Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

The Impact of COVID-19 through the Eyes of International Doctoral Student
Reem Alsunaydi, PhD

The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of college and university operations all over the world. Most higher education institutions have moved from physical to virtual campuses. With social distancing laws and policies, all communication, teaching, learning, and support for students have been occurring online. While adapting to the new changes, many doctoral students have had to place their research on hold due to the climate of uncertainty created by the pandemic, while others have experienced writer’s block. Many of these students face challenges in implementing alternative methods and strategies for their writing routines. In this article, I share my experiences and reflection on the impact of the pandemic on my life and research as an international Ph.D. candidate in education at a private institution in the Southwest United States. The intention of this article is to shed light on the challenges and difficulties I faced during the pandemic, capture my strategies for success, and provide recommendations for practice.

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