Students Find Relief from Finals at Midday Retreat

FinalsRetreatTherapyDogsAmongst the madness of finals week, Vanguard University hosted a “Finals Retreat” on May 5 at the campus mall and in the Cove for students to pause, take a breath and jump back into their studies refreshed.

Starting at 11 a.m., the retreat featured 10-minute massages, therapy dogs, relaxation exercise sessions and snacks. The event also provided students with take-home stress balls and flyers with tips for combatting stress. VU’s Counseling Center, Diversity Programming and Alumni Relations worked together to create this time of relief for students.

Multiple students raved about the therapy dogs and their ability to relieve stress. Junior Lacey Proulx said just seeing the dogs brought a smile to her face. Sophomore Oscar Islas posted an Instagram photo thanking the dog Zip for bringing him some much-needed relief after two “very stressful finals” that morning. “So much stress got lifted off my shoulders because of him,” Islas said. Bark Reading Dogs, a California-based volunteer program, brought their certified therapy dogs for the event.

Commenting on the purpose of the retreat, Director of Alumni and University Relations Joel Gackle said it was to provide a “break from the stress” and to “calm the nerves.” This is the third year Vanguard has hosted a finals retreat. The goal of the retreat is to help students get “rejuvenated” so they can jump back into their studies and finish well, Gackle said.

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