An emotional toll: Students adjusting to college life after pandemic’s upheaval

Hoping to better gauge the impact of the pandemic on students, Liz Rainey, executive director of the Student Success Center at Loyola University of New Orleans, held a series of focus groups with students last year.

Discussions ran the gamut, she said, but one thing, in particular, stuck out, she remembers: Five of the nine students in the group said a friend, family member or neighbor had died of COVID.

“They’re like, ‘I can’t just pack that up and go back to life,'” Rainey said.

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