Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I chose to pursue graduate school to broaden my scientific understanding and receive exposure to areas I was previously unfamiliar with. Graduate school also provides an excellent opportunity for collaboration in the exploration of new ideas. The opportunity to develop fundamental skills such as writing, reading comprehension, and public speaking is another reason I chose to enter graduate school. I hope to one day pursue a career involved in chemical research, and the skills developed during the pursual of my graduate degree are invaluable.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I chose to study at UBC for several reasons. The primary reason was so I could work with my supervisor Dr. Jason Hein. After our first meeting and the discussion of the research opportunities, I knew UBC was where I wanted to end up. The chemistry department at UBC is another reason I chose to study here. There's lots of impactful chemical research ongoing at UBC with lots of opportunity for collaboration. An additional reason for wanting to study at UBC was to be able to spend time living in Vancouver. The city has a rare mix of both urban and natural features unlike any I've seen.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
Being on the interface of multiple different scientific research areas.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The natural beauty seen all over the city and campus.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Goal setting, both long and short term, is crucial. Also maintaining open communication with your PI/co-workers will ensure that everything is running efficiently and everyone is heard.