Students De-Stress with Kittens from Pet Refuge

Lissa Diaz
The Bethel University Center for Academic Success wants to help students relieve stress this finals week. They will provide a variety of activities, including “kitten therapy” courtesy of Pet Refuge. Tues., Dec. 10, from 10 a.m.-noon kittens will be available to pet, hold and play with on the first floor of the Miller-Moore Academic Center.

“Research shows that petting an animal lowers your blood pressure. It helps your body release a relaxation hormone and reduce levels of stress hormones. If we can provide animals, which consequently lower students’ stress levels, then they are better able to demonstrate their knowledge about a particular subject,” says Rachel Kennedy, Director of the Center for Academic Success.

Petting kittens isn’t the only activity planned to help students de-stress.

Mon., Dec. 9, free massages will be available in the Wellness Center.

Wed., Dec.11, there will be baby farm animals at the large gazebo on campus from 9 a.m. to noon.

Additionally, there will be a variety of things to see and do in the Center for Academic Success, located in the basement of the Milller-Moore Academic Center, throughout the week. Dogs will be available for petting from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. There will also be a wall of memes, homemade cookies in the Learning Commons, a bubble wrap wall, a journaling wall and other stress-relief activities.

Kennedy explains, “With the stress levels involved in finishing the semester, both in terms of final exams, as well as papers, projects and presentations coming due, it helps bring a little positivity to these last few days for our students.”

Attached: Photos from the spring 2019 event with kittens from Pet Refuge.


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