Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I enjoy delving deeply into topics and questions that interest me. Having worked in the private sector, I elected to do a Ph.D. to pursue my research interests and contribute original research within an academic community.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I decided to study at UBC because of the strength of the political science graduate program, the competitive funding package, and the fit between my research interests and those of my adviser.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The Department of Political Science has leading scholars in their respective fields and the faculty are invested in training and developing graduate students into capable scholars. There are several faculty members working on areas of substantive interest to me, and the department's placement rate is relatively strong.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
All the excellent running routes along the water and how accessible the ocean and mountains have been pleasant surprises. When the weather cooperates, Vancouver can be so beautiful.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
In my work outside academia, I honed my presentations skills and gained practical analytical experience, both of which have been beneficial during graduate school.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
To relax and stay active I play soccer and run regularly.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
I'd suggest new students think carefully about what they want from their grad school experience and, where possible, try to tailor their plans accordingly. Also, pacing yourself, maintaining a social life and being mindful of your health are all crucial, since the temptation to work nearly all the time is omnipresent.