Rabe Arshad

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

Since the completion of my undergrad degree, I felt quite interested in coming up with the new ideas and their implementation. I personally believe that the graduate program provides you the best platform to work on your own ideas and you could be able to reshape them with the close supervision of your supervisors.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

"A place of mind" is a term that highly encouraged me to study here. Apart from research, there are so many other activities that you could do on campus. As per my understanding, your health and research are highly correlated. One can conduct wonderful research with the peace of mind. And, UBC is the best place that offers a healthy research environment.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

I came here with an industrial background and had the hope that I would go back to the industry after finishing my PhD. The best thing about my program is the opportunity to work in collaboration with the industry. I feel that this would really help me to land back in the industry in future.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

Vancouver is actually more beautiful than what I expected. I feel as if I am living in a paradise, I must say.

The main reason I chose UBC was because of the research environment, but apart from research, there are also so many other activities that you can do on campus. At UBC student health and research is highly correlated and balanced.
What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?

UBC offers a variety of graduate courses ranging from the beginning to the advanced level. I really enjoy taking courses from diverse fields, which are not directly related to my research but will help me a lot in solving future research problems.

What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?

The biggest challenge that I see is to prepare myself to tackle the variety of research problems belonging to different areas of my field. I personally believe that completing a PhD degree ensures that one has acquired the skills to perform quality research regardless of the area.

How do you feel your program is preparing you for those challenges?

Taking diverse courses and having constructive feedback from my supervisor are helping me well and preparing myself for future endeavours.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

When I feel tired of doing research, I just go to the downtown and have a walk through the beautiful streets of Vancouver as it gives me immense pleasure and peace of mind.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

UBC offers a number of scholarships to graduate students. The chances of getting these scholarships are quite high if you come up with some prior research experience. I would advise prospective students to conduct some research during their undergrad study or publish some articles during their master's as it will exponentially increase their chances to secure admission in PhD with a scholarship.


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