Every college student has experienced starting a new academic year. Wondering what it involves? Whether it’s surviving fresher’s or finally achieving that golden week of lectures, there’ll be a mad workload, mad seshes and mad craic. What you may not have realised is that for every college experience, there’s a teen angst song to match it.

“Welcome to the Jungle” – Guns ‘n’ Roses

Between orientation, society fairs, lectures and fresher’s nights out, these first two weeks of college are a bona fide jungle to wade through.


“I’m Not Okay” – My Chemical Romance

That feeling of waking up after a night out, wondering if you’re ever going to recover. Not to mention the fresher’s flu. Trust me, it’s real. You will get it, and you will never be the same again.


“Complicated” – Avril Lavigne

The first few weeks of lectures are lovely. “Welcome, here’s an entire lecture on what we’ll be doing this semester, feel free to nod off.” Suddently, around week 3, everything changes. Assignments build up and the content of lectures becomes incomprehensible.


“What’s My Age Again” – Blink 182

It’s happened to the best of us. We’ve all hit pre-drinks a little too hard and queued for the club reciting our ‘borrowed’ ID as though our lives depended on it. This song is for those who reach the bouncers and then forget everything.


“In Too Deep” – Sum 41

We all reach some point in the year (usually around week 8) where we become inundated with work. This song is for that moment where we all realise we’ve royally stitched ourselves up.



“Breakout” – Foo Fighters

Exam time is tough. Many of us become acquainted with the library for the first time and promptly move in. Long gone are the days of going out, eating normally and sleeping. This song is for the inevitable meltdown that will come from last minute cramming.



Caoimhe Mc Parland – Music Writer