Full disclosure: I went through Workshop Week before the pandemic era, and to be honest I don’t have advice or tips on how to survive a Zoom Workshop Week. I’m hopeful that this guide will provide practical tips to living on campus in August, during quarantine and beyond, but this article will not contain pandemic-specific advice. As with all pre-pandemic advice, use discretion and coronavirus-common sense when following along!
1. I am feeling entirely burnt out. The world feels sucky and sad all the time. I am doing all of my assignments because I don’t want to fail, but it is definitely not my best work. How do I find the motivation to do my work well?
It’s no secret that learning a new language is hard. Between strange conjugations and seemingly purposeless exceptions, it can seem nearly impossible to reach fluency (or even a conversational level). To keep myself motivated, I like to listen to songs in the language I’m studying. Not only does it provide much needed exposure to colloquial speech, but singing along also helps me learn the intricacies of the accent and allows me to feel productive without opening my textbook. Here’s a short playlist of songs to get you started:
When I sent out an email blast asking student artists to send me a curated playlist, I was surprised to see forty songs on a list called “sloppytoppop” from the campus band drab ave., but in retrospect I don’t know what else I should have expected.