Radio Documentary on the truth about Academic stress students face

In this programme, I will go on a journey to explore the stress and difficulties international students go through in adapting to the education system they are faced with. The education system is changing fast from being fun for students to becoming frustrating, stressful and tedious to most students. Being a student, I have discovered so far that it comes with a lot of emotional and physical stress. These stress if not properly handled can sometimes lead to depression and in extreme cases suicide. In Nigeria, recent studies have shown that most suicide by students majorly come from academic frustration.

This documentary will be an original approach to an old idea. It would focus on how international students adapt to the new education system which includes. Academic frustration among students is currently on the increase. Many students struggle to cope with the academic demands placed on them. In this programme, I will meet with students to hear about how they cope with the academic stress they go through also, academic counselors to hear what advice they have for students who are academically frustrated.

This story will be told by a student in Griffith college who have suffered academic frustration, stress, depression and how she was able to handle and move pass it. Students from other colleges such as; DBS, NCI and UCD will also be interviewed to make the documentary more informative.

This will be a mixed documentary with narration and interview. This will be a combination of both formal and informal documentary to make it light-hearted and fun filled. The English vocabulary will be non-formal to make it appeal to a wider range of people and more entertaining to listen.

First, I will meet with the student from Griffith college who will tell her story on academic frustration, then I will have a Vox pop session with students from other colleges and finally with an academic counselor who will share advice on how students can deal with academic frustration.

According to Rodero “Audio is one of the most intimate forms of media because you are constantly building your own images of the story in your mind and you’re creating your own production” using audio to tell the story, Radio stings, eloquent characters, sound effects, music, sound shots and jingles will be used to evoke emotions, increase the level of mental imagery, establish a setting and develop characters which will cause listeners to pay more attention and advance the story’s plot. I will make use of appropriate low-key instrumental music, to build a connection with the listeners.

I have been in touch with the students that will tell their stories on how they handle academic frustration. I have also booked an appointment with an academic consultant who will give his advice on academic frustration students face and how they can handle it.

Radio Documentary on the truth about Academic stress students face

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Black folks don’t get depressed. They all say…

Photo credit: Kay Frimpong

Black people are believed to be mentally, physically and emotionally strong and white folks illness are difficult to find among us. But if you’re spooked off your ethnic identity or heritage was erased cause you leave in a White’s man world, you tend to do and leave life their way.

It was in 11th grade this African boy realized he was getting depressed cause of school. It was obvious he was going through it being the only black African boy his grade in a white kids school. This affected his academics activities both at school and home.

He told his father about it and as an African father he is told the boy to man. He couldn’t bare the load any longer, he finally opened to his mother about it. His mother went to the school and told the principal she’s taking her son out of school until he feels like himself again.

The principal told her she can’t do that, the boy will be forced to repeat that year. All the teachers told her was crazy… she said “My son is not okay. I don’t care if he gets expelled. My boy is DEPRESSED.” And took the son home.

For a month she will leave work early everyday. Kept his son out of school, spent time hanging out and having thoughtful conversations together. Once she realized he was mentally ok, she took him back to school. The boy thrived, excelled and finished top of his class. The principal called the mother over to apologize.

Lessons learnt, parents especially Africans should  listen to their kids more. My mother has always been big a mental health advocate. She didn’t care about what people thought or expected of her… all she wanted was to get her son back. If it wasn’t for the month off… who knows what have been this boys faith today to share his story.

Kay Frimpong