The Covid pandemic upended schools and colleges, forcing students to navigate a new reality threw many of their plans into disarray. Even after schools returned to in-person instruction, students, teachers and communities have continued to struggle. In this section, hear first-hand from students about their experiences and how they are confronting the challenges they face as well as their perspectives and ideas for improving California’s education system.
Finishing is college is hard, especially for those who are the first in their families to seek a higher education. So take guilt-free advantage of available resources.
Attending the state's only predominantly white public university made one student realize the importance of finding ways to connect with students from diverse backgrounds.
Life after high school has its challenges for the Class of 2022. There's embracing independence and facing what Covid cost them.
His long road toward university graduation has been filled with twists and turns and obstacles — just as it was meant to be.
Community gardens on college campuses give students access to nature and an opportunity to tend to — and be nurtured by — the outdoors.
An overreliance on technology eliminates the verbal interaction between students, their peers, and their teachers and takes the learning out of the classroom and onto the screen.
Living on campus for at least one year has been proven to increase overall student well-being, feeling of belonging, and academic success.
I am proof that even the smallest space for art in students' lives can have a monumental impact.
As her mother was dying, the bond they shared fuels her caregiving daughter's determination to get through Cal State Dominguez Hills.
The Alameda County registrar has yet to implement two youth voting measures that passed by wide margins in 2020
The new Los Angeles Unified superintendent has an opportunity to remove entrenched barriers in the district that keep too many students from realizing their full potential.
Timely, supportive mental health services can rescue a student in crisis.
Problems caused by extreme heat at this year's UC Davis graduation ceremonies underscore the importance of planning for extreme conditions.
Autism makes college harder. But perseverance and support services are helping this student make his way through.
The prospect of returning to UCLA for in-person classes after the pandemic was scary, but in the end, I found some of my worries were overblown.