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CHALK’s finals playlist

CHALK finals playlist

To aid in your studying needs, check out CHALK's collaborative finals playlist.

To prepare for study week (and the stress that comes with), the CHALK staff has put together a playlist for all of your studying (and crying) needs. Take a listen to our playlist on Spotify during those sleepless studying nights, and make sure to take care of yourself. 

“Dawn" - From the "Pride & Prejudice" Soundtrack

Taylor Worden | @taynoelle7 | CHALK editor

Perfect for writing my final English paper or crying on the bathroom floor, this song makes me feel as if I’m sitting in a field at dawn too instead of staring at my computer screen at 1 a.m. Filled with just as much pining and dreaminess as the film, “Dawn” puts me into the ideal headspace I need to write (or yearn) for hours.

“Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridgers

Nicole Asbury | @NicoleAsbury | editor-in-chief

So, I know this is one of her most popular songs, and most of us have heard it before, but it’s so perfect for winter finals season. I always play it on Spotify whenever I’ve been staring at my computer for too long and just need to lay on my floor for a break. (Plus, you can learn this TikTok dance during your break.)

“Drowsy (Lightning)” by Viji

Lucy Peterson | @lucyepeterson | associate news editor

Perfect for studying because I can’t really understand what she’s saying unless I really try to focus hard on the lyrics, but the vibes are incredible. Good background noise, or a song to pause and contemplate your life for a little bit.

“Rom-Com Gone Wrong” by Matt Maltese

Nicole Dolan | @nikkidolan279 | community editor

This is the song that you can disassociate to while you’re sitting at your favorite table at the Sunflower Bike Shop with your vanilla oat milk cortado on the window sill to ponder your silly little life and all the silly little tasks you have to complete to accumulate that silly degree that will help you get that silly little job.

Maybe you’ll fall in love here or maybe you’ll leave still unsatisfied with the amount of work you got done and let the imposter syndrome that’s been festering since you sat down fully take over your head space. At least you got out of the house; this song will reward you for that. 

“Female Energy, Pt. 2” by Willow Smith

Ashley Zellers | @stellarzellers | CHALK correspondent

This song is perfect for getting yourself into a chill headspace to write a long essay or study for an exam. The song is somewhat ethereal and gives me enough main character energy to feel motivated. It’s also just an incredible song in general, and impossible to skip. 

“Moonlight Serenade” by Glenn Miller

Abby McCoy | @AbigailLMcCoy | CHALK correspondent 

If I could bottle up all the senses of late night coffee shop vibes, it would be this song. It instantly transports you to an outdoor café somewhere in Northern Italy on a chilly fall evening. There are no lyrics, only serotonin-inducing old jazz instrumental to fuel your writing.

I promise you this song is magical and there are plenty more like it if you just search some combination of the words “jazz,” “vibes,” “café” and/or “writing” on your preferred streaming platform. Grab an overpriced coffee, turn on some tunes and get to it!

“Suspirium” by Thom Yorke

Faith Maddox | @FaithMaddox | CHALK correspondent

A song showed to me by one of my dearest companions, “Suspirium” balances a late November sense of dread with a deeply moving embodiment of yearning. Best played while driving down Massachusetts Street late at night, with the streetlights casting odd shadows that seem to move of their own accord.

“If It Wasn’t for the Nights” by ABBA 

Elizabeth Walters | @Eliz__Walters | CHALK correspondent 

Perfect for a mid-study sesh brain break, “If It Wasn’t for the Nights” will satisfy all your disco dreams. Like any ABBA song, it is best played in your childhood bedroom while you’re dancing in the pajamas you wore when you were 14. 

Person 1: This song slaps.

Person 2: Your mom slaps.

Person 1: Thank you, my mom is a kind and wonderful lady.


 Person 1: I’m so sick of alcohol.

Person 2: I don’t know, I’m getting stronger every day. I love it.


Person 1: Do you do the vegan wrap here?

Person 2: We can do the chicken wrap with no cheese?

Person 1: I’ll take the Beyond Burger please. 


Person 1: Oh my God! I feel like I know you somehow…

Person 2: Yeah, we went to high school together. 

Person 1: Oh! *walks off*


Guy 1: Is the black market even real? Has anyone ever been on it?

Guy 2: I tried once but I couldn’t figure out how to get on.


Guy 1: I stayed up until 2 am watching Disney plus

Guy 2: I told my girlfriend I fell asleep but I was actually watching the Mandalorian.


Girl 1: How long have you guys been dating?

Girl 2: Since the summer, well actually for like two years but it’s a long story.


Girl 1: Who are you looking for?

Girl 2: This guy, wait I found him. Fanny pack boy. He flipped off my professor after a test and ran out of the classroom.


Girl 1: How did you choose KU? 

Girl 2: Honestly, I flipped a coin. 


Boy 1: Did I tell you? I think I had a threesome this weekend.

Boy 2: Woah, hold up. You think?


Boy 1: I was born a Phi Delt.

Boy 2: Please don’t ever say that again.


Girl 1: How do you get your boobs to look like that?

Girl 2: I don’t ever wear a bra? I don’t know. 


Girl 1: I just really want a guy to bend me over you know?

Girl 2: How do you know? You’re a virgin!


Guy: Sometimes I wish I could just be a dog and sleep all day. 

Girl: You wake up at like three every day. 

Guy: I know.

Girl: So…

Guy: So does that make me a dog or something?


Girl 1: I wish I was a little bit taller.

Girl 2: I wish I was balder.

Girl 1: I wish I had a...wait, wait, wait balder?


Guy 1: Let’s slap dicks

Guy 2: You ever pee and it feels like throwing up?


Woman 1: *holding baby* He would have been safer at the Hawk

Woman 2: Oh absolutely.


Girl 1: I would never date that guy.

Girl 2: Well, it depends how much money he has.


Girl 1: I’m going to the doctor to see if I have bronchitis before I hook up with him again.

Girl 2: Yeah that’s smart so you don’t give it to anyone else. 

Girl 1: No I mean I want to make sure I infect him.


Guy 1: I'm cutting some of my unnecessary costs, starting with Juuling.

Guy 2: Ight man, good luck.

Guy 1: Actually I might just start chewing


Guy 1: How was work?

Guy 2: My manager was chastising me for not dressing up in a Halloween costume, she doesn’t understand I’m strictly here to get paid.


Guy 1: I am so tired of this week, man

Guy 2: Dude it’s Monday

Guy 1: I know


Person#1: I want to be on the first ship to mars

Person#2: Not me, I doubt they have Wi-Fi

Perons#1: Yeah but at least they’re evolving up there. We’re all just devolving.


Girl 1: Um, I don’t eat pig.

Girl 2: You eat bacon all the time, bitch.


Guy 1: You better get going. 

Guy 2: Yeah, see ya. I’m off to get some Adderall.


Girl 1: Are you home right now?

Girl 2: Yeah, why?

Girl 1: I bought a cat


Girl 1: I just don't understand what fishing is for.

Girl 2: I don't know. Food, maybe?


Guy: I’m just gonna have to like carry an entire box of spiders up the hill tomorrow.

Girl: What?

Guy: Yeah, just like a hundred spiders in a box.


Guy 1: Sometimes ya just gotta give yourself a haircut.

Guy 2: Dude, you shaved half your head. That’s not a haircut, that’s a mess.


Girl 1: Can you eat fruit raw?

Girl 2: How else are you supposed to eat it?


Girl: That class is killing us. ​But they say rest is for the dead.

Guy: Well, at least we'll be rested.


Girl: She's not in class this semester

Guy: Maybe she's dead

Girl: Or studying abroad