February is a time of intense concentration in our office. There are so many (mostly wonderful) applications to be reviewed, emails to respond to, on-campus and phone admission appointments, college fairs and campus visits. It takes a lot of energy to keep all those plates spinning at once, so it is not uncommon for some of my colleagues – myself included – to turn to music (with the help of headphones) to help keep us focused, energized, and quite frankly, sane. During office hours, my musical tastes tend to stay instrumental, both to help my concentration, and for the benefit of those around me (I tend to sing out loud if a song is sing-able). Movie soundtracks have been my saving grace for years. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is always in heavy rotation, but other favorites include Pirates of the Caribbean, The Kings Speech, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and The Da Vinci Code.
Sometimes at the start of the day, but most often if I am working late, I may need to belt out a tune just to raise the energy needed to tackle, or finish, a project (perhaps to the dismay or amusement of those that have offices around me). My current go-to song is Rise by Katy Perry, though depending on the day, it may be Try Everything by Shakira (from Zootopia) or Unstoppable or Alive by Sia. Though some tracks from the good old days may come into rotation too (who doesn’t belt out some Journey now and then)?!
So, what are the soundtracks to your work/study time? What songs do you listen to when you need that lift to start or finish a project? What is your go-to? Please share, I am all ears!
Jenn Lipke - Associate Director and Transfer Coordinator, Undergraduate Admission