Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I enjoy the process of research, it's like a puzzle and it's interesting to figure out what the different pieces are and how they fit together. I am also a fan of life long learning and think many of us do keep finding avenues of learning to help us grow, whether than be formal or informal.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I did my Master's at UBC so continuing on for my PhD seemed like a natural next step. Also, my supervisors are at UBC and especially for doctoral programs, your supervisors and their expertise is critical to your research journey.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
I'm excited about the chance to be able to study any issues through an interdisciplinary lens.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
I met some of my closest friends here.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
I worked for almost a decade before returning to academia. I am really thankful for that experience as it allows me to draw on observations that I would not have made or connections I wouldn't see if I progressed to a PhD and had only stayed or worked in academia.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I am a parent of two little humans so sleep (when I can get it) is my more cherished form of relaxation. I really enjoy woodworking and have often considered carpentry as an alternative to graduate studies.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Your relationship with your supervisor significantly impacts your learning process. If it's not an equitable or pleasant one, then seek alternative supervision.