Most parents writing a $44,853 check for their child’s tuition and fees for a single year at college – not including a dormitory room, meals and books, might not have anticipated that the school would be providing a special “stress free zone” to help students deal with final week.

But students at American University in Washington, D.C. are being encouraged to “escape” from the pressure of exams at areas stocked with board games, snacks and treats.

“Relax! Enjoy your food! Play games!” reads a sign guiding the 18 to 22-year-olds who are – in real life – old enough to get married, donate blood and serve in the nation’s military – to the area where they can pick up their “distress kits and sip hot cocoa.”

Another sign warns happily: “Absolutely no studying for finals, looking at flashcards or calculating grades… tolerated beyond this point.”

What some are terming “coddling” of students by university administrators is also being viewed by others as infantilizing them, as many schools have taken steps to set up similar areas on campus to help students deal with their disappointment in the results of the recent General Election.

Students at some universities, including prestigious Ivy League schools like Yale, have complained of feeling frightened by the prospect of a Trump presidency, demanding that exams be cancelled and due dates for papers be extended – and administrators and professors have acquiesced.

Colleges across the country have provided coloring books, Play-Doh, and pet therapy for the upset students, raising questions about how well these institutions of higher learning are preparing their students for an adulthood that will present them with challenges and difficulties without the hot cocoa, games and furry dog to pet.

Read more here: Campus Reform

 
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