“Before COVID This Was Not Normal:” A Photovoice Exploration of College Student Experiences

  • Elizabeth MacDonald University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Kristin Murphy University of Massachusetts Boston
Keywords: photovoice, participatory action research, qualitative methodology, COVID-19, mental health, higher education

Abstract

College students have experienced unique life disruptions and losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We conducted this study to gain an understanding of how the pandemic has affected the lifestyle of college students. Findings included: major changes in perceived well-being related to living at home with families, balancing online classes and work, stress and boredom related to isolation from peers, and coping strategies, including substance abuse and physical activity. Research and practice implications are related to increasing opportunities and activities to promote a sense of belonging for students, and also for increased accessible student support services on college campuses.

Published
2022-06-23
How to Cite
MacDonaldE., & MurphyK. (2022). “Before COVID This Was Not Normal:” A Photovoice Exploration of College Student Experiences. LEARNing Landscapes, 15(1), 249-266. https://doi.org/10.36510/learnland.v15i1.1080