Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
The idea of pushing human knowledge to bounds that nobody has reached before. Pursuing graduate school allows me to pursue this as a full-time job which is something that I wouldn't be able to achieve through any other pathway.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC is a world-class university and the campus is one of the most scenic in the world. The city of Vancouver is also one-of-a-kind with access to mountains and the ocean only a short distance away.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The UBC chemistry department is at the forefront of cutting-edge research. In particular, the active research in data-driven design, automation, and green chemistry was especially attractive to me.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The proximity to ocean! No matter where you are, the beaches are always near and the novelty never goes away.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
I recommend getting involved in research during your undergrad, being introduced to the lifestyle can drastically ease the transition to graduate school.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Take a step back - graduate school is tough and it's easy to lose the forest for the trees. Make sure you take the time to do things you enjoy!