Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on College Students' Experience

Kaylee Engle, Taiylor Hoeft, Tyra Klarenbeek, and Dr. Carlos Panahon, Department of Psychology, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 228 Wiecking Center, Mankato MN 56001

The Covid-19 pandemic has altered higher education as universities began shifting courses from traditional face-to-face lectures to online or hybrid learning experiences. Traditionally, students attend college to meet other students, learn new information through their courses, apply what they have learned in various settings, and experience the campus’ social life. Covid-19 has forced the college students’ experience to change since March 2020 and for the near future. The new learning environment consists of a majority of courses moving online, while limiting face-to-face interaction to small groups for certain courses. This change can be more challenging, as professors may not teach as effectively and may be more difficult to access in a virtual environment. In addition, it is important to examine how Covid-19 has affected students’ social interactions, as this may be connected to their mental health. The purpose of this study is to examine the impact Covid-19 has had on college students’ experiences. An online survey will be distributed to undergraduate and graduate students. The survey consists of five sections that ask about demographic information, daily activities/routines, social life/interactions, work/life balance, and school/learning experience. Each of the main sections focuses on the effect that Covid-19 has had on a participant’s life prior to the pandemic, at the beginning of the pandemic, and within the last two weeks of the pandemic. Results of the study and their implications will be discussed. By learning more about challenges students are facing and strategies they are implementing to cope, colleges may be able to make changes that lead to improved student success.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenters: Kaylee Engle , Taiylor Hoeft, Tyra Klarenbeek

Institution: Minnesota State University, Mankato

Type: Poster

Subject: Psychology

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 11
Date/Time: Wed 3:00pm-4:00pm
Session Number: 7008