The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on the population although most studies have focused on the physical health aspects. Few studies have been conducted on the other impacts that individuals, and especially college students, are experiencing due to the newness of the disease. The COVID-19 pandemic has several physical health impacts but there are also several other aspects of an individual’s life the pandemic is affecting. Using survey data and frequency distribution tables, it was found that the pandemic has increased stress which negatively impacts academic performance and mental health as hypothesized. In addition to these findings, other reasons for increased stress were identified such as finances. The information found in this study relates to a new aspect that the world is facing while examining a particularly vulnerable population. Further research should be conducted as the pandemic continues and new information regarding it is found.

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Spring 5-2021


Theresa Botts

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Bachelor Thesis

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Honors Scholars

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