Today’s college students are very lucky indeed – it’s the age where schools are now offering varied ways to help them cope with the stress of final exams. Think about chocolates, Play-Doh, and even therapy dogs in the house!
At the University of Pennsylvania, students now can work with varied groups that offered different study breaks. They also have a video game stress reliever, Zumba class, and a ‘Chocolate and Chocolate Labs.’
As for the University of Illinois, they have an annual tradition that students could participate in — the ‘Reading Day’. The Daily Illini reports that they also have non–mandatory events that are meant to help students study and de-stress in place of classes.
Fancy Wii gaming, ‘brain massage music’, or origami folding? According to the website of Penn State, these are all included in their ‘De-Stress Fest’.
University of Michigan’s Facebook page says that they offered Play-Doh and more in an event before the final exams. They also had other things to help keep the students relaxed like dominoes, Legos, and glitter bottles.
Temple University’s Student Activities group came up with an all-inclusive ‘camping’ event, which they dubbed as the Camp TU. The students were allowed to participate in de-stressing activities like watching the movie ‘Anchorman’, scaling a rock wall, zip-lining, or eating from one of the 7 food trucks.
According to director of student activities at Temple University Christopher Carey, these activities have helped their students in varied ways. He says that it’s a great opportunity for them to enjoy the spring weather together with their pals before the finals week. He also says that they were able to get some practical event planning experience from it.
Meanwhile, those who were enrolled at the Montana State University were invited to play with four-legged pals, which were provided by the Intermountain Therapy Animals. The students were asked to show their level of stress by ranking this from 1 to 5 before petting the animals. Before doing so, some gave themselves a 4 or 5 rank. After engaging with the animals, they felt more at ease where they ranked their stress levels at 1 to 2.
Similarly, St. Cloud University and Hope College also offered dog therapy to their students. They also made this available to faculty and staff