It’s All About the Journey for Soon-to-be PhD Candidate Michelle Fan
of Digital Media student Michelle Fan has just been accepted to the PhD program
at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Art and Technology. While a
significant accomplishment in and of itself, the story of how she got here is
just as remarkable.
Many people will tell you that a master’s degree, although incredibly rewarding, can be a stressful and time-consuming process. The dedication and precision required to complete it are certainly enough to fill one’s schedule. There is no doubt that many a night’s sleep has been lost in the pursuit of higher education. Some students, however, thrive in such situation; Michelle Fan is exactly this type of student.
Nearing completion of her MA from the Communication University of China, Michelle had an opportunity to briefly check out the Masters of Digital Media (MDM) program. After participating in the IDEA-X program, a month long exchange hosted by the Centre for Digital Media, Michelle became enamoured with the MDM ethos. She began her MDM studies shortly thereafter.
Michelle was most interested in the prospect of getting real-world digital media experience, and she saw the opportunities that would be afforded to her by the Centre for Digital Media’s industry-focused curriculum. Knowing that Vancouver was a significant hub for digital media, Michelle consulted with her program supervisor and quickly made the move to the Centre for Digital Media, beginning her coursework shortly after her exchange.
Intrigued by ubiquitous computing, Michelle quickly saw that she could focus her MDM studies in this discipline, similar to the work she’s done at CUC. This way, Michelle realized she was able to approach the phenomenon from both theoretical and technical standpoints.
Michelle will be starting her Doctoral studies at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Art and Technology in the fall of this year, just a few short months after completing her Masters of Digital Media. Michelle plans to continue her work on ubiquitous computing throughout her doctoral research, but plans to focus more specifically on interactive designs for children.
Although Michelle is just putting the final touches on her Masters of Digital Media, she still has much work ahead of her. Showing great dedication and poise over her educational career, there is no doubt she’ll continue to perform at an extremely high level. Upon completion of her PhD, Michelle hopes to inspire fertile young minds while teaching at the post-secondary level. If the last few years are any indication, top institutions would be lucky to have her.