25 Mar 2012: You’re invited to International Week



Oh boy, in approximately 1 hour, it’s going to be Week 4 of the semester. Are you starting to feel the pressure from all your assignments and quizzes? You know what I’m talking about, the ones that you put off since Day 1, thinking you have plenty of time. Now Time is here and there’s nothing you can do except burn the midnight oil (and add to your crushing student debt) while imbibing copious amount of caffeine that is way over the legal limit.

Then you have a nervous breakdown like Jessie Spano from the television series Saved by the Bell:





But there’s something you should be excited about!

Next week is International Week and it’s going to be an amazing experience!

But what is International Week?

Yun Liu, the External Vice-President, describes it in the most awesome way:


International Week is a new initiative by the USU to promote the amazing cultural diversity we have on campus. It’s a three-day showcase of the unique customs, languages and costumes from the many different nationalities and ethnic groups here at Sydney University. It’s all about bringing everyone together to enjoy!

There will be a heap of fun and interesting activities for culture-hungry students. We have a surf simulator, interactive games, language corners, foreign language calligraphy, prize giveaways as well as world music and international film screenings. Oh, and don’t miss your chance to try as many cultural costumes as possible on the 29th March!

In addition, there will be talks and workshops designed especially for international students. The first talk will provide helpful information and tips to succeed the IELTS test, held on 27th March 4-5pm on Level 5, Wentworth Building. The second workshop, in collaboration with the Careers Centre, will provide useful insights for international students to find casual or part time employment in Australia, including tips for finding jobs and interviews. It will be held on 28th March 4-5pm in the New Law School Lecture Theatre 104.


Check out the full program here. And mark your attendance here.

So why should you bother? Well, University of Sydney has almost 11,000 International students (I made that number up, but I’m sure the figure is somewhere around there) and we all come from diverse cultural backgrounds. And what’s more awesome than interacting with and learning about new cultures within University of Sydney?

And most importantly… it’s FREE!

So see you there, Unimates people. In the meantime, keep your chin up and don’t break down like Jessie Spano.


For Fun, For Friendship, Forever

Zareth Lim

President of Unimates.


P.S. Didn’t mean to look so darn fierce in the photo.


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