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Yujun Xie

Undergraduate, International, Graduate

Yujun Xie

Why did you decide to come to the U.S. to pursue your degree and, specifically, how did you decide to come to Philly, Drexel, and Materials?

The U.S. has one of the best engineering training systems in the world. Also, the relatively flexible academic environment can provides students with a precious opportunity to really think about what they really want to do and strive for it, which is really important for their future careers.

The scholarship that Drexel provided is the main reason for me to attend Drexel, as well as the reputation of the co-op system that allows us to have hands-on experiences. I decided to major in materials science and engineering is because materials are everywhere! I like the feeling that, when touching everything around me, I can tell how it is made, why it is made in this way, and how to make it better.

What are your favorite things about Philly?

Life in Philly is simple but satisfying, at least to me. You can find everything you want easily in 10 minutes.

What is your typical schedule like during the week and weekend?

Study/research, study/research, study/research, study/research, BIG DINNER, study/research, and study/research.

What do you find are the biggest differences between your home country and the U.S.?

People in the U.S. are doing what they really like to do and enjoy it.

What are your plans for after graduation?

Finish my Ph.D. degree.

How do you feel your Drexel Materials degree will prepare you for your post-graduation plans?

Graduate level classes can greatly extend your knowledge on a specific topic. Attending classes with other Ph.D. students is also a good experience so that we can understand one topic from different angles since most of them have practical research experience.

Do you have any advice for international students looking to study in the U.S.?

Find out what you want to do and what you really like to do as early as possible and start to work on it. Joining a research group is absolutely the first choice.

International students may have a problem finding a co-op position, but as long as you don't give up and trust yourself, you can get one.

From Guangzhou, China

Year of Graduation: 2014

Advised By

Steven May

Steven May

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