Hagerstown Community College helps students manage stress as finals approach | Local News

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For at least 20 minutes Monday, Hagerstown Community College students Shiann Gordon, Kaya Jackson and Samirrea Wright weren’t thinking about their finals next week.

Instead, they and dozens of other students got to play with several dogs at the school’s Student Center as part of HCC’s “de-stress week.”

“Once I heard there were dogs, I was immediately interested,” Gordon said as she petted a black-and-white bird dog named Gypsy.

Student Activities Assistant Jen Young spearheaded getting the therapy dogs from Kindly Canines, located in Chambersburg, Pa., to come to HCC for the first time.

An animal lover herself, Young said there are many studies showing how being around dogs, cats and other animals can be beneficial to a human’s health. She said getting the dogs on campus was “kind of a no-brainer.”

“It’s hard to have a bad day when you’re around dogs,” Young said.

Larry Beckman with Kindly Canines said the dogs often make stops at other colleges, like Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, prior to exams to help students relax.

The animals also frequent elementary schools, libraries, nursing homes, the Franklin County, Pa., courthouse to ease victims and those who are about to testify, and the veterans hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

“We’re a very active group,” Beckman said.

But the dogs are just the first of several activities HCC has planned to help its students manage their stress level going into finals and the holidays.

“Our finals start Monday, so every day we have something a little different to help students relax and de-stress,” Student Activities Coordinator Heather Barnhart said. “This is a good way to kick off the week.”

Barnhart said from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, students were welcome to attend an unique “music experience” in the black box theater at the Kepler Theater.

She said a student will set up a surround-sound playing of the Beatles’ iconic 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. There will be a small explanation about music theory and how it helps with stress management, as well.

“It’s going to be cool. We’ve never had anything like it before,” Barnhart said.

On Wednesday, students will be able to make items like stress balls, slime or other mindless distractions to take home.

Activities will be set up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main dining area at the Student Center.

HCC’s de-stress week will end with mindfulness and relaxation tips from Marie Hawse from the Hagerstown Hypnosis Center from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday in room 182 at the Student Center. 

Barnhart said Hawse will help students put themselves in the right frame of mind as the semester wraps up.



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