Name: Ting Lai
Program: Marketing Management – Tourism Option
What attracted you to becoming a Peer tutor?
The intrinsic motivation to help people. I find great satisfaction in helping people and seeing them accomplish their goals. The look on their faces, the gratitude they have for me … it’s beyond a paycheck.
How has tutoring helped you?
Developing empathy. Learning how to adjust my teaching style depending on the student and finding a relatable common ground is the first and most important step in establishing any relationship.
If you could give one piece of advice to a BCIT student what would it be?
It might feel stressful, sometimes painful even, to go through the rigorous programs at BCIT. But just like how the sun rises in the east everyday, time will pass and everything will be okay. Just remember that this isn’t forever, and that the workload won’t get lighter if you ignore it. It’s a choice how you approach the work. You can either let it beat you down or you can approach it in a positive way. Everything you’re learning can and will be applied, just believe in that. Lastly, try to have some good friends, study buddies, or even a romance … life is too short to live it alone, especially at BCIT.
What would your dream job be when you leave BCIT?
My dream job is to become a hotel owner. The mix of the tangible product and the intangibility of service makes it a very appealing industry. I like things that are mixed and undefined, because that means there is room for my own interpretations.
If you had a free day, how would you spend it?
With my dogs, Duke and Bobo, in a park somewhere. I’d be throwing a ball or a stick for Duke to fetch, and Bobo would be right by my side, just relaxing.