40 Songs To Throw On Your College Playlist When You're Leaving Home

40 Songs To Throw On Your College Playlist When You're Leaving Home

"So I'm moving on, letting go..."

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A playlist of songs to listen to when you miss home.

1. "I'll Always Remember You" by Hannah Montana

2. "One Last Time" by Christopher Jackson and Lin-Manuel Miranda

3. "My Girl" by The Temptations

4. "Vienna" by Billy Joel

5. "When Will My Life Begin" by Mandy Moore

6. "You Will Be In My Heart" by Phil Collins

7. "Why Should I Worry" by Billy Joel

8. "Home" by Phillip Phillips

9. "Defying Gravity" by Idina Menzel

10.  "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus

11.  "Leave The City" by Twenty One Pilots

12.  "I Have A Dream" by Lily James

13.  "HAPPINESS" by NEEDTOBREATHE

14.  "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence + The Machine 

15.  "When We Were Young" by Adele

16.  "Don't Forget Where You Belong" by One Direction

17.  "I'm Movin' On" by Rascal Flatts

18.  "Hakuna Matata" from "The Lion King"

19.  "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes 

20.  "Humble And Kind" by Tim McGraw

21.  "How Far I'll Go" by Auli'i Cravalho 

22.  "The Best Day" by Taylor Swift 

23.  "Rivers and Roads" by The Head And The Heart

24.  "Never Grow Up" by Taylor Swift

25.  "River" by Leon Bridges 

26.  "The House That Built Me" by Miranda Lambert 

27.  "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" by Aerosmith

28.  "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King

29.  "Life Is A Highway" by Rascal Flatts 

30.  "On My Way" by Phil Collins

31.  "Temporary Home" by Carrie Underwood 

32.  "Go The Distance" by Roger Bart 

33.  "8TEEN" by Khalid

34.  "Castle On The Hill" by Ed Sheeran

35.  "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds

36.  "Wake Me up Before You Go-Go" by WHAM!

37.  "Everything Has Changed" by Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift 

38.  "Angels (feat. Saba)" by Chance the Rapper

39.  "Bring It On Home To Me" by Sam Cooke

40.  "Follow That Dream" by Elvis Presley 

Find the whole playlist on Spotify.

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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.
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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.

SEE ALSO: 18 Signs You're A Little Too Comfortable With Your Best Friends

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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18 Struggles Every College Student Faces, Explained With Carrie Underwood Lyrics

Carrie Underwood went to college, just like the rest of us.

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College is difficult and people on the outside rarely realize how difficult. Clearly, Carrie Underwood subconsciously must have understood because her song lyrics are all too relatable.

1. "Jesus, take the wheel"

Everyone has said this at some point in their college career. Typically before a big exam that you didn't study for or stayed up all night for. Either way, you're screwed.

2. "This downtown apartment sure makes me miss home and those bills there on the counter keep telling me I'm on my own"

This song always brings a tear to my eye because it's true! Homesickness is so real. So are bills. Taxes and bill are like welcome certificate to adulthood with no out clause.

3. "'Cause sometimes that mountain you've been climbing is just a grain of sand"

It can seem so difficult until it's done. Exams and sometimes even entire classes can seem impossible, but once you succeed it doesn't feel that bad. Next time you feel stressed out or don't want to study think about how good you'll feel when you see that A.

4. "The more boys I meet, the more I love my dog"

It's a well known fact that pets are better than boys. Men are disgusting alien creatures that don't seem to have any social etiquette. If women could get along for more than 5 minutes we could completely eradicate them and just use cloning to take over the world!

5. "Last night, I did things I'm not proud of and I got a little crazy"

Parties are fun until the next morning when you're hungover and can't go to class. Oh shoot, there was a test this morning? There goes my GPA.

6. "And I don't even know my last name. Oh, my momma would be so ashamed"

When you have to ask your friend "What even happened last night?" you know that you either had a lit night or you're married to the ugly guy down the hall. Hopefully, you get the dog in the divorce.

7. "What have I done? What have I done? What have I done?"

That moment when you realize you watched 12 years of "Grey's Anatomy" in 5 days. At least you did something more than sleep, right?

8. "If we leave tonight and drive fast enough, all of our troubles will be just like us: long gone, baby"

Running away from my problems like I'm in GTA V. Semester breaks can be such a relief. Unless it's Thanksgiving break and you have to spend a whole day with your extended family that ask all the wrong questions. At least you get to go on a shopping spree the next day.

9. "You're just a fool, just a fool to believe you can change the world"

Hearing this can be crushing to anyone. Especially when you're dreams are so big that even you have doubts. Don't listen to the naysayers; listen to Robin Williams.

10.  "I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it"

The whole semester. I want to undo it. Backspace. Erase. When will they invent the time machine? Why hasn't more science been dedicated to going back in time so that we can fix our mistakes like Donald Trump?

11.  "Young mom, on her own, she needs a little help, got nowhere to go"

It's so hard to take care of myself, I can't imagine being a mother in college as well. To all my college moms, I applaud you for being able to do what you do. You are the super mom that every child dreams of having. Even if your kids don't appreciate what you do for them, you are doing them a service by getting your education. They will thank you one day.

12.  "This is our temporary home, it's not where we belong. Windows and rooms, that we're passing through"

From dorms, to first apartment, to first house, moving can be such a hassle especially when you are doing it for the first time or all by yourself. Just remember that one day you will be in your forever home. Keep your eyes fixed on your future and you will find peace.

13.  "This is just a stop on the way to where I'm going"

Where do you go from here? Well, that's up to you. YOU determine your future by your choices and attitude. Whether you stay out all night and party or stay in all night and study, you get to decide how you conduct yourself on a daily basis.

14.  "'Cause when you’re lost out in this crazy world you got somewhere to go and get found. Thank God for hometowns"

Going home is like going back in time to when you were a child and everything was alright. Seeing where you had your first kiss, where you broke your arm, your old house...Seriously, why hasn't anyone invented a time machine?

15.  "Cupid's got a shotgun and he's pointing it at me"

I really can't afford to fall in love right now. I have way too many things to do. I have tests to study for, homework to do, cleaning around the apartment, my emotions to regulate. I can barely sleep, how can I possibly have time to love someone and date them?

16.  "All those midnights sneaking in, "I'm late again, oh, I'm so sorry." All the Ajax in the world ain't gonna clean your dirty laundry"

Finding out he cheated again. Ugh, once again, men are so gross. They just can't ever seem to keep it in their pants. Just remember that cheating on you is a downgrade. By 10,000%.

17.  "I dug my key into the side of his pretty little souped up four-wheel drive, carved my name into his leather seats"

Revenge is so satisfying whether it's on an ex or just a professor you hated. I recommend that if you need to get revenge on your professor you wait until final grades are in. Just a suggestion.

18.  "Why, why you gotta be so blind? Won't you open up your eyes?"

YOU are driving on a college campus. There is no need to go 40 miles per hour down the street. Please, for the love of God, remember: PEDESTRIANS ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY.

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