Ryan Jamula

The Impact of Income Assistance Design on Health and Social Service Utilization
Faculty of Arts
Lindsey Richardson

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I wanted to further develop my research skills and engage in academia. I really enjoyed my undergraduate experience in sociology and wanted to continue to explore my interests in inequality, social determinants of health, and social policy.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I chose to study at UBC because it has a fantastic sociology department, a beautiful campus and I was drawn to live in Vancouver. There seems to be an involved student community that supports each other.

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

The department has really great research methods training, and many opportunities to engage in research. My research interests aligned with Dr. Richardson and I was excited by the opportunity to study a unique intersection of health inequalities and social policy.

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

Despite all the rain, I'm really enjoying the mild weather!

What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?

I've found engaging with other students and professors in class discussions to be one of the best parts of grad school so far. I'm excited to get more involved with my own research project moving forward.

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

My undergraduate experience at McGill University prepared me well academically. Specifically, I had the opportunity to conduct a research study for my honours thesis in my last year of undergrad.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I really enjoy yoga and running along Kits beach to destress and stay active.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Give yourself time to adjust to grad school and try not to think too far ahead. Talk to other students and learn from students who have already been where you are.