Senior Send-off: How to graduate from college

Then + Now

If my mom were writing this, it would be much shorter: sleep eight hours a night, study hard, be pre-med, go to church every Sunday. She’s reading this right now so I’m going to say that I did all of that (she’s in for a rude awakening when she finds out she’ll be attending the ethnic studies commencement and not neuroscience). And more or less, it worked; here I am in the waning days of my life at Brown.

But as I prepare for Commencement, I’m realizing that all the advice I’ve ever received about “how to graduate” has been about how to get to the point where you’re shaking hands, moving the tassel, and holding the degree. Here are seven things I’ve been thinking about on how to transition into everything it means to not be a student.*

*Disclaimer: I’m not sure these steps are 100% correct. I’m not even sure they’re 10% correct. I’ve never graduated from college (yet).

1) Be incredibly ambitious. Be incredibly active. And be humble.
Back when he still had hair, Steve Jobs once said, “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you.”

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Making Mondays Better: License to Ill

This Week’s Playlist
License to Ill

ScHoolboy Q and TiRon –  Love Me Not
Meek Mill ft. Big Sean – Burnyou
2 Chainz ft. Drake – No Lie
A$AP Rocky – Goldie
New data for the “I Can’t Decide Which Is Better: A$AP’s Videos Or Tracks” debate.
Lolay Brown ft. Dunson – Show Me
Kanye West – Lost In The World
Warning: Kanye West will never make an epilepsy inducing-free music video again. 
Beastie Boys – No Sleep Till Brooklyn
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Making Mondays Better: Cat City

I didn’t even realize it was possible to pack so much dance in one playlist. The first three songs of this week’s playlist are pure bump ‘n’ shake.

Also, if you watch any video this week, make it this cover of Tyga’s Rack City.

This Week’s Playlist
Cat City

Nas – Daughters
Dieter Schaaf – I Am A Child
The Group Called HR – My City
Santigold – God From the Machine
B.O.B. – Ray Bands
Reks ft. Action Bronson – Riggs and Murtaugh
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Making Mondays Better: Recovery

While I couldn’t bring myself to add it to this week’s playlist, the video of Hot Problems definitely deserves some air time. We’re due for some Rebecca Black Fridayesque hilarity, and this video does the trick.

This Week’s Playlist

A$AP Rocky – Goldie
Produced by Hit-Boy. Remember Ni**as in Paris? Yeah, he produced that too. 
Asher Roth ft. Meek Mill – Party Girl
Azealia Banks – Hood Bitch
Curren$y ft. Daz Dillinger – Fast Cars Faster Women
MellowHigh – Go
Death Grips – I’ve Seen Footage

Austin Brown – Groove ’92
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The Walkmen release new single: Heartbreaker

Before your hipster friends say they knew all about The Walkmen before they were listed for this year’s Spring Weekend lineup, throw this new track in their face. The track was released earlier today.

The Walkmen, hailing from D.C. are expected to release their new album Heaven on June 4th.

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Making Mondays Better: Oceanography

You don’t need a playlist to make today better. If you do, you most likely haven’t a) looked outside your window or b) realized that it’s Spring Week!

This Week’s Playlist

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Victory Lap
As featured on XXL’s 2012 Freshman Mixtape 
Theophilus London and A$AP Rocky – Big Spender
Snoop Dogg, Game, Nipsey Hussle, Ras Kass, and Kree –Californication
Aesop Rock – Zero Dark Thirty
Josh Osho ft. Childish Gambino – Giants
Big K.R.I.T. – Sideline
Meek Mill – Flexin On Em
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