OISS Stories: Xiangguo Duan


Scholar, Immunobiology
and Neurology

What have been your favorite experiences about Yale so far?

 “I’ve enjoyed my time here because of the resources.  If you have ideas to learn something, you can always find an agency or person to ask or consult.  I’m doing a lot of lab work, but here lab resources are proficient.  Whatever you want, you can get.”


What has been your most memorable experience about New Haven or Connecticut?

 “The English Conversation Group at the Yale OISS has been memorable for me.  I attend the lunchtime Conversation Group, and I also signed up for the Yale OISS one-on-one Conversation Partners.   The way I’m going to learn about American people is through a lot of talking.  In Conversation Group, we can talk everything, but if it’s too personal, I can ask the conversation partners to get more details.”


What resources or services have you utilized at Yale?

 “My daughter is six-years-old now, so she has been to kindergarten through first grade in the U.S.  I’ve appreciated the free education for her here.  At Yale, we bring my daughter to the museum and the library on campus.  Everything is perfect, and the staff provide whatever they can.”


What’s it like having a spouse here with you? 

 “My spouse is a scholar, as well.  But I think the spouses here most of the time think they have nothing to do but just raise kids or support their spouse.  However, the Yale OISS has a lot of events and programs just for the spouses, but I don’t think a lot of the spouses know that they can take part in these events.  The events are actually pretty good here.  I love it.” 


What is one thing you wish you would have known before coming to Yale? 

 “A lot of the visiting scholars only stay for one year.  Most of us, when we’re first coming, don’t think we have any confidence, so we don’t create a very good schedule for the whole year.  But you should make a schedule for learning, studying, and socializing before you come here by consulting with friends and peers.  That’s what I want for everyone.  I know you come here for learning, but if you don’t have a plan, sometimes you lose yourself.  With the language difficulties, most of the people are frustrated to go outside, so most of the time they stay at home.  Then they’re learning in the same way that they did in China.  I think that’s a big mistake.  You lose your chance and your opportunity to learn.”