Students all over the world have pets. At UC Clermont, many students have dogs, cats, fish, or even lizards. Many universities have researched the benefits and drawbacks of owning a pet while attending school, and many institutions say that owning pets can help reduce stress and get students through difficult situations.
As a student at UC Clermont, I also have several pets: two cats, fish, and a frog. My cats, Sherlock and Eevee, were adopted through two different rescue organizations, and I got my fish and frog from an aquarium store in Colerain. My two cats are the most rambunctious cats I have ever met. When they run around the house and from downstairs, it sounds like an elephant stomping. At night, they will meow for hours, but I love them, regardless. My fish are fairly easy-going, but my African Dwarf Frog is partially blind and needs help eating properly.
I have always been interested in animals, especially when I was younger. At one point in my life, I wanted to become a veterinarian, but I am currently pursuing an English degree. However, my interest in fish is new. I obtained my Neon Tetras and Panda Corydoras approximately a year ago. They have been thriving in my tank, which is full of live plants (mostly amazon swords, anubias, and dwarf hairgrass). After taking care of my small aquarium for over a year, I have learned a lot about the nitrogen cycle and biology in general, and I honestly believe that having a daily routine of checking water parameters and changing some of the water has put much-needed structure in my life.
Do you want to talk about your pets? Have they had a major impact on your life that you would like to talk about? If so, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whether you are a student, staff, or faculty, we want to hear your stories!