Bring Back The Pet Dorms
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Bring Back The Pet Dorms

Why pet dorms are good for students and colleges in general.

Bring Back The Pet Dorms
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I'm not sure how widespread pets dormitories are, but I know Wells used to have a pet dormitory where students could live with their pets. Now you can only have pets on campus through a lengthy process, which involves detailed letters from doctors and therapists, which seem a bit crazy to me. I think there is more than enough evidence to bring back the pet dorms, both at my college and nationwide! Here are some reasons a pet dorm benefits not only the individual student but the university at large! (Also enjoy the cute animals gifs!)

1. Emotional well-being

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It has been proven over and over again that animals help improve mood and help people who suffer from things like depression and anxiety! Even if a student doesn't have a documented mental health issue animals are still helpful to better the student's mood. College is a stressful time for all students so I'm sure we could all use a dog to cuddle during finals!

2. Available campus wide

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Pet dorms allow for students who may not be able to bring a pet to still visit these animals, or have the animals visit them! Faculty and staff can also pay a visit, or the therapy animal can attend a class, maybe just to chill, but they also could be used as examples in class.

3. Teach responsibility

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This is the first time for many people to live on their own and having an animal to take care of can help teach responsibility. Also, you have a ton of individuals willing to pet sit if you need a night to party.

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Another issue, especially that freshman deal with, is homesickness and having that small part of home with them, their pet, can help a student deal with feelings of homesickness.

5. Less issues

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There are a lot of problems with bringing a pet to campus, mainly to do with allergies and waste removal, but by designating a dorm as a "pet dorm," this gets rid of many of the issues. People who are allergic to animals can live in another pet-free dorm, and the dorm can be specially equipped (cheaply) to deal with the care of animals.

6. Create a new environment

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A pet dorm would create a new environment on campus and there would most likely be less "wild" college parties and things of that like since that would be adverse to the animals living there.

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Both the stress relief and the responsibility that come along with pet ownership helps foster both a mood and characteristics that are directly correlated with higher grades, which is both good for the students and make the colleges look better!

8. Money

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You know colleges love to charge for odd things, and while I would love to bring my animal to college for free, I know there has to be something in it for them. I would gladly pay a small fee (which I hope could be waived for people without the means) to have my dog with me. (This may be included as a wink to colleges that I know what you care about and I'm willing to exploit that.)

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