15 Songs That Should Be On Your Finals Week Playlist

15 Songs That Should Be On Your Finals Week Playlist

Here's some tunes to help you focus and stay motivated.
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Finals Week is upon us, and it's all too easy to stress yourself out due to the pressure. When you're sitting in the library, cranking out hours upon hours of work, it's hard to keep the motivation alive. Music can help bring you back to reality and makes doing homework and studying way more enjoyable. Before you reach for that third (or fourth, or fifth...) cup of coffee, try listening to this playlist and see how that works out for you.


1. Talk Too Much - Coin.

2. Take it all Back - Judah and the Lion.

3. SuperMarket Flowers - Ed Sheeran.

4. FOOLS - Troye Sivan

5. The Judge - Twenty One Pilots

6. Impossible Year - Panic! At the Disco

7. Slow it Down - The Lumineers

8. Love Me Anyway - The Mowgli's

9. Up 2 U - Walk the Moon

10. Breezeblocks - alt-J

11. Say it Ain't So - Weezer

12. Cough Syrup - Young the Giant

13. Somebody Else - The 1975

14. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa - Vampire Weekend

15. Adam's Song - blink-182


I know that listening to music helps me accomplish my work faster, and it helps distract me from everything else that's going on around me whenever I'm in the library. Plug in your headphones, crank up the volume, and get your work done. Finals Week is upon us. God speed, my friends.

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For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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