NSOP is a beautiful time. You’ll look back on it with fond memories in three weeks’ time, wondering how life could be so simple and care(homework)free. That is, if you remember it. Fortunately, Spectrum has a musical guide to the best worst week of your college experience.
1. The Boo Radleys – “Wake Up Boo!”
Day One! You’ve waved your weeping family members goodbye (and good riddance) and now you’re ready to take on the world. New friends, new experiences, and so many new brands of alcohol await…
2. Jennifer Lopez – “Waiting for Tonight”
...but first you’ve got to meet your OL group and take part in some bonding activities. No matter how great your OL is, you’ll still be like J.Lo, waiting for tonight.
3. Unicorn Kid – “Feel So Real”
Finally! You’ve gotten out of activities, scarfed down some free food outside of John Jay and now it’s time for the turn up.
4. Spirit Animal – “Bst Frnds”
Of course, this is when you meet the besties. The crucial homies. The ride-or-dies. And about 500 other people whose faces you won’t recognize the next day.
5. Lush – “Ladykillers”
Not to mention the sleazy guys who clearly didn’t go to Consent 101…
6. TECLA – “Lucky Ones”
At Under1Roof you learn how diverse Columbia is... or how diverse the admins want it to seem.
7. Planningtorock – “Let's Talk About Gender Baby”
You’re assured to have a few big conversations during NSOP. Google “cisgender,” “settler colonialism,” and “white privilege,” and you’ll be set.
8. Fleetwood Mac – “Family Man”
Your parents will probably call. It’s 100 percent OK to ignore them. Carman parties are calling too.
9. Mormon Tabernacle Choir – “Roar, Lion, Roar! (Columbia University)”
No matter how your NSOP goes, congratulate yourself for making it this far. It’s only going to get better. Roar, lion, roar!