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It’s the last full month of the semester, and we’re all starting to feel that April burnout as we fight to get through the final few weeks of classes. As motivation to study wanes, it’s important to take breaks, hype yourself up, and re-energize before you tackle that next big assignment. Here are our favorite pump-up songs to get you through the remainder of the semester:

Hear me out: some of the best pump-up songs to help get you focused and energized are movie soundtracks. If you’re feeling like you don’t want to sit down and write your essay, or you’re looking for more songs for your hot girl walks around campus, start listening to some of the best movie soundtracks. I definitely recommend the soundtracks from The Social Network (you can imagine you’re creating Facebook while pulling an all-nighter for your finals) and Little Women (lovely for talking walks in the springtime). I’ve also found that movie soundtracks are less distracting because they don’t have lyrics, so I hope this trick works for you! 

– Maria Sell ‘23 

If I am a supporter of anything, it is dance breaks! When I’m studying, I like to listen to Classical music, particularly the Peter and the Wolf symphony, but I like to keep it interesting by playing some Pitbull and City Girls during my study breaks. My go-to songs to get loose and dance around are “Twerkulator” by City Girls and “Shake Senora” by Pitbull. After moving around my room for a few minutes, I always feel ready to sit back down and grind out my work!

– Kendall Foley ‘24

Since the start of the pandemic, I have been on a kick of having wild dance parties to powerful songs by ‘80s female artists, especially during study breaks. Some of my favorites include: “Nasty” by Janet Jackson, “Cold Hearted” by Paula Abdul, “The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E., “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” by Whitney Houston, “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” by Gloria Estefan, and “Venus” by Bananarama. There’s nothing better than a drum and bass-powered song sung by a female icon to get you motivated to finish that work!

– Lara Beckius ‘24

Maria Sell

Conn Coll '23

Maria (she/her/hers) is a junior at Connecticut College studying American Studies and Sociology and is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves getting to play on the Women's Water Polo Team with her teammates here and enjoys reading, baking, and coaching water polo outside of school!
Kendall Foley

Conn Coll '24

Kendall Foley is a sophomore at Connecticut College majoring in Philosophy and pursuing a Pathway in Data, Information, and Society. At Conn, Kendall plays for the women's water polo team and is an intern in the Office of Student Accessibility Services. In her free time, you can find Kendall open-water swimming, baking, or spending time with her family.
Lara is a sophomore at Connecticut College, where she is pursuing a double major in environmental studies and economics with a minor in dance. Her interests include choreography, sustainability, the performing arts, and conservation.
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