Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I decided to pursue a graduate degree in psychology because I have had a strong interest in mental health for as long as I can remember. I am passionate about understanding human behaviours and helping people improve their lives. Completing an undergraduate degree in psychology allowed me to feed my curiosity about mental health and gave me the skills to work in numerous research labs. This experience solidified my interest in psychology and pushed me to further develop my research skills in graduate school.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
My main reason for choosing UBC is my graduate supervisor and the world-class education offered by UBC's psychology department. Dr. Sheila Woody is a highly regarded top researcher in the field of hoarding. Her lab also fosters interdisciplinary collaboration across multiple fields, This collaborative environment is essential to understanding the complex problem of hoarding from multiple perspectives and allows all lab members to broaden their breadth of knowledge.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The UBC Psychology Department is a well-respected program that has gained international recognition. With a strong emphasis on rigorous research training, students receive excellent training to prepare for a future in academia. Uniquely, the department also has a state-of-the-art psychology clinic, where graduate students provide low-cost treatment to the community while receiving clinical training in both assessment and treatment by top-notch clinicians.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
Vancouver is a beautiful city to live in. The sheer amount of activities, events, beaches, hiking trails, and amazing restaurants in the area make work-life balance an achievable goal.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Embrace the realization that in general, we do not know very much. Opening yourself up to this notion allows you to enjoy your curiosity and the uncomfortable state of not knowing the right answer. If an answer to your question is not easily found, this is a great opportunity to explore a topic you are interested in and develop novel ideas for you to write about and design studies around.