Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I am interested in becoming a researcher in neuroscience. Completing a research-based graduate degree is the first step to figuring out if research is for you and, if so, developing the requisite skills in analysis, troubleshooting, and project direction. Besides, working night and day on questions you're interested in beats any other job I can think of!
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I decided to come to UBC after spending weeks poring over the profiles of faculty in various programs across Canada. The types of questions being worked on in my lab fit my interests. Equally importantly, I had several interview/discussions with my supervisor beforehand in order to ensure that the culture in the lab matched what I was looking for.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
There is no formula for success in grad school, and you will probably receive very little (external) validation for your hard work! It's completely up to you what and how much you get out of your program. Don't be afraid to ask for guidance and don't settle for vague answers.