Songs to get students through finals week in one piece


It’s that time of year again. Hale Library is overcrowded, departmental libraries have students waiting in lines for computers with certain programs and many seem to look like zombies from lack of sleep. It’s finals week.

Whether you’re walking out of Hale Library at 2 a.m. to take a night nap for your 7:30 a.m. final, or if you’re jamming out during yet another all-nighter, this playlist is perfect for anyone looking to find the motivation to finish the semester strong.

1. “We are the Champions” by Queen
Finals week takes a lot out of everyone, whether it’s their first or last one. But remember, we are the champions of our own education, and we will prevail through this week. Whether or not you got the grade you were hoping for, you’ll end this semester’s finals week as a champion simply because you made it through.

2. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
You are the eye of tiger. You are “rising up to the challenge of our rival”–final exams, and you are here to take control; you will be the winner of this fight. It’s time to buckle down, find your center and get things done. Get focused, get studying and get things accomplished. End the semester stronger than you started it.

3. “Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti
Better known as the “Rocky” theme song, I would be surprised if anyone listens to this and is unable to get pumped up to study for finals. While the imminent dread that comes along with long hours of studying is at the back of everyone’s mind, this song could help you re-discover your center and conquer next week as if it was your job. Oh wait … it is.

4. “The Final Countdown” by Europe
Finals week is the final countdown here on campus. This is the last chance you have to try to reclaim a fallen grade; to prove that you’ve learned something, anything this semester. Summer is just a few short weeks away, but your mind needs to stay here.

5. “Firework” by Katy Perry
Yes, you are a firework. Perry’s “Firework” can help motivate you to make one final impression on your professors, hopefully in a positive way. If you’re .3 percent away from a higher letter grade, here’s to hoping your professor takes mercy on you and raises the grade. So “come on and show ’em what you’re worth,” which is more than that small percent increase.

6. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
You’re almost done. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel. You worked hard, or didn’t, all semester to get to this point. Stay alert, awake and alive through this grueling week. This song is perfect to help you keep believing that you can come out of this semester with a passing grade and your head held high. Keep in mind that anything is possible, even passing your classes.

While these are just six songs, they all serve a purpose to keep you focused on what comes at the end of finals week – summer. This is the time to stay motivated, stay focused and go forward while doing the best you can do.

Jakki Forester is a junior in journalism and American ethnic studies. Please send all comments to