Your Back To School Love Letter

Dear Student,

If you would be so kind as to allow me to be the person to tell you … Sometimes school isn’t all that it’s cut out to be … and that’s a hard truth.

I’m sorry.

School and getting an education is a gigantic privilege, but I also know that it can be difficult. In countless ways.

The school system can be a wild ride, and it’s rough all over, but there’s another hard truth out there.

You’re never going to be this young again, and no matter how awful or isolating, how shitty, how challenging, how pressing, how tiring going to school and being around people your age and pulling all-nighters might be … The truth is you will never be younger than you are today, and because of that, I want to be the person to remind you to allow your music to help you.

I had such a hard time in school that I could not even fathom seeing tomorrow. Before I even walked through the gates on a Wednesday, I never believed I would ever see Thursday because I never believed I could get through another day.

When you condense your day into hours, or narrow them down to class periods, even though they might feel impossible to get through … You somehow get through it.

Allow the music to help you.

I’ve been seeing all these back to school essentials list and articles, but the only thing I recommend is this .. If you’re a music lover, make sure you have a pair of headphones. Take them with you to school every single day, and you will get through this.

If you’re walking through the halls alone, let your music hold your hand.

If you’re sitting alone at lunch, let your music keep you company.

If you’re angry about society or hierarchy or authority or gossip, let your music fuel your rage, at least for a moment …

and then let your music dissolve your anger.

If you’re walking home alone in the rain, let your music be your warmth.

When you’re suffering from a mental illness, many times it has a huge effect on studying and retention. I struggled with that a lot, where I was failing tests every time until I learned that playing Abbey Road helped my mind relax enough so that I could get through study guides … Let your music be your teacher.

Having anxiety about going to school, or worrying about how well you’re doing, or your future, or what your studying is even for, or why the hell the freedom to choose a career is even in your hands – all that keeps you up at night. Trust me, I know. Lack of sleep also affects academic performance. The good thing is, they make songs that help you sleep. Discover your lullabies.

I’m not telling you to plug your headphones in and isolate yourself. I’m not telling you not to socialize. I’m not telling you not to make friends. I’m not telling you to shut out the world. I’m just saying that school is difficult for people in their own ways, and I just wanted to remind everyone that there’s a lot you can learn from your music, and because schools are cutting out music education in masses, someone has to say it.

Let your music walk with you, and live through your youth with you. You’re a student. You get to be a student! That’s something so many people would die just to have, but it isn’t always easy. Let your music help you. Find the sound you need. Hold on to the people you need, and listen to them. Sometimes, it’s enough. A lot of the time, it’s enough, and on the days where you don’t think you’re gonna see tomorrow, hearing a song that takes you to the other side of the next three minutes is everything … because then it becomes another three minutes, and then it’s thirty minutes, and then an hour …

You’re gonna be okay, love.

Now that it’s September, I know that the start of a new year can feel daunting, and even suffocating. School was extremely hard for me. It might be hard for you. School isn’t always for everyone, but music is … So take it day by day. Take it hour by hour. Take it song by song. Take it from someone who didn’t think she’d make it, but now she sits and writes about the music that saved her.

Let your music guide you to where you want to go, and you’ll be just fine. I promise.

With love, Erica

Published by Erica Garcia

The fact is that nobody has a clue to what my life was really like. - Stevie Nicks

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