Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
During my study for two master's programs (MA & MEd) in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and curriculum studies, I equipped myself with basic theoretical knowledge about language and literacy education. My previous working experience as a research assistant in different longitudinal funded research projects regarding education for young children at Western University also helped me discover my passion for early literacy development. The learning and working experiences collaboratively contributed to my decision to pursue a doctoral degree where I would have the opportunity to develop my research interest, further my academic knowledge, and realize my aspiration of giving back to the community and supporting young children’s well-being in either literacy or life.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
For me, The University of British Columbia is one of the most prestigious and high-caliber post-secondary institutions globally. I am deeply fascinated by the beautiful campus landscape and impressed by the well-equipped instructional, research, and learning facilities the university provides to teachers, researchers, and students. Importantly, the perfectly matched research interest between my dearest supervisor Dr. Guofang Li and me, plus the constant encouragement and support from my family and my graduate fellows, helped me decide to study at UBC.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The abundant academic resources and activities regarding educational research, the innovative and inclusive learning environment, and the knowledgeable faculty and doctoral cohorts attract me the most.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
I enjoy the moderate temperature of both Vancouver’s summer and winter, compared to those very hot or cold ones in the Midwest. The temperate seasons illuminate and vitalize the UBC campus with evergreen plans and gorgeous flowers all year round. Also, Vancouver is one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse cities in the world, which nurtures my research on literacy development and the well-being of children from minority groups.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Self-discipline, high resilience, keeping curiosity and enthusiasm to the newness, treating each task with a modest and prudent attitude, and the fundamental knowledge and skills in conducting educational research.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Please stick to your goals: Enjoy the process of fulfilling the goals and believe in your possibility of accomplishing them! Also, always take good care of yourself—physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.