Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
Ever since my undergraduate degree I have been passionate about sustainable food systems education and food security. At the completion of my undergraduate degree, I realized I wanted to gain a deeper and more specialized understanding of my research interest. This led me to seek out graduate studies in this field. I also believe that having graduate degrees will allow me to work in a leadership position that positively impacts sustainable food systems education.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC is one of the top research institutes in the field of education. Additionally, my supervisor’s research interests are directly in line with my own which has led to a very supportive experience. Finally, I am an active and outdoorsy person so living in BC has allowed me to live my ideal lifestyle (hiking, cycling, climbing running) while pursuing research in a field that I am extremely passionate about.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The main attraction to my program was a supervisor whose research interests align with my own. Having this alignment has provided me with many research opportunities as well as connected me with other researchers in the field both at UBC and internationally.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The best surprise about UBC was all the opportunities there are for graduate students here. Every week I get emails with job opportunities, funding opportunities, professional development workshops and more.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
The multidisciplinary nature of my past work and educational experiences has best prepared me for my graduate program. Through these experiences I have learned the importance of working with diverse individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. This has allowed me to connect with students and faculty members from many different faculties at UBC and, ultimately, strengthened the quality of my work.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
My main hobbies and form of relaxation are spending time being active outside. I love cycling, running, climbing, skiing, hiking, camping and almost every outdoor activity. I also enjoy baking, sewing, and spending quality time with my partner and our cat.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
My main advice for new graduate students would be to prioritize your health and wellbeing throughout your studies. Graduate school can be very busy, stressful, and overwhelming at times and it’s easy to put your own wellbeing aside to focus on your studies. However, the habits you develop in graduate school will follow you even after graduation. Therefore, it is important to develop a healthy schedule to avoid burnout in school as well as set yourself up for success once you graduate.