Saturday December 14, 2019

Feeling homesick? Go for Animal-assisted Therapy to lead a satisfactory Life!

The participants who took eight weeks of dog therapy experienced significant reductions in homesickness and a greater increase in satisfaction with life

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Dog Therapy. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
  • According to a research, Animal-assisted therapy may help first-year college students overcome homesickness and may help lower drop-out rates
  • The therapy includes 45-minute weekly sessions involving small group interactions with dogs and their handlers, and engagement with fellow students from the study
  • In a 2009 report conducted for B.C. Stats, 29 percent students who wanted to drop out, decided to stay

Toronto, Sept 09, 2016: Animal-assisted therapy can help first-year university students combat homesickness and could also be a useful tool in lowering drop-out rates, finds an interesting research.

Homesick students are three times more likely than those who manage their homesickness to disengage and drop out of university, the researchers said.

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“Transitioning from high school to university can prove to be a challenge for many first-year students,” said John Tyler Binfet, Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Okanagan, Canada.

In the study, the participants who completed eight weeks of dog therapy experienced significant reductions in homesickness and a greater increase in satisfaction with life.

Participants reported that sessions “felt like they were at home chatting with friends who brought their puppies.”

But the non-treatment group reported an increase in their feelings of homesickness, the study said.

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Dog therapy included 45-minute weekly sessions involving small group interactions with dogs and handlers, and engagement with other first-year students participating in the study.

For the study, published in the journal Anthrozoos, 44 first year university students who self-identified as homesick were given a survey to measure levels of homesickness, satisfaction with life and connectedness with the campus.

Half of the students completed eight weeks of dog therapy, while the other half were informed that their sessions would begin in eight weeks’ time.

A total of 29 per cent of students who dropped out cited more interactions and friendships with other students as a factor that would have influenced their decision to stay longer, according to a 2009 report conducted for B.C. Stats — the statistics agency for British Columbia in Canada.

“Moving to a new city, I did not know anyone at the university and became very homesick and depressed. I was mainly secluded in my dorm room and did not feel like I belonged here. Coming to animal assisted therapy sessions every Friday gave me a sense of purpose and kept me enthusiastic about life,” stated Varenka Kim, a student at UBC Okanagan. (IANS)

  • Manthra koliyer

    Dog therapies can be one the best ways to solve all the problems people face.

  • Jagpreet Kaur Sandhu

    Wow! Sounds interesting, as they say dogs can be our best friends.

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5 Hottest Online Trainings 1st Year Students Should take up

1st year college students should for these online trainings.

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Online training is defined as the learning that is imparted through online content. Pixabay

The first year of college is the formative year for every student as it has a strong impact on your career. Having transitioned from school to college, most of the students have a lot of questions about college and opportunities and they end up spending most of their time in seeking answers. Well, there is no way of knowing where to seek the answers, but you can spend your time doing something that will contribute to your academic and professional growth i.e – online training.

Before we proceed further, let us first understand, what is online training?

In a nutshell, it is defined as the learning that is imparted through online content. It gives the user an opportunity to pursue and access the content anytime and anywhere via laptop, computer or a phone. The content is primarily audio-visual oriented and uses gamification to explain the concept in-depth.

Having discussed what is online training, let us discuss the various online trainings you could opt for in your first year of college

1. Business communication skills:

Good communication skills can make or break an interview, be it a professional or an academic set up. The ability to express your thoughts in words verbally or written is just one aspect of business communication and it is essential to know the rest. Interpersonal skills are another key aspect of business communication and having done a training in Business communication will help when you are applying for a club in college, anchoring a fest or even when looking for an internship or a job. It is a must have skill if you wish to make a positive and a lasting impression on someone.

2. Advance Excel:

One of the most commonly used software.  Knowledge of MS Excel is another skill you that would help you grow professionally. Nowadays, almost everyone has used Excel to a certain extent but it the essential to know more than just average to put yourself ahead of your peers. Having knowledge of advance MS Excel can help you to draw inferences from raw data, structure your data and ultimately make informed decisions.

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Online content is primarily audio-visual oriented and uses gamification to explain the concept in-depth. Pixabay

3. Digital marketing:

All the buzz you hear before the launch of a product is part of Digital marketing. A quintessential trait to have if you ever wish to promote your college fest or spread a message to the masses. It is also a handy skill for future entrepreneurs. It is a vast field with different segments like email marketing, web analytics, social media marketing, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, blog creation, video, and mobile marketing.

 4. Programming with C and C++:

A basic level programming language that that is part of the curriculum in school and lays the foundation to every programming language thereafter. It is used whenever a better command of hardware is required. Doing a training in C and C++ will help you understand the basic techniques of generic application development, integrating function sets and general method of the architecture of business solutions. The knowledge attained would come in handy at later stages or if you ever wish to pursue a career in relevant engineering.

5. Core Java:

It is derived from the C-language and since its inception, has been amongst the top performing programming language. Java is efficient because of which it is frequently used as an enterprise-level software or in complex business problems. It consists of Java Virtual Machine (JVM), which is responsible for converting the code and Java Runtime Environment (JRE), which is used for execution.

Also Read- The Main Benefits of Opening an Online Business

All of these skills are in-demand and have future prospects as well. To ensure that you spend your idle time in the most productive way, enroll for an online training this break!  

Courtesy: Internshala Trainings, a training platform (trainings.internshala.com)