Hey Stags, is it your last semester of college EVER? Are you dying inside? Fear no more! Like me and many other students on this campus, we’re all about to finish up our final weeks at Fairfield University. As scary as it is, here’s a playlist filled with songs that not only encompass many of our feelings, but also bring back some classic nostalgia and good feelings to get us through our final semester.


  1. “It’s The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” – R.E.M


I think the title is very, very self explanatory. The last semester of college can feel like your entire world is about to be unearthed. It’s terrifying, and despite all the obstacles we’ve faced this year, we’re still making it the best year we possibly can. So, hey, our world may feel like it’s ending, but at least we’re chilling.


  1. “How Far We’ve Come” – Matchbox Twenty


Along the lines of the last song, this one also reflects this feeling of the world ending. A great jam from ye old 2007, it is a good song to rock out to when you’re feeling stressed.


  1. “Under Pressure” – Queen & David Bowie


Another very self explanatory one here. It is an absolute classic and a total pick me up bop because hey, we’re all under pressure *cue finger guns*.


  1. “Unwritten” – Natasha Bedingfield


A great feel-good song for the unknown future. Natasha Bedingfield’s 2004 classic is nostalgic for a lot of us, but is still a great song to jam out to when you’re stressed and absolutely need something to brighten the mood. After all, “feel the rain on your skin / no one else can feel it for you / only you can let it in.”


  1. “7 Years” – Lukas Graham


This is a really emotional song about life. If you need a good song to cry to, especially if you’re dealing with pure chaos from your past or future, this is it. Let those tears flow as you let Graham’s 2016 hit drown out your sobbing.


  1. “Brand New” – Ben Rector


Anyone that attended orientation in 2016 knows this song very well (maybe too well). This was one of the biggest hype songs from our first weekend spent at Fairfield University. I think it’s a good song to toss in here to remind us where we started four years ago and to prepare us for our new adventure in a couple of months.


  1. “This is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna


Another classic from the senior’s first year orientation…Stags up, this is what you came for…FAIRFIELD UUUUUUU OOOOOOO…I think that’s all I gotta say there…


  1. “Closer” – The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey


Only seniors will remember the Barone Dining Room and the only damn song it ever seemed to play. “Closer” was a 2016 bop and definitely left its mark for the class of 2020. To be honest, I think this Chainsmokers song will be forever ingrained in our brains just like that month we spent dining in a tent.


  1. “Where Does the Good Go?” – Tegan and Sara


If you watch “Grey’s Anatomy” you’ll recognize this song immediately (A.K.A the song Meredith and Christina danced to in their final scene together). If anybody knows anything about the show at all then you know it’s a turmoil of different emotions. That is why this song is fantastic for dancing it out– whether your feelings are good, bad or ugly.


  1. “We’re All in This Together” – High School Musical Cast


I think it’s only fitting to end on a song from the legendary Disney trilogy that played a major role in shaping many of our childhoods. This song emphasizes this idea that we truly are all in this together and we’ll work this out, eventually. Whether it’s trying to find a job, figure out graduate school or even simply your next move– we’re all Stags trying to figure it out. So, in the immortal (and rephrased) words of Troy Bolton, “once a [Stag] always a [Stag].”


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