Hey friends! While all Disney songs are worth listening to, there are certainly a few that will ring true during our first week at Vanderbilt.
5. We’re All in This Together – High School Musical
Kicking off our Top 5 is a song that comes from one of the most legendary Disney Channel Original Movies ever: High School Musical. Coming into our first year at Vanderbilt, we are quite literally all in this together. As we make our way through the first week, remember that we’re all in the same big move-in and orientation boat.
4. Try Everything – Zootopia
Judy Hopps plays this song through her headphones (earphones?) as she arrives in Zootopia, eager to prove herself in her new home. I feel like most of us will have a similar desire to not only prove ourselves in a new environment, but to thrive as well. This song contains a message that’s all about entering a new life chapter and being unafraid of a challenge. Through trying new experiences, meeting new people, and making Vanderbilt a home, this song can carry you through not only the first week, but for a long time after.
3. Hakuna Matata – The Lion King
As I’m sure you’ve all heard from every college advice video on the internet, there will almost assuredly be times during which you feel like an exile hiding from your evil uncle whilst in the company of a meerkat and warthog. In Swahili, this wonderful phrase translates to, “no troubles”, or “no problems”. The song’s message has a lot to do with the ability to let go, trust the flow of the universe, and let life come to you.
2. Into the Unknown – Frozen 2
Elsa’s ballad in the second-highest grossing animated movie of all-time is all about venturing into – you guessed it – the unknown. During the first week especially, many of us will be doing just that; from meeting new people left and right to getting lost on the way to Rand. This completely new territory that we’re all getting dropped in to will certainly be a challenge to navigate both physically and mentally, but it’s time for the adventure of a lifetime. It’s time to follow what led you here – allllll the way into the unknown.
1. Strangers Like Me – Tarzan
Rounding off our list is a song that only strengthened the legend of Phil Collins. During the first week, most of us will be complete and total strangers to each other. This song’s message of being among others who might be more familiar than you know is one of the best mindsets that we can carry coming into college. The connection created between Tarzan and those he never knew is perfectly emphasized in this song. It may lead you to questioning what the difference is between a stranger and a lifelong friendship waiting to happen.
You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Toy Story
Rainbow connection – The Muppet Movie
Circle of life – The Lion King
And that completes our top 5! If you need a boost to get through this first week, give these songs a listen via the playlist down below!