Nikolaus Dean

 
A Sociological Exploration of Adaptive Skateboarding and Skaters with Disabilities
Andrea Bundon
Cranbrook
Canada
 
I chose UBC as I was interested in working with and being surrounded by a number of top researchers and graduate students interested in similar areas of research and inquiry. I enjoy the vibrant culture both at UBC and in Vancouver. Amazing food, great coffee shops, and proximity to the ocean, the mountains, and outdoor activities.
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I had great mentors and instructors throughout my undergraduate degree who sparked my interest in the field of sport sociology. That spark led me to pursue graduate school. I wanted to continue to learn and challenge myself and wanted to immerse myself in a field that I was/I am very passionate about.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

There were a variety of reasons why I chose to study at UBC, such as the proximity to my hometown and my family. However, I was also interested in working with and being surrounded by a number of top researchers and graduate students interested in similar areas of research and inquiry.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

A diverse range of courses, supportive instructors, a vibrant graduate student culture, and a well-established and recognized research program.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

The vibrant culture both at UBC and in Vancouver. Amazing food. Great coffee shops. And proximity to the ocean, the mountains, and outdoor activities.

What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?

There are a number of aspects that I enjoy about my graduate program. For example, I enjoy the diverse range of courses offered (and that I’ve taken) at UBC, my PhD supervisory committee, fellow graduate students, graduate student functions, and conducting and being a part of innovative research projects.

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

Being curious. Taking a diverse range of methodological and theoretical-based courses throughout my undergraduate and master's degree. Completing a number of directed studies, working as a research assistant and teaching assistant, and exploring areas that interested me.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

In my spare time I like to skateboard, travel, surf, read, fly fish, listen to music, and drink coffee.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Take your time, breath, and be curious. Take courses that interest and challenge you and pursue research that you are passionate about. Also, make sure to check out the many amazing coffee shops around UBC, and Vancouver!

 
 
 

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