Victoria Chua says staying calm and taking care of herself helped her stay focused on her goals during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SFU French grad completes degree while on international exchange at outset of COVID-19 pandemic


SFU French student Victoria Chua was completing her final BA degree requirements in Strasbourg, France, when the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading rapidly around the globe in March. 

As the pandemic escalated and Strasbourg stores sold out of hand sanitizer and face masks, Chua was inundated with pandemic-related information and developments from family and friends, the media, and the governments of both France and Canada. Chua’s mother in Malaysia was in touch with her daily to see how the situation was unfolding, and her siblings in Vancouver checked in periodically, wondering if and when Chua would be able to board a plane back to Canada.

“It was a blur but I somehow just focused on getting through the day,” she says.

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