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Virtual Student


This was supposed to be the best year of my life. My first year as a student; new friends, partying. Now I’m just alone. Alone in a new city, a new apartment. I don’t even know the people I’m on the same courses with. I almost just want to go back home where my friends and family are. The people and places that I know. 

‘I don’t even know the people I’m on the same courses with.’

Mental health of young adults was in danger

In the spring of 2020, young adults were transferred to remote education in stages. When children in comprehensive school returned to in-person teaching, young people and young adults were in remote education until the end of 2020 and the start of 2021 as well. The increased mental load of remote education and uncertainty about their future were seen as a spike in mental health issues of young adults. Demand for support services increased significantly. 

Students felt let down

Starting studies at a higher degree education institution is a big step in the life of a young adult. It is associated with a lot of thoughts, expectations and fears. Events for freshmen, new friends, and moving to another city are all exciting. Remote education was stressful, and more than ever young people and young adults reported feeling lonely.

How did you feel?

The alternatives concern the fundamental feelings related to this phenomenon and page. We call them secondary feelings. It may, however, be that you did not feel this way. Perhaps you felt something completely different? In that case, select “some other feeling” and, if you so wish, write about your feelings in a letter.

After studying from home for months, I felt…

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Thank you.

You were not alone with your feelings.

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