Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I decided to pursue a graduate degree to further build up my writing portfolio while in the company of other aspiring writers, as well as published writers (our professors). I also wanted an MFA degree to enable me to teach at the college level.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I found out about the UBC MFA Creative Writing program during my research into viable graduate programs, and it seemed perfect for me, as well as located in a beautiful and culturally vibrant city.
What do you hope to accomplish with your research?
I hope the novel will make its potential readers reflect upon the importance of art and storytelling to human culture as a whole, and provide a viscerally pleasurable read as well.
What are your future career goals?
I aspire to a career in writing fiction, producing visual art (perhaps in hybrid forms with writing, including comics) and teaching writing.
What has been your most memorable Vancouver experience so far?
Walking over Burrard St. Bridge and seeing downtown against the mountains for the first time; going down to Wreck Beach for the first time; the first pub gatherings with classmates and professors. More than one, yes.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Bring an umbrella, rain clothes, be prepared to walk a lot, and don't stay in your room all day.
Personal Interests / Hobbies
Writing, drawing, reading, film, music