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Music to Travel By (Part 2)

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Hello All! While it’s been some time since anything has been posted here, I assure you it’s been for good reason. Namely, travel season! One of the busiest months in the Office of Admission is upon us, and for many of us, is in full swing. Admission Officers are busy traveling all across the country, visiting high schools, holding interviews on the road, and meeting with prospective college students on their own turf. All told, it’s incredibly busy, incredibly hectic, and most importantly, incredibly exciting!

(To find out which Admission Officer will be in your area and when, be sure to check out the Whitman On The Road page on our website.)

With that in mind, this entry is a followup to a post from last year, and is a part of an ongoing series on this blog. Music to “x” by (the “x” of course being whatever we’re working on in the office at the time). Today’s topic? Music to Travel By! Below is a list of Admission Officers, and a song and artist of their choice, their favorite music to play while traveling, or just generally music which elicits the sensation of traveling.

So, without further ado…

Sadie Nott – Adele, I’ll Be Waiting
Shalini Uppu – Journey, Faithfully
Bruce Jones – Simon & Garfunkel, Homeward Bound
Esther Weathers – Cory Morrow, 21 Days
Joshua Ian Smith – Koji Kondo, Hyrule Field Theme
Kevin Dyer – The Glitch Mob, We Can Make the World Stop
Adam Miller – Social Distortion, Ball and Chain
John Loranger – Cake, Long Line of Cars

We hope you enjoy our travel music! If you meet us on the road, feel free to share your own travel music with us, or comment back here.

That’s all for today, but check back later this week to get a bit of an inside look at how we train our tour guides to walk backwards so excellently, something that they quite often receive compliments on. Until then, may all of your traveling be as musical as ours.

Reading Playlist

First things first: a very happy 2013 to all of our prospective students and other followers of this blog! The hustle and bustle returned to our office on January 2nd, a day after our Early Decision II deadline.

Though there’s really never a dull time of year as an Admission Officer, this is one of my favorite parts of the cycle; it’s a time when we finally get to put the entire picture together. Students who have visited campus, who we met on our travels, or who we may not have had any contact with at all become much more complete individuals. We learn about your interests, your passions, and in many cases, your quirks. As the applications flood in, here’s a little taste of the tracks that are playing in offices throughout Penrose House.

Esther: “On to the Next One” by Jay-Z
Jee Won: Silence! “I get distracted by the music and start singing along,” she says.
Bruce: “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel
Tillie: Louis Armstrong Pandora station
Katherine: College a Capella

What would you recommend that we put on our reading playlist?

Songs to Celebrate By

Congratulations Class of 2016!

The entire Whitman community is looking forward to welcoming you to campus next fall! They’ll be plenty of time to work out the details. Now it’s time to get up, jump around, and celebrate all your hard work and success!

Tighten Up - The Black Keys
Signed, Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Home - Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros
I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem
Sweet & Dandy – Toots & The Maytals
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
Rock with You – Michael Jackson
Dancing in the Street – The Mamas & The Papas
All Right Now - Free
Summertime Clothes – Animal Collective

Don’t forget to join the Class of 2016 Facebook Page and like Whitman Admission! Again, congratulations; we here at the Office of Admission are thrilled to be the first to welcome you to the Whitman family.

Songs to Read By – Tillie

I have to admit that silence is generally my ideal ‘song’ to read by, but when I’m feeling particularly in the groove, I’ll put on my favorite Pandora station – Louis Armstrong. There’s nothing quite like Louis to put me in a better mood on a long reading day. Here is list of some of my other Pandora favorites:

1.        Alison Krauss & Union Station
2.        The Tallest Man on Earth
3.        Ingrid Michaelson
4.        Amos Lee

As for my favorite place to read- it is unquestionably on my big maroon couch with the sun pouring through the windows. On an indulgent day, I’ll make a steaming cup of hot chocolate (overflowing with marshmallows, of course!) and hunker down comfortably in my fuzzy black slippers. Pretty cozy for a work day!

Songs to Read By

I  generally like to keep my music upbeat when reading applications; it helps me set and sustain a good pace and keeps my energy level high, even when I’m pushing through into the third or fourth consecutive hour.  In no particular order, some of my favorites lately have been:

1) Ophelia - The Band
2) And Your Bird Can Sing – The Beatles
3) Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
4) Morning Sun – Al Barry and The Cimarons
5) Animal - Miike Snow (Punks Jump Up Remix)

So now you can probably guess my picks on the Songs to Wait By list last week. My favorite place to read is by far my house. Lucy, my puppy dog, can hang out and is more than happy to distract me for a minute or two in between each file. That way I can start each one with a fresh eye. Snacks are also in close proximity, a clutch component of being well-prepared for an afternoon of reading.

Songs to Wait By

While time certainly seems to be flying, especially for seniors nearing graduation, college acceptance letters are still a good month or more away from arriving. To help get you through this next month we’ve compiled the second annual “Songs to Wait By” list, with links to listen / watch online. As you can hear, inter-office group car rides can get crazy

You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes
Pressure Drop
– Toots & The Maytals
The Weight - The Band
Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine
Temple of Time – Koji Kondo
Mr. Postman – The Marvelettes
Mr. Postman
– Cragga Dub Remix (Apologies to the purists)
Hang Me Up To Dry – Cold War Kids
Hold On – Wilson Phillips
Tell Me Something Good - Chaka Kan & Rufus
Say- John Mayer
In the Waiting Line – Zero 7
Rumour Has It – Adele
A Change Is Gonna Come – Seal
Time Bomb – Old 97′s (Live in Seattle)
Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – The Temptations
Hello Goodbye - The Beatles
Ooh La La – The Faces

We’ll call those seventeen good for now, but look forward to a series of  “Songs We’re Reading By” posts starting next week.