Rak Yang, a graduate of the first cohort of the Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology programme at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), has now completed his master’s degree in Education (Human Development and Psychology) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
“Every degree has its hardships,” said Rak. “But for me, it’s always been about getting to that next step.”
He has been happy to see the growth of EdUHK noting how the Department of Psychology spurred his interest in doing research on language acquisition.
“In my undergraduate years, my honours project looked at the utilisation of morphemic and phonemic features of words,” he said. “I did research on Chinese learners with English as their foreign language. And at UCLA, I’m a member of the language and linguistics research group.”
Although he left EdUHK some years ago, Rak still keeps in touch with many of the professors, seeing the Department of Psychology as a family where teachers genuinely care for students.
“They value student feedback and are very accommodative,” he said.
In his opinion, success is not necessarily about completing a PhD or becoming a psychologist.
“To succeed, one should embrace challenges,” he said. ”Sometimes, it is good to take on difficult tasks because that’s when we are most highly motivated. Although many people think a good GPA, referee, CV or TOEFL/IELTS score helps, for me the most important thing is to have a willing heart and be ready to face challenges.”
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