Xuyan Tang

How scoring methods impact validity of psychological measures?
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

Throughout my MA studies in measurement, evaluation, and research methodology, I found a genuine passion for this field. It became evident that I am deeply intrigued by the intricate processes of data analysis. My enthusiasm for contributing to the improvement of mental health and educational assessments through rigorous evaluation further solidified my decision to pursue a Ph.D. in the same program. By embarking on this advanced academic journey, I aim to not only expand my expertise but also to make meaningful contributions as a professional in this area. I am resolute in my dedication to advancing research and fostering evidence-based practices, and I believe that a graduate degree will equip me with the necessary tools and knowledge to achieve these goals.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC boasts a prestigious reputation as a leading institution in academia and research, which aligns perfectly with my aspirations for a high-quality education. Additionally, the picturesque campus and well-equipped facilities provide an ideal environment for academic growth and personal development. Another pivotal factor in my decision was the strong alignment of my research interests with my supervisor, Dr. Anita Hubley. Her expertise and guidance offer invaluable opportunities to explore my passion and contribute meaningfully to my field of study.

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

What particularly captivated me about this program is the faculty's impressive combination of expertise in their respective fields and genuine passion for teaching. Their commitment to nurturing students' academic growth and development is truly inspiring. Moreover, the program's rich academic resources and exceptional doctoral cohorts create a positive and motivating learning environment. I was especially impressed by the program's dedication to fostering an open and supportive atmosphere, which promotes collaboration and individual growth.

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

The best surprise about life in Vancouver is undoubtedly its breathtaking natural beauty, offering a picturesque landscape with mountains, lakes, beaches, and parks that provide endless opportunities for outdoor adventures and relaxation. Additionally, the diverse culinary scene has been a delightful surprise, with a wide array of delicious cuisines from different countries. Vancouver truly is a paradise for foodies, and I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring and savoring the delectable dishes that this city has to offer.

UBC boasts a prestigious reputation as a leading institution in academia and research, which aligns perfectly with my aspirations for a high-quality education.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

My meticulous planning ability, developed through a keen eye for detail and a strategic approach to organizing tasks, is invaluable in managing the demands of rigorous coursework, research projects, and academic commitments at UBC.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Embrace setbacks as stepping stones. View failures as opportunities to learn, grow, and uncover your true potential on your path to success. Let each challenge propel you forward, empowering you to achieve greatness in both academics and life.


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