Lan Yang

MA in Higher Education Leadership

What is your background? For example, where are you from, where else have you earned a degree, and where have you worked?

I was born in China and relocated to the U.S. when I was five years old. I received my BA in Psychology at the University of Kentucky, where I also gained some experiences within higher education. 

How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?

Originally, I looked into the MA in Marital and Family Therapy program at SOLES and then decided to apply for the MA in Higher Education Leadership. Upon reviewing my resume and meeting with my mentors, I realized I thoroughly enjoyed my facilitation and programming experiences. Through pursing this degree, I can address social justice in ways I may not have been afforded as a therapist. 

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

LEAD 550 has definitely been impactful during my experience in the program. The class helped me explore my relationship with authority as an Asian American woman.  I learned to find my voice and find value in my voice. Since the class, I have shared more often in group settings and really allowed myself to be free of the instances that kept me from sharing my ideas. Being able to share authentically has been a transformational experience as I feel I am one step closer in the journey of self-love and self-acceptance. 

Is there anything specific you would like to share with prospective students?

I am a huge advocate for being vulnerable, authentic, and living whole-heartedly. I believe that when you shut yourself off for various reasons, you miss out on so much of life and experiences. My biggest piece of advice is to be open.