Tuesday Tunesday: Back to School Party

IMG_1368Happy Tunesday, friends! I’m sure we’ve all heard Alice Cooper’s 1972 hit “School’s Out,” right? Epic guitar riffs combined with Alice Cooper’s passionate vocals make us more and more excited to end the school year and enjoy summer break. What about “After Today” from A Goofy Movie? A class Disney tune that truly captures what’s so great about leaving school behind for the summer. With so many songs like “School’s Out” and “After Today” that celebrate this long-awaited, much-needed, and well-deserved respite, I can’t help but wonder if there are any songs that pump us up for a new academic year? I know so many of you have already started or are preparing to head back this week or next. In fact, I’m also returning to school (graduate degree number TWO) at the end of September, and I think we could all use a moment to not only mourn summer’s end, but also–and more importantly–celebrate the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Now, I’m going to be honest, finding back to school songs to pump us up proved to be more difficult than I imagined, but I eventually found some that I hope will at least inspire and empower us as we return to school. Whether you’ve got first-day jitters or question your ability, there’s a song for practically every occasion. Here’s to an incredible school year!

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Tuesday Tunesday: Anti-Bullying

Happy 2nd Tunesday, friends! In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, I thought I’d share three very important songs that have gotten me through some pretty tough and dark days. Life can be more difficult than it should be, especially when you’re in high school. You may deal with insensitive, mean-spirited individuals in the classroom, on the field, and maybe even at home. The reality is that there will always be people who target individuals for a number of reasons: they’re insecure, unhappy, jealous, or just plain heartless, but the older you get, the more you realize their cause of their behavior is more about them and less about you. Furthermore, you develop better coping strategies, realize you’re awesome, and understand that your worth and value is not dependent on anyone! It takes time, patience, and determination to get to this point, so in the midst of feeling marginalized, pained, sad, afraid, hopeless, and misunderstood, take a listen to these songs. Hopefully, they’ll be the reminders you need to get through it all.

What songs do you listen to when you’re having a rough time? Comment below!

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