I'm so excited to start my second cycle of the year. This time, I'm going to be focusing on student life and how to manage all the aspects needed to live a balanced life. For those of you who haven't seen my previous post, my inquiry question is...
How can a student lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle?
I'm very eager to start my research as this is something that will directly affect me and hopefully many other students on this site. Personally, having to balance my academics, an active lifestyle, a healthy social life, my mental health and all my extracurriculars is beginning to prove itself as challenging. I know I'm not alone in this, so I hope my research will be as informative for my audience as I expect it will be for me. Like I mentioned in my previous post, each round of research will be split into two sections. The first will pertain to the average Canadian student while the second will pertain to the average Kenyan student. Ms. Stuart (@Alison Stuart (Teacher/Admin)) was the one who suggested this idea to me as I believe our experiences as Canadian students does differ from the Kenyan members on this site, so it will be fascinating to look into both perspectives. Additionally, upon looking online, the majority of research sites pertain to a more Western point of view; accordingly, I will be sending private messages to some of the Kenyan students to gather information - a primary source will be a very valuable research source. So, if anyone is interested in helping me out, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message!
FYI - I will be focusing on high-school students for this inquiry. So, even if I don't explicitly clarify this each time, it is safe to assume I am talking about high-school students.
Now onto my rounds...
For my first round, I will be looking into the academic aspect of a student's life. Personally, school is a very big part of my life - it's where I spend most of my time during the week and it's also one of the biggest things on my mind; I'm sure this is the case for many students. So, I will start off by depicting the academic workload for the average Canadian high-schooler, how much time is spent on homework and explaining the grading system in B.C. for those who don't know how it works. Then, I will find the same information from the perspective of a Kenyan student. I will then compare this information with what is considered to be a "healthy" amount of time spent on homework. I will also look into tips and tricks to balance academics successfully in life.
2. Physical Health
For this round, I will do some research on how much exercise the average Canadian & Kenyan student get and compare this to how much exercise the average high-schooler should get. I will also look into food (as this is another big factor that affects physical health). I will then provide some tips on how to include exercise and healthy eating in one's life. I know this is something difficult for some students because usually, we are not the ones who choose what we eat. However, I will also look into how to overcome this obstacle.
3. Mental Health
Mental health is very important for anyone - not just for students. There are many factors that can contribute to one's mental health and school can definitely be one of them. So, I will first look into some of the factors that can contribute to the decline of mental health and then the incline. In addition to this, I will also incorporate the impact of having a balanced social life (and how to maintain one).
I plan on posting a survey soon to help me with my research, so keep an eye out for that!
Here are some sources that I plan on using for my research:
Thanks for reading! Please feel free to comment any feedback!