The ideal mixtape to get you through finals week

Cartoon by Gordon Johnson


It’s April, and we’re hurtling towards finals week at full throttle. In readying for the apocalyptic breakdown, we’re preparing our sweatpants, waterproof mascara and caffeine stockpiles. Here’s my chronological soundtrack for finals week, to get you whistling while you work.

Side A

I Feel It Coming The Weeknd

Finals are less than two weeks away… press the panic button! Try harmonizing your sobs with The Weeknd’s crooning voice.

Stressed Out Twenty One Pilots

Amp up your angst with Tyler Joseph’s grating voice. Butler’s buzzword of the month is stress. Ugh, yes, you and the other couple thousand kids on campus. All together now: ready, set, whine!

Up All Night The War on Drugs

The bags under our eyes are designer. “Up All Night” is the pump-up jam for those cramming until the wee hours of the morning. Just ask the pharmacy students.

Hopeless Khalid

Feeling hopeless? Never fear. Butler’s Stress Less Weeks will provide you with crayons and barking dogs for your wittle bwain, at the expense of the blood pressure of everyone else at Irwin.

Nothing Else Matters Metallica

That is, nothing else matters when it comes to meeting Moodle’s midnight deadlines. 11:59:59 is doomsday, and no one embodies that emo vibe quite like Metallica.  

I Fall Apart Post Malone

Slowly but surely, even the best-dressed kids deteriorate into a pile of sweatpants and messy buns. It’s probably been a hot minute since you showered, so bonus points if you show up to the exam looking like Post Malone, too.

Side B

Fail! Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Play this after your classmates all agree that “C” was the answer, while you were dead set on G. For a group named so cutely, you’ll appreciate the irony of a song that celebrates absolutely floundering your way through the Business Ethics multiple choice.

Oops! I Did It Again Britney Spears

C’s get degrees, right? Let Brit show you how to respond to the appalled reactions of your professors who’ll grade your abysmal test:  “I cry, watching the days / Can’t you see I’m a fool in so many ways / But to lose all my senses / That is just so typically me” This mentality further deteriorates into…

IDGAF Dua Lipa

So, you bombed the essay that was worth 40 percent of your grade. There’s always next semester! Or summer school! Or dropping out! Or a career in the circus!

Drinking Again Frank Sinatra

The pull of Landsharks’ $1 wells is so, so tempting. Work hard, play hard! You deserve a break, right? Ditch your flashcards, celebrate and enjoy a different type of headache.

Hold On, We’re Going Home Drake

Even after these brutal weeks, you’ll be as emotional as Drake when it comes to packing up and peacing out. After Cinco de Mayo, the sun sets on the knoll, signifying the year’s wound down. See you in August!

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