By Arika Horner

COVID-19 is one of the worst pandemics in American history. Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from June 2020 show that the group with the largest percent increase of anxiety or depressive disorders during the pandemic were adults ages 18 to 24. Additionally, statistics from the CDC show 63% of all young people suffer from anxiety and depressive disorders. Western Michigan University student Hannah Morse has found her stress level has increased with the transition from online to in-person classes. In contrast, interviews with other college students indicate they feel refreshed with the return to campus.

WMU student Hannah Morse leaving her Utopian and Dystopian Fiction class at the Lee Honors College of WMU on Sept. 29, 2021. Morse says, “I spent my freshmen year online and felt overly stressed in the first couple of weeks of classes” with the return to in-person classes.




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