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Ok, so my room mate and I were talking about random pre-test rituals we do to give us good luck. In college, he did some crazy Tanuk Tanuk dance before every test. I used to take every test in college in my robe and house shoes. In medical school, I give high fives down the row I’m sitting in. Of course, there are the lucky pens and pencils. What are some of the silly things you guys do before tests?
 
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Um, I have two pet rabbits, and I very carefully rub their feet before I go to take an exam. I keep telling them they need to grow new, luckier feet. It doesn't seem to be working.
 
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Study of course, the whole week or 3 days before if I have no other choice.

I did have strange habits before tests (like not wearing black socks) but they're all gone now as I've grown insane in other ways instead.
 

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The closest thing I have to a pre-test superstition is slamming a Mountain Dew and listening to the same Dizzee Rascal song right before the exam begins.
 

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My thing is to avoid using the computer in the morning and half an hour before I go to bed the night before.
 

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When I was younger my grandma gave me a jade statue with a little gold part that she bought for me while traveling (I think in India, but not entirely sure, I was young) . . . she told me that you could rub the gold piece and make a wish. I have wished for success before every exam/interview since then on this little statue and overall I think it has worked in my favor, and I am to superstitious to see what would happen if I don't , . . so I keep on doing it.
 

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-Grow an exam beard (at the very least I DO NOT shave on exam day)
-Lucky eraser (had it since high school and use it at every test)
-Listen to music to pump me up
-Before opening the exam I say a little prayer (b/c I can use all the divine intervention I can get!)
 

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-Can't realy grow a beard so I just grow out an exam mustache.
-Lose about 5 pounds from not working out the week before an exam.
-No ill-na-na from the gf cuz she thinks I'm a biaatch the week before the exam.
-For boards extend PBS (pre board syndrome) out a month.
 
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-definitely don't shave for about 4-5 days before
-arrive at school 4 hours before exam for frantic "last minute" studying
-lots of caffeine
-10 minutes before exam listen to "Que Onda Guero" by Beck
 

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I always say good luck to the people around me (you know, for some of that bounce-back karma). Does it work? Uh, no...not always. But I do it without fail every time!
 

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well still in my senior year in college so i don't know if this applies to med school. but i must sit in my same seat i sit in in class, it personally pisses me off when someone takes it b/c i feel like they stole my vibes. silly, i know. i also try not to study up to 1 hour before it, i chill out and watch tv. i used to listen to franz ferdinand, "take me out" and modest mouses' "float on" but that was when the songs were popular.
 

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-Put a single cold beer into lunchbox
-Blast "Eye of the Tiger" for about 30 seconds before leaving for the exam, pissing off the sleeping PT students downstairs
-Buy a during-exam cup of coffee in the caf
-Get the good seat by the window for contemplating/zoning out/alleviating temporary "bubble vision"/looking at the squirrels running around because anything's more interesting than a biochem exam
-Finish exam as quickly as humanly possible, checking clock frequently and looking at the kids who finish before me to see where they are in the exam to ensure that I am on pace to finish early
-Open beer in the hallway walking back home and enjoy the victory beverage
-Study for next day's exam
-Listen to roommates b!tch about how they like totally failed and missed a ton of questions, especially #29 because there were 2 right answers and #84 didn't have a right answer
-develop paranoia and self-loathing based on roomates' account of exam
-Feverntly pray for P over the next 3-5 days
-Note marginally above-average score
-Resolve to study MUCH harder next time
-Then slack off for 2 weeks
 

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I wear hawiian shirts every day of the last week before qualifiers, started in college when that would be all that I would have left becuase I was too stressed to do laundry. Now it's good luck.
 

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I have a shirt from the Alfred Smart Museum of Art in Chicago that has the Smart Logo on it. I've worn that shirt at every exam this year. I also use black warrior pencils that are slightly blunted for faster bubbling, though there's never been a time crunch to really necessitate that feature.
 

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The only ritual I seem to have is waking up morning of in a confused hallucinatory state. Usually it has to do with whatever I was up 'till 4am studying. Back when I was in Gross, I would wake up thinking I was looking for some obscure ligament or nerve etc and just couldn't find it... It's terrible. Worse than a nightmare.

And it doesn't appear to bring good luck...
 
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