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Stay or go home? ‘Stranded’ students in Australia share their challenges amid COVID-19

Angela Theodora Nubary, a 21-years-old third year student of Computing and Software Systems at the University of Melbourne, has struggled with surviving on her job as piano tutor. (JP/Courtesy of the subject)
Kevin Ng
Perth   ●   Tue, April 13 2021

Having to choose between personal grief and a career, whether academic or professional, is a dilemma many people have had to face when they found themselves caught abroad as the pandemic struck.

Ratih Kabinawa, a 33-year-old PhD student in the University of Western Australia’s international relations program, arrived in Australia with her husband last February. When she left Indonesia, her father was ill with an autoimmune disease that had left him paralyzed and with Ratih gone, her elderly mother was his sole caretaker.

“When I was in Indonesia, I was the one who took care of my father, but my mom managed him [after I left],” she said, her voice cracking.

Ratih’s father passed away early this February. His funeral was held online. “There was a moment of regret when my father passed away, but now it’s lessened,” s...

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