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‘Therapy dogs’ available at U. Oklahoma to help ‘de-stress’ during finals week

Whatever happened to just going for run, doing a hard workout, and later that evening having a cocktail (or two) to help relax during exams?

Apologies for the “Back in my day … ” query, but at the University of Oklahoma the Bizzell Memorial Library will be offering, among other things, therapy dogs to help students “de-stress” during their semester finals.

But that’s not all! “There will be complimentary snacks, board games, X-box games and coloring pages each day” according to The Oklahoma Daily.

And still more: “hot popcorn, creating your own light-up greeting card and art therapy.”

Therapy dogs! Coloring pages!! Art therapy!!!

Here’s the coming availability schedule:

Dec. 11:
• 4-10 p.m.: snacks, games, coloring pages
• 6-8 p.m.: therapy dogs from A New Leash on Life

Dec. 12:
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.: therapy dogs from A New Leash on Life
• 2-3 p.m.: hot popcorn provided by the Writing Center
• 4-6 p.m.: create your own light-up greeting card
• 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.: snacks provided by OU Information Technology, games, coloring pages

Dec. 13:
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.: therapy dogs from A New Leash on Life
• 2-3 p.m.: hot popcorn provided by the Writing Center
• 3-5 p.m.: create your own light-up greeting card
• 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.: snacks provided by OU IT, games, coloring pages

Dec. 14:

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.: therapy dogs from A New Leash on Life
• 1-2:30 p.m.: make art with the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
• 2-3 p.m.: hot popcorn provided by the Writing Center
• 5-7 p.m.: create your own light-up greeting card
• 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.: snacks provided by OU IT, Xbox games, board games, coloring pages

Dec. 15:
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.: therapy dogs from A New Leash on Life
• 2-3 p.m.: hot popcorn provided by the Writing Center
• 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.: snacks provided by OU IT, games, coloring pages

Dec. 16:
• 8 a.m. to noon: snacks provided by OU IT, games, coloring pages

Oklahoma certainly isn’t alone — here’s a snap of what’s available at Columbia University:

At this rate, adulthood will be moved back to the age of 35 or so.

Read the full OD piece.

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