Staff says: “What do you listen to on your way to work to get you excited?”

Doug Barr, part-time counselor. Maren Schwartz/Lariat

“I listen to sports talk,” said Doug Barr, retired faculty part-time counselor. “I hardly ever listen to music.”

Barr said he would listen to any sports radio. 

“Most of the news makes me sick, and I am a sports addict, so that is what I listen to,” he said.

He shared that his music preferences have evolved over time. He used to enjoy jazz, often tuning in to the Saddleback College radio station. However, his love for sports eventually took over. 

Barr has worked on campus faculty for 32 years, retired, and is now on part-time staff. 

Chris Williams, counseling office assistant. Maren Schwartz/Lariat

“I listen to reggaeton,” said Chris Williams, counseling office assistant. 

Williams also said he frequently listens to National Public Radio or NPR.

Riley Phelps, promise program success coach. Maren Schwartz/Lariat

“I typically listen to Calvin Harris or KIIS-FM on the way to school,” said Riley Phelps, promise program success coach. 

Phelps explained that Calvin Harris excites her for the day ahead of her. 

Nina Neild, instructional assistant with Sophano Van, student technical support assistant (left to right). Maren Schwartz/Lariat

“I listen to podcasts,” said Nina Neild, instructional assistant. “I have a 30-minute commute, so I found that when I listen to music, I am more likely to be angry while driving.”

Neild said she would rather listen to podcasts to start her workday in a good mood. She thinks that if she is annoyed, she is more likely to get angry faster when she listens to music. 

Her typical choice of music when she does not listen to podcasts is alternative rock and indie rock. 

“It just further enrages me. If I am listening to a podcast, I just get distracted, and the podcast peacefully takes over, so I am not as annoyed,” she said.

“This morning, I played ‘My Way’ by Usher on repeat during the whole drive,” said Sophano Van, student technical support assistant. 

Van said that using Usher on repeat is all he needs to start his day on the right track. 

Alicia Zach, librarian. Maren Schwartz/Lariat

“I listen to Spotify,” said Alicia Zach, librarian. “I am listening to a 2010 mix on Spotify. I listen to Jason Mraz and David Gray.”

She said she feels like the music you listen to reflects a certain point in your life and takes you back to a certain time period, which is why she chooses to listen to music from the 2010s.

Staff enjoyed a wide range of music to start their day on the right track. From podcasts to throwbacks, everyone had their personal preference.