When BTS Dropped An MV In The Middle Of My Class

When BTS Dropped An MV In The Middle Of My Class

Sometimes even the smallest things, like K-pop groups, can truly make your heart flutter.

I froze.

I took a quick glance at the hanging clock on the upper left wall. The clock read 10 a.m. I was in the middle of an excruciating scavenger hunt math practice when I noticed my phone screen light up, notifying me that there was a new video posted on my current favorite Korean app: VLive. I barely glanced at it, figuring that it would just be another live video of my Korean groups talking until my eyes laid on these very words: BTS “Young Forever” [MV]. My hands felt numb and my eyes dilated. Well aware of the fact that I was in the middle of class, I immediately opened the app and whipped out my earbuds, ready to listen to BTS’s angelic voices.

As I waited for the video to load, my fingertips were furiously tapping the table along with my foot on the floor. Christine, my best friend next to me, was wondering what on earth was making me act so frantic. I held the phone up right to my face, waiting for the video to load. Time passed and finally, the video loaded and I saw BTS, the ultimate Korean pop boy group I'm obsessed with.

The boys that I saw back in September 26, 2015, were in front of me again; however, this time, they were on my phone. As I watched the music video, I reminisced about the time when I saw them face-to-face. I still remember how I held hands with each and every one of time. I squealed each time as I saw one of the members appear on my phone screen as well as when I heard their beautiful voices. The way their deep and soulful voices ringed through my ears and their soulful raps spoke to me was unimaginable. Unlike other songs, their music spoke to me in the most harmonious way; I did not need to understand what they were saying to figure out their emotions in the song. Their beautiful voices told me everything.

This music video that I anticipated for over six months came out without any notice; no one in the fandom knew. Their company BigHit Entertainment released the last video of the trilogy of their The Most Beautiful Moments in Life album; this was when all of the mysteries would be solved: who died, who committed suicide, and who was the last one remaining. The music video replayed small clips of their past music videos in the trilogy: V floating in the water, Suga in the dull hotel room surrounded by flames and BTS running through the dark and dainty streets of Seoul.

Being the only K-pop fanatic in my math class, I had to fully contain my emotions and thoughts during the music video with the exception of my best friend. All I was able to do was to constantly pull on her shirt each time I saw each BTS member show up on my screen. However, Christine brought reality back to me and told me to hurry up and finish the scavenger hunt.

My conscious knew that she was right, but my heart refused to listen. Stubborn as ever, I retorted that the scavenger hunt could wait just a few more minutes. My friend rolled her eyes and turned back to her work, leaving me to watch the last few seconds when BTS was running into the horizon as sun began to fall. Then the screen went black, leaving me alone with my thoughts. My heart was fluttering; I could not think straight. My thoughts were scattered; I was unable to comprehend the mystery behind the trilogy. All I could do was press the replay button.

Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. All resemblance to actual people, places, incidents, or things is completely coincidental.

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6 Best Music Styles For Studying

Music follows us everywhere, sometimes at inconvenient moments.

Music follows us everywhere, sometimes at inconvenient moments.

We automatically reach for it to replace the silence. Whether at a party or in the car, it is second nature to immediately use it to fill the surroundings.

It arouses emotion during an on-screen kiss and heightens suspense as the hero saves the day. It pulses through your headphones, fueling your adrenaline as you run.

As students, it is a vital instrument to keep us going throughout the day. However, some have not quite yet mastered the ability to concentrate on tasks while listening to music. With that being said, my Spotify experience has allowed me to compile the perfect playlist to get in the right headspace.

1. Television Soundtracks

Lately, this has been my go-to when trying to do homework assignments. 13 Reasons Why came out around this time last year, but it never gets old. The soundtrack is diverse in its moods and styling. Yet each individual song carries a calming quality.

I finally watched the much-admired NBC show This Is Us. Like the show, the soundtrack is just as awe-inspiring. The opening score itself is the perfect backtrack for study sessions. Jazz pieces and folksy, acoustic tracks provide a pleasing blend of sounds.

2. Film Scores

The greatest films are accompanied with likewise arrangements. Scores set the atmosphere and intensify moments. Music from movies like UP! and Harry Potter give an air of lightness and curiosity. Since there are no lyrics, this type of music can be listened to mindlessly while focusing on heavy material.

3. Disney

I accredit this one to my incredibly avid, Disney-goer friend, Alex. Knowing these words by heart, it is easy to tune out Ariel's longing to explore the human world. Growing up with these songs, there is a feeling of contentment that comes with playing it lightly in the background.

4. Old School Jazz

I am talking Frank Sinatra crooning about flying to the moon. Similar beautiful pieces like Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home To Me," Billie Holliday's "I'll Be Seeing You," and Nat King Cole's "L-O-V-E" are classics. The slow tempo commonly found through these kinds of songs create a sense of comfort. It eases anxieties and allows one to focus on the task at hand.

5. Coffee Shop

There is a reason that half of UF's population can be found at coffee shops. Not only is it feeding into students' coffee addiction, but it is also because of the music. The music creates the atmosphere. Songs played are specifically tailored for people to concentrate. Several coffeehouse playlists can be found on Spotify.

6. Acoustic Calm

If you are into listening to popular hits but cannot fully focus on homework or studying, the playlist Acoustic Calm on Spotify offers acoustic and instrumental versions of top songs.

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Get ready to sing along.

Let's get together and sing and dance. Everybody loves a good musical, especially when it brings out their inner Broadway star. Everyone loves the movies that randomly burst into song mid-conversation. There are movie musicals for all of us, now let's go find our inner Broadway star.

1. "Grease"

"Tell me more, tell me more." Friendships, romances and adventures of high school kids in the 1950's. Follow along this summer love story and sing along their journey.

2. "High School Musical"

As the star athlete falls in love with the nerdy new girl, we fall in love with the two as well. "We're all in this together" as we watch the three movie musicals and sing along knowing every word.

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5. "The Greatest Showman"

This new movie has caught peoples attention of all ages. Inspired by P.T. Barnum, this musical celebrates the birth of an amazing show business and the man who came from nothing to create something spectacular. "This is the greatest show."

6. "Beauty and the Beast"

As everything came to life in this movie, we were able to see Beauty and the Beast in a new light and fell even more in love with the two. "Don't believe me? Ask the dishes."

7. "Hairspray"

Hairspray is one you will most definitely be singing along to as it has one of the catchiest soundtracks ever. The storyline is very meaningful as Tracy is looking to make a difference in her community, "Good morning Baltimore!"

8. "Rent"

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