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. 

So why should you come to Otago to further your education? (Disclaimer: this is in my capacity as a Psychology student)

1. Friendly and safe campus

You will be pleasantly surprised to know that Otago is a place where you feel super welcomed. 95% of the people I have met here have always been super friendly and polite to me – even strangers! I have had the best undergraduate years meeting people from different walks of life. I have forged life-long friendships with the most inspirational and driven people here who took this little Singaporean girl under their wing.


And because of this, I have felt so safe on campus to do my own thing and be myself. It is common to have strangers offer help when you trip over your own two feet, students giving you directions when you’re lost, and Campus Watch walking you home when it is late.

Most importantly, my lecturers and supervisors have always been kind and approachable to me. All of them have always encouraged my pursuit of learning, and I feel comfortable being able to joke with them and ask them any questions regarding my thesis. Professor O’Hare and Dr. Alsop have been the greatest help ever and I’m sure supervisors like them aren’t hard to find at Otago. You can ask my fellow PhD friends!