International students share their COVID-19 stories

People of Adelaide

As elsewhere in the world, student life in Adelaide has taken on a very different look these past months as people and places have adapted to the coming and going of restrictions and safety measures in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

Everyone's experience of this pandemic has been different, but what these articles below show us is that one thing most people have held tight to through this time - is their connection to and communication with others. 

In the following articles, some kindly supplied by StudyAdelaide, a range of international students in Adelaide share a little of their COVID-19 experience including how they’ve coped and found support, and what city activities they’re looking forward to getting back to.

Read the student's stories below.

”We are all in this together, not just students but everybody. As a community, it is important to maintain connections to ensure that none of us feels lonely. As students, we understand what each of us is going through and staying in touch and providing peer support to each other is what will get us through these times.”
Ken, from New Delhi

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"I’ve been doing a lot of walking for fresh air as well as practising yoga and sharing weekly stretches on my Instagram. I’ve taken this time to work on new stretches, and my yoga has improved so much."
Aprille, from SIngapore

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"Shifting to online study has been hard. I’m the kind of person who prefers to attend a lecture in person. But no one can do anything about it. Studying online has taught me self-discipline. As time has passed, I can see how it’s making us learn more, explore more, and find solutions on our own."
Prithvi, from India

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"I was in Vietnam, getting ready to come to Adelaide and start my degree in food and nutrition science. Before my flight, I was afraid I would be isolated for 14 days. I thought I wouldn’t be able to go freely to my new home. I packed all the essentials into my carry-on luggage just in case I couldn’t get to my luggage. Luckily, everything went smoothly. My host family were generous and welcoming."
Khuong, from Vietnam

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"I’ve found the COVID-19 restrictions a good time for me to catch up and start to do all the things that I haven’t had time to do before, like learning additional languages and organising study resources. The university has offered a lot of help during the period, such as the writing centre and Studiosity.”
Kaiyun, from China

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"I’ve kept up with my usual hobbies of drawing and playing the guitar. I haven’t been able to go to the gym, but I’ve enjoyed getting my physical exercise outside going for walks and runs in all the grounds and parks around. I did help my family friends build a chicken coop, which was an interesting project. I got to work on new skills. I never thought I’d build a chicken coop."
Dinura, from Sri Lanka

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