Rachel Goh - “What can you expect? ”


Rachel Goh

Rachel has travelled from Singapore to study Psychology at the University of Otago. She is often seen running around campus juggling various commitments. 

International Cultural Carnival (ICC)

ICC is something new that ICOM came up with this year. We used to have International Cultural Night in previous years but ICOM felt like we needed something different and exciting to showcase the many talents our International Clubs had. We also wanted something more family-friendly to bring more people onto our campus.

This event was a risk; it took almost a year of planning, convincing university staff that it was a good idea, getting 12 International Clubs, Te Roopu Maori (TRM), and AIESEC on board with this idea, sourcing stuff like a Bungee Run and Candy Floss Machine (thank you Jumpin Jacks Entertainment!), getting my team of mostly tiny girls to lift heavy furniture, and tons of advertising. ICOM could not have done it without the support of the International Office, Dunedin Multi-Ethnic Council, 12 International Clubs and AIESEC, and the OUSA Executive, Events, and Design team.

The hard work was worth it though and the clubs really delivered. We had exciting cultural performances, and delicious snacks to try… Masala Popcorn from the Indian Students Association anyone? We also had a range of activities you could attempt to do, like Muay Thai from the Thai Society, hair braiding from the African Students Association, stencils from TRM, henna from the Muslim University Students Association, taking pictures with the cute mascots from the Malaysian group and so much more. Furthermore, all profits went towards the Red Cross Syrian Refugee Project in Dunedin.



This event will probably happen next year, and it is only going to get better from now on!

P.s. Don’t fret if you enjoy watching cultural performances! Indian Students Association, Otago Filipino Students Association, Otago Malaysian Students Association, and Sri Lankan Students Association still have their annual Cultural Nights in Semester Two.