SCC brings therapy dogs to help with finals week stress

Posted by: Abigail Wood

Monday was the first day of finals week at Southeast Community College, but the stress was softened on campus by a group of therapy dogs ready to be cuddled by anxious students.

"I just love dogs and I think it’s really beneficial for people to have an outlet," said student Courtney Duffy. "Study breaks where people can pet dogs."

The pups came from Healing Heart Therapy Dogs in Lincoln and will be at SCC Tuesday and Wednesday as well.

"What we know from research about human beings and dogs is that they kind of have this reciprocal relationship where they reduce each others’ stress," said Psychology Professor Dr, Katherine Zupancic.

And it wasn’t just dogs. The school also offered free hand and back massages. While SCC maintains that nothing prepares you for finals like studying, they say in this case it’s possible to have too much of a good thing.

"We know that the brain just doesn’t think clearly when you’re too anxious, to nervous, too stressed," said the Psych & Sociology Club Adviser Nicole Trevena-Flores. "So this just provides them an opportunity to ‘take five’ and do that."

This is the third year the school has offered therapy dogs. By the end of the week, 13 dogs will have visited the college. On Tuesday they’ll be there from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; then on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.