Chinyi Chen


Most of my life has been spent on the move. I spent the first half of my life in Singapore, and call various places around the world home, including the U.S., where I lived for ten years. I never thought I would go to college, and was working two jobs when I was offered a scholarship from the University of Dayton in Ohio, where I graduated with a degree in International Studies (International Journalism) and minors in Music Technology, Spanish, and Communication.

I’ve always loved jumping headfirst into different cultures and languages, and took every opportunity I could to go abroad. I studied in Guatemala and spent a year in South Korea and Morocco conducting ethnographic research on study abroad students, where I picked up Korean, Arabic, and French. I went on to earn a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at UD, while working in residence life, conduct, and crisis support. My graduate research focused on international student engagement and belonging.

Most recently, I lived in Oregon and worked in study abroad and scholarship advising for underrepresented students, as well as mental health and accessibility. During this time, I served with the Diversity Abroad Task Force for Race/Ethnicity and was involved with advocacy work for Asian Desi Pacific Islander and LGBT populations, in addition to facilitating for leadership and intercultural institutes.

I love one-on-one conversations and helping students to grow and make meaning of their college experience, and I’m excited to be part of the Yale-NUS community!

Advice for Students

Be kind, dream big, and take every chance you can get. The hardest things are sometimes the most valuable. Everyone has a different timeline, and you get to live your own. Also, reach out to us whenever, even just to say hi!

Fun Fact

I fell in love with trail running in Oregon, and ran my first ultramarathon in 2019 – a 50k with 2000-3000 ft elevation gain!

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