Puppy Party Provides Relief from Finals Stress

dogs help Vanguard University students study and de-stress

Students were invited to pet puppies, eat food and de-stress in the Tower’s Patio on Dec. 10.

With the stress of exams and final projects piling high, Vanguard University’s Counseling Center and Diversity Programming collaborated to create a stress relief event for students. Therapy dogs, massage therapists and stress balls greeted the more than 200 students (and a few faculty members and staff) who attended the event.  BARK Reading Dogs brought eight trained therapy dogs and two massage therapists from the California College of Physical Arts helped loosen students’ stiff necks and shoulders. Vanguard-student-pets-dog

The Counseling Center and Diversity Programming had a table with brochures on stress, anxiety and test taking tips, and stress balls for students to take. There were also refreshments, fruit and cookies. Based on social media and word of mouth, Coordinator of Disability Services Kerry Kimble said: “Students were very happy, pleased and Dogs-reduce-Vanguard-students-stressextremely thankful for such a fun and relaxing event.”

To find out more about Vanguard’s counseling center, click here, and for diversity programming information, click here.

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