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Caregiver to ailing dad, but she still shone in her studies

After her father fell ill, Ms Maharah Abdul Mahid had to balance school with caregiving duties. Despite her hardships, she graduated from Nanyang Technological University with first-class honours and found time to give back to the community.
Nights spent nursing her father did not stop Ms Maharah Abdul Mahid from doing very well in her biological sciences course at Nanyang Technological University. She graduated with first class honours two years ago.
Nights spent nursing her father did not stop Ms Maharah Abdul Mahid from doing very well in her biological sciences course at Nanyang Technological University. She graduated with first class honours two years ago.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Despite having to juggle school and caregiving duties for her father, Maharah Abdul Mahid graduated from university with first class honours. Inspired by her father's doctor, she now hopes to pursue medicine.

Ms Maharah Abdul Mahid burned the midnight oil studying until 5am almost every day in her first two years at university.

It wasn't a problem of time management. She did it so that she could keep vigil over her ailing father, who had suffered from a recurring lung infection for nearly seven years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2019, with the headline 'Caregiver to ailing dad, but she still shone in her studies'. Print Edition | Subscribe