By Collin Atwood
On Jan. 20, 2020, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in America and what people thought would be a short stint has turned out to be a worldwide pandemic that seems to have no end.
This virus has been impacting the lives of millions for over a year now and students have been put to the test.
College students already have an extensive amount of stress that originates from their normal college duties. Completing internship hours, attending those dreaded 8 a.m. classes and trying to keep a job to pay for tuition already demands a heavy workload.
Worrying about getting sick, hoping your job doesn’t shut down and living through a screen and camera are now a part of a student’s everyday worries; only adding to an already taxing lifestyle.
It’s no surprise that the coronavirus hitting heavy back in March of 2020 caused an increase of appointments at Springfield College’s Counseling Center. The added responsibilities that comes with the pandemic has been overwhelming for everyone.
Director of the Counseling Center, Brian Krylowicz stated that “about one-third of people mention that COVID is a major factor…for the other two-thirds it’s a major factor. COVID has impacted everybody’s life in so many weird ways.”
Although the number of appointments have increased, the number of different students has not.
“We really slowed down with people who have never been to us…which is pretty much a nationwide trend,” Krylowicz said. Students that go for counseling regularly started going more than usual.
A study done by Active Minds, a non-profit organization that raises awareness for mental health among college students, conducted a survey and concluded that one out of every five students say that their mental health has gotten worse since the coronavirus pandemic.
The last few semesters have been tough for everyone and the Counseling Center was needed more than ever. Luckily, during this semester at Springfield College people have been doing a little better without help from the Counseling Center.
In the first weeks of the current semester a total of 179 people have sought counseling. “Last year during the same time period, 199 had come in for counseling so we’re down a little bit,” Krylowicz said. The amount of sessions has also decreased by 50.
It’s no doubt that COVID-19 has made everybody’s lives substantially more difficult, but people are slowly starting to heal.
The Counseling Center is eager to help and is never too busy. To make an appointment you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-748-3345.
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