Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.

Twirling the cord of my earphones around my fingers, I debated whether or not I should speak my mind. I closed my eyes and tried to focus on something else, but my efforts were futile, as there was only one thing on my mind: the volume of the radio.

"Can you please increase the volume to an even number?" I asked, hoping that he didn't find my unusual request annoying. He made a face, but complied anyways, and I let out a sigh of relief. I didn't want any stress to ruin my mood before I took the SAT. I closed my eyes and thought about my friends from first grade, who had convinced me that odd numbers are bad luck and that I should do everything in my power to "fix" my luck.

Though I have felt silly for continuing to believe in this idea of luck constructed by some children as a prank; I think it is a crucial part of who I am, as this "quirk" has stayed with me since I was seven. This quirk certainly showcases my gullible nature, but it also effectively gives an insight into how superstitious I am as a person. Deep down, I don't really believe in luck, but rather choose to believe in hard work and dedication. However, this quirk offers me comfort, especially during the times when I am not as confident in my abilities. It pushes me to do be brave and pursue my challenging goals, because if luck is with me, in the form of an even number, then anything in my life seems possible.

At the end of the day, it isn't the studying and the practicing that helps me prepare for a big day/ test, because I study and practice for every test. It is this superstition that comforts me and makes me feel confident in my own skin, allowing me to focus all my energy on answering the question or getting through an important day.

Bashudha from Virginia
High School Senior
Annandale High School