For Eastern Michigan University junior Mackenzie Boismier, anxiety is a tough thing to overcome. With homework, exams, a job and other school related activities, it’s hard to find time to relax. “Just the thought of how heavily the scores of the tests impact our grades or how we do in college in general,” Boismier said when asked what gives her anxiety. “Also, since job markets are so competitive you want to make sure you’re the best so you need to do well on exams.”
According to a 2016 National College Health Assessment survey, 24.4 percent of college students said anxiety has affected their individual academic performance in the last year. This problem affects many students around the country, but what is it exactly?