DAWSON CREEK -- The pandemic has had an effect on many things, students being one of them.

As the cases of COVID-19 started to surge in 2019 and 2020, universities turned to online learning.

In British Columbia, many universities saw a drop in enrollment, down 2.1% compared to 2018.

Northern Lights College didn’t see a drop in enrollment as much as they saw a decline in mental health.

President of Northern Lights College, Bryn Kulmatycki says, the transition to online learning had a big effect on students' mental health.

“We saw a decrease of the stability of mental health, there were many mental health issues that started to arise,” says Kulmatycki.

There is a possibility students will have to transition to remote learning once again, as COVID-19 cases climb.

Kulmatycki says with that possibility, staff need to be ready to help students who are struggling this semester.