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30th September 2014


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Q) Need a break? A) Petting Zoo!

As I’m sure you’re all aware – it’s exam season once again, and we always try to do something to help students get through this stressful period. In the past, we’ve done this through revision packs, but these can be limited in number and can be very costly for what they provide students.

This summer, we’ve already worked with the library on a Red Card scheme, as well as booked extra study space in SUSU and the Murray Building over the next weeks – plus, we have a collated a range of really useful tips for revision and essay writing on our Education page.

Because we have a lot of the information online now, myself and Frankie have gone for a different angle, opting to deliver a range of relaxation activities throughout the next two weeks, for people to come along, switch off – and have fun.

Including a Petting Zoo!

As of next week, there will be a different activity held on the red brick area outside the Union building from 11am to 2pm, ranging from bouncy castles and other inflatables, to a 9-hole crazy golf course, Wii consoles and a Petting Zoo.

Anyone can come along, the activities are all completely free to enjoy, and will hopefully give students an opportunity to take a quick break over lunch to just take their mind off of revision or the exam they’ve just had – because relaxation and regular breaks are also an important part of revision.

For anyone who wants to know – we’ve asked for a range of baby animals to come with the zoo, so you can expect lambs, piglets, kids (baby goats…), guinea pigs, chicks, as well as a few other animals. Please make sure you wash your hands before and after!

So if you have a spare moment in the next two weeks – pop on down! And in the meantime, good luck with your revision!

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24 Comments on "Q) Need a break? A) Petting Zoo!"

  1. Sasha
    What?
    18/05/2012 at 3:44 pm Permalink

    This is such a fucking stupid idea to do slap bang in the middle of exams.

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    Sasha,

    Its to help people relax – its only a few hours a day, people dont need to come, and relaxation is actually really important in helping people revise in the long term, because it gives your head a break. the fact its in exams is exactly why we’ve done it then!

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    Shut up,

    Don’t be so boring, this is epic.

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    Negativity isnt the key,

    I think this is a brilliant idea, plus if you dont like it then its simple stay in the library and dont join in! Its the perfect way to de stress take some time out and then go back to revision its for a couple of hours of the day and no one is actually revising from the moment they wake up untill they go to sleep. Plus if your so negative about it, got any better ideas of how to motivate uni students during exams … no i didnt think so. Maybe instead of being negative you should support your Susu or get back to revision :) You took time out of your revision to leave a comment so whose to say you cant take time out to come along to the concourse

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    Laura,

    You sound stressed, try the petting zoo.

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    Charles
    18/05/2012 at 4:00 pm Permalink

    Amazing idea can we have a perminent baby animal fixture in the susu?

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    Tom
    18/05/2012 at 4:56 pm Permalink

    This is the best idea SUSU has ever had. Also, what that guy said ^

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  4. Sasha
    Anon
    18/05/2012 at 5:14 pm Permalink

    This is a really good idea to help students relax but the only issue I see with this is the noise. The May Fest annoyed a lot of people the other day because the loud music could be heard in the library. Are SUSU going to make sure this won’t be quite as loud? Other than that I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE PETTING ZOO

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    Sasha,

    It’s a fair point – I know SURGE were quite loud and I asked them to turn it down but…

    Hopefully this wont be as loud – there’s no music, just animal noises (baby animals arent that loud, right?), and I’m imagining people noise will be contained by the location, as it’s not as piercing as music. If it’s an issue, I’ll put up signs saying that loud noises make piglets and lambs cry…

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    Anon,

    Haha, I like the way you think. Just wanted to know there’d be no music!

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    Iliana
    18/05/2012 at 5:46 pm Permalink

    Oh my Gosh!

    You know, the other day I was reading the blog comment asking if anybody had any ideas about what would be good to help students relax, and this morning as i was walking towards the library I saw a group of people petting a little puppy and I thought ‘that would be an awesome way to relax!’ and then I read this comment! You guys are one step ahead! Thanks for this, Sabb team it’s amazing.

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    Chloe
    18/05/2012 at 6:07 pm Permalink

    Brilliant idea! It’s exactly the kind of thing I need during revision – to get out of the flat, to be out doors, to have fun, to forget that you’ve got a load of stressful revision to do! Will definitely be attending many of these! :D

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  7. Sasha
    K
    18/05/2012 at 6:22 pm Permalink

    It has been proved that petting and handling animals is an extremely relaxing therapeutic intervention. Great idea!

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    Anonymous
    18/05/2012 at 6:27 pm Permalink

    Can we have a petting zoo at WSA?
    We’re stressed all year round and full of self loathing because there are no right and wrong answers on our courses and even when we’ve handed in there is little respite for we are artists and have questions that must be answered!!!!
    However I feel this strife would be greatly reduced by the presence of goats and miniature pigs.

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    Sasha,

    The timeframe for all this was such that we had to act fast, and didn’t involve Laura in the discussion because of it (which is definitely our bad). As a result, we assumed, rightly or wrongly, that most of the campus is prepping up for the Grad Show (and there’s less of an easy location – the road wouldn’t be allowed, and councils/ Universities are VERY tetchy about grass being protected…), and came to the quick conclusion to just test the waters at Highfield – because we had no idea of the uptake of it all.

    That said, the fact that this seems so positive, we’ll probably do something similar in the future, plan it better and in advance more – and of course think of WSA.

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  9. Sasha
    Library
    18/05/2012 at 6:29 pm Permalink

    People are definitely going to be away from their seat in the library for longer than 30 minutes now…

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    ell
    18/05/2012 at 7:29 pm Permalink

    i think Frankie is brilliant for doing this. hero.

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    Jeevs
    19/05/2012 at 12:12 am Permalink

    Awesome, I have been waiting for a chance to be on a bouncy castle since 12.

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    Rebecca
    19/05/2012 at 3:19 pm Permalink

    This is amazing!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for thinking this up :D

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    Henry
    19/05/2012 at 3:39 pm Permalink

    Will there be a koala or a sloth, they’re what you really need!

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    Henry
    19/05/2012 at 3:41 pm Permalink

    or a lama or an alpaca….

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    Sasha,

    they did mention alpaca!! hence the photo. but i dont think there’s space/ availability… I know – I’m just as gutted. This is what the agreement is initially (although I have asked for a more tailored list toward that in the blog) http://mcfe.org.uk/agreement.php

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    Tom,

    The requirement for a mature adult seems to me far fetched when we’re all getting so excited about baby animals. I can’t wait btw!

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