- I am writing this editorial during a particular busy time in the collegiate calendar: the last 2 weeks of the spring semester. In a “typical” (e.g., pre COVID-19) academic year, my undergraduate students would be pulled in many directions while they finished projects and internships, took finals, and for some, prepared for graduation and postcollege life. As those of us who work with, advise, and clinically care for college-aged adolescents can attest, the past 2 years have been anything but “typical” for these young people.
- As I write this editorial in mid-August 2021, my adolescent is entering her second school year impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like nearly all young people, she has spent the last 18 months balancing remote and in-person learning, canceled and/or constrained sports and extracurricular activities, and ever changing access to peer interaction and has rotated between heightened stress, anxiety, and boredom. And she is one of the more fortunate ones—some of her peers have also grappled with food insecurity, worries about housing stability, and parental job loss.