October is the month of midterms. It’s the month of all-nighters, last-minute Halloween costumes, and energy drinks that get you through long lectures. It’s the month that causes burn-out. October is when we desperately wait for winter break and hot cocoa, longing for cheesy Christmas movie nights and fuzzy blankets.
It’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves and fall into the grooves of Frank Ocean and Adele. It sometimes feels like they’re perfectly depicting our current mental states. My go-to sad songs include “Jealous” by Labrinth, and anything by Conan Gray. My favourite song used to be “Pluto Projector,” but the singer of that song—who I will not name—is dead to me.
Anyway, I believe that music impacts how we feel. Sometimes, sad music makes us sadder, and upbeat music can help us feel invincible. So, pop in those earphones, strut down your hallway, and be prepared to feel like the badass people you already are. Because if celebrities can act as delusional as they are, then why can’t we envision ourselves singing at a concert in front of our adoring fans at 2 a.m. on a Monday. Ha! If that’s delusional, then call me crazy.
With that, I let my playlist tell its narrative.
Changing Leaves Columnist (Volume 49); Managing Editor (May–November, Volume 49) — Aia is a fourth-year student studying Psychology and completing a double minor in French and Philosophy. She became a Staff Writer for The Medium in the 2021-2022 publishing year and was determined the team couldn’t get rid of her so soon. In her spare time, she can be found café hopping in the hopes to find the best iced chai in the GTA, writing her weirdly complex thoughts down in her notes app, or taking a million pictures a day of her friends. Aia hopes that students find The Medium and feel the sense of belonging she has felt. You can connect with Aia on Linkedin.