Nov 23, 2011

helen hou

Student’s Name: Helen Hou

Home Country: China

Vancouver resident since: December 2010


1.  How long have you been a student at Langara?

I have been a student at Langara College for ten months.

2.  What are your educational and career goals?

My educational goals include getting a Bachelor of Arts degree. I wish to do something related to improving intercultural relations. Further down the line, I also wish to complete a Master’s Degree in the same field.

3.  What are your plans to achieve those goals?

I, obviously, would have to study really hard to achieve my educational goals. To add to that, I would need to gain hands-on experience by working in the field itself. Thus, looking ahead, academics and co-op are my main interests.

4.  How many courses have you taken this Fall?

I am a full-time student, with four courses to keep me busy!

5.  How do you balance your studies in your everyday routine?

I try my best to follow a daily schedule, which has a mix of studies and a few other activities. Although my primary focus is my studies, I do take time out to talk to friends and to relax. I also like to exercise and play badminton, at least once a week.

6.  When you first started your studies at Langara, what were some of your greatest challenges?

The language barrier was definitely the biggest challenge I faced with. English being my second language, it took me a while to comprehend what the instructors were saying in class. Also, when attempting to make friends, my lack of English fluency proved to be a major issue.

7.  Which would be your favourite spots on campus to study?

I love studying on the third floor of the library building. The quietness in certain parts of the library definitely help me concentrate.

8.  If you want to work on a group project, where would you go?

Most likely, I would work with my group in the south end of the main floor of the library building.

9.  After studying for a long time, how do you usually unwind?

Surfing the internet is my favourite way to unwind. Also, talking or hanging out with friends is a good stress buster.


Written by Ekta Sachdev