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Petting zoo provides healthy dose of relaxation, nostalgia on campus

Petting zoo provides healthy dose of relaxation, nostalgia on campus (credit: Josh Smith/Forum Editor) Petting zoo provides healthy dose of relaxation, nostalgia on campus (credit: Josh Smith/Forum Editor)

Although college is supposed to be the transition from childhood to adulthood, the nostalgia that comes from reliving childhood pastimes can relieve stress and raise spirits. However, that transition to adulthood is often fast and jarring. It will be hard to escape the mundane activities and repetitiveness of adult life, and all of us will surely yearn for our youth at some point during our adulthood.

Luckily, we’re in college, and we still have full reign to bask in the nostalgia of simpler times. Therefore, we commend AB Special Events for helping us make the most of this time by hosting a petting zoo Tuesday on the College of Fine Arts lawn.

AB Special Events “exists to provide the campus community with various novelty events throughout the year,” according to its website. While no other upcoming events are currently listed, we hope the organization continues to provide fun and unexpected activities in the future, especially events similar to the impromptu petting zoo.

While such things may seem immature to some, the student body revels in the euphoria that fluffy animals can bring to campus. Harkening back to our childhoods — be it through proximity to farm animals, obscure references to childhood TV shows, or playing with Nerf guns — is an excellent way to deal with the stress of academia and our imminent dive into maturity.

The largest event of the year for Carnegie Mellon, Spring Carnival, is entirely devoted to this concept. Funnel cakes, carnival rides, and fun houses not only fill our time during the festivities: They bring us back to a mindset when we were less cynical and everything was magical.

Petting a goat on campus on a Tuesday afternoon may seem trivial, but it’s the little things that matter. It’s those special moments in the day when we can forget about midterms, deadlines, that roommate of yours who doesn’t empty the sink, and relax, if ever so briefly.

We applaud AB Special Events for making this feeling accessible to the student body, as a petting zoo does as much for the soul as a life lesson from Mr. Feeny.