Students often experience high levels of stress and anxiety. The pressures of making good grades and being a high-performing student can take a toll on the emotional well-being of students.
For Wayde Sims, Budda was a high school graduation gift. Wayde didn’t realize then how Buddha would become such an important source of comfort and support for him. Living with, caring for and interacting daily with Buddha became a crucial part of Wayde’s adjustment to college life and managing the demands of school and Division 1 athletics.
The two became inseparable. Wayde was often challenged with the potential separation from Buddha due to housing restrictions, and this was a big source of anxiety for him. Wayde's mother, Fay Sims, shared, "The bond between Wayde and Buddha was so strong, I believe he would have lived under the overpass before giving up Buddha.”
With the guidance of counselors at LSU, Wayde was able to register Buddha as his emotional support dog and have Buddha live with him on campus.