Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
After completing my undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics, I worked for a year. During that time, I thought I could expand my career possibilities with a Master’s degree.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
First, I liked the research conducted by my supervisor. I had concerns about moving to Canada because I had heard of the very cold weather there. Luckily I had a friend who started UBC one year before me, who mentioned that Vancouver was the "warmest" big city in Canada. That was enough motivation to join UBC.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
I like that it is a research-based master's. So, I can spend some time exploring a problem. Coming from a renewable energy systems background, I was keen on understanding more about supply-side analysis. Weather forecasting is key for supply-side optimization. I saw my master's in UBC as an opportunity to learn about weather forecasting concepts and apply them to my knowledge of renewable energy systems.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The summers are amazing. There are many opportunities in the city itself: explore the beaches, parks or enjoy some tennis at the many public tennis courts out there. Second, the campus is massive. I had never thought that it could take me an hour-long walk to get from one building to another on campus.
What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?
I enjoy the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses and not just limit myself to Atmospheric Sciences. Furthermore, I have a research project focusing on my country, which is exciting.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
I did my undergraduate studies in Germany. Having spent some years in the western world, made it easy for me to get settled in Vancouver.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I spend most of my time preparing food and exercising. I enjoy playing racquet and spending time at the gym. Besides that occasional gaming and hanging out with friends.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Make the most of the resources on the campus. There are many different clubs and graduate societies that allow you to make new friends. While finding housing in Vancouver is challenging, you will see more options while you are here. So, it is better to pick a short-term or month-to-month place before you move here. Then, you can pick a long term place while you are here.