Therapy Dogs, Harps & Massages Help NWU Students Relieve Stress

How do you keep college students motivated as they head into finals week?

With puppies, harps, massages and free food.

The annual revival stations returned to campus this week. The stations — which feature a different relaxation each day — are aimed at helping students briefly forget about their stress as they prepare for final exams.

The revival stations are provided by University Ministries, the Career & Counseling Center, Residential Education Office, and the student organization, MOSAIC.

On Monday, students and faculty alike popped bubble wrap; on Tuesday they were greeted by the sounds of beautiful harp music; and on Wednesday they were treated to chair massages. The revival stations will continue with yoga on Thursday and coloring and clay molding on Friday. Each revival station included hot chocolate, cider and healthy treats.

But it was the daily visits by furry friends that drew the biggest reaction from stressed-out students.

Volunteers with Healing Hearts Therapy Dogs, Inc., brought dogs to campus for two hours of pet therapy each day. Students flocked to the canines — some choosing to give them a tight squeeze while others giving the pets a gentle tap on the head. The pets brought smiles to the students and appreciation from the dogs who appeared grateful for the attention.

Students were also treated to a campus tradition — late night breakfast on Tuesday. Students indulged in hot biscuits and gravy served by their professors.

Students will take final exams December 17-21, which marks the end of the fall semester. Classes resume on January 22.

So much Fun!

Cooper, my Westie therapy dog, had such a great time at the Wesleyan study break. The students were great!! I hope that you continue to do this because we would love to come back!

Made my Dead Week

I loved having the yummies and the puppies!!!! My face got cleaned and dead week was much easier to deal with :D


This was the scene that greeted me when I arrived at work on Monday. What a lovely way to start the week.

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NWU students enjoy pet therapy at this week's revival stations.
NWU junior Abbie Krentz takes a break to pet "Sunny."
Harpists play holiday music at a revival station in Great Hall.
Students line up for hot chocolate and healthy snacks. The revival stations help students relax as they prepare for final exams.