Connie Fan

 
Dalian
China
 
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

After completing my study in the Food Science Program at UBC, I decided to continue my food science study in the Master of Food Science program. It was such a wonderful experience learning various fields in food production such as food chemistry, processing, analysis, microbiology, and fermentation. The topics were attractive to me and solidified my decision of working in the food industry as my career. Therefore, in order to better prepare me for my future career, I decided to pursue a graduate degree. In addition, the practicum part in the MFS program was the major attraction to me since I have a direct opportunity working in the food industry and have a chance to experience the "real" food industry job before entering into the field.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I completed my undergraduate degree (Major in Food Science) at UBC. I would say it was the most valuable experience spending four-year studying here at UBC. The academic support from all my professors, the peer support from all my friends, the friendships I developed, and the delicate researching environment all built up my success here at UBC. I will never regret choosing UBC, studying at UBC and continuing my study at UBC. I would like to say that without UBC, this wonderful university, I will not be person I am right now!

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

The practicum course attracted me the most since it allows me experiencing the real food industry before graduating and entering into work. I also have a chance at developing and building up personal networks through the practicum experience which are definitely supportive for my future career.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

UBC and Vancouver are open and welcome to everyone! No matter where you come from, what your background is, and which kind of person you are, this university and this city will demonstrate their kindness to you!

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

My undergraduate study in the Food Science program is the trigger and back support for my current study in the Master of Food Science. I am armed with sufficient food science knowledge which eases my study in the graduate program. In addition, my networks with the professors during undergrad are another support for me.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Vancouver is such a great place to study and enjoy! Go outdoors and brighten your "best years of life" here studying at UBC!

 
 
 

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