Counseling series supports students

Ivory Easton, Contributing Writer

Overwhelmed with college life? Look no further than “Life Hacks in a COVID World,” a new student led group by clinical social worker Linda Graves.

The program takes place on Zoom every Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. These discussions are catered to the wellbeing of Mercyhurst students to help them make the adjustment to campus life. Graves started this program for students to connect with one another.

Each of the sessions in this eight-week series will provide students the opportunity to learn about different strategies to cope with the mental and emotional toll of dealing with COVID-19 as a student.

The schedule of weekly topics is as follows: “Facing the Unknown” (Oct. 5), “Finding My Group” (Oct. 12), “When Social Media Hurts” (Oct. 19), “Breaking Down Problems into Manageable Steps and Realistic Expectations” (Oct. 26), “Chasing Perfection” (Nov. 2), “Mindfulness” (Nov. 9), and “Resilience” (Nov. 16).

“These topics of discussion are coping mechanisms to problems that we may experience…topics that people of a wide audience could benefit from,” Graves said.

These meetings are meant to be a safe space for students to hear about others’ experiences and reflect on their own in a beneficial and productive way.

No preregistration is required to attend the discussions, students can simply attend by accessing the Zoom link on the Counseling Center Events page on the Hub. For more information email Linda Graves at