The 5 Most Influential Albums I've Ever Listened To

The 5 Most Influential Albums I've Ever Listened To

The music that has moved me to and through tears

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I begin this article by thanking everyone for opening up and sharing their personal experiences with music for my previous article. Because of all your personal responses I've felt inspired to compile my own list of music that has moved me throughout my years of existence.

1. "Antisocialites" -Alvvays

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This is an album I've recently come to appreciate and love. After coping with my first major breakup, I used a lot of my extra time trying to find music I could relate to my situation. I had listened to "Antisocialites" before, but it wasn't until this time in my life when I truly related to every word in this album. I always loved how this album sounded and the groove of each of the songs; the added attention to lyrics helped me appreciate this album in whole. This has also become one of my favorites to put on in the car driving around. It's easy listening with a lighthearted feel and some special lyrics.

2. "1989" -Taylor Swift

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No one can deny that Taylor Swift has come out with some of the biggest pop jams in contemporary music and this album is probably the ultimate proof. I got "1989" for Christmas the year it released and the cd has been in my mom's car cd player ever since. I think this album is so important to me because of all the good memories linked with it. This album reminds me of easier times, but I feel that as I grow I'm able to relate to this album more and appreciate Taylor Swift's ability to tell a story that is universally relatable. She's absolutely my pop queen and I will forever be a Swiftie with no shame.

3. "After Laughter" -Paramore

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"After Laughter" quickly became one of the most important albums I ever listened to because of its musical approach to heavier emotions. This album tackles themes like depression, loneliness, and forgiveness with easy-to-dance-to songs with amazing instrumentation. There is something so uplifting about happy-sounding music with sad lyrics. This album reminded me in some of the darker times in my life, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

4. "Hounds Of Love" -Kate Bush

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This is the album that helped me appreciate storytelling in music. The B side of this album is absolutely breathtaking and it is unlike anything I've heard before. Between Kate Bush's beautiful voice, production choices, and the story, this album is so unforgettable and special. Every time I hear "Hounds of Love", it's a new experience and that is what has made it one of my all-time favorite albums. The mixing on this album is theatrical and unique, truly unlike anything I've ever heard before. "Hounds of Love" has gifted me with a whole new perspective regarding how an album is created and I'm so appreciative of that.

5. "Blue" -Joni Mitchell

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"Blue" is the album that has always been there for me. From the time I was first introduced to it, all the way to now this album has and continues to affect me in many ways. Because of all these factors, I made sure to keep this album as sacred as possible. I only listen to "Blue" in solidarity and find it to be one of the most vital albums to healing. I'm so influenced by Joni Mitchell's words and I find her vulnerability so empowering. It was the first album I listened to where a woman was so exposed emotionally and still so strong. It taught me that releasing emotions doesn't make you weak and that by exposing feelings of depression, sadness, and fear you could expedite the healing process. I cannot thank Joni Mitchell enough for creating one of the most important albums I've ever listened to.

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Here's The Deal With Values-Based Sorority Recruitment

There are lots of exciting things happening, both for girls going through recruitment and the girls who already have a sorority to call home.

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Recruitment is a wonderful, yet stressful, time. There are lots of exciting things happening, both for girls going through recruitment and the girls who already have a sorority to call home. In recent years, many Panhellenic chapters have begun to go from "rushing" to "recruiting." This recruiting is typically values-based and is great for both chapters and potential new members.

But, what even is values-based recruitment? Values-based recruitment is a method to create a genuine connection between a sorority chapter and potential new members (PNMs) to ensure the future of the chapter. It allows PNMs to really get to know the chapter, how these women have grown within their chapters, and what that chapter represents as a whole. Values-based recruitment is also great because it allows chapters to show off their standards, interests, and values and how it's reflected on the university campus.

Values-based recruitment is beneficial in many ways because it helps the chapter understand what they're looking for in a future sister and helps the PNM understand what they're looking to get out of a chapter. It allows for PNMs to get to know several women in the chapter, not just a small few who they really, really like. It shows PNMs that sororities are more than just frills, that they're not "paying for friends," and that they're going to get something amazing out of this in their four years of college.

Values-based recruitment has helped so many women find their true home, their home away from home. With a plethora of leadership opportunities and friendships that will last a lifetime (yes, even your future bridesmaids), values-based recruitment allows for women to embrace their real selves and flourish in a community that will help them thrive.

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Poetry On Odyssey: The Light That Is Manhattan

A poem about anticipation.

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Almost there.

The subway station is cold and narrow

But the staircase is just ahead.

No more corners, maps, or the like,

Just the light at the top of the stairs.


They say this city is filled with dreams.

Desires that may not even exist yet.

Dreams that have yet to be achieved,

or so the glow in front of me says.


The wonder builds as the ambiguous light at the top of the

Subway station stairs get brighter.

These steps are a two way street of

Excitement up

Fulfillment down.


May this light soon turn into

Roaring streets

Calm corners

Tranquil parks, and

dreams obtained.


The bright light I see in front of me is the glow of the city.

32 steps and I'm home.

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