Name: Maggie Kent
School: George Brown College
Year: 1 Postgrad
Major: Digital Media Marketing
Dream Job: If I could do anything it would be a panda cuddler like in this video!
Fav thing about your campus?
I love the campus of George Brown! Where I am it is in the heart of downtown Toronto and I like being right in the hustle and bustle of the city. Not to mention all the yummy places to eat on and around campus with the chef school right there!
What is your connection to mental illness?
I was diagnosed with depression in October 2014 and since then I have really realized how important it is to start conversations about mental health and mental illness. While I was doing my undergrad at Queen's I was part of the Jack.org Queen's Chapter trying to break the stigma surrounding the topic of mental health. I am very passionate about this issue and I don't want anyone to feel alone, isolated, or afraid to talk about their mental health or mental illness.
How do you deal with stress from school?
School this year has been much more stressful than the past four years because I was starting a new school and didn't know anyone in my program, on top of that I'm used to taking 5 courses and this year I have 7 which is a lot more to juggle. I've been dealing with some different kinds of stress this year so I've been dealing with it mainly by finding some time each day to chill and do something that makes me happy like take a bath or read a book or Facetime with my friends. I also have a gratitude journal in which I write something that I'm grateful for every night before I go to sleep and that helps end each day on a positive note and keep me looking on the bright side.
What does your campus do to help students' mental health?
George Brown had a mental health week last March from the 21-25 with various events on their different campuses around the city. However there is not much conversation day-to-day about mental health, at least that I've experienced and that needs to change.
Do you have any school year self care tips for other students?
Do not study 24/7! Even if you have a big test or exam coming up do not stay up all night studying, it is so important to get a good sleep. That is good for your mental and physical health and can actually help your grades. Also find some time each day to practice self-care by going to the gym or reading a non-school book or hanging out with your dog or having a nap. Know that that is NOT selfish and work it in as part of your schedule.