Fairfield University students are finally back to attending in-person classes, which means the long commute across campus and the need for noise-canceling headphones are back in full swing. It’s no surprise that each student has a different taste in music, as there are thousands of genres to choose from nowadays. 

With that being said, it might be a good thing for students that have longer walks to class. It gives everyone the opportunity to put in their headphones and fill the audial void with songs that they have never heard before, friend recommendations, new radio hits, or of course, their favorite songs.

I do this myself, whether it’s a walk to the Media Center from my dorm hall or only to the John A. Barone Campus Center. Personally, my favorite song at the moment has to be “Heaven and Back,” by Chase Atlantic. I like this song because it’s really nice to listen to and puts me in a good mood.

In order to get to know fellow students through what songs they like, I asked a few Stags that I had spotted, what they were listening to.

When I approached Emily Martocci ’24, she was listening to “Happier Than Ever,” by Billie Eilish. She feels that the lyrics allow her to have an easy time letting out concealed emotions, as do most people once listen to Eilish’s tune.

Katie Faber ’22, who just transferred here from Stonehill College in Massachusetts, loves country music. So when I stopped and asked her what she was listening to, the song “Buy Dirt” by Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan was a no-brainer. She mentioned how the song is very humbling and never fails to put her in a good mood, a much-needed pick me up during the first few weeks of classes.

Another student I asked was Mary Sullivan ’24. As she was walking around campus, she was listening to “Beautiful People,” by Ed Sheeran. She enjoys this song because of how catchy the lyrics are, along with the good meaning behind them.

The last person I stopped on the campus sidewalk was Rose Manson ‘24, from Massachusetts. She was listening to “The Business,” by Tiësto. She states, “It’s one of my favorite songs because it reminds me of when I would go out with my friends from back home during the summer.”

Clearly, these five songs are very diverse, showing that our Fairfield Stags love all kinds of music. And while it might be a reach, all of the songs were seemingly positive, alluding to an assumption that as a whole, Fairfield University is more optimistic than ever about sensing back its normalcy.


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