For the third straight year, First Year Experience, Humber Libraries and the college’s International Centre put on a variety of events and activities at the North and Lakeshore campuses to help reduce stress and promote strong student mental health.
The program operated under the banner of Recess in the Library, and took place each midday this week at the Lakeshore & North libraries.
Festivities included Animal Day, Wellness Day, Games Day and Arts Day. Animal Day featured visits from a capybara, lemur, parrot, skunk and a variety of snakes and insects.
Humber and University of Guelph-Humber students were treated to a visit from some friendly exotic animals right in the comfort of their own library. A popular member of the fuzzy visitors amongst the students in attendance was the capybara. Capybaras are the largest species in the rodent family and are closely related to the Guinea pig. The curious rodent was comfortable socializing with students, and quickly became a celebrity on campus.
“The capybara was so cute! But the lemur was my favourite,” said Mathew Towers, 22, third year Media Studies student.
Learning Resource Commons coordinator Denise Rooney spoke to Et Cetera about the program and its growth from previous years.
“Many departments and services have joined up to put this week together. It’s all about the students, and trying to reach out to give students a 15 minute recess break, and we think people have embraced it.”
Other activities for students during the week included, free massages, yoga, board games, live jazz, button art and origami.
On the growth of the Recess program, Rooney says, “it’s a great way to refresh and recharge. This year we have more departments participating, and it was originally a little seed of an idea that’s grown so much. This program has even inspired the Orangeville campus to be put on their own event next week.”
Tristan Clarke, 21, a third year Media Studies student at the University of Guelph-Humber said “The animals were super friendly, definitely a good stress-reliever, it was a cool event.”