Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
My interest in issues of social and cultural difference led me to take some eye-opening courses during my undergrad, and I decided early on that I wanted to continue in this field. Pursuing doctoral studies provides me with the skills to produce publicly engaged scholarship on critical social issues.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC offered me the opportunity to pursue graduate studies at a top-ranked university in Canada, with a competitive funding package and family-friendly residences in one of the world's most livable cities.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The Department of Anthropology at UBC is a well-established department with a strong focus on collaborative research and engagement in contemporary issues. My research interests align with a number of Faculty, who happen to be top scholars in the field.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
I was aware that UBC was spectacularly close to both the ocean and forest, but the eagles that fly over campus manage to surprise me each time!
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Prior to my doctorate, I had the chance to work with some amazing individuals advocating for social justice in my home country. These experiences allowed me to observe on the ground how power relations are embedded in everyday life and helped to shape my current research interests.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Find a supervisor who you can work with and a topic that you are passionate about, and remember that the ups and downs of graduate school will not last forever. Graduate school can be an isolating place (and while spring here is superb, winters in Vancouver are long and grey) so take your time to build relationships and a network of support.