College Life Swag Coming Through

So the holidays are over and you are about to return to the grind of college all-nighters, lectures and research papers. We know that life, but fear not, because we’ve got swag to make going back to college more enjoyable. We have movies for cozy nights in, and music for memorable nights out.

The Best Movies for College Students

For those nights in, let’s start with the movie whose poster has been pinned on the walls of many college dorm rooms. It’s a classic. It is Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

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Even if you claim not to buy the love story or realism of Holly-go-lightly’s lifestyle, you have to admit, her Givenchy clad wardrobe is the real reason to gush over this movie. So for those nights where you and a couple of girlfriends want to order in and skip the rowdy college nightlife, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is always a good fix.

 

 

Baby Mama

swag 2Before the absurd hilarity of the movie Bridesmaids, there was Baby Mama, the 2008 hit starring Amy Poehler and Tina Fey? This movie features classic Poehler-Fey comedy chemistry, hilarious jokes about lady parts, 5 minutes of uninterrupted eye contact, a baby-proof toilet and so much more. It stars Fey as a hardworking, single woman who is informed that she has a one-in-a-million chance of ever getting pregnant. To fulfill her desire to become a parent, she hires a surrogate mother (Poehler) to carry her child. However Poehler’s character couldn’t be more of a polar opposite of Fey’s, and this circumstance creates a lot of comedic collision. All in all, the plot might seem a tad predictable, but the journey to the end of the film is anything but. It features women being flat outright funny, which is always a gem to see. Oh, and it is also contains some good lessons on friendship, which is good to learn, since college is also about forming long lasting friendships.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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While we are on the subject of whimsical movies about friendship, there is Wes Anderson’s recent film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Where to start with this movie—besides the fact that it is a product of Wes Anderson’s highly symmetrical and surreal vision, it has a lot of heart. The dapper Monsieur Gustave H is a concierge at the legendary Grand Budapest Hotel, where he inherits a small fortune and a renaissance painting from his good friend (a wealthy older woman). His inheritance is much to the dead woman’s son’s dismay, and he launches a full on attack on the concierge. With the help of his lobby boy Zero, boxes of adorable pastry, and tons of highly synchronized escapes, Gustave H and Zero attempt to conquer their misfortunes. This sweet love story is witty, visually stunning, historically relevant, and the actors’ performances are excellent. It’s got all the makings of a great movie night.

The Best Music for College Students

With college music, it is all about the soundtracks. Soundtracks for going out or staying in. Here are some easy tunes for walking around campus, pondering all of life’s great mysteries, or why he/she hasn’t texted you back.

Going Out? Get: 18 Months

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Nothing gets you more pumped for a night out better than drum and bass. This is why Scottish musician Calvin Harris’s songs are so perfect. With infectious and uber-catchy tunes like “Feel So Close” and “Summer,” it is difficult to not want to dance, or even fist pump. 18 months is one of his best albums and perfect for instant re-play in your dorm room.

 

 

On Campus: Vampire Weekend

Swag 6Here is the thing about Vampire Weekend: they see into your college-aged soul. They know where it hurts. Exhibit A: their song “Campus,” off their self-titled first album. The lyrics: in the afternoon you’re out on the stone and grass and I’m sleeping on the balcony after class. This song is the soundtrack of running into an old fling/crush on campus and pretending to be casual about it. Exhibit B: most of the songs on their first album are like melodic vignettes that should be played while walking around campus.

In Your Dorm Room:Bob Marley Legend

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Lyrics: Sun is shining, the weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet.

Listening to Bob Marley on full blast in your dorm room is a rite of passage—it just is—because Bob Marley understands how to celebrate the tough and beautiful moments in life. You can learn a thing or two by listening to his classics.

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