Kayla Chen



硕士 | 全球事务


学士 | 政治学


The Fullbright Program

Taiwan Teaching Grantee

2016年,Kayla Chen于哈佛大学政治系本科毕业。在校期间,她策划组织了一个专门针对高中学生的领导力项目,并在波士顿的一个内陆城市教学。本科毕业后,她拿着富布莱特奖学金在台湾省伊兰市做了一年教师。2018年,她于清华大学苏世民学院毕业,获全球事务硕士学位。她计划在不久的将来学习法律,并在公共部门工作,以应对全球不平等问题。

Three Tips for Those Interested in Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman Scholars Program

Kayla Chen, MA - Global Affairs

At least 2 essays, 3 recommendations, short-answers, a video and hopefully, eventually an interview. Outside of fulfilling the requirements, what is necessary for success in the application process?

1. Reflect on How you have Impacted Others Around you in Leadership Roles

The Schwarzman Scholars Program prides itself on attracting the future global leaders of tomorrow. Yes, very ambitious. Some may wonder, is it really that easy to tell? While that is a question that requires more in-depth conversation, there are definitely some promising factors that the admissions committee wants to see. From my experience with the admissions process and my fellow scholars, everyone had some concrete experiences leading projects, teams or initiatives. Some examples include being president of Tsinghua’s Community Service Organization, leading a public health campaign to ban palm oil in foods in their country because it was detrimental to the environment, having their own international crypto-currency start- up and being student body president of over 34,000 students. In my case, it was directing a program for under-resourced young people that provided support and space for young people to produce Community Action Projects on social issues they deeply cared about. So, you don’t have to be student body president or have your own start-up, but what are you passionate about and how has that been proved by your actions? What did all these experiences have in common? They showed scholars’ engagement with the wider world and their ability to take initiative and DO something. It’s not just about the grades, academics and being intelligent. It’s also about how you have proved yourself in a leadership capacity that has greater interaction with the larger society and world.

2. Make it Clear why Schwarzman Scholars

Those of you who are considering applying will have different options to choose from in terms of graduate programs. What is it about Schwarzman Scholars that makes you want to engage in and be part of this community? What does it mean to you? Of course we all would love to have the opportunity to get to know successful young people from all over the world and get a chance to rub some elbows with some well-connected individuals, but past this, why? The answer has to make sense in your narrative. Knowing why it would be a valuable experience for you makes it clear to the Admissions Committee that you have reflected on what you want to make out of the year, how it fits into your plans. Once you know why, you should have some concrete goals of what you would like to achieve. This reflection is more likely to convince them that you will deeply engage and go after what you want. It’s only a short year, so everybody has to hit the ground running to make the most out of it!

3. Be Authentic, So Reflect on What that Means for You

Don’t try to be what you’re not. Pretty generic advice right? However, in this case, it’s extremely important that there is a cohesiveness to your resume, essays and recommendation letters. They can show different sides of yourself, but they can’t be contradictory. What drives you? What motivates you? What makes you get up and DO things. It’s important that you don’t be someone you’re not. Your application will lack depth and cohesion if so because you’re experiences matter here. They will prove your narrative (or disprove it). So with that, this means that you have to do some thinking. What does drive you? What do you want to work on in the world? What are your ambitions and why? You don’t have to know exactly each step of the way what you want to do, but it’s important to think about experiences you’ve enjoyed the most, defining moments in your life, and times you felt the most exuberant and felt like you contributed to something in whatever way. However, small, these things matter in thinking about who you are. Leaders need to have a purpose and it doesn’t need to be standing at the front having everyone listen to you (honestly this isn’t really leadership in my opinion…). Leaders come in all shapes, sizes, personalities and backgrounds. Yet, it is those experiences that shape our success in reaching our goals. If we don’t know why we’re doing something, why are we doing it at all?

Q:  你为什么对你的学术领域充满热情?你是在什么时候,如何发现你对这 门学科的热爱的?  


Q:  对一个想在你的领域取得硕士学位的学生,你最好的三个建议是什么? 如果他们正准备转到你这一领域呢?  

我读硕士时,公共政策和国际关系课程都学习了。我建议在这些大的领域内认准真正能引起你注意的子领域。这就需要仔细研究你感兴趣的领域中的不同方面,然后看看哪个方面真正吸引了你的兴趣。我做到了最大化我的硕士学位,因为我知道我想从中得到的是,对中国人权远景以及公民社会如何运作有更好的了解。 如果你准备转专业,我会建议在这一领域内找一些基础性的文章并仔细阅读。在国际关系领域中,要读的就是那些站在现实主义、建构主义和新自由主义学院或思想前沿的学者们所写的文章

Q:  学生们有哪些渠道来自学你的专业?  


Q:  如何向招生官员展示申请者的实力,你的建议是什么?  

你的个人陈述很重要。很多人都有那些数字,而招生官员想知道你是一个怎样的人。你的故事是什么?你为什么要学你正在学习的东西?你所能拥有的最好的强项,是能够带领他们走过一段了解你的背景、学习和工作经历的旅程,以及这些东西是怎样一起引领你,让你对进入他们学校的机会如此兴奋的。 此外,就苏世民书院而言,向他们解释为什么来中国,为什么选择苏世民学院非常重要。这个项目只有一年,所以他们在寻找那些表现出了领导能力,知道在一年的项目中他们想得到什么的人。

Q:  当申请你的专业时,有哪些要注意避免的陷阱或失误?  


Q:  你为什么申请你的大学和专业?你还被其他哪些学校和专业录取了?  


Q:  在你的领域,毕业后常见的职业道路是哪些?  


Q:  你最喜欢校园文化的哪些方面?哪些方面让你惊喜?如果可以的话,你 会改变哪一个?  

不管是苏世民书院还是哈佛,我最喜欢的都是那些不可思议的人们,我和他们每天聊天。哈佛最让我惊讶的是,我刚去的时候以为每个人都要么富得流油要么就是书呆子,要么两者兼具。当然,我们有些人确实是;然而我逐渐了解到,每一个我遇到的人都有更多面。 在苏世民书院,这一年中能逐渐深入了解我的同学们真是太棒了。这是一个非常独特的情况,因为我们吃住上课都在一起,在同一栋楼。由此,我们形成了很紧密的联系,而且十分了解每一个同学。

Q:  你最喜欢母校的哪个趣事?有什么特别的活动、传统或传奇故事吗?  


Q:  你在大学里是怎样度过暑假的?对充实暑假生活有什么建议?  


Q:  是什么让你微笑?给我们更多分享一下你最喜欢的爱好吧。  


Q:  为什么很高兴能辅导达雁的学生?