Sara Khoddami

 
Pathogenesis of Proteus mirabilis
Dirk Lange
Vancouver
Canada
 

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I decided to pursue a Master of Science in Experimental Medicine because I've always been passionate about science. I did my bachelor's degree in microbiology and I wanted to go beyond that and have a more hands-on and effective role in medical research.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I chose UBC because of its incredible, world-class reputation in research. I completed my bachelor's degree at The University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus, and Vancouver has been my home since my family migrated here in 1999, so coming to UBC Vancouver for my master's was an obvious choice for me.

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

The kind of research that is being done in my faculty really attracted me to the program. The researchers who are a part of the Faculty of Medicine are doing such amazing and relevant translational research that is being implemented into the field, such as cancer therapeutics or the establishment of new biomarkers. This instantly attracted me to the program.

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

Having lived in Vancouver for so long, I didn't think much could surprise me anymore, however the beauty of the Vancouver campus gets me every time. The proximity to nature, the architecture of the buildings, and the rose garden are among some of the best surprises.

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

I think that knowing when to ask for help or guidance has best prepared me for my graduate program. There are going to be so many knowledgeable people that surround you that you can learn so much from. I think connecting with as many people as possible can help you learn a lot from them, and implement these new skills into your own work as well.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

I would advise new graduate students to give themselves some time when making the transition. Graduate school is very different from undergraduate studies and the first few months might go by a little slow, but it's the best time to build a strong foundation and learn as much as you can. Graduate studies are very independent, you are often trusted to finish your work on your own, and time management plays an important role, so I would recommend setting up a timeline for yourself and sticking to it.