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Moody Melodies: My Current Favorites for Emotions During Midterms Season 

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Williams chapter.

As midterms season makes its daunting presence known on campus, its not surprising that emotions run wild among most library-bound college students. Navigating this nerve-wracking time is a journey in itself, and like many others, I’ve found myself caught in the turbulent whirlwind of emotions that this season has ushered in. As a fellow solitary studier, I often drown my sorrows with my noise-canceling headphones and an endlessly looping playlist. As a prelude to my upcoming (and super frightening) genetics midterm, I’ve decided to compile and share with you my mood-dependent playlists, hoping that it might provide future me with a bit of emotional solace to fall back upon post-exam. 

For dealing with jittery post-espresso anxieties:

  1. Not Enough by boygenius 
  2. Bags by Clairo 
  3. making the bed by Olivia Rodrigo 
  4. Fine Line by Harry Styles 
  5. 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins

When barely surviving late-night study sessions:

  1. No Surprises by Radiohead
  2. Style by Taylor Swift
  3. Moth To A Flame Swedish House Mafia (with The Weeknd)
  4. reckless driving by Lizzy McAlpine 

For Those Celebratory Small Wins: 

  1. Hits Different by Taylor Swift
  2. Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson 
  3. get him back! by Olivia Rodrigo
  4. Silver Springs by Fleetwood Mac

I’m homesick and tired!: 

  1. Call Your Mom by Noah Kahan (ft. Lizzy McAlpine)
  2. Look After You by The Fray
  3. Waiting Room by Phoebe Bridgers 
  4. The Wisp Sings by Winter Aid 

Taking a Library-to-Next-Study-Spot Stroll

  1. You’re Gonna Go Far by Noah Kahan
  2. The Alcott by The National (ft. Taylor Swift)
  3. The View Between Villages – Extended Version by Noah Kahan
  4. About You by The 1975
  5. Selfless by The Strokes

Genetics is confusing!:

  1. Happy and Sad by Kacey Musgraves 
  2. Champagne Problems by Taylor Swift 
  3. Opposite by Sabrina Carpenter 
  4. You’re On Your Own Kid by Taylor Swift

And for the comfort of your bed: 

  1. Where do we go now? by Gracie Abrams 
  2. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac 
  3. No Complaints by Noah Kahan

These playlists are my emotional lifeline in the never-ending sea of midterms, offering a melodic escape, a dance break, and a soothing tune when needed most. As you can tell, my music taste tends to lean towards a specific genre, but these are only my go-to tracks during stressful times. I’ve also fallen head over heels into a Noah Kahan binge ever since I scored concert tickets (!)–and I’m definitely not complaining about that! I hope your midterms season has been manageable, and remember, each one you absolutely conquer brings you closer to your last! Wishing you all the best!

Hello! I am a current first-year at Williams College with interests varying from pharmaceuticals to cognitive psychology to creative writing and fiction!