Sida Sun

MA in Educational Studies: Teaching and Learning

Student status: Current student, full time

Geographic region of origin: Shanxi Province, Mainland China

Education prior to Ed Studies MA: Bachelor’s degree in Korean Language and Literature, Beijing Language and Culture University

Prior to Joining the Program

Before joining the program, I taught for four years in a private test-prep institution.

Why the Teaching and Learning Program?

I believe in the impact of teaching and learning, and I believe teaching and learning exert profound impact on everyone, not only those who are teachers or students. I seek to extend my understanding toward this impact and to further explore my role in it. My first semester here at the U-M has been more than satisfying, and I think I’m right where I am supposed to be.

Individualized Course of Study

Courses I chose in my first semester included:

Highlights of the Michigan Experience

The program has been very thoughtful in helping students with course selection and internship opportunities. Faculty advisors as well as staff check in with students on regular basis throughout the semester, making sure that every student is getting the help he or she needs to make the most out of the experience here at U-M.  

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In our program, every faculty member is ready to listen to each student’s voice. As an international student who did not have formal study abroad experience prior to coming to U-M, I felt not only welcomed here, but also valued and respected. More importantly, the diverse background of my classmates made my learning experience here really eye-opening. The diversity gives class discussion an international comparative perspective on various issues, ranging from pedagogy for second language development to theories of intelligence. 

Sida invites prospective students to contact her with any questions about the program or student life.

Sun’s program of study: