Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
As an undergraduate, many theoretical and scholarly works placed stones, small and big, in me that ultimately created a path into graduate studies as a way to join, expand, shape, and communicate an ongoing discussion on literature, culture, and life. A graduate degree is, then, a way to continue posing questions.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC houses one of the most thriving and exciting programs in my field, but also, Vancouver made sense for my partner's career. I should also note that many recommendations highlighted the campus's beauty (and size!).
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The program encourages and excels in innovative and open approaches in our field. In addition, faculty members are extremely supportive, and their diverse expertise offers incredible learning opportunities.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The exuberant greenness of most spaces!
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
My MA at the University of Calgary is certainly what prepared me the best for the doctorate stage. I am heavily indebted to the faculty there, especially Martin Wagner's excellent advising. I also cannot omit the support from colleagues back in Argentina, which introduced me to the world of research!
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
Drawing combines relaxation and fun for me; I also enjoy hiking with my partner. Reading is also one form of pleasure.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
It is common for graduate students to be confused and feel overwhelmed, but eventually, you will devise your methods to organize, making you feel more confident. More importantly, strive to be open, to use every resource and opportunity to grow and learn from others and to learn more.