When texts suddenly stop: Why people ghost on social media (The Conversation)

The Conversation: When texts suddenly stop: Why people ghost on social media. “I am a professor of psychology who studies the role of technology use in interpersonal relationships and well-being. Given the negative psychological consequences of thwarted relationships – especially during the emerging adulthood years, ages 18 to 29 – I wanted to understand what leads college students to ghost others, and if ghosting has any impact on mental health.”

Oregon State University: New Oregon State project asks college students, faculty about pandemic coping strategies

Oregon State University: New Oregon State project asks college students, faculty about pandemic coping strategies. “The Bright Side Project is a follow-up to OSU’s ‘Punch Through Pandemics’ online course, which reached nearly 3,700 people in 2020 with lessons about the psychological effects of stress and ways to counter it at the onset of the pandemic. Now, one of the instructors behind that class is asking what people have learned in the meantime.”

‘We come for our own’: How Black volunteers rallied online to help African students in Ukraine (CNN)

CNN: ‘We come for our own’: How Black volunteers rallied online to help African students in Ukraine. “Black Women for Black Lives, a new coalition focused on helping Black residents escape Ukraine in the wake of the Russian invasion, amplified the students’ pleas to the international community with the hashtag #SaveSumyStudents. The group started a Change.org petition, which received thousands of supporters, calling on governments to urgently respond to the crisis. And it dispersed upwards of $55,000 dollars in donations to nearly 500 stranded students for food and necessities.”

UChicago News: UChicago launches scholarships and comprehensive support for students and scholars impacted by war in Ukraine

UChicago News: UChicago launches scholarships and comprehensive support for students and scholars impacted by war in Ukraine. “As part of a comprehensive effort to support students and scholars impacted by the war in Ukraine, the University of Chicago announced today that it will provide full-tuition scholarships for undergraduate students affected by the invasion.” This is one of several Ukraine-related initiatives.

Penn State: College students’ sense of belonging related to mental health during pandemic

Penn State: College students’ sense of belonging related to mental health during pandemic. “Among the many challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented to the higher education community, one of the most serious is arguably the toll on college students’ mental health. Penn State researchers have found that students’ sense of belongingness in a higher education institution not only has an impact on their academic performance but might also buffer them against anxiety and depression amid the global pandemic and a renewed racial awareness in the country.”

The Markup: College Prep Software Naviance Is Selling Advertising Access to Millions of Students

The Markup: College Prep Software Naviance Is Selling Advertising Access to Millions of Students. “For nearly two-thirds of American high schoolers Naviance software is an integral and nearly unavoidable part of the college research and application process. For colleges and universities, it’s also a targeted advertising platform with a captive audience of millions of students looking to make one of the largest financial investments of their lives.”

New York Times: Another Surge in the Virus Has Colleges Fearing a Mental Health Crisis

New York Times: Another Surge in the Virus Has Colleges Fearing a Mental Health Crisis. “Colleges across the country are facing a mental health crisis, driven in part by the pandemic. After almost two years of remote schooling, restricted gatherings and constant testing, many students are anxious, socially isolated, depressed — and overwhelming mental health centers. At a few institutions, there has been a troubling spate of suicides. Now another swell of Covid cases, driven by the Omicron variant, threatens to make life on campus worse.”

Lifehacker: 10 Apps Every College Student Should Have on Their Phone

Lifehacker: 10 Apps Every College Student Should Have on Their Phone. “In 2021, a smartphone and a tablet are a college student’s lifeline. Thanks to innovative and useful apps, these devices can help you manage your tasks, keep your calendar, and even help you be a better student through innovative note taking, flashcard, and visualization tools. Here are some of the most useful apps every college student should have on their phone before the semester starts.” This is a slideshow, and I really need to install Forest.

Arizona State University: ASU study examines relationship between stress, sleep and the transition to online learning before, after onset of global crisis

Arizona State University: ASU study examines relationship between stress, sleep and the transition to online learning before, after onset of global crisis. “The COVID-19 pandemic added stress and uncertainty to everyone’s lives; however, immediately after the transition to remote learning took place, stress and sleep improved in the participants. Although this was a surprising result, this initial improvement in sleep and stress management plateaued after sustained remote learning, with sleep quality eventually deteriorating.”