Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I was fortunate during my undergraduate degree to work in a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology lab for several summers and during an Honour's Research Thesis. I felt that my time in the lab was too short and I craved learning more. Therefore, pursuing a related graduate degree is my way to further explore this passion and learn all that I can.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
Several factors contributed to me pursuing graduate school at UBC. First, my research supervisors from my undergraduate degree both completed their PhD degrees at UBC and spoke very highly of it. Second, I knew that by studying at UBC I would be receiving a world-renown and highly reputable degree. Finally, my partner and I, both coming from a sleepy, rural Ontario town craved a new adventure and the West Coast seemed like a perfect fit.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
I was initially drawn to this program because I felt that it would offer more direct insight into the health sciences field than a Biochemistry degree. Specifically, I was eager to learn more about the broad field of Pharmaceutical Sciences and learn more about the process of drug development. Through immersion in this field and direct interactions with researchers, clinical scientists, and pharmacists, I have learned much more than I ever could through simply taking classes.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
I was nervous to move to a large university in a giant city. However, my Faculty is a very small, tight-knit community which aided in my transition to becoming a part of the wider UBC society. Further, despite its size, Vancouver is easy to navigate and its many neighbourhoods make it feel more like a small town. These were pleasant surprises!
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I enjoy exploring the nature of the city and surrounding areas of Vancouver with my partner. Also, since moving here, craft beer has definitely become an important hobby to us.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
I feel that my graduate school experience wouldn't be complete without participating in events outside research. I have enjoyed being a part of various student societies and attending social and professional development events. I would advise new graduate students to also find a way to get involved by participating in activities that they truly enjoy.