This past year has been challenging on a number of different levels. That has made each of us have to think of ways to cope or work through this new challenge just in order to graduate. For some, it may have been a small inconvenience of not being able to go to parties on campus anymore. To others, it meant losing their financial aid or jobs that pay for their schooling. As a community and within our sub-communities in our own homes and neighborhoods. We have made it through this!
Graduation may not have been inside this year or still have even been the traditional route of sitting with your cohorts. However, the feeling of being able to sit with your family who has been with you through this past year and been helping you get to this last leg of your journey is something more meaningful, and something CDC would be proud to see. Your accomplishments, challenges, and stories have inspired us throughout the pandemic. All of which we wanted to hear about from our recent graduates
Compared to when the pandemic first hit and when professors were trying to understand the shift to digital, just as much as the students, there has been a progressive change in how the psychology department professors handled classes, "During the pandemic, I found it very helpful when the Psyc department professors understood the importance of mental health and had no deadlines to assignments as long as it was completed before the semester ended. This was very helpful as it depended more on time management skills." - Romina Ferrufino, BS Clinical Psychology. Many of the students were happy with how deadlines were extended or made non-existent during this time to help with stress levels. The one big impact that was felt too many of the students that participated was how the research was impacted. While many were undergraduates and had not conducted research during their time at Mason, one undergraduate Honors student, Rachel Frietchen stated, "adjusting to the suspension of most research activities for a while [was a big shift]. Some successes have been going through the Honor's process. Dr. Chrosniak has been so helpful with providing guidance to the Honor's class as we navigate doing research virtually."