‘Paws on the Island’ Provides Stress Relief to Students Studying for Finals

May 07, 2014

Paws on the Island

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Students preparing for final exams had the opportunity to relax, play with therapy dogs, and participate in other activities to help reduce stress during the “Paws on the Island” event held Tuesday, May 6, in the University Center.

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library and Paws Up Inc. partnered again to bring a stress-relieving environment to the campus community as they prepare for finals. The University Counseling Center was also on hand with fun and games for the campus community.

“The dogs love coming out to the University, because they pick up on the high energy of the students,” said Dr. Theresa Sharpe, Associate Director of the University Counseling Director. “Everyone really has a good time."

According to event organizers, petting a dog can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and alleviate anxiety. Students also enjoyed taking selfies with their friends at the “fun photo booth” which included silly hats, wigs, and other props for students to wear.

"Final exams can be hectic, but having the chance to spend some time with these therapy dogs helps me relax so I can focus and prepare to do well on my tests," said Nicole Stotts, a junior marketing major.

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.