Getting through finals week with a little help from our furry friends

Saturday, December 14, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (Lance Conrad)-- The staff at Student Affairs and the Health Center understands finals week is a stressful time for students.  The deadline pressure for research papers, the cramming for tests and the procrastination punctuate the rush to pack up and head home for break.  They have a treatment that involves furry faces, whiskers and paws.  Check out our slideshow!

Cuddle Time

One way to relieve some of this stress is Westminster's annual "Pause for Paws" event which occurs the week before finals.  Faculty and families brought dogs to campus for a play date of sorts in the Berlin Lounge on the Friday before final exams. 


"If you see the students with the animals you see they're all smiling," said Westminster counselor Babs Quincy.  "That's why we do it."

All the cuddling, playing and even barking lighten the mood for those participating in the short break before heading back to studying, writing or cramming.

This is fifth or six times they have done the Pause for Paws event.  It started out being once a year but it was later changed to this time every semester. 

"It makes you appreciate the little things in life, " said first-year math major Kia-Anna Howe.  "This gives us an hour where everyone isn't worried about homework."

Usually the Human Society in Lawrence County brings all sorts of animals down to the College.  Quincey said they were unable to follow through this semester.  Luckily, many professors and students brought their own pets to brighten the students' day. 

Quincy stressed this is a tradition that will continue because it's so popular with the faculty and students. 

"Researchers have proven that pet therapy reduces blood pressure, relieves stress, anxiety and makes you laugh." 

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Tug of War

Playing tug of War with one of the local dogs.