Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I am passionate about the health and wellbeing of Canadians with the desire to make meaningful change in nutrition policy. This, and my strong interest in research, largely motivated me to pursue graduate studies. Fundamentally, this experience will also enhance my goal of working in the field of public health nutrition as a research scientist by building on my expertise and evidence-based approach to strong health policy.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
During the 4th year of my Dietetics undergraduate degree at UBC I began to work as a Research Assistant in Nutritional Epidemiology for Dr. Jessri's Population Health team. Here, I was exposed to several aspects of research work such as statistical analysis, knowledge translation, and grant writing. This position enabled me to develop my research skills, offered great learning experiences to be a critical thinker, and ultimately inspired me as a young researcher. I chose to study at UBC because I wanted to continue my research with this team.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
As a Registered Dietitian(t) and recent graduate from the department of Food, Nutrition, and Health at UBC I chose the Human Nutrition program because it enables me to integrate my clinical background and expertise in nutrition with epidemiological studies.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
Living in Vancouver, I am always grateful to be able to see the ocean and the mountains while breathing clean air. The best surprise about UBC is all of the wonderful nature that surrounds campus.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Being a Research Assistant and having real-world experience as a Dietitian, as well as, having a supportive mentor has helped immensely to prepare me for my graduate program.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
For fun I like to spend time outdoors, especially hiking, camping, or swimming in a lake. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family. To relax I usually read or go for a run.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
As a new graduate student, starting in the midst of a pandemic, I've realized how important it is to practice self-appreciation, self-compassion, and gratitude.