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Students Unwind During Spring 2017 Anti-Stress Week
A female student takes a selfie with a black labrador wearing a crown of flowers on the floor of the Bankier Library lobby.

Between coursework, final exams, home and work obligations and, for many, the prospect of graduation, late April can be a stressful time for Brookdale students. To help relieve some of that pressure, Brookdale’s Office of Student Life and Activities (SLA) partnered with the Counseling Department and the Bankier Library to offer a week-long series of free activities, services and workshops to all Brookdalians.

“Whether you’re cramming for final exams or preparing to graduate and transfer to a four-year school, there can be a lot of pressure this time of year,” said interim SLA Director Lauren Brutsman. “This is our way of recognizing all the hard work our students are doing, and providing them with an opportunity to just step back, breathe, and decompress a little. A little bit of fun can go a long way.”

Spring 2017 Anti-Stress Week, held from April 25-27, offered students a wide variety of opportunities to relax, unwind and spend some quality, stress-free time with friends and classmates.

The week kicked off with free massages, an oxygen bar and refreshments in the Student Life Center during College Hour on April 25. Across campus in the Bankier Library, students were able to sit down and play with a team of certified therapy dogs as part of Brookdale’s biannual “Paws and Relax” program.

Chloe the puggle helps students relax during Spring 2017 Anti-Stress Week.

Chloe the puggle helps students relax during Spring 2017 Anti-Stress Week.

Dottie the black labrador, Tally the lab/chow mix, Molly the mini-schnauzer, Kenzie the wire-haired fox terrier, Nelly the mix, Tamela the golden retriever and Chloe the puggle all snuggled up with Brookdale students and posed for selfies throughout the afternoon.

“Anytime you get to play with dogs, it’s a great day,” said first-year early childhood education major major Jenna Goldberg, one of dozens of students who spent their lunch hour with the therapy dogs.

“I have two finals coming up and it’s definitely a stressful time of year. But being here today and seeing the dogs is really relaxing. It definitely frees you up a bit. It gets your mind off your work, if only for a couple of hours.”

Anti-Stress week programming continues today with free massages and an all-day screening of the movie in the Student Life Center. The week will conclude with free Maui Wowi smoothies, massages and more activities beginning at 11 a.m. on April 27.

View the full list of upcoming Student Life events by visiting the Student Life and Activities webpage.

Check out more photos of the Spring 2017 Anti-Stress Week here.