How Do You Like Those Apples? UNCG Statue Holds Fruitful Tradition

The History of UNCG's Final Exam Traditions

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Does an apple a day keep bad grades away? 

Well, we don't know - but they might be good luck for UNCG students during exam time. They just have to visit Minerva. 

Minerva is a statue associated with wisdom on UNCG's campus. She's been there since 2003, and she's the center of a fruitful tradition at the school.

During final exams, apples are placed by Minerva's base, almost like an "offering." 



According to school records, the first offering at Minerva was a coin in 2007. 

The first apple was given to Minerva in 2010. 

Today, the ritual lives on. Some students take apples or leave them, (some take a bite and leave one), others write encouraging notes, and some students even stick coins into the fruits. 

No one knows how the tradition got started, but it's one the students have made their own. 

How do you like those apples? 





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