2013Dec 21

@LU_SPAD Student Profile: Jason Wang – An International Perspective

Third year SPAD student, Jason Wang, has a very interesting story. Jason is originally from China, but has spent some time living in Montreal before making his way over to Laurentian University. Coming from a foreign country, such as China, Jason is able to offer us a different perspective on the program and its merits. Jason is a big fan of the New York Yankees, the Detroit Red Wings, Real Madrid, the New England Patriots, and the Brooklyn Nets. Jason has agreed to take some time out of his schedule to offer us some insight into the life of a student studying far away from home.

227fea7Q: Hi Jason, thank you for taking the time to speak with us today. Can you tell us a little bit about your background; where are you originally from, and when you moved to Canada?

I was born in China. Specifically, the Mandarin-speaking city of Beijing. I spent most of my childhood in Beijing. My elementary school days and my first year of high school were in Beijing. My family and I moved to Montreal when I was around 14 years old. We have lived there since.

Q: Did you study anything else before coming to the School of Sports Administration at Laurentian University?

Yes, when I first arrived in Montreal, I went to a “welcome class” for a year. The purpose of this class was to learn the french language. After completing this class, I was able to enter College Charles-Lemoyne for my remaining high school years. After this, I went to Cegep Maisonneuve for two years where I studied Social Sciences and Math. In 2011, I began my studies here in the Sports Administration program here at Laurentian University.

Q: How has your experience of studying in Canada been thus far? What are some challenges you’ve faced in your time here?

I feel my studies in Canada are going well. I’m now able to say that I have three languages under my belt. Obviously, there have also been some challenges associated with studying in a foreign country, such as Canada. I believe one the biggest challenges was, and is familiarizing myself with the different vocabulary. I think part of the problem is that we still speak Mandarin at home, even since living in Canada.

Q: How did you find out about SPAD, and what made you so interested in the program?

I studied social science in Cegep because I didn’t know what I wanted to study in university. I didn’t know there were sports business university programs such as SPAD. I made my decision to come to Sudbury to study SPAD in a span of only a week. Before I got here, I had high expectations for SPAD when I found out that this program was one of the best sports management programs in North America. I’m interested in SPAD simply because it’s a sport program which is unique in Canada. Studying in the domain that I am passionate about will hopefully help me find a job within a sports organization and make my time here worthwhile.

Q: What do you enjoy the most about studying in Canada? Do you plan on staying here after you graduate from the program?

The thing I enjoy the most about studying in Canada is to be able to make friends from all around the world. We have students from every corner of the globe here at Laurentian. During my high school days, I had a lot of friends who enjoyed basketball and rap music. When I came to Sudbury, I was able to meet Chinese international students, other french students who came from around the world, and of course, many Canadian friends here in SPAD. My plan after graduation is to stay in North America and work for a sport organization in some capacity.

Q: What do you hope to obtain from your SPAD Degree? Do you have any career aspirations after leaving the program?

I hope I can get a chance to work in a sports organization starting with my internship. Then, I hope to get a full time job there. My dream would be becoming an NBA coach.

Q: Thank you for your time. We wish you the best of luck moving forward in the program!

Thank you for having me.

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