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.
Because let’s face it, with that exam due tomorrow that you only remembered because DUO reminded you…
Because you wish you could stop working at 5pm. Late nights at the Billy B are rather inevitable at this point.
Because if you get through your exams, you too can do something incredible!
Because if Daniel Radcliffe believes in you, anything is possible.
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.
Because everyone needs an anthem right now.
Because the sun will come out tomorrow, even though you’ll probably be in the library or Palatine Centre.
Because you know they will.
Because taking a deep breath and cracking on is often the best thing to do in a stressful situation.
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.
Because you’re so close to finishing and are on the final push.
Because strong encouragements seem more earnest when sung in a charming Yorkshire accent.
Because everyone needs someone to blame.
Because a semester of hard work is about to pay off and you aren’t alone in your misery.
Because no matter what grades you get, you’re alive and your life will go on after Durham.
Because it’ll take more than a difficult essay or exam to bring you down.
Because sometimes (most of the time), educators just don’t get it.
Because everyone’s got one, and you’ll find yours, too. Even with that B.A English…
Because you’re a superstar! Go get ‘em!
Because you know when you’re not doing your best, and there’s no excuse not to be the best that you can be.
Because if you’re on a studying roll, don’t let yourself be distracted by Netflix.
Because you’ll soon be in the sun rather than in the overcrowded library.
Because a little healthy competition with college friends always pushes you to be best.
Because no one ever said no to a little bit of good luck during exams with kind tutors.
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.
Because you’re going to need to wake yourself up, so go on – dance!
Because sometimes you need to talk to people about exam stress and exam problems and look out for each other along the way.
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
Because you know that you can smash the exam.
Because after each exam you are closer to finishing your degree.
Because you know what they say, you’ll make it someday
Because you can do the impossible if you put your mind to it.
Because even when you mess up an exam, you may as well keep calm and carry on for the next one…