My journey: I was born in northeast China and grew up in a seaport city called “Dalian”. My life after teenage years can be described as a “high mover” profile. In 2005, I moved to the bay area (San Francisco/Cupertino) with my family for high school, and in 2009 I moved to San Diego for college. After studying linguistics and cognitive science for two years, to put these knowledge into practice, I transferred to a speech therapy undergraduate program in the bay area. In 2012-2014, I moved to Austin, Texas for my master’s degree in speech therapy. It was the best decision I have ever made. Between 2014-2016, I moved back to the bay area and worked as a speech therapist. As I attend my doctoral program at Irvine, I moved back to Southern California, where my higher education initially started.
My interests: In my spare time, I enjoy listening to and playing music, watching movies, traveling, doing casual sports and photography, and serving at church. Social media is part of how I work and live. I have a learner’s mind, always actively identifying new learning communities (in both English and Chinese) for insights or collaboration.
My (ambitious) personal goals:
☑2006-2011：See Kobe Bryant playing at the Staples Stadium
☑2011-2016：Become a humble and passionate speech language pathologist
☐2016-2021：Travel to new places in the world and take more photos
☐2021-2026：Be comfortable playing 3 types of sports and 4 types of instruments, and speaking 5 languages
My favorite quotes:
Joi Ito: “Education is what people do to you, learning is what you do to yourself.”
Diane F. Halpern: “Knowledge is powerful only when it is applied appropriately, and thought is powerful only when it can utilize a large and accurate base of knowledge.”