I don’t know about everybody else, but I started easing into spring break mode about a week before it started. It was easy to start counting down the days to freedom, whether you were still trudging through midterms or, like me, lucky enough to get a lot of them over with early. One of my professors even gave our class extra credit for showing up two days before break.

Whether you stuck around in Ann Arbor, going home or traveling in foreign states and/or countries, there is definitely a sense of relief that comes with not having to worry about classes for a week. (Or, as I tell myself, a week and a half! Because weekends count too!)

This playlist reflects, for me, the stages that make up a break in the middle of a semester. Songs by the likes of The Staple Sisters, Charles Wright and Michael Jackson embody optimism and readiness for adventure; their music is the celebration that takes over when you realize you’ve still got the whole week ahead of you. Then there’s the week itself when you get totally lost in whatever you’re doing and maybe even start to forget that school is a thing at all. For me, this meant the fresh, adventurous sounds of modern rock artists like Pinegrove, Pickwick and In the Valley Below.

I rounded off the playlist with my favorite blend of folk music, to reflect the resolved feeling of wrapping up that last weekend and getting ready to head back on Monday morning — you know it’s time to get back on track, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because your week away has left you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. (Either that or you’re wishing desperately for more break, but I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the former.)

[spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/michigandailyarts/playlist/15CM1shR7NvrQgrKiCxvsZ]


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