June 24 marks the first day of school since the pandemic struck for some 500,000 students sitting for school-leaving examinations like SPM, STPM and so forth.
As more and more students return to school over the weeks to come, let these tunes usher you into your school grounds with a pep in your step.
Baby One More Time by Britney Spears
Baby One More Time has got nothing to do with school lyrics-wise. But its music video, set in a high school hallway and sees 1990s teen idol Spears sporting pigtails, immediately puts you in the mood for school.
Youth by Shawn Mendes
The pandemic has no doubt forced school-going kids to grow up a little faster. You've had to take your studies into your own hands and adapt to a more independent style of learning.
Mendes' Youth is a reminder to hold on to your youth and your childlike wonder no matter how difficult the things around you may get.
Fikirkan Boleh by Metropolitan
Ah yes, I remember the mounting revision books and past year papers to cover as SPM loomed. It can be a lot for a student to bear on any given day, let alone in the midst of a pandemic.
Inspirational anthem Fikirkan Boleh, by Malaysian vocal group Metropolitan, was released in the 1990s yet its message still rings true today - a positive mindset takes you a long way.
I'll Be There For You by The Rembrandts
A huge part of the school-going experience is the friendships forged. I'll Be There For You is a reminder to lean on to your friends when things get to be a bit too much.
Lessons Learned by Carrie Underwood
No matter what school you go to, we're all students enrolled in the school of life. This song is a reminder that some lessons aren't found in textbooks - dealing with a problematic situation with a friend or failing to make a grade.
These hardships are there to build resilience in us - and that might just be the most important lesson of all.
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