Chi T. Q. Tran
- Chi T. Q. Tran
- Biological Science Division, Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences
- Behavior Neuroscience
Growing up wanting to pursue a career that can give me more opportunities to understand human cognition, I dedicate myself to studying Psychology, specifically Cognitive Neuroscience, to fulfill my desire. I have started my journey at a small college in a town close to Seattle, Green River College, but my dream never gets small. After finishing my first two years of undergraduate study, I transferred to a four-year institution, the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, to continue earning experience and gaining more knowledge about the field. I am currently settled at Kyushu University to pursue higher education. In my graduate journey, I study the mechanisms of memory via learning behaviors.
What attracted you to Kyushu University?
I am currently a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences. Unlike most graduate programs in the nation, the Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences at Kyushu University offers a five-year-integrated doctoral program, instead of the traditional separated master and doctoral programs. I am thankful because this five-year integrated program has allowed me to acquire research skills and knowledge through various interdisciplinary fields constructively.
What’s the most interesting part about your program?
My graduate program is a multidisciplinary unit, where students can take advanced engineering, biology, information science classes, and more. With this program, I am able to think critically across divisions and further expand my horizons.
How’s student life at Kyushu University?
Kyushu University offers students a wide range of opportunities, from research activities with advanced equipment and brilliant professors, to a global environment with many international exchange events. Being a student at Kyushu University, I have been able to gain not only valuable knowledge but also many different skills and experiences. Thanks to Kyushu University, I am set up to equip myself to make a meaningful impact in the future.
What do you like about Fukuoka?
Even though Fukuoka has a much fewer population and a smaller city size than other popular locations in Japan (i.e., Tokyo, Osaka, etc.), the balance between nature and the urban settings makes Fukuoka the best of both worlds. Fukuoka also has a rich and varied food culture, from ramen to hotpot to the spicy cod roe specialty. I immensely enjoy living in Fukuoka.
Any advice to prospective international students?
Living abroad could be challenging, but it will definitely be a mesmerizing, invaluable, and unforgettable experience for a lifetime. Don’t shy away; get involved in society instead. Keep an open mindset; fully immerse yourself and embrace the Japanese culture. Last but not least, enjoy your time here as much as possible.