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Being an International Student in the U.S. During a Pandemic

Being a college student in the current world is not an easy task. Balancing exams, papers, internships, mental health and a pandemic with no light at the end of the tunnel is exhausting. Let us not forget that we just witnessed one of the most crucial elections in American history. But being an international student – pandemic or not – brings a unique set of challenges.

Getting Engaged in College Was Right For Me

I had been engaged for almost three months when I went back to school in the fall. The excitement, while still present, turned into something less blissful upon my return to UNC-Chapel Hill. For me, not much had changed. I didn’t really feel different, yet one simple piece of jewelry on my finger seemed to suddenly change how people looked at me.

Reading Picks for the Here and Now

As someone who struggles with depression and is undergoing major changes in my academic path and personal goals, COVID-19 has taken away any of the energy I had left and replaced it with questions and more stress. Especially in isolation, I have found myself with what often feels like an overwhelming amount of time to explore my own mind, usually while staring at the ceiling.