Originally Posted: May 2, 2012
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2013
You know you do it: those superstitious habits that often come out of the woodwork when there’s pressure to do something spectacular. Maybe you have a lucky pair of underwear that you proudly don during your team’s championship game. Or perhaps you can only drink a certain energy drink when pulling an all-nighter before a big test. But at some schools, these good-luck charms are much more prominent than the lucky penny in your backpack.
At Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, students “kick the post” for good luck. The kicking post has been around since the early 1920s—after an incident where a faculty member was almost run down by a student with a car, the octagonal obelisk was put up as a barrier to keep vehicles away. Now, students depend on the post to keep away those bad grades, too.
Many colleges, like Misericordia University and Saint Leo University hold “midnight breakfasts,” for stressed-out students. Students can visit the cafeteria during late-night hours to get a study snack served by faculty and administrators (often including the president).
And other college students—like those at Messiah College—blow off steam in a cathartic group scream. During finals week when the clock strikes midnight, students throw open their windows and scream at the top of their lungs. Students say that it relieves a great deal of stress, and provides a good laugh.
Check out our list, Interesting College Traditions, for even more weird (and wonderful) campus happenings! Have you heard of any interesting student traditions and good-luck charms for finals? Share them below!