As of this writing, Shuyan has been in the U.S. for less than four months. She has been learning English in school back home since she was 9 or 10.
Shuyan says she likes UCSB because it has an excellent Actuarial Science program. Her parents favored the Santa Barbara area for their daughter's schooling in America because of the good weather and what they considered to be a relatively safe environment.
For part of her internship, Shuyan is training to be a conductor on the Goleta Short Line miniature-train ride. She had her first day of service at the museum on Jan. 3.