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Learn with Purpose: In my own words

Yiying Liu learns what she loves


Yiying Liu

To me, learning with purpose means learning what you love. It means choosing the courses you want to take with the professors you want to take them with. It means taking the time to understand why you want to learn something instead of just learning because someone tells you to. That’s something that some people take for granted, but not every school lets students learn what they want to learn. 

I came to Denver from China, and in China my education was very different. There, you are told what classes to take and when to take them. Your education means following what your professor tells you and learning what they think is good for you. The classroom is silent because nobody can say anything to disagree with a professor, and the focus is never on why you want to learn something.

What does Learn with Purpose mean to you?

If you’re a member of the faculty or staff, we’re interested in hearing how you’re putting Learn with Purpose into action.

To share your ideas about Learn with Purpose, please contact Vicki.Hildner@ucdenver.edu.

At CU Denver, the focus is on learning what you love to accomplish your goals. Here, I can take whatever classes I want, and I can always express my opinions and ideas in class. I have been able to study music and art while still focusing on my economics major. I have had time to discover what I love learning, and that has made me love learning itself. Now, I want to go on to graduate school to keep learning.  

Learning with purpose also means learning about other people. I’m the president of the Intercultural Club of Beijing, and we organize traditional Chinese activities to show Chinese culture to other students outside of class. I think this is important, because we can learn from other people and their cultures. When I came to America, I found that there were so many different students from so many different backgrounds at CU Denver, and I realized that I could learn from talking to them too. Different backgrounds bring different perspectives, and different perspectives help you learn how to be yourself.

That’s really what learn with purpose means. By learning what I love and learning from the different cultures around me, I have learned how to be myself and pursue my dreams. Now I know that if I have a good idea, I can make it a reality. Now I know I can accomplish my dreams. ​​

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