The ELI Student Spotlight series is designed to highlight students who demonstrate outstanding commitment and enthusiasm in ELI courses.

Meet Wenfei Pei! Wenfei was nominated by her ELI 522 instructor, Sara Nezami Nav. Sara describes Wenfei as a very passionate and hard working student who seizes every opportunity to do great in her class and reach her goals. As a student with high ambitions, Wenfei did excellent in her ELI class.

Name: Wenfei Pei

Hometown: Anshan

Country: China

Degree Program: MA in Design and Technologies for Learning Across Culture and Contexts

What inspired you to take a class at the English Language Institute? 

I recognized the importance of honing advanced academic writing skills for my research in multimedia design principles for learning. The ELI 522 course, with its focus on exploring and expanding skills and strategies for writing scholarly genres, aligns perfectly with my needs. As I delve into synthesizing a vast array of information for my literature review, the course's emphasis on critical thinking proves invaluable. It provides me with the tools to effectively communicate my findings and contribute to the academic discourse in my field.

What have you enjoyed the most about your experience with ELI's resources? Why? 

What I have enjoyed most about my experience with ELI's resources is the connection between our instructor, Sara, and my classmates. Their invaluable support has been instrumental in my PhD application and research journey.

What do you hope to do after graduating from Michigan?

After graduating from Michigan, I hope to either work as a research assistant or apply for a PhD program in the field of educational technology.
What advice would you give to other international students at U-M?Be Proactive and Seek Help When Needed. Don't be afraid to ask for help or seek guidance from professors, advisors, or peers. Being proactive can help you overcome challenges and succeed in your academic and personal life.