five motivational rap songs for applying to PhD programs {or other big projects.}

The hardest part of applying to PhD programs was that it filled me with an incredible amount of self-doubt. Every time I sat down to write, I compared myself to millions of imaginary ivy league applicants with perfect GRE scores and perfect hair (... not that hair has anything to do with getting into a PhD program. But for some reason the "best and brightest" always manifests looking like something out of a Vidal Sassoon commercial)

Fortunately, one faithful friday night, I discovered that the mix my sister made for running a marathon was still loaded on my iPod. Twenty six miles worth of pump-up jams - songs about overcoming challenges and getting to the top. These songs got me. Maybe I don't know what it feels like to become an international superstar after slingin' rocks on a street corner. But, I do know what it feels like to have big dreams and to be willing to do anything to make them happen. 

Sam's Top 5 Motivational Rap Songs About Making It Happen:

 ... use responsibly. The ideal confidence level is somewhere between "Jessica's Daily Affirmation" and Richard Sherman's post game interview.
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7 comments:

  1. ha! yes. life feels like a race in that way. but rap songs do help.
    have you ever watched a bollywood movie called '3 Idiots' ? usually bollywood movies are mellow and cheesy, but this one IS different. it's mostly about friendship and school stigma. i can relate to the story. it's really good and funny too.

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  2. You. Are. Amazing. I can't tell you how legit you are to include rap songs on your blog. Big fist bump!

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  3. Haha I laughed out loud when I read the part about perfect hair. Why? because I picture other applicants with perfect GRE scores and perfect hair as well.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who's demons have style!

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  4. I love your last line! I am definitely going to be listening to these songs this week

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  5. I just (finally!) finished my apps for graduate school, and man, reading this post I felt like - someone gets me! I got pumped up even reading the titles of these songs. I think I'll play this list on repeat until the decisions come in. Thanks!

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    1. Cyndi, oh my goodness the waiting is almost harder isn't it? I can't stop refreshing my e-mail inbox. Best of luck, let me know the good news :)

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