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Why Justin Bieber understands us

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NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Earlier this month, Justin Bieber dropped his new album, Purpose. We at the Clog are addicted and haven’t been able to stop listening to it since it was released. Either you’re just like us and are unapologetically obsessed with it, or you think the album’s just alright (but let’s be real, you can’t deny that “Sorry” and “What Do You Mean” are super catchy). But you don’t have to be a Belieber to appreciate how every song on the album is super relatable. Because this album has been our entire life for the past two weeks, we went ahead and picked a few songs off Purpose and explored the reasons why we think Justin Bieber totally understands every UC Berkeley student.

“What Do You Mean?”

In what is arguably one of the catchiest, most quotable songs of the year, Justin expresses his inability to understand someone who is confusing, overly complicated and self-contradictory. Even though he’s presumably talking about a love interest, we’ve found that those exact adjectives are often words we can use to describe our professors. To our esteemed UC Berkeley professors and lecturers, we love and respect you, but sometimes we just want to raise our hands and ask, “What do you mean?”

“I’ll Show You”

In this song, Bieber reminds the world that life’s not easy, that he’s human and he isn’t perfect. Sometimes he makes mistakes or does dumb things, just like we all do. But no matter how many times he feels like he’s disappointed the world or let down his fans, this song promises that he’s going to make up for it, they just need to watch. So to our roommates who deal with our mess, our parents whom we sometimes forget to call or our GSIs who graded our midterms — we know we mess up; we’re not perfect. But, we’ll make it up to you, we promise. Just watch, we’ll show you.


“I know you know that I made those mistakes maybe once or twice,” Bieber sings, “by once or twice I mean maybe a couple of hundred times.” Yeah, we’ve definitely been there. Just like Bieber, we all know what it’s like to make the same mistake over and over again. Sometimes we turn in our assignments late, we leave dishes in the sink or we walk into class way later than Berkeley time allows. We feel bad about it, but odds are it’ll probably happen again. All we can do is say “Sorry” and ask for another chance.

“All In It”

Available on the deluxe version of the album (that you can stream on Spotify if you don’t feel like buying it), “All In It” is a song about following your heart. “Don’t do nothing unless your heart’s in it, don’t do nothing unless you’re all in it,” Bieber preaches. He goes on to talk about all the incredible things that can happen if you stick to what you’re passionate about and work hard. College is a time in our lives where we’re trying to figure out what we want our future to look like. Do we really want that job? Are we going to be financially stable? Will we be happy? These questions go on and on, but in the end, following your heart is the right thing to do. The next time you think about switching your major or you start doubting your life choices, know that you’ll be okay with whatever decisions you make as long as you’re “All In It.”

“No Sense”

The chorus of the song says, “It don’t make no sense unless I’m doing it with you.” Some things just aren’t the same if we don’t have a specific someone with us. In the song, Justin talks about how watching sunsets just isn’t the same without his presumable significant other. But there are quite a few less romantic activities that still don’t feel right without the right person. For example, being at a Cal football game without the Mic Men leading the cheers or trying to finish a problem set without our tutor’s help from the Student Learning Center – it just makes “No Sense.”


The album’s title track is definitely the most heart-felt. Bieber expresses how thankful he is for having been given the greatest gift he could ever have: purpose. Between sleepless nights, tuition fees and the occasional self-doubt, being a student at UC Berkeley is no easy ride. But in the end we know we’re here for a reason. We’ll have a greater “Purpose” in this world and the education we receive is meant to help us fulfill it. Like Bieber, we couldn’t be more grateful.

Contact Rayanne Piaña at [email protected].

NOVEMBER 30, 2015