Midterm and final exams are stressful. Nobody can deny that. In most classes, tests matter much more significantly to your overall grade than they did in high school, and if you’re unlucky, you may have two back-to-back on a Monday and a paper due at midnight.
That’s a lot of information to try and cram into your head in a short span of time, and it really is draining.
People cope with that stress in a lot of different ways: working out, listening to music, meditating, going off-campus for some “me time," or, in my case, eating and napping like it’s Thanksgiving. But possibly the best way to decompress and relax is by petting man’s best friend.
This week, UMass’s “Paws Program” brought in therapy dogs from “Bright Spot Therapy Dogs” as they do twice a semester — once during midterms and once during finals — to the Student Union and library. There you could find dogs of all breeds, shapes, and sizes, eager to be pet and ready to kiss you. Also at the event, tables were set up where the Center of Health Promotion gave additional tips and tricks on how to manage stress most effectively.
It’s nice to be at a school that’s genuinely concerned about the well-being of its students. Especially when that results in you getting to pet dogs.