Dear Chinese graduate students,
Greetings from the President’s office of your Graduate Student Society (GSS). I would like to first thank you for your involvmeent in the development of the GSS non-departmental graduate student group, and I would like to invite every one of you for further involvement in GSS endeavours.
Why would you want to get involved?
- increase confidence English speaking
- get professional experience
- make friends, networking
- increase Chinese graduate student contribution in UBC community.
- influence and enhance lives of international students
I immigrated to Vancouver 17 years ago from Taiwan. From my experience, Chinese in Vancouver really don’t have as many opportunities to practice English. Many of my friends were here for more than 10 years but still barely speak English. For graduate students we have much better English exposure, but the few conference presentations just don’t do the trick. Even that I already lived in Vancouver for 12 years when I started of my graduate studies (5 years ago), I had absolutely no confidence in my English speaking skills. It is not until I get involved with GSS council and committees that I started to get exposure to fast, rigorous, and high level spoken English, and slowly became more confident and fluent in English speaking. At first, my hand shakes uncontrollably when I spoke in GSS council. Now, as some of you have seen me spoken in public, I myself could not even believe the improvement!
If I can do it, you can do it too!
Not only that, I can not tell you how many good friends from different cultures and departments I have made through the years. These friends made significant contribution to not only my personal growth, but also my research in unexpected ways. CGSA and CSSA are great places to network. However, let’s face it, Canada is still a white dominate community. If we want Chinese to be the indispensable and influential community of Vancouver, of Canada, we need to integrate, we need to contribute, we need to immerse and network with all different cultures. However, this doesn’t happen in one day. The big differences start with small steps. I see CGSA and CSSA as the driving force and GSS as the training ground to get us to a bigger common vision.
GSS is also a place where you can get professional experiences that you will never get in your graduate studies. Through the years I have learned human resources, union bargaining, auditing, finances budgeting, running high profile events, influence stakeholders, project management…you name it. Can you imagine how much better those experiences would make my CV look like to my future employer?
I want to share these opportunities with you, my fellow Chinese students. It saddens me when I see these valuable career enhancing opportunities are only accessible to only a few well connected individuals. I want all of you to have the same opportunities that I had. Therefore, I ask that you contact us, and find out what GSS can offer you!
Please drop Yunfei (firstname.lastname@example.org) or me (email@example.com) a line and let us know what your interest are, what your career goals are, and we will figure out together on how GSS experience can help you to get to where you want to be!
Conny Lin, MSc.
Canada Graduate Scholar | Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Ph.D. Candidate | Neuroscience
University of British Columbia
大家好，我是Conny Lin，首先请允许我以GSS President的身份代表GSS向大家致以诚挚的问候！
非常感谢大家过去积极参与GSS Non-departmental graduate student group的建设。为了加强GSS与各位的联系， 我诚挚的邀请大家进一步参与到GSS各方面的活动中来。
中国学生在温哥华练习英语的机会真的不多。 我的很多朋友在这已经10多年了，但几乎没怎么说过英语。 研究生虽然机会相对多一些，但仍然不够， 一些有限的课堂或者会议演讲根本达不到期望的效果。即便是我， 在五年前开始念研究生的时候（来温哥华已经12年）， 对自己的英语表达能力仍然不自信。直到加入了GSS Council and Committees，随着不断接触快速、 严谨和高端的英语对话， 我的英语表达终于慢慢变得流畅和自信起来。起初，在GSS Council上发言的时候我的手都会抖。现在的我—— 正如有些同学在公共场合看到的那样——所取得的进步， 让我自己都不敢相信！
在过去的几年里， 我已经数不清到底在GSS交了多少来自不同文化和专业背景的朋友 了。这些朋友极大帮助了我个人方面的成长，更开阔了我的眼界。 CGSA和CSSA确实是方便大家相互联系的地方。 但我们要认识到，加拿大是一个白人主导的社会。 如果我们希望华人在温哥华乃至加拿大作为一个至关重要、 有着重大影响力的团体存在，我们就必须团结， 我们必须为这个社会做贡献， 并且同其他文化背景的人群进行充分的交流与合作。当然， 冰冻三尺非一日之寒，这项事业没有长期的努力是肯定不能成功的。 千里之行始于足下。CGSA和CSSA有着同样的愿景， GSS有着合适的训练环境，我相信在我们的共同努力下， 这一天是会来到的。
这些年来，我学到了很多关于人力资源管理、工会谈判、审计、 财政预算、大型活动组织、项目管理等多方面的技能和经验。 在未来的雇主眼里，我的这些经历无疑会让我的CV变得尤为出众。 而对于将来的职业发展，它们也是尤为重要的。
白白浪费掉这些机会，或者只有少数人能够得到这些机会， 是多么的可惜！ 我希望我们每个同学都能像我一样从这些机会中获得宝贵的经验。 因此，我邀请各位联系我们，了解GSS能够为你提供什么。
或者我（firstname.lastname@example.org）发一封信， 请告诉我们你的兴趣和你的职业规划， 然后我们会让你知道GSS提供的各种机会将如何帮助你实现你的目 标！