Meet Fan Li
Bachelor of Social Work student
From: Xi’an, China
Q: What has been the highlight of your experience at Carleton so far?
FL: The experience at Carleton University has been one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. Carleton University offers a strong presence in supporting students to achieve academic success.
I have benefited greatly from various campus organizations that truly care about their students and support their students in all aspects of campus involvement. The faculty and departments have excellent teachers and members who dedicate their time and energy towards teaching and helping.
Such as the unique co-op or practicum and internship opportunities that the university offers to give students a chance to apply what they have learned in class to the real-world to gain the necessary hands-on skills.
I have also been passionately involved in many on- and off-campus extra-curricular activities to broaden my overall university experience. For example, with my passion of sharing my culture and the Chinese language, I started and have been volunteering to teach Mandarin to a group of seven to 10 participants weekly for the past three years. I have been fortunate to join and was later selected as, the Local Committee President at AIESEC in Carleton to lead a group of 20 plus members to deliver youth exchange opportunities abroad on campus.
I have also joined departments, labs, and clubs and societies to develop various professional and transferable skills needed in the future development.
Q: What attracted you to Canada, and to Carleton in particular?
FL: Canada is a country that is proud to have multiculturalism and cultural diversity. I have learned so much from Canadian society and its spirit of welcoming and integrating. I am particularly blessed to come to Carleton University, situated in Canada’s capital city.
I have fallen in love with the beautiful campus, supportive student environment, and the capital advantages. After involvement in many areas at the university, I have never changed my mind about my choice to come to Carleton University.
Q: Are there any interesting opportunities that you found at Carleton?
FL: The Career Services at Carleton University provide many international internships as a course-based opportunity to aid students’ professional and personal learning. The university is partnered with seven international organizations with more than 40 locations around the world and covers every part of a student’s potential career interest. For example, this summer of 2020, I have signed up for an eight weeks internship that takes place in Madrid, Spain to practice social work and understand the career implications and opportunities for my degree upon graduation through an international outlook.
Q: What advice do you have for a student considering to come to Carleton?
FL: As an international student, I understand the struggle of going abroad and coming to university without knowing anybody and adapting to a new environment. However, this is certainly your chance to shine and see how capable you are with almost no boundaries and endless potential. Stay connected and do not be afraid to ask for help, you are never alone in this journey and you are powerful beyond measure!
Q: What do you think you’ve gained from your experience here?
FL: My university experience has never been as superficial as to just receive a diploma. It consists of many mistakes, a lot of learning, sweat, laughter, and tears. I have further developed many transferable skills such as communication, team work, time management, critical thinking, leadership, management, and public speaking. Because of all these experiences, it has made me the person I am today – resilient, diligent, adaptable, and creative.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like potential students to know ?
FL: Just be yourself. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” And I wish you the same!
请做您自己！埃莉诺·罗斯福（Eleanor Roosevelt）曾经说过，“做人的目的就是生活，尽可能地体验经历，热切地伸出手来，而不担心更新的和更丰富的其他经历。” 我真心希望您也可以这样！