As the pandemic brings layers of uncertainty to academic life and future career plans, many college students are feeling demotivated. Nya will use the five stages of grief to describe her process of coming to terms with the state of the world, and she’ll share her strategies to keep pushing forward in the face of adversity. Nya Mbock is a Communications major in her third year at Portland State University. She is currently in the McNair Scholars Program and the Universities Honors College. She works with various student leadership organizations on her campus, and is passionate about student success. She is the Director of International Affairs at Portland State University and helps facilitate and solidify the bridge of communication between administration and the student body. Her research focus within her field of Communication centers on interpersonal and intercultural communication, positive networking, as well as rhetoric. Nya believes that to truly live life to the fullest extent, and gain your own strength and success, you need to understand the people that surround you. She will be pursuing her master’s degree after graduating this spring with the end goal of obtaining her PhD and transitioning into academia.
Epidemics -- Social aspects, Resilience -- Case studies, Educational leadership -- Moral and ethical aspects, Portland State University, COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020-, Distance education
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Mbock, Nya K., "Accepting the Unacceptable: Living Through a Pandemic" (2020). TEDx Portland State University. 4.