Julianna Catena – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As the year ends, Mustangs are gearing up to take Advanced Placement (AP) exams, End-Of-Course (EOC) tests and final exams. With all this testing, some students have decided that they need a little more help than just studying. That’s where superstition comes in.

Superstition is “a widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice based on such a belief.” For example, wearing your lucky socks the day of an exam or putting the date before your name because every time you’ve done that for a math test you’ve gotten an ‘A’ on it.

Junior Lily Sutton is convinced her band bracelets bring her good luck on tests. “I am going to wear them religiously throughout the last few weeks of school. They bring me so much luck; I don’t think I’ve ever not passed something with these on. They are my juju!” said Sutton.

Many Mustangs can relate to Sutton’s superstition, as junior Renee Ashby agrees, “I always wear something that belongs to my mother and something that my father has given me so I know I have them with me during the test.”

Senior Kyndra McLeod, who has been taking AP exams throughout this week, explains her superstition, “When I was younger I had this green wooden pencil that always brought me luck. Even if I can only use a number two pencil on the AP exams, I keep it in my lap just in case. It’s my good luck charm.”

Freshman Madison Forman believes her new shoes bring her luck. Forman said, “Ever since I got my new shoes I’ve been doing better on my tests. I don’t know why, but I will definitely be wearing them during all of my EOCs.”

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