Most people go to college to gain skills to get a decent job so they can earn a living. I went to college to escape my small rural hometown, and my restrictive home. I had no idea what I wanted “to do when I grew up”. In many ways I still don’t. It was and is the classic case of so many options so little time.
Anyway, thought it would be kinda fun to chronicle the years through the songs that provided the backdrop to many of my activities during college.
First, my main purpose for going to college:
One of my very first encounters with Weatherford Hall, an all male dorm, with some really interesting guys. This building was amazing, so were some of the guys in it. I loved some of the music I often heard blaring out those old windows on a Friday afternoon as I headed back from my last class of the day gearing up to kick into party mode. No, I did not go to college in 1975. Even though this was an older song by the time I hit the college scene, I never heard it until college. It was still very popular in the early 80’s.
Then, of course, I dumped my high school boyfriend and got a new boyfriend and here’s what I thought of him:
Yeah, like so many others after him, he didn’t last long.
But then I changed my major to business and found out what the guys in the business school were all about:
And, living in Oregon, this was my theme song:
But I quickly learned that most guys don’t want to talk because well, they just don’t. Takes a much older and more settled man to understand that good conversation is actually good foreplay, but, whatever!
I remember slow dancing with my last college boyfriend to this song. Today, Sting, is still one of my favorite artists, and, though I loved this song at the time, I realize it was not his best by any means. In fact, not sure now why I liked it so much then.
This summer didn’t remind me of any particular boyfriend, but the title reminds me of how I felt about the summer I had to return hom between my junior and senior year:
And, of course, what’s college without a little Greek experience going on? I definitely had my share of all things Greek and this definitely was the backdrop to many a function and house dance. I somehow also connect this song with workouts with the lifeguards and swim team members…and rollerskating through the city (now it would be roller blading).
Ahhh, those were the days! Living on someone else’s nickel but still being able to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted.
Now, if I could just only figure out what I want to be when I grow up.