Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I decided to pursue my Ph.D. to deepen my knowledge of planning issues and to help others access active transportation. Not only do I have the freedom to pursue an engaging topic of interest, but I also work with experts in the field to gain experience on how to increase the impact of my research.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I came to UBC to learn from and work with professors who are highly ranked in my field. The School of Community and Regional Planning is highly ranked and has some of the most engaging scholars in the field of planning. The view isn't bad either.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The quality of the research program is what initially attracted me. Full funding was also a benefit and has helped support me throughout my degree.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The weather was the best surprise about Vancouver! Coming from Ontario, Vancouver's rainy weather is blissful. The summer doesn't get too hot and the winters don't get too cold. I am surprised that as long as I keep dry, every day can be as wonderful as the next.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Having traveled and lived in various cities around the world, I have learned how to adapt to new cultures and different workplaces. Being flexible, learning from as many people as I can, and persevering through challenges with hard work have best prepared me for my graduate program.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I love going to Spanish Banks' dog beach with my samoyed, biking around the city, and eating ramen with friends.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
I recommend students to go for as many forest and beach walks as possible. Buy a cheap bike and soak in the natural beauty of Vancouver and the UBC campus while you're here!