Matthew Hickey

PhD Rotation Program
Antony Hodgson, Hongshen Ma, Peter Zandstra
Corner Brook

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

For a time, I struggled on what to do after my undergraduate degree. Through my cooperative education terms, I realized that instead of being an employee I wanted to one day be an employer. Pursuing a graduate degree opens a door of possibilities to that future.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC was the one university I considered that I could imagine one day calling home. Through its inspiring faculty, excellent student support, and stunning campus, UBC instills a strong sense of community that values inclusiveness and knowledge.

UBC was the one university I considered that I could imagine one day calling home.

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

Through talking with members of the faculty, it was obvious that I would be able to use my background in mechanical engineering to contribute to projects that address some of today's most pressing medical problems.

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

I was happily surprised by how welcoming the community has been here. After the first few days on campus, I feel like I have made friendships in my program that will carry on throughout my time here at UBC, and hopefully long after.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

It has been my goal since coming to Vancouver to try all the great restaurants I can. There is a likely possibility that this will take longer than completing my Ph.D.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Don’t be afraid to take risks and try new things. You’ll be surprised what you can learn about yourself if given the chance.