Student unwinds like a bird on a wire

 University of Otago anthropology student Michelle Henderson relaxes on a tightrope at the North Ground yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
University of Otago anthropology student Michelle Henderson relaxes on a tightrope at the North Ground yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

There's a fine line between working too hard and having a stress-free life.

For Michelle Henderson, the line looks more like a rope tied between two trees, and she tries to walk on it as often as she can.

The 21-year-old University of Otago anthropology student has been busy studying for exams for the past month, and is preparing for her final exam tomorrow.

But the warm weather yesterday was too distracting to stay indoors with books, she said.

So she set up a tightrope between two trees alongside Dundas St on the North Ground yesterday, to help relieve some tension.

"It's a study break. This is a great way to relieve stress."

Despite the fact she had only been tightrope walking for the past year, Miss Henderson has developed enough skills to be comfortable and competent on the rope.

Earlier this year, she walked on wires suspended about 60m off the ground.

"You have a harness on, but when you look down, it's still pretty scary."

Though not as scary as her looming final exam, she said.

- john.lewis@odt.co.nz