Title: Students’ Experience Two Years Into the Pandemic at a Bulgarian University
Stream: Counselling, Guidance & Adjustment in Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
HoangNam Tran, Tokushima University, Japan
Katya Marinova, Veliko Tarnovo University, Bulgaria
After the pandemic began in March 2020, universities in Bulgaria suspended in-person learning. In the 2021-22 academic year, schools shut down again in areas of Bulgaria where COVID-19 rates spiked, returning students back to online learning. This study investigates experiences of undergraduate students at a Bulgarian university about impacts of the pandemic to the classes, the satisfaction level to online learning, as well as their perceived impacts on daily life, economic situation, health condition, stress and life planning. A questionnaire containing both Likert-style and open-ended questions were sent to a group of students at a university in Bulgaria. Data were analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively. Half of the respondents reported that their taking class was impacted, while almost a fourth of them reported complete dissatisfaction about online class, complaining about low efficiency, tediousness and decreased motivation. In addition to physical and mental health impact, more than half of the respondents reported worrying about the future. Some respondents couldn't compensate the lost income and had to return to their hometown. These findings imply the need to provide supports to students not only to improve academic quality of classes, but also in the economical and mental health aspects.
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