Jia Yu Xu
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
My leadership philosophy is developmental democratic leadership, which seeks to enable individuals to achieve their full potential and encourage them to act for the common good. By completing this Master of Education in Early Childhood Education program, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of this type of leadership, develop meaningful connections with experts in this field, and acquire professional skills necessary for future leadership roles.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
The University of British Columbia has an outstanding national and international reputation for its research excellence and global impact on promoting diversity and equity. I hope to gain recognition and credibility by earning its Master's credential to empower myself to advocate for equity and bring positive change to the early childhood education field.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The MEd in Early Childhood Education is an interdisciplinary, faculty-wide program that include courses in Early Childhood Education and related courses from other departments within the Faculty of Education. As students explore various research methods, theories, and early childhood education issues that they are interested in, they will have the opportunity to identify areas of interest they are most passionate about and then further develop their learning in those areas.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The best surprise was that there are so many tasty restaurants from all over the world at UBC and that you can get discounts from many of them through UBC's meal plan.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
My family has greatly influenced my perspective of learning. After my grandmother retired from her job, she enrolled in a senior college to learn calligraphy. She helped me understand that studying is not just about pursuing a certificate, but pursuing your dreams, the things you believe in, and the things you are eager to accomplish. Therefore, whenever I feel tired, I always try to remind myself why I am here in the first place.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I enjoy exploring different restaurants in Vancouver. As a multicultural city, Vancouver has an array of tasty foods from around the world for us to sample.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
For many graduate students, the first year can be overwhelming, especially if you are from another country and are adjusting to a new environment. It is always important to put your mental health before anything else, and not to be afraid to seek help from your faculty members if needed.