Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I found myself getting more and more enthusiastic about researching and discovering the keys to human physical and mental well-being through my hands-on research work in South Korea. I believe it is the researchers’ privilege to pose and scientifically delve into such core questions in life. Ultimately, as a psychologist, I hope to contribute to the enhancement of scientific knowledge about human well-being and better-connected society, bridging the chasm between research and peoples’ day-to-day real-life issues. To this end, I decided to pursue a graduate degree to continue my research activities and also to prepare myself to offer education to the future generation in an academic setting.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC is definitely one of the leading research-focused institutes worldwide. Especially, the UBC psychology program always publishes creative but rigorous articles thanks to its rigorous research training, ample and collaborative research opportunities for graduate students, and quality mentorship. These strengths were precisely what I seek in an ideal academic community to join.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
I loved the actively ongoing, intriguing projects in the UBC Psychology program. In addition, I was fascinated by the projects on the associations between prosociality, social interaction, and well-being, which meant I had found a superb research fit with the faculty members!
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
UBC has an exceptionally beautiful campus right beside beaches and forests. The student facilities are a plus, there are several libraries and a huge aquatic center that is free for students! In addition, people in Vancouver are open to people from diverse backgrounds: you don't feel alone here, no matter where you come from!
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
My best advice, for now, is to be proactive and persistent! Graduate student life is pretty much independent. If I don't push myself to be active and keep myself engaged, it is easy to be lost and lazy. At the same time, facing multiple failures and challenges, which may be inevitable for every graduate student, we all need to be resilient and persistent. For this, we need our colleagues to support each other in difficult times.