Louise Conaty ’17
Soft, cuddly, and full of unconditional love, pets are the epitome of joy. Pets provide support when you are disappointed with a test or the end result of a big game. Tower Hill’s rigorous curriculum often leaves students stressed and flustered with their workload, but with the help of a pet they can relax during their high school years. Owning a pet can be a lot of work and a big commitment, but the benefits are unmatched.
Pets can be the perfect companions to busy high schoolers. Students who own pets often times have reduced stress levels. Animal Planet argues that “there are a number of proven health benefits of owning a pet including physical, mental and emotional improvements, from enhancing social skills to decreasing a person’s risk of heart attack.” Owning a pet also has shown to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, so it is no wonder why pet owners are overall happier and healthier.
Tower Hill Students notice reduced stress levels and overall happiness when they are with their feline or canine friends. Maryam Ismail, an eleventh grader, owner of Buttons, loves “coming home to a happy dog.” Seeing a pet’s cheerful face has many mood boosting effects. Julia Ward, eleventh grader, loves taking her dog Nala on walks. This activity is a great way to get in exercise and to wind down at the end of a challenging day at school. Matt Wilkinson believes that “dogs are always there for you. Whenever you’re feeling down they come and cheer you up.” So next time you are feeling stressed out, whether it is over an important test, big game, or nerve-racking performance, show your pet some love and the benefits will be mutual. Emerson McCauley, eleventh grader and owner of Hachi, a Boston terrier, appreciates that pets “are always happy to see you.” Tenth grader Isabel Shegog sums it up pretty nicely: “Pets are the best.”