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Why Every College Student Needs to Listen to “Life Changes” by Thomas Rhett

Everyone has those four or five songs that can turn their entire day around no matter how stressful or tiresome their day has been. I am here to tell you why “Life Changes” by Thomas Rhett should be on that list. 

All it takes is one close listen to the song to realize just how relatable and inspirational it is. The song begins with Rhett reminiscing about when he was a college student. He describes his life as pretty ordinary, majoring in undecided and trying to find a date for the spring formal. Rhett says he had a backpack full of “bad” songs that he was writing and — get ready for the plot twist — how they are now sitting on a Walmart shelf. The song continues to show different examples of how he had plans and how life had something different in store for him. 

As college students, we are always thinking about our future. Whether it be stressing out about having a good GPA, trying to nail down an internship or trying to get into grad school, we keep making endless plans for our future. We should all learn from Rhett and this song. Having big dreams for the future is great and we should work hard in order to attain them, but at a certain point, we need to learn to take a step back and appreciate the moment we are in because there is only so much we can do. 

Life changes quickly and if you don’t take time to appreciate the present, you will always be worrying about the next thing. The most important point to take away from his story is that life is unpredictable. My favorite line from the song is, “You make your plans and you hear God laughing.” From my own personal experience, I can wholeheartedly agree with that line. I have had what I thought were fool-proof plans completely fall through and unexpected opportunities become the biggest blessings. 

Ultimately, no matter how much planning you do, life is always unpredictable. Things that you simply can’t plan for will happen. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t work hard, but it is an important reminder to take time aside for self-care. Knowing that life is unpredictable should relieve some stress. Instead of spending endless hours worrying about something that may or may not happen, take some of that time to do something that brings you joy now!

Sabrina Ortiz

Chapel Hill '22

Sabrina was born and raise in New York and came to UNC to pursue her passion for journalism. In her free time, you can find her reading, rewatching Pride and Prejudice for the millionth time, or cuddling with her dog. She hopes to use this platform to connect with people through her stories.
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