Li Fang came to UAB from BeiJing, P.R. China. She is a graduate student in Business Administration and expects to receive her master’s degree in December 2008. Li is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for business programs accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business.
When asked why she chose UAB for her graduate studies, Li replied, “UAB has a beautiful campus with flowers in full bloom during all seasons. UAB also has diverse environment with a variety of international students. By meeting talented students from all around world, I am able to build international friendships, which will not only helps me to understand other cultures, but will also help me to open new business opportunities in the long run. The UAB MBA program has a convenient and flexible class schedule which fits my busy life. I also appreciate the kind and helpful professors.”
One can imagine that being an international student is difficult and stressful because of the language barrier. Li attributes her most rewarding experience at UAB to being able to overcome these barriers during her first semester at UAB. She took a very difficult class and through hard work and determination she made a grade of A. Her motivation behind her academic determination is simple. She says, “I want to set a solid foundation so that I may find better career opportunities.”
Dr. Richard Turpen was a great influence on Li. In her first MBA class, he explained how critical it is to take the time to read the textbook thoroughly and often. Li took his words to heart and quickly learned to use her time wisely.
After graduation and securing a position, Li plans on taking the CPA exam in 2009.
Li’s Advice for Other Graduate Students:
“Do the best you can. If an international student can make it, you can too.”