggles and his cry for help. Especially in the last album, he released just a month before he was gone.

The whole album, "Swimming" is about a man talking about his mental state and giving us an inside look at what he was going through at the time. Mac deserved much more than the short life he had, but he made a great impact on everyone around him, and that is how we should remember him as. The happy-go-lucky that was always laughing and messing around singling songs he loved.

A little shout-out to the people who remind me of the good times I have associated with Mac- Abby Wenninger, Abree Leach, Emily Stybr and Jack Maki!


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