Posted by: asprockett | October 5, 2013

Cultural Night, Semester 2, Take 2

Once again, the Master of International Public Health Cultural Night was the place to be last week! We attracted quite a number of international students beyond our program, I think because the legend of our awesomeness has spread across Sydney Uni.

I felt a difference in the energy this semester. We’ve all been working together quite intently for nearly a year. So the combination of our collective sense of purpose as we near the end of our studies and the intensity of this semester elevated the celebration to a level above that of first semester’s “getting to know you” joy.

As before, we had a spread of delicious foods representing countries all around the world. We also featured a fashion show, with an added catwalk this semester. And, if you read my first note about Cultural Night in the first semester, you’ll be happy to know that I did better in the fashion show this time, wearing my “home state’s traditional costume on Saturdays during football season.” (See photos below of the Nebraskan in Husker football game day wear.)

Program friends from Ecuador (who happened to study at Wesleyan in my home city!).

Program friends from Ecuador (who happened to study at Wesleyan in my home city!) and India.

 

MIPHers representing Nigeria, USA, Australia, Vietnam, Democratic Republic of Congo and India. I love the wide range of backgrounds in our program and how this contributes to our learning and expanded thinking.

MIPHers representing Nigeria, USA, Australia, Vietnam, Democratic Republic of Congo and India. I love the wide range of backgrounds in our program and how this contributes to our learning and expanded thinking.

This year also included presentations about students’ home countries, giving us a chance to learn a bit more about some of the countries our classmates are from. It was almost like a tourism push, because the travel bug in me started chirping.

East Timorese Leadership Scholars sharing a dance about being happy. And it really did make you feel happy and want to join in the dancing!

East Timorese Leadership Scholars sharing a dance about being happy. And it really did make you feel happy and want to join in the dancing!

And, of course, what would Cultural Night be without dancing? As one friend said, “Mathematics is not the international language – it’s the Macarena.” Somehow, everyone seems to know it!

Dancing fools!

Dancing fools!

The celebration also featured a crowning of a Cultural Night King, Queen and Dancing Queen (not gender specific).

Cultural Night King and Queen.

Cultural Night King and Queen.

Another success! Now, again, how do we make these style of international potlucks a more frequent event?

The whole group.

The whole group.

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