Mental and Physical Effects of COVID-19 on College Students

Slides by Hina Kondo Utkan

My project focuses on the mental and physical effects of COVID-19 on college students. I think this is an important topic because the COVID-19 pandemic has changed and affected our lives drastically. I mainly focused on the mental and physical effects such as stress, anxiety, eating/exercising habits to see if there was a correlation between mental and physical health.

Many students are now attending college online which by now many of us have gotten used to. However, this does not mean that online learning is something that we prefer. With online learning, many students had to return home (some overseas) and while some of us have enjoyed going back home to our families, some students have troubled homes, and this can cause mental instability which in turn can create physical problems. Additionally, with quarantine many of us have been stuck in our homes with little to no social interaction except for our family members which can have drastic changes in our well-being. Moreover, the change to online learning has affected students’ motivation and performance.

My PowerPoint presentation includes findings from 3 articles that I found about the different effects of COVID-19 on mental and physical health of students. Additionally, I interviewed 5 people (3 from West Lafayette and 2 from Adana, Turkey) to see if they had different opinions towards online learning. I conducted these interviews via Facetime and I asked 4 questions in total which were; “How are you dealing with the change to online learning?” “How do you keep up with the coursework?” “Did your exercising routine change since the lockdown?” and “What do you do on your free time?”. I specifically asked these questions to learn more about my friends’ experience with online learning and I wanted to compare their answers with the results from the articles I found. Overall, the results of the articles and the responses were similar. The switch to online learning has affected many students mentally and physically and this is a global trend. 

References

Ammar, A., Brach, M., Trabelsi, K., Chtourou, H., Boukhris, O., Masmoudi, L., . . . Hoekelmann, A. (2020). Effects of COVID-19 Home Confinement on Physical Activity and Eating Behaviour Preliminary Results of the ECLB-COVID19 International Online-Survey. Nutrients, 12(6). doi:10.1101/2020.05.04.20072447

Chaturvedi, K., Vishwakarma, D. K., & Singh, N. (2021). COVID-19 and its impact on education, social life and mental health of Students: A survey. Children and Youth Services Review, 121, 105866. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105866

León-Zarceño, E., Moreno-Tenas, A., Boix Vilella, S., García-Naveira, A., & Serrano-Rosa, M. A. (2021). Habits and psychological factors associated with changes in physical activity due to covid-19 confinement. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.620745

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