I picked up my cap and gown on Friday, went home, and watched two Wes Anderson films back-to-back: The Darjeeling Limited and The Life Aquatic. I listened to “So Far Gone” and gave my dog a bath. My mother got to my apartment as I was tying my honor cord around my doorknob and putting the processional schedule on the fridge.
I’m graduating from college today.
Graduation is a mixture of a few things: a dash of the future and what’s yet to come, a heaping spoonful of good memories, five unsolicited calls from relatives in varying amounts, and a large serving of Parental Overkill. I couldn’t bottle graduation up into one playlist. It is composed itself of two parts: the part where you sit back, pop bottles, and drink like an undergraduate for the last time with your iPod in the surround sound and the part where you go to your apartment, pack up the past, and put on the record player. Both parts are happening because graduation is this big, impending thing where you could lose everything you’ve held onto so tightly in an instant, and you have no control, and suddenly you also have to be in pictures and with family and at the end, you have to be alone. Graduating is bewildering, terrifying, wonderful, honorable, overwhelming, scary, and necessary. How could I possible attempt to capture it all in one piece?
To my fellow graduates: may this guide you well through your final house parties and UPS boxes, and let me know what I forgot. May you go places far and wide, and none like you imagined. May you end up somewhere you’re happy, or at least, may you be happier than you ever expected. May you never lose touch, and may you never forget what it was like to be 18, 19, 20, 21, and drunk. And may you never, ever have to wear an oversized gown in public ever again.
Here’s to you, graduate.
Here’s To You: A Graduation Playlist In Two Parts
I: Have A Party (with Friends)*
2012 – Jay Sean
Good Morning - Kanye West
Young Forever – Jay-Z
The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco
Make Me Proud – Drake
Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems – Notorious B.I.G. (duh)
We R Who We R – Ke$ha
Champion – Nicki Minaj
Celebration – Kanye West
Beautiful, Dirty, Rich – Lady Gaga
Up Up & Away – Kid Cudi
Run The World (Girls) – Beyoncé
Hate It Or Love It – 50 Cent
I Love College – Asher Roth
Lift Off – Jay-Z & Kanye West ft. Beyonce
Live Your Life – T.I.
Pretty Girl Rock – Keri Hilson (Kanye West Remix)
II: Have Emotions (with Yourself)
Take Care - Beach House
First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Closing Time – Semisonic
Expo ’86 – Death Cab for Cutie
Strangers – The Kinks
Someday – Tegan & Sara
All The Wine – The National
With Arms Outstretched – Rilo Kiley
Front Row – Metric
Cheated Hearts – The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Everybody’s Changing – Lily Allen
*Kanye West is the most proud of his accomplishments out of everyone in life.
Sorry he’s on here about a zillion times.
Want to suggest a playlist theme? Hit Crystal up on Formspring and someone on the team will make it for you. And obvs be on the lookout for future camp announcements!