Rachel Goh - “Why I chose to pursue my dreams at Otago ”


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. 

1st July 2015 was the day I realised “Oh my I am a PhD Candidate” and it was also when I realised I have a loooooong road ahead of me.  Were these withdrawal symptoms from my fun and carefree undergraduate days? Perhaps. Doing postgrad is a whole different ball game, and you have to be prepared for it.


I guess everyone has their different reasons for doing a PhD. For me, I always wanted to do a PhD because I love Psychology and wanted that option to teach/research at a tertiary level. So since my first year, I had this mentality in mind: Do the best I can, get good grades, and get into the PhD program. BUT I wasn’t a total nerd; I did enjoy my time as an Otago undergraduate with my extracurricular activities and socialising times :D

However, having the right reasons to do a PhD is one thing, having the grades to get into a PhD programme is another, and finally, WHERE you are going to do a PhD is one of the major decisions you need to make.

For me, I went back to my Alma Mater. I know my parents are sometimes confused at my decision because I really wanted to join my brother and his wife in America. But I guess I was not done with Otago yet, and it took me 6 months of self-reflection to realise Otago would be the best place for me (and maybe you if you so decide).