Stress Test

 |  May 6th 2009  |   1 Contribution


Since this is a dog blog, a couple times a month our boy Bo (woof!) thought it would be nice to get the news through a dogs eyes. Bo invites everyone to read a chapter from his upcoming book BAD TO THE BONE at Bo Knows. Its a funny memoir about the crazy adventures we have shared together over the last 14 plus years, told through Bos eyes.

Okay Bo, take it from here..

I never put much stock in book learnin. Maybe its because I never went to college. Truth be told I never went to high school either, or even obedience training. Im a dog from the streets, using common sense to get me where I am today.

Undoubtedly Ive missed out on some great experiences: Guzzling water straight from a funnel while my brothers in arms chant Chug, Chug, Chug!, adding the freshman 15 with late night pizza treat delivery binges and going cow tipping instead of studying for the midterm sit/stay exam. Ahh, if only we were able to go back in time and choose differently.

But maybe its not too late. I could head to Wisconsin and partake in their finals week. It appears dogs are welcome there. Heres the story.

Library Mall is going to the dogs, and stressed-out students will be glad for it.

The Pet Therapy study break on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus will be on Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Library Mall at the western end of State Street, with staff from University Health Services bringing their dogs to the mall so students can pet and play with the puppies.

The counseling canines are intended to reduce the stress that students can feel heading into final exams.

Taking brief study breaks, even five minutes an hour, can reduce stress and help you recall information, said Rob Sepich, student relations manager at UHS.

Believe it or not, sleep should be a top priority, and the all-nighter should be shunned, UHS says.

How can you reduce stress during finals?

UHS recommends setting attainable goals by striving for excellence instead of perfection. Also, lay off the caffeine, try to attain success rather than avoiding failure, find something to laugh about, tell yourself you have enough time instead of wasting time dwelling on how little time is left, and ask for assistance through stressed-out times by turning to friends, family, faculty and UHS staff.

UW-Madison students can get one-on-one counseling for free at UHS by calling 265-5600. Massage therapy costing $40 for 50 minutes is also available by calling the same number or going online through MyUHS.

Additionally, UW-Madison students can give me massage therapy and I wont charge a thing. Now thats a happy ending. Woof!

*photo by: Michelle Stocker/The Capital Times
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