Kate ponders the importance of maintaining a healthy balance of work and rest during the exam period and offers a comprehensive list of motivational theatre songs.

Exam time is truly horrible, but perhaps for your average DST member it is particularly rough. I’ve compiled below some motivational theatre tunes to get you through this exceptionally stressful time in the year.

1. Totally Fucked – Spring Awakening

Because let’s face it, with that exam due tomorrow that you only remembered because DUO reminded you…

2. 9 to 5 – 9 to 5

Because you wish you could stop working at 5pm. Late nights at the Billy B are rather inevitable at this point.

3.You and Me (But Mostly Me) – The Book of Mormon

Because if you get through your exams, you too can do something incredible!

4. Razzle Dazzle – Chicago 

See: bullshit

5. I Believe in You – How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 

Because if Daniel Radcliffe believes in you, anything is possible.

6. What You Want – Legally Blonde

Because you might not want to get into Harvard Law as a Fashion Merchandising student at UCLA, but you can learn a thing or two from Elle’s work ethic.

7. One Day More – Les Misérables

Because everyone needs an anthem right now.

8. Tomorrow – Annie

Because the sun will come out tomorrow, even though you’ll probably be in the library or Palatine Centre.

9. Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Rock of Ages

Because you know they will.

10. Like Breathing – Edges

Because taking a deep breath and cracking on is often the best thing to do in a stressful situation.

11. My Shot – Hamilton

Because if Alexander Hamilton beat the odds to becoming one of America’s founding fathers through hard work and commitment, you can finish highlighting your lecture notes.

12. Our Time – Merrily We Roll Along

Because you’re so close to finishing and are on the final push.

13. Hold On – The Secret Garden

Because strong encouragements seem more earnest when sung in a charming Yorkshire accent.

14. Hasa Diga Eebowai – The Book of Mormon

Because everyone needs someone to blame.

15. Louder Than Words – Tick, Tick… Boom!

Because a semester of hard work is about to pay off and you aren’t alone in your misery.

16. I’m Alive – Next to Normal

Because no matter what grades you get, you’re alive and your life will go on after Durham.

17. Defying Gravity – Wicked

Because it’ll take more than a difficult essay or exam to bring you down.

18. Revolting Children – Matilda

Because sometimes (most of the time), educators just don’t get it.

19. Purpose – Avenue Q

Because everyone’s got one, and you’ll find yours, too. Even with that B.A English…

20. Superstar – Jesus Christ Superstar

Because you’re a superstar! Go get ‘em!

21. I Can Do Better Than That – The Last 5 Years

Because you know when you’re not doing your best, and there’s no excuse not to be the best that you can be.

22. Don’t Rain on My Parade – Funny Girl

Because if you’re on a studying roll, don’t let yourself be distracted by Netflix.

23. Out There – Hunchback Of Notre Dame

Because you’ll soon be in the sun rather than in the overcrowded library.

24. Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better) – Annie Get Your Gun

Because a little healthy competition with college friends always pushes you to be best.

25. Luck Be A Lady – Guys and Dolls

Because no one ever said no to a little bit of good luck during exams with kind tutors.

26. I Wish I Could Go Back to College – Avenue Q

Because even though you’re cursing academia now, you’ll be grateful for the time you spent here – exams and all – ten years from now.

27. You Can’t Stop the Beat – Hairspray

Because you’re going to need to wake yourself up, so go on – dance!

28. You’ll Never Walk Alone

Because sometimes you need to talk to people about exam stress and exam problems and look out for each other along the way.

29. I Got Life – Hair 

Because getting your life back is so close, you can almost taste it. In between sips of coffee and Red Bull.

30. I’m Here – The Color Purple

Because you’re in control of your life and your destiny

31. And I’m telling you (You’re Gonna Love Me) – Dreamgirls 

Because you know that you can smash the exam.

32. Climb Every Mountain – Sound of Music

Because after each exam you are closer to finishing your degree.

33. Go Go Joesph – Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat

Because you know what they say, you’ll make it someday

34.  Dream The Impossible Dream – Man of La Mancha

Because you can do the impossible if you put your mind to it.

35. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Spamalot

Because even when you mess up an exam, you may as well keep calm and carry on for the next one…