Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I chose to pursue graduate studies when I discovered I could conduct research that was mindful of Indigenous Ways of Knowing within a major academic institution. I have always had the aspiration to pursue a PhD and I knew I needed the experience provided by a master's degree to be successful at a doctoral level.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
My supervisor and I compliment each other's goals and interests extremely well. I knew I wanted to attend UBC after I interviewed with Dr. Bredin. I attended the UBC School of Music and I wanted to remain at UBC to keep my connections and relationships with the music department.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
My supervisor and her lab include the Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology program, which was extremely unique and matched my research goals exactly. I had the opportunity to work on several projects where I knew the experience I was gaining was unique to this program. I was also encouraged by the number of Indigenous students enrolled in the program and I knew I would be supported by peers and instructors.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The best surprise about life in Vancouver is how active folks are! Everyone I know has an outdoor hobby and I love seeing people out with their dogs and on their bikes.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
I hold a Bachelor of Music and I draw on my training from this degree constantly. Music performance teaches confidence, presence, preparedness, and adaptability. My time as a music student prepared me for the high-intensity and demanding environment of graduate studies.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
My advice is to give yourself plenty of time to learn and adapt to new challenges. Budget double the time you think you need. Writing manuscripts and thesis work takes a long time, but you'll get faster!