Final exam season is upon us! The Texas A&M University School of Law has developed several programs aimed at reducing student stress during exams. One exciting new program brings a few furry friends to the law school during the first day of exams. Additionally, the law library decorates our reading room with holiday cheer and provides complimentary study food for the students to enjoy.
The canine companions were loved by the students, faculty, and staff. Lisa’s K-9 Kids located in Arlington, TX provided several cuddly fur babies that are at different stages of their training, including one lab mix, Jax, who was on his first outing. Many students completed their exams and decompressed with the dogs.
Also for the exam period, the law library builds a book tree and a traditional holiday tree. Atop the holiday tree is, of course, a West form book with a giant star of Texas. We also created a snowman made of federal reporters that is affectionately named the 12th snowman (Go Aggies!). The purpose of these decorations is to provide a relaxing atmosphere for students to study that hopefully reminds them of home.
Finally, the law library provides the nectar of the Gods (COFFEE!!) and snacks for the students. The snacks are manned by a bust of Dee J. Kelly, the namesake for our law library. We try to provide a mixture of snacks to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences. As we were putting the snacks out this morning, several students thanked us for providing these items and took a few up to their morning exams.
We are currently brainstorming new ideas for providing stress relief during exam season. If your institution is doing something interesting or innovative, feel free to email me at email@example.com. I would love to hear all about them.