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  • Writer's pictureSusan Treadwell

Theme Song: In the College Essay Writing Groove

Updated: Apr 7, 2021

Here’s a typical situation – you’ve got a crazy amount of college application essays to write, on top of all your other commitments. You really mean to get started. But right now it’s more important to check your phone. Or brush your teeth. Or take a nap. It’s called procrastination. Try this instead: choose a theme song. That’s right. Music can change your mood and help you find the motivation to write. ​Pavlov’s Dog was conditioned to salivate at the sound of a bell. Likewise, a theme song can condition you to write essays that rock. Find a song that gets you going and play it every time you sit down to write. You’ll be sending a positive message to your brain: We can do this! There’s only one downside. When my son went through those intense months of essay writing, he chose Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. And now he’ll never be able to listen to that song again. But looking back, he concedes it was a small price to pay for victory.

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