Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I consider myself a lifelong learner, and I love being a student. I really enjoyed my Master's degree experience and have so many more questions that need to be explored. I was excited to gain even more support and freedom through a PhD to explore these inquiries further.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC has a wonderful campus and supportive community that I've been lucky to be a part of throughout my post-secondary degrees. I enjoy working and learning alongside some of the most passionate and brilliant people I've ever met.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The faculty and teaching staff have been very supportive and inclusive. I enjoyed my experience through the Master's program and wanted to take it further.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The beaches and forest trails. Short walks away from campus are a great way to immerse yourself in some of the best things Vancouver can offer- beautiful nature and spectacular views.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
I often don't realize it until I look back through my CV or reflect on my past year's memories, but I've been a curious and eager student all my life. My experiences show me how much I've prepared for this all my life. Beginning from my volunteering at research labs to eventually managing them, my time spent abroad studying, the various connections I've made along the way, my accomplishments in both personal and career goals, and of course, the family support. The reflection can help immensely when the feelings of Imposter Syndrome come sneaking around.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I like to make time for social events over the weekends to spend time with family and friends. I also like to keep a healthy exercise routine in a variety of ways: yoga, barre, personal training, seawall walks, hikes, and other seasonal activities like snowshoeing in the winter or kayaking in the summer. The most relaxing and fun activity of all is cuddling and playing with my puppy at home.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
It's easier said than done, but I would say trying to find a balance where you can. Meet new people and get out of your comfort zone to see both the communities within and outside UBC that you can be a part of. Try and step out of the academic bubble once in a while and remember to take care of yourself.