Effects of COVID-19 on Students

Slides by Brian Fuller

The question that I had been researching for this project was, “How has COVID-19 affected college students mental and social health?”. This past year of navigating online classes and adapting to this new form of learning has been tough on students. I thought it would be interesting to do some research and see how students were feeling. One of the first significant articles that I took a look at was a study posted to the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The study was important for finding data on how students were doing during online school. The study was a survey sent out to 195 students at a large university. The purpose of the study was to see how COVID-19 impacted the mental health of students. The next article that I found useful for my project was a study conducted to see how stressors from the pandemic are affecting first year college students. This study helped identify some of the stress and anxiety that new students experienced with this online learning. Another study that I found useful towards my findings was a semester survey sent out by Purdue University at the end of Fall 2020. The study was geared towards graduate students and how they felt about in person and online classes. Throughout this process of research, I also conducted some student interviews. Through these interviews I was able to get a grasp about how the pandemic has affected each ones mental and social health. One of the main struggles seemed to be online learning. I believe that my project is important to understanding how the pandemic has impacted students. It will hopefully bring more awareness to how students are struggling with online learning and the anxiety that comes from it. Overall, my project is arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic has had some serious effects on students. These issues need to have a larger spotlight placed upon them. It is important to see how these effects are shaping these students at a stage of their intellectual development.


Son1, Changwon, Sudeep Hegde1, Alec Smith1, Xiaomei Wang1, Farzan Sasangohar1, 1Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Corresponding Author:Farzan Sasangohar. “Effects of COVID-19 on College Students’ Mental Health in the United States: Interview Survey Study.” Journal of Medical Internet Research. JMIR Publications Inc., Toronto, Canada, September 3, 2020. https://www.jmir.org/2020/9/e21279/.

Fruehwirth, Jane Cooley, Siddhartha Biswas, and Krista M. Perreira. “The Covid-19 Pandemic and Mental Health of First-Year College Students: Examining the Effect of Covid-19 STRESSORS Using Longitudinal Data.” PLOS ONE 16, no. 3 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0247999.

Purdue University. “GRADUATE STUDENT COVID-19 END OF THE SEMESTER SURVEY REPORT.” purdue.edu. Purdue University. Accessed April 17, 2021. https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/covid-19/EOS-survey.pdf.

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