Yuyi Chen, a Selkirk College graduate and now a full-time fourth-year student at Thompson Rivers University, shares his Selkirk College experience.
After high school graduation and researching about Hospitality & Tourism, Yuyi chose Selkirk College due to the remote location and affordable tuition. He wanted to avoid large cities like Vancouver, as he was planning on studying and improving his English. Yuyi mentioned that he would have been easily distracted by the attractions of the city as well as finding persons who spoke his mother language.
“Most of the people living in Castlegar are native English speakers, which created an ideal environment,” says Chen. “ I spent the first semester staying with a homestay family which helped me get used to the local lifestyle.”
While taking the RHOT program, Yuyi was impressed with the help and support from staff and their ability to take care of students. Instructors [ESL], combined local culture into course material and in-class discussion, which encouraged learning Canadian culture in a multicultural environment.
“I studied in an environment with many different students from all over the world. I learned how to communicate and work with people efficiently and successfully."
Yuyi worked at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre for his summer internship that is mandatory for students taking the RHOT program. He found that the internship provided him a great experience that allowed him to combine the theory taught in class to applying it in the workplace.
Yuyi transferred to Thompson Rivers University to continue studying tourism management.