Xinyi Shen

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

A graduate degree is essential in helping me to break into a new industry without starting from scratch. Besides, earning a degree from a local university also gives me sufficient time to adapt to the new life in Canada.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC is a well-recognized university around the world. When doing research on the universities, I was amazed by the rich resources and abundant program choices offered by UBC.

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

The Adult Learning and Education (ALE) program is the oldest graduate adult education program in Canada and has many alumni across the country. Plus, I was also deeply attracted by the program's fair amount of flexibility in choosing electives, which allows me to really tailor my studies to my interests and needs.

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

I was surprised by the amount of support UBC has provided to its international students during COVID. The university not only rearranged the course schedules to accommodate students in different time zones but also prepared affordable self-isolation accommodation packages for students traveling from abroad.

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

As someone who has studied in three different places across the world, I found it relatively easy to fit into UBC's multicultural learning environment. Moreover, my working experience in the educational industry is also crucial in facilitating my understanding of the learning theories I learned.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

Reading Japanese manga and watching stand-up comedy are my favorite forms of entertainment. Imagination and humor are my secret weapons to relieve stress :)

What advice do you have for new graduate students?
  1. Get started by talking to some alumni or student ambassadors. It is extremely helpful for you to plan your studies wisely.
  2. Graduate school experience is much more than taking courses. Take some time to explore other resources that the university offers.
  3. Finally, graduate life could be overwhelming at the beginning, which makes self-care more important than ever. Give yourself enough time to adapt to it and reach out if you need help!

Learn about our faculties, research and more than 300 programs in our 2022 Graduate Viewbook!