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COVID-19 causes college students more stress

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It can be hard enough sending your child off to college, but added stress from the pandemic can raise concerns, not just for you but for them.

Some students may be feeling that toll, but there's help.

The pandemic, juggling classes, financial issues and feelings of isolation are all struggles John Wood Community College sophomore Paige Snyder says students are dealing with.

"You can't study on campus much, you have to be six feet apart, obviously wearing a mask," Paige explained. "It's hard to talk to people and interact, and have the college experience, so I would say yes the pandemic has hurt a lot of students on campus,"

Teresa Bertelli, the coordinator of counseling services at JWCC, says that's why it's important they offer free private services for their students.

"I think that everyone could use counseling. If you're feeling overwhelmed about anything come on in let's talk about it because I don't think it has to be that big of a deal," Bertelli explained. "It can be very casual, just sit down and talk, what do you have going on and how can we help you."

Bertelli explains there are signs parents can watch for to recognize when your children may be struggling.

"Not sleeping well at night all of a sudden, normally they're a straight 'A' student and now they're not, their grades are tanking. Anything like that," she noted.

Snyder says students should reach out to the resources offered on campus.

"Sometimes kids don't want to talk to people they know. Like if you have an inside source, like Teresa for instance it's more fulfilling, you can talk about anything and they won't say anything to anyone else," Snyder said.

Bertelli says students often don't recognize when they need help, they just feel something is off.

She says if your child shows drastic behavioral changes, it's time to point them in the right direction.

Bertelli says more of the signs parents can look for:

  • Not showing up for classes
  • Not turning in work
  • Decrease in day-to-day motivation
  • Becoming easily irritated

She says if your child experiences any of these, reach out for help.

RESOURCES John Wood Community College Counseling

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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