‘Tis the season for stress, headaches and the consumption of one too many energy drinks. Finals have crept up on the city’s college students. Yet, instead of just extending library hours to help the community cope, two local universities have taken a cuddlier approach, bringing in puppies for students to play with at a time they need to de-stress the most.
As part of Suffolk’s iStudy—a free, drop-in final exam preparation event—the school brought a pair of fluffy, incredibly adorable dogs to the Ballotti Learning Center on Thursday to give the students a break from studying. After flipping through photos from the event (below) and seeing the reaction on the students’ faces, it’s clear the event was an enjoyable one.
Come Thursday, December 13th, students on the other side of the Charles River will be getting their chance to play with puppies, as well. Massachusetts non-profit Dog B.O.N.E.S. (Dogs Building Opportunities for Nurturing and Emotional Support) will be bringing therapy dogs to the Hayden Library from 2-3:30 p.m.
Coined “Cookies with Canines,” the event is one MIT has started hosting annually. Last year, we caught up with Heather Denny, MIT Libraries communications officer, who said the event has always been a huge success. Hundreds showed up to the first study break and even professors were singing the Libraries praises, saying:
MIT Libraries, I love you. You brought wonderful, pettable therapy dogs to MIT. From the crowd, I think I’m not the only one with this sentiment.
The only way students could love the MIT Libraries more is if they followed in Yale Law School’s footsteps. The school announced last year that students could “check out” Monty, a border terrier mix, for 30 minutes at a time while they were checking out their library books. In a letter to the students, librarian Blair Kauffman wrote, “It is well documented that visits from therapy dogs have resulted in increased happiness, calmness and overall emotional well-being.”
Need all of the above? Just check out the photos below, courtesy of Suffolk. Cuddly canines can put anyone in a good mood, regardless of whether they’re saddled with finals or not.