These are the songs I’ve chosen for my 8th Grade Graduation playlist.
How Far We’ve Come by Matchbox Twenty
This song represents my graduating from Middle School because I’ve literally come a long way in this school. I’ve been attending HKIS since R1 and I’ve had a lot of experiences here. The song talks about looking back and also about loss. It’s always nice to see new students come in every year, but we also see students that have been attending this school for a long time leave, which of course is sad.
I Lived by OneRepublic
I chose this song to be on my playlist because it talks about accomplishment and feeling satisfied with what one has done in their life. This is important because although sometimes school can be stressful and it will only continue to be more stressful in the coming years, it’s important to feel happy with where you are and look back on what you’ve done in pride.
You’ve Got A Friend by James Taylor
In school, its easy to lose friends because of different classes or separate interests or just by drifting away. But no matter what, I think that there are a few select people in my life right now that I know I can count on. And I’ve developed and grown a lot of friendships in this past year, something that I think is really significant.
Float On by Modest Mouse
This song really stresses that sometimes it’s okay to relax a bit and not take everything too seriously. I know that throughout this year, there have been times where I’ve been really stressed out. However, while it’s good to take your school life seriously, it shouldn’t get to the point where it gets in the way of emotional health. This is something I want to keep in mind, going into High School.
Feeling Good by Michael Bublé
Of course, graduating from eighth grade and going into ninth, I am quite excited, especially with the end of school and summer break coming up soon. I am looking forward to summer vacation and leaving Hong Kong for the break. This song really embodies that feeling.
SING by My Chemical Romance
SING is a song that talks about the misfortune in the world and taking responsibility for that. It does seem as though a lot of unfortunate things have been happening not only around us and our school, but around the world, and it is disheartening to see the suffering that takes place in the world. However, I think that HKIS is a school that really tries to enforce the idea of charity and action for those who cannot take it themselves.
The Sun by Maroon 5
I interpret the lyrics of this song as moving on from past pain and letting go of nostalgia and how things were before. Things inevitably change, and I know that going on to High School will inevitably be somewhat scary and stressful. But despite that, I need to accept that because otherwise there is no way to move forwards.
Last Party by Mika
Moving on and leaving things and people behind can be sad, and even though we try to ignore it sometimes, it’s a part of life and growing up. While I’m excited to move on to High School because it means more freedom and independence, it also means more responsibility and maturity. Last Party says to make the most of what time we have left, which I think is important especially as a child because childhood is a very precious time in our lives that we will slowly have to leave behind.
The Kids Aren’t Alright by Fall Out Boy
This song is on this playlist because it talks about regrets, yet at the same time regretting nothing. There are thing’s I’ve done in the past that I regret, obviously, but they have all helped me grow in some way. And of course, there have been some very special people that have helped me along the way, whom I have grown alongside with. I’m glad I’ve experienced Middle School the way I did, and I don’t think I would ever change it.
Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia
This song is from the perspective of an adult, looking back on his days as a child. It talks about allowing yourself to relax, because everything will work out accordingly. And while that might not always be true, I know that it’s a nice thought when you’re at a young age and you’re unsure of what is to come next.