Overcome "Study Block" With These 3 Artists

Overcome "Study Block" With These 3 Artists

Put these artists in the background and get some motivation.

HEY. You should be on or about to go on Thanksgiving break, and don't we all wish it were going to last a little longer than it is? I know I do, but don't worry..the holiday season is just around the corner and that means it's time to get jolly about being on an actual break for a couple weeks.

BUTT, and it's a nice butt (thanks, Ru), odds are you have some projects or homework that you plan on avoiding during this Thanksgiving break...so I am here to motivate you, and myself, to get some work done rather than wasting it away on memes and subpar television. So, WHAT BETTER WAY to get EXCITED than with some sonically delicious music?

If you want to chill and work at the same time, then you're gonna wanna put these artists on your playlist. It's no Netflix and Chill, but it'll help you get those productive juices flowing. ONWARD!

(a lot of these artists also double as late-night jams.........)

1. Niia

An alternative R&B vocal delivery and jazzy production set the sensuality of Niia's I. As her debut, it's stellar. At times you may even feel like you're listening to a classic from years ago. So get those headphones or your Bluetooth speaker READY, whatever it is you use to experience sound, and let it play.

2. Sabrina Claudio

Sabrina Claudio is one of the most vocally gifted singers coming up right now. Her Confidently Lost project established her as a force in r&b and she's recently appeared on James Corden promoting her new album About Time. Get to studying with either, or both, of these playing in the background and you'll be humming her melodies in no time.

3. Cuco

Cuco is shaping up to be a major player in the alternative scene. Hailing from South Central LA, he's amassed a loyal following and has been performing at house shows to crowds of fans that know every word to his songs. The production makes it easy to fade into the background nicely for studying, but you'll want to listen more closely another time. Checkout Songs4u.

Maybe you don't want to study this break or do any work, then just listen to these artists instead. Who doesn't love discovering new music?


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If Jay Gatsby Got A Do Over

What if there was a redo button for our tragic hero?

My all time-favorite story by FAR has always been The Great Gatsby. I was that nerd in high school who poured through the pages of the book wanting more and more, just wanting Gatsby and Daisy to end up together. That book has taught me more about life and relationships than anything else in the world.

So recently I started to think, what if the story ended differently? What if the characters chose differently, what would happen? If anyone in the book deserves a do-over, I believe it's Gatsby himself. The guy pines over the love of his life for five years, only to discover that she's not only a horrible person, but married, and using him when they finally have the opportunity to be together. That, sucks.

But what would he do with a do over? As a lover of the book, it's really hard for me to imagine this. How far would he go back to change things?

What if he never met Daisy? What if he never had "the one"? The story would be incredibly boring for one. For two, what is the point of it all then? Yes, he might not get heartbroken, he might avoid a lot of awkward conversations, and he probably wouldn't get shot at the end (sorry, spoiler), but what would all his success have been for?

I think F. Scott Fitzgerald was trying to teach us through Gatsby and Daisy that worldly possessions are nice, but what are they worth if you have no one to share it with?

It's interesting to imagine Gatsby still being the poor boy that he was meant to grow up as, and trying to win Daisy's affection still. As the person she grew up to be, she would never have even looked in his direction. But what then? Would he have ended up with someone else? Someone more real, down to earth, and sensible?

Gatsby's fears are realized at the end of the story, he dies alone. His chance with Daisy is gone. I like to think that if he had not attracted so much of that fear into his life, he may have had the opportunity to live happily.

All in all, if a do over was possible, this would not be the story we all know and love. I believe that is part of the lesson, things happen for a reason. There aren't always happy endings, and we have to learn to be okay with that because that's how life is.

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20 Times 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Accurately Represented College Life

Unbreakable but rarely feeling that way... sums up college.

If you've never seen "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on Netflix, it is definitely worth a watch! Funny and relatable characters deal with everyday problems as well as some pretty unique ones with humor and bravery. Though it's called "unbreakable" these characters totally relate to the same struggles us college kids experience on the daily. Here are 20 times "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" accurately represented college life.

1. When you first get on campus

2. When you consider going somewhere for dinner

3. Trying to meet new people like

4. When people are trying to hand you flyers around campus

5. Feeling like a grown up and hating it

6. Sitting through a vocab-heavy class

7. Walking through the rain across campus

8. When you have your second exam of the day

9. Discussing politics in class

10. When someone is being fake AF

11. Drinking for the first time

12. When you have to listen to a monotone lecture at 8 am

13. Feeling like you're in the wrong class

14. When you know you're gonna ace that test

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16. Stressed out during finals week

17. Getting put in groups for busy work in class

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