Faculty Advisor

Vassallo, Helen G.


It is often necessary for students to deal with short-term adversities which affect their daily routines. Such adversities include acute illnesses, physical injuries, and/or limitations. Although these issues are common at post-secondary institutions, the demanding curriculum at Worcester Polytechnic Institute may exacerbate the problem. The authors conducted a survey incorporating over 500 WPI students to examine the effects of such hardships on the emotional health and academic performance of the student. The problem is not limited to the student experiencing the adversity, but, rather, the consequences are felt widely among acquaintances and friends. The authors made recommendations to decrease the effects of the adversities as well as provided coping mechanisms for the students.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



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