Huanwen Wang

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

After graduating from Shanghai International Studies University, I returned to my hometown and worked as a language instructor for three years. During this time, I discovered my enthusiasm for this job and became aware of my own shortcomings. I didn't have education-related knowledge before, which led me to be very confused when I faced some problems that could not be explained by common sense. I was eager to get scientific guidance, on which I can rely to solve the problems in my work. Therefore, I chose to pursue a graduate degree in educational studies. I hope that this period of study will enrich my theoretical knowledge and lay a solid foundation for future work.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I studied French during my undergraduate studies and worked in English after graduation. Canada is a bilingual country where English and French are the perfect blend. Therefore, Canada became the first choice. Among many institutions in Canada, UBC's educational resources are of high quality and its academic reputation is world-renowned. Our department of education is also ranked highly all over the world. In addition, Vancouver's climate is pleasant, and UBC's tuition is not very high. Last but not least, one of my friends has earned her master's degree here, and everything she has experienced here had me yearning. Therefore, I chose UBC.

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

The Department of Educational Studies has given us a lot of support, both in academia and in life. Our faculties, administrators, and other staffs are committed to providing us with the best growth and academic space, which makes me very pleased and proud.

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

UBC is a very inclusive university where students from all countries and races live in peace and progress together. Vancouver is also a multicultural city, and I can always find a place to echo my culture here. These are all amazing.

What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?

Combining the knowledge learned at UBC with the realities of China is the biggest challenge in my future career.

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

My previous experience at work and my own thinking allowed me to quickly find my own points of interest in my studies, from which I will finally benefit.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

Various cuisines and beautiful scenery in Vancouver.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Be prepared for the surprise at UBC!