– The Bee Gees, ‘Edge of the Universe’
Finals week is upon us, which means stress levels are heightening by the minute and relaxation time is vital to mental survival.
I can’t think of a much better way to relieve tension than participating in the Paws for a Study Break program at St. Joe’s. The wittily-titled event brings local therapy dogs to the Drexel Library and Post Learning Commons for a few hours on reading day, which is the day before final exams begin. Students sign in and are then allowed to pet, play with, or even just fawn over adorable, friendly dogs of all ages.
Whether you have a dog at home that you miss or if you just happen to enjoy making furry friends, Paws for a Study Break gives students the opportunity to take a little time out of their studies to give some much-appreciated attention to loving dogs from Therapy Dogs International. TDI is a non-profit organization located in Flanders, New Jersey, about two hours away from St. Joe’s campus. The therapy dogs are trained and registered, as are their volunteer handlers, to visit locations such as shelters, hospitals, hospice, nursing homes, libraries, homes, and schools.
It’s always a wonderful experience when you come together with your friends and classmates and bond over mutual interests; it’s an even more wonderful experience when that bonding happens over easygoing dogs of all shapes and sizes!
Paws for a Study Break is happening Tuesday, May 5th in the library, so be sure to drop by and pause with Paws!
(PS – Be sure to check out the logo on the volunteer t-shirts, designed by yours truly!)