The Playlist to Get You Through Every Stage of Finals Season

For the Sunday when you accidentally sleep in even though you planned to get up early and work:

“Diddy Bop” by Noname

Noname is a poet and rapper from Chicago who has blessed the female music scene (and us) with her music and her presence. Let her breezy harmonies and honest poetry soothe your mind as you face the day ahead of you. 


For when you look at some articles on your Facebook newsfeed and then feel too angry at the world to concentrate on your work:

“Mad” by Solange

Who can blame you for being angry? You have a lot to be mad about. However, your anger need not cancel out your dedication nor your enthusiasm for learning. Listen to this song, be mad with Solange, and know that you are going to do what you need to do, and you are going to do it well. 


For when you feel anxious about your future and career: 

“Superwoman” by Alicia Keys

As our world and our economy rapidly change around us, there is a lot of pressure on young people to “make the cut.” However, these exams and projects are just one tiny part of the journey. Let Alicia Keys remind you that you are, in fact, Superwoman, and that you have no reason to question your abilities to make your goals a reality.  


For when you're sad due to your lack of exercise after sitting in Butler/Diana for 7 hours straight:

“Queen” by Jessie J

Your body is your business and your business only (with your doctor possibly being the exception). Do whatever you need to do to get through these weeks. Jessie J released this song just in time for Fall 2017 finals season. Listen to this number and let Jessie J’s unapologetic self-love inspire you. 


For when you feel exhausted after sitting and studying all day:

“Rise Up” by Andra Day

When you finally decide to stop working and go to bed, plug into this song and let it inspire you. “Rise Up” is a powerful song, and you will thank yourself for listening to it. 


For the morning of your scariest exam:

“Green & Gold” by Lianne La Havas

In this song, Lianne La Havas sings about her childhood and watching her life unfold as a young adult.  On the days of your exams, take a moment to listen to this song, reflect on your journey, and be proud of yourself for your hard work and dedication.