Hai Yan Chen
Hai Yan Chen holds a Bachelor of Science in International Studies and Business from Emory & Henry College and a Master of Arts in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Virginia Tech. Currently, she serves as a Global Programs Coordinator at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. This path of work and study was inspired by her undergraduate experience at E&H and her work as the Assistant Director and Recruitment Coordinator of the E&H Honors Program.
Q: How did your involvement with the Honors Program influence your overall experience at E&H?
A: My experience at Emory & Henry was incredible and is what gave me the foundation and drive to pursue a career in Higher Education. The Honors Program curriculum challenged me to design my academic study around my interests and gave me the tools to write my undergraduate honors thesis, which enhanced my overall academic growth. Emory & Henry and the Honors Program supported my personal, academic, and professional learning and development that led me to where I am now.
Q: What advice would you give to first-year Honors Scholars?
A: Don’t be afraid to try something new that’s outside of your comfort zone, whether if it’s a class, extracurricular activity, or approaching a paper from a completely different perspective. Most importantly, be curious about everything.
Q: Why did you choose to go to graduate school? How did E&H or the Honors Program affect this choice?
A: I made the decision to pursue a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration a year into my appointment as the Assistant Director and Recruitment Coordinator of the Emory & Henry College Honors Program. I loved the work that I had the opportunity to be involved in around program management, as well as supporting the growth and development of the students.