Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
During my undergraduate studies, I participated in several projects and developed a great passion for learning and discovery. My research experience during the master’s program made me strongly interested in engineering and healthcare. A Ph.D. gave me an opportunity of pursuing further knowledge in this field to help people with inflammatory diseases.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC is one of the world-leading institutions with world-class facilities and varied opportunities for education and research. It also conducts research at high levels, especially in the field of biomedical engineering. While pursuing my master’s degree, I was most intrigued by the work done by my supervisor and hoped to join his research group one day.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The UBC mechanical engineering program offers interdisciplinary studies giving me unique experiences of crossing boundaries and thinking outside the box. Students in this program could freely explore different fields of research like applied solid mechanics, biomechanics, computational engineering, and so on. This program helps us build varied ways of thinking and develop new skills, which better allows us to prepare for jobs.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
I was amazed by the beautiful views of Vancouver in the summer. Warm weather, lots of sunshine, and a charming landscape. Such a good place for outdoor adventures!
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
My study experience in different universities taught me independent learning and self-reliance, which prepared me for my graduate program at UBC. It gave me confidence that I could adapt to a new environment quickly and improve academic performance a lot there.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I love outdoor activities to get me connected to nature, such as a bike ride to explore Vancouver’s beaches, a hike day to get incredible views or a road trip to experience a different culture.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Being confident and seize any opportunity to stretch yourself. If you are afraid of failure and let opportunities slide through your fingers, you might lose the chance of developing valuable skills and experiences by staying in your comfort zone. You probably need to deal with lots of difficulties while pursuing opportunities. But when you look back, you will appreciate them.