Grass, Dogs, and Massages – Finals Week Comfort Stations

Yale University’s Daily News reporter,  Rebecca Levinsky posted earlier this month in theirCross Campus online news presence that Cornell students are lounging on grass at the library “like cattle.”  This is because across the nation universities are tackling Finals Week and providing comfort to students who at this time need assistance managing stress, their help, and their time. While Cornell shipped Adirondack’s grass to cover the floor of their Olin Library, providing comfort during this turbulent finals time, other libraries across the nation use Therapy Dogs, including SUNY Buffalo, in what they call Stress Relief Week.

Luckily for us at the CUNY Graduate Center, we have the Student Life and Services Committee of the Doctoral Student’s Council who have chosen to coordinate “comfort stations” inside the library to help students manage finals stress. These stations have been successful all week, rotating amenities during midday library hours such as chair massages, temporary rest stations, earplugs, and information on stress management, among other aids.

In your final hour of finals stress, go to the first floor of Mina Rees in the quiet area beyond the elevators between 2pm and 8pm.  It’s on our Commons Page event calendar, so don’t forget to stop in.

About the Author

Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz is an Assistant Professor and Head of Reference at the Graduate Center Library.