Andrew W.K. teaches Oxford students the importance of partying

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  • Musician Andrew W.K. spoke to renowned debate society, The Oxford Union.
  • W.K.'s message was on the "philosophy of partying" and self-confidence.
  • As school lets out for the summer, renowned musician Andrew W.K. imparted some of his wisdom on college students at Oxford University—the importance of partying.

    The Oxford Union, arguably the world’s most prestigious debating society, hosted W.K. as their latest guest lecturer. The speech, “Andrew W.K. and The Philosophy of Partying” discussed “the signature message of positive power and celebratory self-confidence,” according to The Guardian.

    "But what if you’re excited about being alive every day? Can’t you be in that celebratory state every moment you’re not dead? That became my theory and it became my mission to prove you can party every day.”   

    In the past, the Oxford Union has invited speakers such as the Dalai Lama, Richard Nixon, and Winston Churchill to speak. This also isn’t the first time the rock star has discussed the importance of confidence and parties to a group of college kids; W.K. has given similar messages at Harvard, Yale, and NYU—a speech which lasted four hours.

    “Most people tell you there are certain moments you should celebrate in life,” W.K. told The Guardian. “For example, the weekend coming so you should party on a Friday. Or your birthday or New Year’s Eve. But what if you’re excited about being alive every day? Can’t you be in that celebratory state every moment you’re not dead? That became my theory and it became my mission to prove you can party every day.”

    The 35-year-old musician struggled with depression while growing up and has used partying as a way to combat it.

    W.K.’s speech expected to bring 450 Union students and alumni members to the event.

    The Oxford Union did not respond to requests for comment in time of publication.

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    Kaitlyn Schallhorn

    Kaitlyn Schallhorn

    Former Reporter

    Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a reporter with Campus Reform. Prior to joining Campus Reform, Kaitlyn was a reporter at Red Alert Politics and covered business and restaurants for the Alexandria Times.  

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