Story, image and video by Hillary Di Menna.
Some students may have already started the count down to Reading Week as final projects and exams are on the horizon. Some will be leaving the structured nest that is school, while others are up against at least another year. Stress and anxiety can thrive on these facts of life.
Research done by Statistics Canada shows that stress rises with age until around 55 years old, when it begins to decline. The organization’s research also finds that physically active Canadians reported feeling less mental stress.
Michael Mackenzie is a Durham College student in the Welding Techniques program. He started in September 2012 after being out of school for almost ten years.
“It’s a huge change,” says Mackenzie. “I’ve never done post-secondary education, so I didn’t know what to expect.”