With exams about a week away, first-year Georgetown law student Anthony Nicolelli says tension on campus is building.
"Super stressed out," he says.
According to Jackson Miller, the pressure is on:
"It's pretty crazy, it's not that easy to get a job right now."
But down the halls of the Gewirz Student Center, canine barking signals a brief reprieve from 24/7 studying.
"The students really seem to lighten up and relax," says Tianda Harris, the founder of Pause for Paws at Georgetown University. "It's a welcome break from studying."
Each time exams approach, Pause for Paws brings more than a dozen dogs to campus. Students can take a quick break from studying to pet and play with service dogs from four service organizations such as Warrior Canine Connection and Guiding Eyes.
Emily Schroder, a student at Georgetown, says: "It's nice to take a break and get a little dog time."
"I love them, they're just so cute," adds Keren Kama. "You know, the calming effects of petting a puppy or a dog, I think are true."
Apparently wet kisses are just the cure for rattled nerves.