A Week in the Life: Yiting Xu

We’re featuring a new mini series, A Week in the Life, to highlight all of the wonderful experiences our students have had in the program.

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Yiting Xu, MPA ’16
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Concentration: Economic and Political Development
Specialization: Management
Favorite quote: “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

Monday 4:00 p.m. Joined a field trip to UN with Columbia Impact Investing Initiative (CI3) to meet some amazing social entrepreneurs. 6 winners of IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge shared their inspiring stories with us at the meeting. One of them is called Coffee for Peace. I was deeply inspired by the idea of finding a sustainable economic solution to go hand in hand with the peace work.

Monday, 4:00 p.m.
Joined a field trip to the UN with Columbia Impact Investing Initiative (CI3) to meet some amazing social entrepreneurs. Six winners of IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge shared their inspiring stories with us at the meeting. One of them is called Coffee for Peace. I was deeply inspired by the idea of finding a sustainable economic solution to go hand- in-hand with the peace work.

Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Started a new day with working at the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid in the morning. As a program assistant, my job includes providing information, directing inquiries, and planning programs. It was a busy morning, as usual, to answer any kind of questions our applicants have from all over the world.

Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.
Started a new day with working at the SIPA Office of Admissions and Financial Aid in the morning. As a program assistant, my job includes providing information, directing inquiries and planning programs. It was a busy morning, as usual, as I spent it answering questions our applicants have from all over the world.

Tuesday 2:00 p.m. Registered for the 40th annual Washington D.C. career conference. It is a 3 day event that will be held from Jan 13th to Jan 16th, featured by employer site visits, alumni/student networking reception and informational interviews with alumni. Get myself ready for job hunting!

Tuesday, 2:00 p.m.
Registered for SIPA’s 40th Annual Washington D.C. Career Conference. It is a three day event that will be held from Jan 13th to Jan 16th, and includes employer site visits, an alumni/student networking reception and informational interviews with alumni. Getting myself ready for job hunting!

Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Attended the first group meeting of our EPD Workshop team! A week ago, we got the word that eight of us are going to work together with UN Global Compact, and travel to China/Colombia/Czech Republic/Kenya! We are going to help the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability agency (UNGC) to promote the Sustainable Development Goals through local networks. Everyone is so excited about the initiative and can’t wait to get started on the project!

Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.
Attended the first group meeting of our EPD Workshop team (aka the capstone)! A week ago, we got the word that eight of us are going to work together with UN Global Compact and travel to China, Colombia, Czech Republic  and Kenya! We are going to help the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability agency (UNGC) to promote the Sustainable Development Goals through local networks. Everyone is so excited about the initiative and can’t wait to get started on the project!

Thursday 3:00 p.m. After working out at Dodge fitness center (gym) to refresh myself in the middle of the week, I walked into this beautiful scene on campus – right in front of Earl Hall. Autumn, I would say, is the most beautiful season at Columbia! So, I paused my steps and enjoyed myself a few minutes with the richness of colors.

Thursday, 3:00 p.m.
After working out at Columbia University’s Dodge Fitness Center to refresh myself in the middle of the week, I walked into this beautiful scene on campus – right in front of Earl Hall. Autumn, I would say, is the most beautiful season at Columbia! So, I paused my steps and enjoyed myself a few minutes with the richness of colors.

Friday 6:00 p.m. This evening I was invited by my Indonesian friend to join the screening of “The Look of Silence” at Columbia Journalism School. The movie is a 2014 Danish documentary film about the Indonesian killings of 1965-66. The director, Joshua Oppenheimer, hold a Q&A session after the screening. The topic might be a little bit too much for a Friday night, but the movie was a really good one in revealing the truth and discussing about humanity.

Friday, 6:00 p.m.
This evening I was invited by my Indonesian friend to join the screening of The Look of Silence at Columbia School of Journalism. The movie is a 2014 Danish documentary about the Indonesian killings of 1965-66. The director, Joshua Oppenheimer, held a Q&A session after the screening. The topic might be a little bit too much for a Friday night, but the movie was a really good one in revealing the truth and discussing about humanity.

Saturday 12:00 p.m. Missing food from home! So I called my friends and we decided to head for an authentic Sichuan hotpot restaurant in the downtown. It took us 30 minutes to wait for a seat. In the end, we got served, the hotpot was really spicy, and we enjoyed ourselves to the full. It was so worth waiting for!

Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
Missing food from home! So I called my friends and we decided to head out to an authentic Sichuan hotpot restaurant in downtown NYC. We waited 30 minutes to be seated. The hotpot was really spicy, and we enjoyed ourselves to the full. It was so worth waiting for!