In an on-going effort to eliminate normal stress from every aspect of life that we all face, the University of Amsterdam in Holland has created a safe space Puppy Room for their young adult students:
The Amsterdam University Library is helping students deal with the stress of exam week. The Library opened a special ‘puppy room’, where students can go cuddle with a puppy for 15 minutes and recharge before getting back to studying, RTL Nieuws reports.
Marloes van Wagtendonk, an employee of the Library, decided on a puppy room after speaking to students. She doesn’t think the students’ idea for a puppies is strange. “From research we know that cuddling is effective. Puppies lower the blood pressure, just like your stress level, and they make you laugh. But apart from that, it’s just something fun.”
The puppy room will be at the Library on Singel in Amsterdam on Monday and Tuesday next week. There’s space for a total 160 students to cuddle 10 puppies, by appointment. Though the appointments are already booked full. “It went really fast. Within 45 minutes, 160 students registered. We may organize this again for next exam week.”
Van Wagtendonk emphasized that the welfare of the animals will be paramount in the puppy room. The 10 puppies come from animal agency Catvertise, with 17 handlers. Only a limited number of students will be allowed in the room per time slot. The entire action will cost the University of Amsterdam 400 euros.
Coddled young adults have become ill-equipped to deal with the normal stresses of everyday life, like having to take an exam that requires concentration and study. The very idea that a student is going to be evaluated by a White male professor and given a grade is enough to make many students today go into panic mode, while others become even suicidal. The answer is to recreate a stress-free environment of childhood innocence where puppies play and everyone gets their own gold star just for participating.
The uber-liberal Dutch have done the same thing with their prisons, which are virtually indistinguishable from hostels and hotels. It is hurtful for criminals to be reminded everyday that they are being punished, so an environment of “normalcy” must be created for them, so that when they re-enter society after a much-too-short incarceration, criminals will have no sense that they’ve been punished at all. And after graduating, students will have no sense that they’ve been educated or evaluated.