Yixin Zan is a doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Development. She works as a full-time graduate research assistant for the ACE-STEM Project. Yixin’s specialization is in Educational Psychology, and her secondary emphasis is Multilingual/Multicultural Education. Yixin is an international student from China. In 2019, She finished her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at George Mason University. Yixin has worked as a part-time teacher to help Chinese students learn English for three years. Her current research interests are in students’ motivation, self-regulation, and self-efficacy in English as a Second Language (ESL) learning and international students’ learning and acculturation. Yixin hopes to explore strategies instructors can use to facilitate students’ motivation in ESL learning and help them be confident learners.