“Paws for Relaxation” offers a four-legged solution to college stress

Cramming your brain full of theories for finals can be stressful, especially when your finals can make or break your grade.

Luckily though, one person has decided to use her time and her love of dogs towards a practicum project that will help students cope with the stress of finals week.

“I am excited about this project because it will help fellow stressed out friends and colleagues.” said Sherry Nurre, a senior.

The Hannon Library has approved “Paws for Relaxation,” an event where volunteers and their trained dogs will be available for stressed students to hang out with during finals week. There will also be QiGong classes, art therapy, free 10-minute massages, and free food that was donated by the Ashland Food Co-op and Safeway.

Studies have shown that therapy dogs provide a great way for people to reduce stress. They reduce blood pressure, improve the functioning of the immune system, and even reduce symptoms of depression.

The Relaxation Extravaganza event takes place on June 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is a kick-off event for “Paws for Relaxation,” which takes place June 11-13 from 10:30 to 2 p.m. and will offer therapy dogs for students to hang out with inside and around the Hannon Library.

“I look forward to watching their reactions and hearing their feedback, as the word gets out about the dogs,” said Nurre.

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