Midterms week arrived much quicker than I thought it would. As I was studying, I kept getting distracted by little noises in the library and becoming frustrated by my lack of progress in learning the material. In a last-ditch attempt to get my study session back on track, I popped in my earbuds and put on a Spotify playlist that someone else made for studying in a library. It was perfect! The vibes were spot on, and I was able to focus on reading and taking notes — all while finding new songs and artists that I liked.
I had been meaning to update my playlists for a while. After this, I decided it was the right time. I created seven new playlists for very specific situations and feelings — adding both songs I knew well and some that I just discovered. It was a fun experience picking out songs and seeing if they fit the vibe of a particular playlist.
The next week, when I was feeling a little down, I decided to try out one of my new playlists that I had filled with songs for when I need a little boost of happiness. It was exactly what I needed. Listening to the songs helped lift my mood and gave me the push to get my work done for the day.
I realized that having a nicely curated playlist helped me focus and allowed me to have music at the ready that fit my mood. Before coming to college, I used to always listen to music on my drive to school, and without realizing it, I would always pick a playlist that matched how I was feeling or what I wanted to get out of the day. When I arrived at college, I sort of forgot about this part of my daily routine, and by bringing it back, I realized how important it was in my life.
Making these playlists was such a fun process! To create them (they are still a work in progress), I searched for playlists with similar titles and listened to some of the songs on them to see if I liked them or not. I also took some of Spotify’s recommendations, and I was sure to add some songs that are tried and true favorites of mine. As a result of this process, I found so many new songs and artists that I love. When I was simply listening to my favorite songs or my Spotify Wrapped playlists, I found that the music would get repetitive or be a random mix of songs. This way I was able to change it up a little bit and try out something new. I now have a few soundtracks to accompany my life!