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Mary Rubin interviews Muhammed Shelleh, a 19-year-old graduate student that studies computer science, via Zoom about the impact of COVID-19 on his life. Muhammed started graduate classes in spring of 2020, working in research laboratories as well as on the Faculty Senate. Muhammed, a bioinformatics researcher, and the lab he worked in got an early notification in January and there were attempts to receive grants to do research on the new coronavirus. His bioinformatics classes were also discussing the new virus in January. Outside of school, Muhammed’s family life was deeply impacted by COVID-19. Muhammed had saved money for his parent’s Hajj, the mandatory pilgrimage for Muslims, to take place during the summer of 2020. The travel had to be cancelled. During the fall semester, he lost his grandfather. His mental health as well as that of his family’s declined in the following months after his grandfather’s death. Muhammed ends the interview reflecting on mental health and its importance.
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Rubin, Mary, "Muhammed Shelleh Interview" (2021). UCF COVID-19 Memory Project Interviews. 8.