Monday, October 12, 2009
Pets Improve Student's Emotional Health
For many, college is an emotional roller coaster filled with projects, exams and other stressful academic assignments. Students are more likely to fight with their significant others, roommates, parents, and professors than any other time in school. Depression is all too common in college. In times of high stress and loneliness, sometimes all we need is something that we can't have living on campus: a pet.
According to WebMD, students that had a pet reported that they would feel lonely without one. Their top three reasons to having a pet were: 1. Companionship 2. To keep them active and 3. To "get them through the hard times." There's something about having a pet that is similar to having a best friend around all the time. Many students living off campus choose to adopt from rescue shelters near the college. From personal experience, my four roommates and I just got two bunnies (Mufasa and Einstein..pictures to come!) this past weekend and it has really allowed us to bond over buying the cages, picking up the bunnies, and getting them settled in our new home!
If you don't have the time or money to care for a dog, cat or bunny, there are other pets that are easier to maintain. Fish, hamsters, gerbils, lizards and guinea pigs are all fun and inexpensive alternatives. For those who live in a dorm room on campus, I'm sorry to say there's not much you can do about sneaking a pet behind your RA's back. I do not recommend trying to keep a boa constrictor in a common room, a fish as a pet in a Poland Spring water bottle, or a kitten in a shopping bag (All true college pet horror stories according to Helium.com)
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*Do you feel that a pet would help ease your stress in college?*