Texas college professor urges you to “Learn Excel” using Justin Bieber song

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Professor Clint Tuttle recently concluded his class this spring at the University of Texas at Austin with an inspirational song parody of sorts. To the tune of Justin Bieber’s song “Love Yourself,” Tuttle busts out his acoustic guitar in front of his lecture podium and sings to his students about how one day when they have graduated and are working they will appreciate learning about Microsoft Excel in his class.

In his lyrics, Professor Tuttle says he is writing this song to remind his students that even though for all those times they “sat up working really late… And those Excels that had you cursing my name,” Excel is really useful.

His song goes on to make his case to his students why Excel is important with verses like:

My students don’t like it but then they see the light
And they never like to admit that I was right
And after college they get jobs,
And they see what’s going on
But now they know,
That Excel is more a friend than foe

And of course the song is filled with some nerdy uses of Excel functions and terminology in his plea to his students with lines like:

Many years from now, when you have left UT
And you use your these skills well please think of me
You’ll probably use conditional formatting
Those nested ifs will come in handy you’ll see


Pivot Tables kick…butt
And you got your functions on!
Use countif, sumif, even vlookup too
Maybe 3-d charts too

Hopefully Professor Tuttle’s unique appeal to his class will stick in his students mind and they will appreciate all the long hours they spent agonizing over Excel during college. Because the Professor is right, Pivot Tables do kick butt in the working world.