The Finals Playlist

A little behind in your reading? There's a song for that. | Photo courtesy of Tom Murphy VII via Wikimedia Commons
A little behind in your reading? There's a song for that. | Photo courtesy of Tom Murphy VII via Wikimedia Commons

It is officially crunch time. With finals soon upon us, we all are feeling different emotions: anger, depression, annoyance, and certainly relief after it’s all over. I usually find myself   wanting to stick in my earphones and put on a song in accordance with my emotions. If you find yourself in a similar situation, then this is perfect for you. Here is the school’s-almost-done-complete-freak-out playlist, featuring songs spanning many genres. Instant gratification guaranteed.

When you’re feeling…

Overwhelmed– “Something” by The Beatles.

Of course I had to include a Beatles song, and this one will surely put a smile on your face and calm those nerves. Any Beatles song would do, in my opinion.

Depressed– “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet

Ok, you are knee deep in papers, and your friends have all gone home or are enjoying the nice weather. Depression is kicking in fast. A full on dance party is called for. Jet’s infectious and rowdy tunes will get  you dancing like no one’s watching.

Raging Mad– “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine

Ok, well it’s pretty much a no brainer. Of course you could just scream into a pillow or smash something, but I like the idea of transferring anger into something, and Rage’s classic song is the best vehicle. You will get through finals. Yes you will.

Exhausted– “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele

Exhaustion calls for a power ballad, one that you cannot help but sing along to. Adele will keep you going through all hours of the night and she also works double duty if you have just broken up with someone. Revenge never sounded so good.

Relieved– “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke

You have just left the room and are relieved to find that the exam wasn’t that bad. Your iPod beckons. Sam Cooke’s heart-wrenching song will give you a fuzzy feeling inside, guaranteed. A change is gonna come, but in the form of a good grade.

Jubilant– “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by Kanye West

Yes, I know, his new album is the best yet, blah blah blah. But for jubilance, that crazy happiness when finals are done, this song is perfect. Like Kanye, you too can “let the champagne splash.” Of course Mr. West has not just completed finals, but he is proud of who he is, and you should be too. Just tell yourself, “I’m done with school. You can’t tell me nothing.” Works like a charm!


About Briana Seftel

Briana Seftel (COM '14) is an aspiring journalist with an appetite for adventure. When not writing for the Quad, she enjoys exploring the great city of Boston.

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