CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than 500 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students preparing for final exams had the opportunity to relax, interact with therapy dogs, and participate in other activities to help reduce stress during the “Paws on the Island” event on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Dugan Wellness Center Gym.
“I think it’s really helpful for students to get their minds off of their tests and take a break from studying for a while to just relax and pet the dogs,” said Ciel Morgan, freshman.
The Mary and Jeff Bell Library, the Counseling Center, Recreational Sports, and Paws Up Inc. began partnering in fall 2012 to bring a stress-relieving environment to the campus community as students prepare for finals.
“The Library is on the front line of the students and their stress level when it gets to be finals time, so we are looking for an opportunity to let the students unwind and relax a little bit,” said Jennifer Anderson, Marketing and Communication Librarian. “A lot of the students are really stressed out at this point. Some of them are away from home and miss their own animals so this gives them the opportunity to play with an animal again.”
The University Counseling Center was also on hand with fun and games for the campus community. According to event organizers, petting a dog can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and alleviate anxiety.
Paws Up Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides animal assisted therapy in the Corpus Christi area. During the event, information on Counseling Center services was also available.