Becoming an International Student Leader

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Jiayin (Julia) Qian believes in opportunity. Opportunity led her from her hometown of Jinan, China to the University of Minnesota campus, and from being a new student to receiving the prestigious President’s Student and Leadership Award. Adjusting to a new culture didn’t come without its share of speed bumps; however, by using opportunities she found on campus, Qian was able to gain a new understanding of her surroundings and herself.

Qian’s first encounter with the University of Minnesota was during a study abroad trip hosted by her college in China. Drawn to the diverse campus and by her strong desire to expand her knowledge of American education system, Qian transferred to the University in 2013.

Since then, Qian has focused on pursing her degree in Family Social Science and integrating herself in the campus community through involvement in a number of extracurricular programs. Qian’s first student group experience was with the International Buddy Program, coordinated by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). After this positive experience, she quickly began filling her schedule with other obligations ranging from introducing new students to campus as a Global Gopher Guide to helping sexual assault survivors as an Aurora Center Advocate and being an assistant in an autism research lab.

Read the full story on the ISSS website.


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