Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
During my undergrad, I decided to be a researcher, in the long run, to bring positive changes in the natural resource sector. So, coming to graduate school to get the necessary training on conducting ethical research was important. On the other hand, academia has always been the most desirable place for me. It provides essential comfort to the free-thinkers and allows them to work on unorthodox ideas to global issues.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I came to UBC to pursue my MASc in 2017. After finishing MASc, I decided to stay here for the PhD, mostly because of the research topic and my supervisors. Also, the beautiful weather of Vancouver had a positive push in that decision.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The most attractive part of the program is definitely the research project I am working on. I am part of a research group that is dedicated to carbon mineralization in mine tailings. Successful completion of this research will help the mining industry to reduce its carbon footprint significantly.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
It was a delightful surprise to know about the amount of support available for students at UBC. On several occasions, I have found out that the staff members, Faculties, and supervisors are genuinely supportive. Also, Vancouver is truly a multicultural city which makes it welcoming for everyone.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
During my MASc, I started learning the difference between conducting research and effectively presenting the research outcomes. I am still learning every day; however, this is one of the things I found most beneficial in my PhD.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I prefer to go for a long walk in the night to clear my mind. Also, I like to play video games in amateur mode and read poetry.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Undoubtedly, graduate study is a very challenging path. But, you don't need to walk alone. Feel free to talk to your supervisors and peers when necessary. Take full advantage of U-Pass and enjoy the natural beauty of BC.