Kathy Yin, Education Studies

On Dec. 19, UW–Madison will celebrate its Winter 2021 Commencement. We reached out to a few of our students who are graduating from programs in the School of Education to learn about their favorite UW–Madison memories and future plans. Following is a Q&A with Kathy Yin, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education studies. 

What brought you to UW–Madison? 

I was born and raised in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, a coastal city in the southeast part of China. When I was in my freshman year, I figured out that I wanted to study education. I then decided to transfer to UW–Madison, where we have a very reputable education school. 

What is your major, and how did you choose it? 

I am majoring in education studies, because I want to be involved in the education field but not necessarily become a teacher in the future. This major has helped me understand the education system and allowed me to pursue different topics that I am interested in. 

What was your most meaningful experience at UW–Madison? 

Getting involved in on-campus jobs. Currently, I am a special project assistant in the Global Engagement Office. My favorite part of this job is planning and hosting festival celebration events for our community, such as Lunar New Year and Diwali. I love seeing different cultures and identities presented in our community and how we create this place as a home away from home. 

"Try to take courses in different areas and find ones that truly interest you. Be active, whether it is through a club, part-time job, or volunteer work. Last but not least, be smart about how many layers you wear in the winter." 

What was your favorite class or professor, and why?

My favorite course has been a community-based course focused on teaching computer science to K-12 students. (As part of the course), I went to a local public school and led the after school coding club with my classmates. I enjoyed how we were able to bring middle school kids the opportunity to learn coding, and inspire them to explore more in the future. 

Any advice for incoming students? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started at UW? 

Try to take courses in different areas and find ones that truly interest you. Be active, whether it is through a club, part-time job, or volunteer work. Last but not least, be smart about how many layers you wear in the winter.  

What are your plans for the future? 

I plan to go to graduate school and pursue a master’s degree with a focus on higher education and policy research. 

What is a “hidden gem” on campus, or in Madison? 

Sometimes I lock myself in “study jail” in Memorial Library. I love reading the encouraging words left on the table.

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