The Darling Nomadess: Surviving Finals Week 101

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Surviving Finals Week 101

8 Days. 6 Papers. 3 Classes. 3 Presentations. 2 Exams. 1 Me. Here's my guide to surviving finals week!

1. Prepare your Mac - Download SelfControl App

The SelfControl App is really awesome! You can "blacklist" website that you don't want to go on for a certain time period - such as facebook, twitter, blogger, etc! There is also a "whitelist". The "whitelist" will grant you access to website only on that list and no other websites! You control the time for how long you want the app to last, as short as a half hour or block those site for a full day if you really need to focus! You can download it here!

2. Killer Playlist
Some people prefer music with no lyrics, but I'm the opposite. Here's some songs off of my playlist on Spotify used for studying! Mind you, my musical tastes are all over the place! I like a lot of slower music for studying but I also like to incorporate a few faster/louder pieces to make sure I'm not left drooling on my books, haha...
3 AM - Matchbox Twenty
All Your Life - The Band Perry
Between the Lines - Sara Bareilles
Blackout - Muse
Cavanaugh Park - Something Corporate
Clair De Lune - Claude Debussy (Yes, I do have some classical music intertwined, too :p)
Cough Syrup - Young The Giant
Dirt Road Anthem - Jason Aldean
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Flat Top - The Goo Goo Dolls
The Four Seasons - Antonio Vivaldi
Hall of Fame - The Script
Ordinary People - John Legend
Out on the Town - Fun
The First Single - The Format

Find me on Spotify for more awesome playlists!

3. The Outfit

My cobalt blue button up and leggings are my go-to for finals week! Comfortable enough for long hours in the library but still polished enough. Boat shoes are very popular at my school and for good reason! They're preppy but still mega-comfortable! Of course, I always wear my pearls and a hair bow is a chic and easy way to keep your bangs from being a distraction! 

Good luck to all who are in their finals week! May the curve be ever in your favor!

With Love,


  1. love this post! can't wait for finals week to be over!!

    1. for real! It's just awful how much work the professors save for the final week of the semester! Good luck with your finals, you're graduating, right, Vett?

  2. Good luck with your finals (oh, I don't miss those days!!).


    1. Thanks, Monica! Only one more year and I won't ever have to worry about finals week again!!

  3. Good luck on finals!! You got this! :) Love the playlist, btw.

  4. Where can I download the SelfControl app??


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