Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I grew to love research during my Masters degree, which made me want to pursue a PhD. I enjoy being a self-directed learner and wanted the opportunity to study and create new knowledge in my area of interest.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
My supervisor, Dr. Nicola Hodges, was the main reason I wanted to study at UBC. I was interested in her research on how the motor system is engaged during action observation and prediction. Also, being a bigger university, I was excited about the many opportunities for collaboration and professional development.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
I was primarily drawn to the School of Kinesiology for its reputation for producing high quality research. I had the chance to visit in person before applying, and was struck by how encouraging and welcoming the faculty, staff and current students were.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
I was pleasantly surprised by how much there is to see on the UBC campus! I love that I can take breaks in the work day to walk through some of the many green spaces and gardens, or walk down to the beach at the end of the day.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Skills gained in my MSc (completed at the University of Manitoba under the supervision of Dr. Cheryl Glazebrook) helped prepare me for the demands of a PhD program. Experience in planning feasible experiments to address my research questions, troubleshooting uncooperative equipment, and disseminating new knowledge, has helped prepare me for success in my current program.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
I recommend that new graduate students work to create networks within and outside of the university setting. Graduate school is a marathon not a sprint, and having good social support goes a long way!