Competitive colleges are offering a range of services for stressed students, says the New York Times.
There are now free massages and dogs to cuddle in exam seasons, biofeedback workshops and therapists available to help students work through their first C.
At Harvard, the training given to graduate students who live in the undergraduate houses has in recent years expanded to include ways to help students fight perfectionism — a theme on many campuses — as well as negotiate matters involving race, class and sexual identity.
. . . Washington University in St. Louis has established stress-free zones during finals, where students can get chair massages and listen to New Age music. Addressing the notoriously poor sleeping habits of undergraduates, the university recently celebrated Sleep Awareness Week by handing out sleep quizzes and reminding residential advisers not to brag about how little sleep they can get by on.
Some pressure is healthy, but sites like IvySuccess.com are just ridiculous. They charge $8,995 for a “Standard Consultation” and $18,000 for a “Complete Strategy.” Absurd.
There were no free massages in my day, I can tell you that. We had to pay for our own marijuana!