By Bobinec, Greg on December 10, 2019.
The height of student stress during the semester has come with exam week and Lethbridge College has programs to help push students through the stresses of exams.
From Monday until Thursday, the college faculty and students have gathered to bring dogs to campus for the annual Doggy De-stress. Throughout each day, individuals bring their dogs to the campus to have some play time with the students as a way to get their mind off of their studies for a moment, and enjoy the playful energy.
“We are doing a Doggy-Destress, so basically we have an exam week that goes on and we run this Monday through Thursday. Faculty members and some students can bring their dog in and give the students the opportunity to meet the dogs and play with them,” says Jacob Darby, student ambassador. “We have had a lot of people come in, whether it is big dogs or small dogs, people just love sitting in here. It also gives them a good opportunity to meet people, too. It is the end of the semester, but the general liking of animals helps.”
Over the last few years, Lethbridge College has offered the program as it has been proven that dogs can relieve stress and lower blood pressure within a short period of time of people feeling tense. Darby says bringing animals and students together is always a good way to raise spirits around campus.
“I take a psychology class and I learned that having dogs as a means of stress relief actually lowers your blood pressure and makes people generally happier, and all the dogs are fun to play with. I think people genuinely like animals and this is a really good idea,” says Darby.
Also during the week the college library will be extending its hours to allow students more time to work on projects or study in a structured environment, and access resources in extended times.
Whether it’s compiling all the final pieces of their projects, or crunching information before an exam, students at the college are preparing for the end of the semester, and finding ways to keep positive and relaxed during the process.
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