No One Understands College-You Like Lorde Does

When Lorde’s Pure Heroine was released in 2013, I had just started ninth grade. The transition from middle to high school was filled with all that fun, existential kind of anxiety that comes with growing up; the kind of emotions captured on Pure Heroine so accurately and delicately in the way only then 17-year-old Lorde could. In the summer of 2017, right before I left for college, she released her long-awaited follow-up album Melodrama. Lorde’s albums about transitional times were released exactly when I needed them to be; there are certain Pure Heroine lines that feel more relevant now than ever and certain Melodrama lines that I'm saving for the future. Perhaps the most Melodrama moment I experienced was the second day of orientation, listening to “Perfect Places” as a I rode in a cab back to school in a city that I already knew but was just beginning to call home. For those inclined to experience her albums in the same, all-consuming way, I present: The College Experience as Described by Lorde (more accurately titled, The Best Lorde Songs to Listen to as a College Student. Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, though.)  

  1. “Royals” for being a Broke College Student™

  2. “A World Alone” for having “a million bad habits to kick, not sleeping is one.” https://78.media.tumblr.com/fd035907f0c765afb505f98f670159d1/tumblr_ou4ter3G851sjgow8o1_540.gif

  3. “Green Light” for feeling free and discovering new things about yourself.https://static.tumblr.com/252d2722bbfe446160dd082fcc7e66fc/paeoarp/PMYoqoh6f/tumblr_static_filename_640_v2.gif

  4. “Homemade Dynamite” for partying, I guess.

  5. “Ribs,” for “reeling through the midnight streets” and feeling scared of getting older.http://25.media.tumblr.com/584646a7cc082df538bfd274788d55d3/tumblr_n2eeddohbp1srx64zo1_400.gif

  

6. “Perfect Places” for hating “the headlines and the weather” and being “19” and “on fire.”  

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7. Bonus gif! Not a song, but Lorde would totally fit in at Barnard.

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