• Emily Wilkinson

Graduates With No Graduation

It's no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic has created a string of unwanted problems and issues, mental health being one of those. With the high rate of unemployment and the loss of loved ones who were other wise healthy and well, the last six months or so have been testing for all of us.

It is important to remember if you do feel like it's too much, you won't be alone in that and there is help out there if you need it. If you cast your mind back to March, when the pandemic was at its peak, university courses were being taught remotely, you couldn't go out for a coffee with your friends and if you wanted to go shopping well, think again. Not to mention if your birthday was in the coming weeks/months.

It was (and still is) a tough time for everyone, whether you're a key worker or a parent the whole situation was new and challenging on all of us. For us final year students, in the last few weeks of our studies, with graduation in our sights it felt like all the bad luck came at once. Six months in, we're still a graduation ceremony and drinks with our course mates down on last years graduates.

With this hugely anticipated part of the university experience simply cut out for so many of us, is it any wonder so many students mental health has taken a turn for the worst during the pandemic. Not only final year students feel it, with returning students in a state of uncertainty about how their studies will continue next month.

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