The Ultimate Finals Playlist

It’s that time of the year again (nope, not the holidays). You can just smell it in the air! The tensions, the nostalgia, the last minute crams. Here’s a new playlist to sum up what remains of the year, with a few minor tweaks to the lyrics you know and love (although considering my musical tastes: lyrics your dad knows and really wishes you’d love).


Post-Thanksgiving: You just got the small break you desperately needed, and oh look! you’ve returned with a sliver of hope. Little did you know how quickly the finals f**kfest begins.

The New Day (Greta Van Fleet):

♪Let the new day (ONLY UNTIL 4PM OF COURSE) shine its light on me
Shake the old way, nights too dark to see
Free tomorrow, it’s bright with something new
Believe the righteous, and it will come true ♪


Last Week of Class: “Wow, how the hell is the semester already over? I swear I was just about to go to the prof’s office hours for the first time yesterday, and form a meaningful connection for that recommendation letter I need”

“I wonder if she still remembers me from that one time we talked about climate feedbacks”

Time is fleeting friends.


Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin):

♪In the days of my youth
I was told what it was to be a man
Now I’ve reached the age
I’ve tried to do all those things the best I can
No matter how I try
I find my way to do the same old jam
Good times, bad times
You know I had my share
When my soul left home
For a midterm so bad
Well, I still don’t seem to care ♪

Live the best S/NC life people!

Final Night Out: Its time to go big before you go home! Nothing can keep you from that one last epic night out before you retreat to whatever corner of hell you have to spend the next month in, without your friends, and without your beloved sink in Andrews (that’s honestly what hurt most).


Baba O’Riley (The Who):

♪Sally take my hand
We’ll travel south cross land
Put out the fire
And don’t look past my shoulder
The brown shuttle is here
The SciLi lights are near
Let’s get together before we get much older
Teenage wasteland
It’s only teenage wasteland
Teenage wasteland
Oh yeah, teenage wasteland
They’re all wasted! ♪


Reading Period: So your one final night out turned into a few final nights out, but it’s okay. Self-care is important. In these three days without classes (if you’re prof ever got the f**king message, that is) is all you need to cram a semester’s worth of material. If this isn’t what 2x lecture capture was created for what else could it possibly be for? It’s time to hunker down and hunt for a seat in the SciLi/Rock/Shiru/Anywhere.

You actually get through one entire chapter of readings, a paragraph of your paper, one entire slideshow, you decide to watch just one youtube video…

“A few moments(hours/days/eons) later”


Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie):

♪ It’s the terror of not knowing what the course is about
Watching some good friends screaming
‘Let me out’
Pray tomorrow gets me higher, high (ok um sure, why not?, you’re under pressure)
Pressure on people, people on streets
Turned away from it all like a blind man
Sat on a fence but it don’t work
Keep coming up with love but it’s so slashed and torn
Why, why, why?
Love, love, love, love, love
Insanity laughs under pressure we’re breaking ♪


The Night Before Final 1: So you somehow got yourself to believe that you were able to condense a semester’s worth of missed lectures into your brain overnight. You also simultaneously convinced yourself that: “Its okay if I get a C in orgo, I’m not even a chem concentrator,” “the curve will save me,” “C’s get degrees”, “my parents don’t need to know my grades, I’m a grown ass adult,” “pre-med is so cliche, I’m going the Starbucks barista route.”


19th Nervous Breakdown (The Rolling Stones):

♪ You better stop, look around
Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes, here it comes
Here comes your nineteenth nervous breakdown

Oh, who’s to blame, that professor’s just insane
Well nothing I do don’t seem to work
It only seems to make matters worse, oh pleaseYou were still in school when you had that fool who really messed your mind

And after that you turned your back on treating people kind
On our first trip I tried so hard to rearrange your mind
But after a while I realized you were disarranging mine ♪


Hell Day Final 1: You’re used to getting up at 3 pm on Sundays like a normal sane human being, but your professor clearly has nothing better to do. So you wake up at 8:50 AM for the first time this entire semester, trek through the cold December wind to meet your doom.


Salt in the Wound (Delta Spirit):

♪ I want to disappear
Far from the folks I know
I want to get an answer
To why I was even born

No one here can tell me
What’s been haunting me all my life
Well, this rat race has left me limping
‘Cause I balanced on the edge of the knife

Why am I here?
Oh, what should I do?
Well, is this the point I’m trying to prove? ♪


Wow, these lyrics are spot on. I don’t need to change anything.


Hell Day Final 2: This was supposed to be your easy final, you barely studied for this one because you loved every moment of this course and were constantly on top of all the material. You’re genuinely sad you won’t be able to see the professor again. You smile at the professor as they hand you the exam, you’re ready to crush it, and then you are betrayed with the most difficult exam you’ve ever taken. “Well, there goes my one A.”


Complicated (Avril Lavigne):

♪ Why do you have to go and make things so complicated?
I see the way you’re acting like you’re somebody else gets me frustrated
Life’s like this you
And you fall, and you crawl, and you break
And you take, what you get, and you turn it into
Honesty and promise me I’m never gonna find you fail me
No, no, no ♪

I really didn’t think I’d end up ever recommending this song, but elementary school me is proud (although, today me is concerned).


Time to Go: You can’t believe it’s over. Everyone’s leaving and as your roommate walks out the door, you feel a void grow in your heart — even though you literally never talked this semester. You look back at the whirlwind of things that have happened over just three months. The amazing people you’ve met, the memes you’ve tagged them in, the places you’ve cried over Orgo in. It’s unfathomable that you have to leave for an entire month.

Okay, I know this is a cliche, BUT ITS SOOOOO GOOD.


Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) (Greenday):

♪ Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life
So take the photographs, and still-frames in your mind
Hang them on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoo’s of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life ♪


We really hope you did have the time of your lives (so far) and hope y’all have a great winter break!!

Here’s the Spotify playlist if you happen to actually like dad music.

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