Puppy room opening to relieve Aberdeen student exam stress

Freshers students at university

Students at the University of Aberdeen will soon be able to relieve exam stress by playing with puppies.

The institution’s Exam Welfare Initiative is joining forces with Guide Dogs For The Blind Association to open up a special puppy room on campus during the exam period – May 13th to 23rd – where stressed out undergraduates can relax and take their mind off their studies.

On top of this, the university is offering smoothie and apple freebies, as well as yoga taster sessions, onsite massage and a health walk on the beach.

Aberdeen University’s president of societies and student activities Emma Carlen said: “We got a really positive reaction to that from both the guide dogs and the students. It really chilled them out, so that encouraged us to get this set up for the exam period.”

The decision to give puppy therapy the go ahead came about following a successful trial earlier this year with Guide Dogs Scotland.

Some universities in the US have already opened similar rooms, including Macalester College in Minnesota and US Kent State University in Ohio.