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Student Post: Picturing Life Abroad

Written by ESLI
Published on 2016-09-25

Wang, Yuxiang (Michael) is currently studying in the Pre-Master’s Program at ESLi at Trinity Western University. He caught the attention of staff and students early in the semester by sharing some of his beautiful photography on Schoology. We are pleased to shine a SPOTLIGHT on Michael.

The photos below were taken by Michael. An interview follows.

Where are you from?

I am from Shanxi Province , China

What is your educational background?

I finished my bachelor’s degree majoring in English Education 10 years ago. Then I taught English at a training school until this July. I was also writing food reviews, broadcasting and hosting as part time jobs.

Why did you decide to study in Canada and at TWU?

First of all, being an English major, studying abroad is like a dream come true. To communicate, to feel, and to witness the differences in every aspect could be an unforgettable experience for every one of us. Besides, if it is possible, I would like to work here in Canada in the future and start a new life, which is also a great challenge for me.

What have you learned about Canada or Canadians so far?

Firstly, I am shocked by the awesome and unique beauty of this country. Besides, people here are always welcoming and kind. Although it will take some time to get used to the rainy days, I still think it is an amazing place to stay. These are the reasons why I’d like to use my camera to record the life and people here.

What is the most special place that you have been since arriving in Canada and why is it special?

I have to say, I have not been to so many places. Vancouver’s Stanley Park pops up in my mind first. It is really an interesting combination of various landscapes and scenery. You can look over the water and see the skyscrapers of downtown Vancouver, but you can also walk in the forests , the grassland, and the sea shore. You can describe it as “a feast of nature”.

What do you plan to study here?

MA in educational leadership.

What would your dream job be?

This is kind of interesting as I had the same question in my listening and speaking class. I’d love to be a travel photographer. Then, I would have the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the whole world.

What role does photography play in your life?

Photography is an important part of my life. I think it is a good way to relax my mind. When I get really exhausted, taking pictures or just looking at those pictures I took can be an enjoyable thing to do.

Why is photography special to you?

First of all, I earn some money through taking pictures and teaching cellphone photography which I never thought I could do before. Then recently, I found my pictures can convey special information to my audience. I took a lot of pictures of Taiyuan city, my hometown, which made people there fall in love with our city, but before that they just considered the city as a medium sized, old fashioned and polluted city. These days, because of my pictures of Vancouver and the campus, a lot of my friends and people whom I don’t know have started telling me that they want to visit this place or study here. I have to say, I did not realize how powerful the photography could be.


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