Asheville Citizen-Times: Isolation, Stress and Hope: Asheville, Buncombe Students Talk COVID-19

Buncombe County Government hosted a “Let’s Talk COVID-19” Zoom event. ABFM (Asheville Buncombe Futures Movement) and other high school students shared their experiences during the pandemic.

From stressing out about heavy workloads with little instruction time to how they’re finding support and respite during a school year knocked off the rails by COVID-19, local students talked the ins and outs of life under the virus during a Zoom call hosted by Buncombe County Wednesday.

At the latest edition of Buncombe County Government’s “Let’s Talk COVID-19” virtual town hall series, a handful of area high school students focused on the impact of the pandemic in their lives, sharing their new daily routine, their concerns and their hopes for a world beyond the virus.

Hosted by Zo Mpofu, and human services program consultant with Buncombe County and Buncombe Early College Senior Ben Friedman, the program asked students first what their day-to-day schedules look like under virtual learning.

“I was impressed, humbled and really inspired,” Mpofu said. “I think hearing from the students was really one of the unique moments of hope recently.”