This sums up my day:
So midterms are almost over. Spring Break is next week. I’m making it through this semester (barely). I’m just incredibly tired and don’t want to do anything but watch tv and sleep (holla). In this honor, “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood is #PhillipsSongOfTheDay because it embodies the feelings all college kids have towards studying and college this point in the year.
“Before He Cheats” was released from Underwood’s debut album, Some Hearts, following her win of American Idol, and has subsequently won her a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance (it also won Best Country Song and was nominated for Song of the Year, but Underwood did not receive those honors as she was not one of the writers). I personally believe this song is the reason Carrie Underwood is Carrie Underwood; it catapulted her into one of the most successful country acts today. I remember it “spilling over” (borrowing T. Swift’s term) into pop radio, and it being one of the most played songs of the summer. This is probably because it showcases Underwood’s amazingly aggressive vocals (she does an incredible job with her scream/growling/grunting words like “right now”), but also because the lyrics are unbelievable catchy.
In particular, I find the second verse just clever from a songwriting perspective:
“Right now, she’s probably up singing some
white-trash version of Shania karaoke.
Right now, she’s probably saying, ‘I’m drunk’
and he’s a-thinking that he’s gonna get lucky,
Right now, he’s probably dabbing on
$3 worth of that bathroom Polo”
Just the phrase “$3 worth of that bathroom Polo” is such an incredible descriptor/visual. We just get an image of the jerk this guy is, him primping himself for his date with the other woman (and overindulging in wearing too much cologne).
Listen/watch the music video for “Before He Cheats” (don’t you just want to beat up a car with Carrie Underwood?):
No, but the real reason “Before He Cheats” is today’s #PhillipsSongOfTheDay is the fact that I’ve just been listening to it on repeat for the past hour and it just encompasses how I feel. Have I been cheated on? No. And I’m not really pissed off at the world. Again, I’m just coming to the end of midterms and it is almost Spring Break…so I’m done with school. I just want to sleep…
Before I was in college I never checked my email. What was the point? Like, no one ever emailed me, unless I emailed them. However, three years into business school later, I check my email like every five minutes. Seriously. It’s quite hilarious actually when I don’t check my email, because then I get like twenty-five unread emails, angry group members who are like “why didn’t you respond in time?,” and I find out classes were cancelled after I drove the twenty miles there.
I’m not complaining. Seriously. I actually think this has made me more responsible in my duties and more conscious of other people’s time. But I just think it’s kind of funny how dependent I’ve become to email since starting college. I’ve even figured out how to route out my email to different inboxes so an email from one particular class or group project will go into one folder, while emails from work will go to another, and so on. This is me being #efficient and #prepared.
I decided to go to business school because business was the one thing I did not learn about in high school, and I felt I could do anything with a business degree. Three years later, I have moments where I’ll be driving somewhere or I’ll be talking to someone and I’ll say/think something business-like and kind of be like “where’d that come from?” The other day, my parents and I were out shopping and we kept driving past nail salons, and I out of the blue thought “There must be a high demand for nail salons, at least I hope they’re aware of the market they’re in….I wonder if they’ve set up Google Adwords and verified their locations to help them stand out against their competitors.” Then I stopped, took a moment to realize that I was thinking about what I discussed in my eMarketing class the day before and realize that I know stuff.
When I think about college and my experience thus far, my first inclination is to say I’ve learned nothing; I feel like the same old idiot I was three years ago. But then I realize I’m really not. I’ve grown, I’ve matured, I’ve become more confident (I recently just sang a presentation in one of my classes because I thought it would be funny (which it was)…something I would never have done three years ago). I also check my email a lot more. But I’ve learned a lot about business and how I would run my own company…I’m not as much of an idiot as I think I am…apparently…