Lives continue to be upended by a health crisis the world has not encountered in over 60 years. World economies have been brought to a standstill, societal functions and human interactions have also altered dramatically. While it is unclear how or when nations will begin their road to post-COVID recovery or what the new reality will finally look like, individuals, communities, organisations and government agencies in Australia are tirelessly rallying together to support those at-risk of physical, emotional and psychological suffering in these current times. It is through such support networks that many individuals are finding ways to cope day-to-day, adjust to new routines and structures and navigate the new-normal.
The following are personal stories about international students and graduates in Australia who are coping with life during the COVID-19 pandemic.