Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I am naturally inquisitive and have always loved to learn. Pursuing a graduate degree is exciting because it enables me to continue learning while also providing me the opportunity to share my passion with others through my research and teaching.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I decided to study at UBC because it granted me the opportunity to work with some of the foremost researchers in one of the most highly regarded Psychology departments in the world.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The department is full of researchers and faculty that are passionate about their work and are incredibly supportive. A commitment to collaboration encourages intellectual curiosity and there is a sense of camaraderie that forges genuine friendships. In addition, my supervisor is exceptional and knows exactly what I need in order to be successful.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
Growing up in Vancouver you get accustomed to the natural beauty surrounding the city. However, the Point Grey campus is removed from the rest of the city and the scenery is particularly stunning.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Gain experiences outside of academia. Take time to work, travel, pursue hobbies, and discover your own interests before diving into a graduate degree. All of these life experiences are a form of education that will provide you with the skills to be successful in your degree program.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Take time to care for yourself. Pursuing a graduate degree is an all-consuming test of your perseverance, and it will take a toll on you. Develop and maintain habits that promote your mental and physical wellbeing.