From Opal Lin, Class of 2018
The “IC Food Pop-Up” event was the first of its kind for the International College. For its first two years, the International College was the only college to not produce an event meant to include the whole university. The idea behind “IC Food Pop-Up” was simple; we wanted to introduce a twist on traditional Taiwanese and Japanese food because of this country obsession with Japanese cuisine. The event planning seemed to be going well. And then came the day of the event. There were communication problems and conflicts of interests, but we had taken classes on Effective Business Communication, Management, Economics, Human Resource, and Corporate Governance. We were able to apply the knowledge that we learned in these courses into the real world. The first day had been chaotic, people were confused about their jobs, the time we had before the event started was severely underestimated, and the response was a little more underwhelming than we first expected. At the end of the first day, we addressed the issues raised, which were not placing people where they were most effective, communication between the people at the stalls and the people at the kitchen, and the management style of the event coordinators. We found suitable solutions to it, and carried it out these solutions on the second day. This process was successful, and the event generated a lot more interest. On the second day, the lines were long, people were excited about the food, and the atmosphere was buzzing with liveliness. Overall, the response to the IC Food Pop-Up has been overwhelmingly positive. We hope to have more of these events in the near future, given that it was such a great learning experience.