College pets: Best friends or bad decisions?

Recent studies show that keeping pets can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce feelings of loneliness and increase the level of activity of the owner. As a result, many universities allow students to keep pets in hostels.

Very few universities allow students to keep pets in hostels, but this number is increasing.

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Many students desperately need a friend like this while in the dormitory

‘I am the only child in a family that loves animals. We always have a dog in the house, ” said Colin Hilliard, 20, a student at Eckerd College (USA).

‘Going to college is the time I have to be away from home… It is a challenge that I must overcome’.

After the first year of college, Colin adopted a 2-month-old puppy named Luna. The reason he can have pets in the dorms is due to Eckerd’s pet friendly policy.

‘Luna helps me alleviate my anxiety symptoms. Keeping a dog in school gives me emotional stability to keep up with my busy schedule, ” Colin shared.

Recent studies show that keeping pets can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce feelings of loneliness and increase the level of activity of the owner.

In 2017 there was a study called ‘Pets in college: Best friends or bad decisions?’. The study followed 66 students, including pet owners and non-adopters, through their subjects for one semester.

‘There is not much difference in the levels of stress and anxiety between pet owners and non-pet owners. However, we found that, for students who have pets, even if they report a lot of stress, these stresses do not turn into symptoms of anxiety, ” the study author said. good.

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Many universities allow students to have pets

Eckerd College was one of the first American universities to allow students to keep pets in a dormitory. Founded in 1958, the school was originally only for students to keep aquarium fish and small animals. But then, in 1973, the school started to allow the raising of larger animals such as dogs and cats.

In the 2018 school year, there are 1,842 graduates and 229 pets are registered with the student. More than half of them are dogs and cats. Other pets include hamsters, lizards, porcupines, rabbits, and weasels. Many cheerful students even put on graduation coats for their  pets  .

Of the 1,000 universities studied, only 4% allow pets, but this number is growing every day.

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