Xuzheng (Kyree) Chen

Major: Environmental Science

Post-secondary doesn't have to be a straight path.

And for many international students at SFU, it’s a path that crosses borders and cultures! Five years ago, Xuzheng (Kyree) started at Fraser International College which offers direct transfer pathways to SFU. When a friend shared their experience in the Environmental Science program at SFU, it sparked a keen interest and Kyree transferred into the same program the next year. Moving away from home is never easy, but Kyree looked for opportunities to meet new people and grow. SFU’s diverse student body embodies cultures from around the world!

Like many students within the Faculty of Environment, Kyree is passionate about the outdoors and staying active. Luckily, Kyree didn’t have to go far: in addition to the beautiful Vancouver mountains and oceans close at hand, Burnaby Mountain has a variety of trails to hike before class.  Kyree also enjoyed participating in campus-held basketball games and hitting the gym, showing how post-secondary isn’t just about hitting the books!

Kyree graduated in December 2020 and is planning on pursuing a master’s. His advice to anyone thinking of transferring is to “know your goal, just do it, and enjoy!”

From getting started at FIC to graduating in environmental science, Kyree shows how it doesn’t matter where you come from to enjoy all the Faculty of Environment has to offer.

You can find Kyree on Instagram @cptkary.