Get Pumped for Midterms Playlist

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Nice weather got you in a spring semester slump? Would you rather drink Slurpees on the green than even think about setting foot in the library? Debating whether you should ignore that biology midterm paper in favor of riding your bike? Don’t worry, you're not the only one asking yourself these questions when the birds are chirping outside. But what better way to get you PUMPED to do your homework than a few new jams on your iPod?

Check out what these students had to say about songs that get them excited to write papers, ace exams and get to class on time. 

1. Drake – Headlines

“I am currently studying for a midterm, and this song has found itself on repeat for a couple of cycles. Listening to Headlines by Drake pumps me up to study, because I know if I score good grades, I will [hopefully] get to FBGM just like Drizzy Drake. …I guess it really is just me, myself, and all my millions.

–Taylor Rotolo, Rutgers University

2. Anjulie – Brand New Bitch

“Anjulie knows how to get over men, just like she knows how to get over failing every accounting exam. Except for the one I am studying for hopefully!”

–Eric Selman, Drexel University

3. Explosions in the Sky – Take Care Take Care Take Care (album)

“I can’t study in total silence and the calm instrumental jams calm me down and help me relax and focus.”

–Jeff Hersch, Rutgers University

4. Ray Charles – What’d I Say

“I usually listen to this Ray Charles record when doing homework, but specifically the song "What'd I Say". It keeps me up beat and tappin’ my foot when I'm doing phonology problems. As long as that song/record is playing, I don't feel like pulling my hair out due to frustration!”

–Devin Silvers, Rutgers University

5. Alkaline Trio – Standard Break From Life

"I usually try to listen to music that blocks everything else out like Iron Chic, the Menzingers or Basement. But if I had to choose one song it would be My Standard Break From Life by Alkaline Trio. The one line 'I'm older but I don't feel any smarter' sums up how I feel about studying. College is a break from real life If you think about it. I used to listen to Alkaline Trio all the time when I used to be a good student so it brings me back."

–Cait Coster, University of Delaware

6. Foxy Shazam – Yes! Yes! Yes!

"It's impossible to not feel like you can conquer the world after listening to that song."

–Maura Hehir, New York University

7. Motorhead – Ace of Spades

"Not only is it a great song, but it gets me in the in the right mindset to attack studying and whatever other work I have to do for the day."

–Paul Blest, University of Delaware

8. Portastatic – Sour Shores

"Portastatic is my favorite 90s indie rock artist. I feel stimulated and can focus better on my work."

–Daniel Kessel, New York University

9. Earth – The Corascene Dog

It’s really slow and quiet and peace, it really gets you centered.

10. Nicki Minaj (feat. Eminem) – Roman's Revenge

This is how I feel when I’m in the library for too long. Also, Nicki Minaj ist he best.

None of these float your metaphorical boat? Then, tell us, what songs are on your study playlist this semester?

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