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VP University & Academic Affairs 2021-2022: YURAN ZHANG

Yuran Zhang is our VP University & Academic Affairs for the 2021-2022 session who is absolutely passionate about advocating for graduate students to make grad school more accessible, affordable, and accomplishable. Through this questionnaire, you’ll get to know fun tidbits about who she is and all her colorful aspirations for this role. So, without further ado, read on to learn more about our hardworking and passionate executive. Hopefully you discover something new! 

What is your favorite thing about/at the UBC campus? 

The cherry blossoms in Springs! 

What do you most admire in the GSS community and organization as a whole?  

That people a respectful, supportive, and genuinely care about graduate students 

What was the last book, movie, or TV show you read/watched?  

The six – a documentary talks about six Chinese survivors of the Titanic 

What is the trait you love most in yourself?  


What secret talent do you possess?  

Not sure if it counts, but I could make foods with different tastes every time even with the same recipe 😛 

If you could change the world in one way or the other, what would you change?  


What is your greatest fear?  

Engineering drawing 

Do you have a non-university-related passion or hobby? What is it?  

Graphic designs. I used to make money from designing simple commercial graphics, but eventually quit because however you change it, they’d always use the first draft! 

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 


What life lesson have you learned this past year?  

Do not take anyone around you for granted 

What is your life motto?  

Whatever lets you sleep at night 

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) is run by and for the 10,000 graduate students at UBC Vancouver. We promote and protect our members’ academic, social and cultural interests.

Thea Koerner House, the home of the Society, has been the centre of graduate student life on campus since it was opened in 1962.


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