by Zian Zhang(Anne)
Master of Education student
I planned to pursue a Master Degree of Education by studying an advanced graduate program involving policy and development for education when I was doing my Bachelor’s Degree in a Chinese University.
Through my consulting and research, I discovered that Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto is the ideal institution that offers the advanced education and training that I was seeking. OISE offers the opportunity to work with world famous scholars and experts whose academic ideas will significantly broaden my academic horizon. Equally important is that I can enjoy an inexhaustible variety of advanced teaching resources at OISE. Meanwhile, OISE is top in the field of education in the world. OISE’s reputation for being a leader in education makes it the best place for me to grow.
Many foreign universities will assign representatives such as teachers and students to go to china to introduce themselves to Chinese students. They will hold an event, which is like the job fair in Toronto, like Open House at OISE. Each university has their booth. Some universities will also contact universities to ask for holding lectures on campus.
China also has many overseas education organizations, namely, helping students who want to study abroad understand the educational situations in foreign countries. Teachers who work in these organizations will give advice to students to help students make a decision.
I went to all of these places I mentioned above and got lots of information about foreign universities. Many people introduced OISE for me because OISE is very famous in the field of education in the world.
But the vital reason why I chose OISE is related to my International Communication Volunteer experience when I was studying Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at Zhejiang University of Media and Communications .As an international volunteer for two years, what I did was to receive foreign students and visitors to my undergraduate university. I assisted them with daily activities and did some translation work in both study and life, accompanied and guided them to have some travels in China. Because of this, I had many foreign friends when I was in China. When I told my friends about my master’s plan, they helped me check online. They know more foreign resources than Chinese people. My friends helped me compare different universities through current students’ and other people’s comments. Among them, Roy and Michael play a significant role in the process of deciding my graduate university. Both of them are foreign teachers at my undergraduate university. Roy comes from United Kingdom. Michael is from America. When they were in their homeland, they were teachers. I was also paired with them for a year and helped them deal with every problem they encountered during their stay in China. They suggested me to go to Canada to pursue my master’s degree. If I choose United Kingdom, I only have one year to learn education. The period is short. They told me that maybe I did not get use to the environment but I should go back to China. It is better for me if I could stay longer in foreign countries, which mean that I can study more and get some overseas working experience, which is important to my future career. Therefore, I consider thinking about studying in North America. Michael told me OISE is top in the field of education in North America. And OISE is located in Toronto, which is an international city, which means that more working opportunities and more competitive and active. It is good for people who are 22 years old like me to live in a competitive city.
Toronto has the CN tower which looks like the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai, which is my favourite city in China. This gives me a feeling of home. I am so lucky that OISE gave me an offer to the Master of Education degree program so that I can experience everything OISE has to offer.