It’s final exam time, and not only do students rub Testudo’s nose for good luck, they also leave offerings of various sorts at his feet–food, candles, beer, notes, furniture, flowers, and on and on. The UMD Archives does not routinely preserve all of this, but we did save one little verse left for our beloved terrapin in the late 1990s:
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of exams
I shall fear no question, for thou art with me.
Thy shell and thy nose, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a pen for me in the face of mine professors
Thou anointest my head with knowledge, my cup runneth over
Surely good grades and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life
And I will dwell in the house of the Terrapin forever.
Help us in our hour of need, Testudo!
Wishing all our Terps much success during exams and a terrific winter break!