Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Daniel J. Douglas


The Covid pandemic affected students at a disportionate rate. Children of immigrants frequently help their parents navigate barriers such as linguistic and cultural barriers. Often the main stressors of children of immigrants who are attending college are related to navigating college resources and mediating multiple responsibilities making staying in school more challenging. This study was conducted at Trinity College, a predominately white institution, with the goal of investigating how the pandemic affected the academic, psychological, and financial well-being of children of immigrants attending PWIs. This research was based on nine semi-structured, qualitative interviews with second-generation immigrant students attending the following PWIs in connecticut: Trinity College and Connecticut College. Interviews focused on the academic, psychological, and finaclay experiences of students during the pandemic as well as their sense of support with their institutions’ resources and policies. The study suggests that second-gen college students were already taking many roles and responsibilities for their families prior to the pandemic. However, my sample points that new roles were added in terms of navigating the pandemic effects for their parents such as their job loss and allocating resources in addition to navigating being a student at the same time. This research suggests that academic and financial challenges both impacted students’ psychological well-being, as well as new roles/responsibilities were acquired.


Senior project completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies.

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