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The 6 Best Inspirational Speeches for Finals Week

December 17, 2013

by Haley Goodman

The 6 Best Inspirational Speeches for Finals Week

Oh boy, finals week is coming up. This means two things: intensely panicking  and procrastinating by obsessively reading Buzzfeed. During times of strife and despair (studying) it is often necessary to have a boost, both emotionally and physically. So stock up on coffee and Red Bull and check out these inspirational speeches to prepare yourself for cranking out those late night sessions in the reading room. 

1: "You were born for this" -Miracle

Easily one of the best sports movies of all time. This speech is legendary and leaves you with chills down your spine, making you want to go out and do something extraordinary (and Google the 1980 Olympics for hours on end).

2:  "2005 Stanford Commencement" -Steve Jobs

Jobs delivers this speech shortly after finding out he has terminal cancer. The message he delivers encourages everyone to do something earnest in their life and to truly live. This is one of the most uplifting addresses that discusses the realness of how to live with meaning.

3: "Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'" -The Shawshank Redemption

Not only is Shawshank one of my favorite films of all time, this speech is truly powerful. Spoken from someone who seemingly has no time left to live, it sparks a certain hope within oneself to figure out if complacency is an actual killer. It is the perfect pick-me-up at 2 AM in Poppa when you just need that extra something to keep you motivated.

4: "Fighting the Culture of Bullshit" -Jon Lovett

This gem comes from our neighbors at Pitzer (who I'm secretly in love with). Their commencement speaker last year absolutely nailed the problem with today's society. Imploring us to be honest with ourselves, Lovett conveys the proper way that Generation Y should look at the world.

5: "Megan and Annie's Talk" -Bridesmaids

A bit of comic relief, but still an important instigator for success. If Megan can survive high school with explosives being thrown at her head, then passing your Econ final is achievable.

6: "Carpe Diem" -Dead Poets Society

Another cinematic classic, this film focuses on creating moments that encapsulate just more that what they seem on the surface. Robin Williams urges his students to make the most of the little things and captain their fate. This speech will leave you with a sense of accomplishment and desire to create something extraordinary from your day.

So, go get 'em CMC and hopefully these speeches made you less stressed and ready to take on whatever finals week hurls your way!

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