Don’t Forget Your Headphones: You Can Get Through Midterms

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If you’re anything like me, then you find it hard to concentrate in total silence (as my latest musical obsession bumps into my cheap headphones) and are always on the hunt for fresh new music while getting work done. Studies show that productivity is directly linked to the quality of study jams, so for those of you falling asleep to your boring, not-updated-since-February playlists, we’ve got you covered.

What’s Playing In Your Cooler Friend’s Earbuds

“Pleasure” – Max Cooper ft. Braids

Great for zoning out to some electronic mood music.

“Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1” – Yo Yo Ma

Yo Yo Ma doesn’t need an introduction. But we’ll say this one’s good for some culture and feeling smart.

“Sur le Fil and Comptine d’un Autre Ete” – from the Amelie soundtrack

They possess a certain je ne sais quoi.

“Through” – 800 Cherries

“Hardcore dream pop for sure.” –Bryn Weiler, sophomore, Oberlin College

What Perfectly Summarizes Your Feelings About This Midterm

“Let It Happen” – Tame Impala

“It’s a song that doesn’t stop driving…Let It Happen can also be a metaphor for submitting to the will of the textbook and accepting your fate of final exams.” –David McDevitt, junior, Northeastern University

Get It Done While Feeling Like a Badass

Harry Potter’s film score

“I LOVE listening to film scores radio. Film scores are very fun or intense, which are both necessary for a good study session. The intense film scores make me feel like I’m accomplishing way more than I really am. If it’s the Harry Potter film score, it just brings memories of happier times.” –Claire Jasper, sophomore, Boston College

When You Need That Extra Push

“19th Nervous Breakdown” – The Rolling Stones

It’s the Stones. It speaks for itself.

“Telling Myself” – Shannon and the Clams 

Ditch the study vibes by heading to the beach (at least with your ears).

“September” -Earth, Wind, and Fire

Break it down on your study break.

“Boyz-N-The-Hood” – Eazy E

“When I’m really in the zone writing I have to listen to rap. It makes me feel like a bad bitch when I write my paper, and we all need that.” -Kate Nathan, freshman, Boston College

Get listening.

Katherine is a sophomore studying secondary education and English at Boston College. She is a lover of reading, quoting movies, and never met a cup of coffee she didn't like.

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