Clarification: An earlier version of this story mischaracterized the dogs as service animals. They are therapy dogs.
UNC Libraries’ Week of Balance helps students maintain their mental health during exam week by offering a series of stress-relieving events and activities.
The Week of Balance is held at the end of every semester during finals. Judy Panitch, the director of library communications, said the program has been held for several years and new activities are added each year.
“The Week of Balance is a week — a little bit more than a week — of activities during exam time that are intended to provide opportunities for students to relax and recharge and take a mini break from studying,” Panitch said.
Panitch said the program’s primary goal is to help students be successful during exam period.
Brittany Soder, a graduate assistant at the Undergraduate Library, also believes the Week of Balance is important for student success and wellness.
“We just like to step in for the students and make a space for self-care and relaxation, because we just want to make sure that we help UNC students succeed at their finals,” Soder said.
Due to the high amount of students heading to UNC’s libraries to study for exams, libraries are the optimal spot for Week of Balance events to be held.
“The libraries are very much a center of student activity, especially around exams,” Panitch said. “This is a really appropriate place to have some of these activities.”