vol. 6 - Xiaofu. Z
Xiaofu is a third-year student pursuing a bachelor of degree in Agriculture and Resources Economics. She is from China and spent her life there before joining UAlberta in 2017.
Why Canada? Why UAlberta?
"Justin Bieber! I'm a big fan of him! I wanted to study in a country where he was born! Haha, just kidding," when the interviewer asked Xiaofu why she chose to study in Canada, she answered cheerfully.
"Well, actually, I decided to study at a Canadian university because of its cultural diversity. And it's safe in Canada! I applied to UAlberta because of its relatively affordable tuition fee, and I thought it offers a better environment to improve my English. The population of Chinese students are much smaller here in UAlberta, compared to other universities in Vancouver or Toronto."
The Bridging Program
Xiaofu spent her first semester of the university as a Bridging Program student. The Bridging Program is designed for excellent international students who meet all of UAlberta's academic criteria but still need to improve their English skills to enter a degree program.
"The Bridging Program (BP) was another reason why I decided to come here. I was born in China and raised there, so I had no English background. UAlberta opens the door for you to achieve your goal, even if you have limited English ability. Throughout BP, not only I could improve my English a lot, but I also made many new friends."
Hard Work Pays Off
When the interviewer asked her what the most challenging moment in her first year of the university was, she said it was a biology course:
"It was BIOL108, an introductory course about biological diversity. We were required to memorize a LOT - scientific names of animals, plants, fungi, everything! It was tough for me, especially because English isn't my first language."
"I was terrified of failing the course. But I also knew that I shouldn't give up. I told myself that I could do it. I made my note, and before the exams, I rewrote everything again so that I could memorize."
When asked for a piece of advice for the future UAlberta students, she said,
"The first year at the university can be both very challenging and intimidating. But if we put enough effort, we can overcome the challenges. And most importantly, don't forget to have fun with your friends!"