Graduate Program: Master of Forestry
Country of Origin: Beijing, China
Tags: Master of Forestry
Why did you choose UBC?
While I was doing my undergraduate studies in ecology, I discovered my passion for forestry and forest-related issues. The Faculty of Forestry at UBC is recognized as one of the best Forestry Institutions in North America. UBC Forestry’s has unique forestry educational resources, world-famous faculty team, and a multi-cultural environment. I believe that coming to UBC Forestry to pursue my master degree was one of the best choices I have made in my life.
What has been the highlight of your experience?
The master program at UBC Forestry has provided me with countless valuable learning and volunteering opportunities. One of the highlights during my study was attending ConforWest 2011, which is a Forestry Graduate Students Conference that took place in Jasper, Alberta. During the four day conference, 80 graduate students that study environmental sciences, forestry and other related fields in western North America, gathered together to share their research topics, discuss current forestry issues, and establish academic networks. This was a great learning opportunity because everyone was open to share their knowledge and work experience. Knowing so many people who are very passionate about forestry studies was highly encouraging and a great learning experience for me.
While I was pursuing my master degree, I worked as a part-time Project Assistant in the Faculty of Forestry, assisting the Director of Asian Strategies to initiate and promote Go Global group study programs, preparing documents for partner universities, and helping transfer and exchange students adjust to their study life at UBC in Vancouver. I really enjoyed the work experience so I applied for the full-time program coordinator position after graduation. I believe that forestry educational programs can provide good opportunities to cultivate forestry intellectuals and to exchange advanced forestry knowledge on a global level. I look forward to continuing my work within the Faculty by recruiting and advising more transfer and exchange students in hopes of helping them to enhance their undergraduate learning experience. In addition, I hope to assist more UBC students to study forestry and conservation in China through current exchange programs.