Managing Stress in College or Post-Graduate School

It’s a new semester at Appalachian State and I am honored to be one of those lucky few on campus that’s already drowning in homework, social obligations, and work requirements, all while trying to find a little time for myself.


I really am glad to be back at App, but I can’t say I don’t envy those favored, carefree students whose only responsibility seems to be finding their next favorite distraction on Netflix.


Luckily for you, I have plenty of shows I would like to start, continue watching, or watch again. So for anyone who needs a new favorite or something recommended by a film major, this is the list for you.


The Classics


I’m not sure how recently these films were added, but for someone who hasn’t been able to watch Netflix in three months, these gems are fairly recent to me. Some incredible film classics are now available for streaming on the site, such as A Clockwork Orange, Taxi Driver, and at least five Tarintino films. Take it from a true film dork, you have to get ‘em while they last! You also can’t go wrong with some now-classic Netflix Original shows such as Black Mirror, House of Cards, and Orange Is the New Black.



The Comics


College is already hard enough, so why not have some laughs along the way? Netflix has a great variety of comedian specials -John Mulaney, Ali Wong, and Bert Kreischer are some of my favorites. But my main suggestion in comedy has to be any of Monty Python’s content. The Netflix library of Monty Python shows and movies has grown in recent years, and I promise out of all of them you will be able to find some dry, stone-faced humor that hits you just right.


The Romantics


Would you believe that a theatre nerd is going to suggest to you a musical? Now hear me out - Mamma Mia and Phantom of the Opera are great places to start if you don’t have access to the theatre, especially if you’re on your fifth watch of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Musicals have some really great romantic plotlines, especially the Bollywood musicals available on Netflix. Seriously. Some of the greatest heart and production value I’ve ever seen in films comes from Bollywood. They are a must-see.



For Those Sad Boi Hours


Sometimes you just need a good laugh in college, and other times, you just need a good cry. The best movie available for that on Netflix right now is Billy Elliot. Don’t @ me, just watch it. However, when I need some good emotional build-up, anime is a really great genre for that. Shows like Violet Evergarden and Your Lie in April have given me the biggest ugly cries ever in my college career. They hit hard and stay with you long after the end credits roll.



When You’re In Need of a Spook


Everyone loves Stranger Things, and if you don’t, you haven’t watched it yet. But there are plenty of other scary shows and films on Netflix to tickle your fancy before Halloween gets here. Castlevania is a great vampire show based on the video game of the same name, and as with the Classics, some great horror films are available to check off your list. If you haven’t seen Carrie, Scream, or Creep yet, you haven’t been truly spooked.



Seen it All?


If you’ve seen all of these movies and shows, first of all, congratulations, you have impeccable taste. Here is a catch-all list of shows and films that I’ve enjoyed on Netflix that I hope you will love too. Happy scrolling!


  • In This Corner of the World

  • Babylon Berlin

  • Black Mirror (Bandersnatch)

  • Peaky Blinders

  • The Crown

  • Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

  • Galavant

  • Aggretsuko

  • The Stanford Prison Experiment

  • Altered Carbon

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

  • Re: Mind