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Ava Robinson

Class of 2026Corona, CA


Hi! My name is Ava Robinson and I am a rising junior. My Polygence project is a literature review paper on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on teenagers.


  • "What Were the Mental Health Developments of the COVID-19 Pandemic For Those In Generation Z?" with mentor Samantha (Sept. 11, 2023)

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What Were the Mental Health Developments of the COVID-19 Pandemic For Those In Generation Z?

Started June 15, 2023

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The future of our youth's well-being was called into question by the rising number of long-lasting mental health effects induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning in the year 2020. Many research studies and investigations have been done to observe the minds of young people before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. This research was completed to educate ourselves on the similarities and contrasts of mental satisfaction during both periods surrounding the pandemic. It will be shown that a considerable number of adverse effects resulted from the pandemic. These negative effects include eating disorders, rises in rates of depression, as well as suicidal rates among adolescents. There were also positive effects resulting from the pandemic. The most prominent positive effects include an expanded level of time spent with family and more time during the day to pursue their creative enjoyments (such as extracurriculars, hobbies, and interests).

Along with these effects, there was also a rise in individuals pursuing self-care, self-scrutiny, and non-family relationships. Non-family relationships refer to those who are thought of as friends and online presence. It is essential to be aware of the profound effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescents and young people. The compound of research available will be very influential to those concerned with how specific demographics live through and deal with the struggles that evolve from a crisis such as the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.