Puppies help students relax

It's not just students filling out college applications in the hope of securing coveted places at top universities that are stressed out. Many students enrolled in degree programs are also feeling the pressure, especially in demanding majors such as law. However, in an attempt to help students relax and unwind from rigorous studying sessions, some schools have introduced "puppy days," as a way to ease the pressure on students, reports The Washington Post.

George Mason University's School of Law recently brought 15 puppies as part of an initiative to help students relax after long study sessions in preparation for looming exams. Other academic institutions, such as Yale University's Law School also adopted puppies from nearby shelters to help students unwind.

"There’s nothing like a puppy to make someone smile," Debbie Marson, a volunteer with West Virginia-based animal shelter, A Forever-Home Rescue Foundation, told the news source. "It’s great for the students, and it’s great socialization for the dogs."

According to an article published by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this time of year can be particularly stressful for degree seekers. Many students struggle to manage their time effectively, with exams, coursework and holiday commitments demanding their attention. Rob Sepich, a stress management specialist, advised students that getting enough rest and eating well are two ways that they can give themselves a better chance of making it through stressful times in their academic life.

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