Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I chose a graduate degree because it fit many of my goals for self-directed learning. I like the fact that theoretical knowledge is aligned with practice. The program I chose has a breadth of content that I really found interesting. Being online it gives me the flexibility I need to learn while maintaining work and clinical commitments.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I have two peers that went through the program and they spoke favorably about the experience. The program I chose specifically brings different professions together and I like that interprofessional focus. We learn best when we step outside of our comfort zones. I also really like the flexibility that the program affords. There is flexibility in course electives that serves to motivate me a learner. Flexibility also comes from being online. I have been able to arrange my schedule each and every semester. UBC also has a consistently good reputation.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
My program is entirely online. This provides me with the flexibility I need due to my work and clinical requirements.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
I have really enjoyed learning with and from other health care professions. Each is unique and has something to offer.
What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?
Being in an online program we use discussion boards a lot. I really like the ability to share my experiences and hear from others as well.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Two things come readily to mind. Firstly, I have been able to draw from my clinical experience as we have looked at theoretical considerations. I have also been fortunate to have the support of friends and family.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I like to go for trail walks with my partner and our dog. It is a great way to decompress and share the day.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
I would suggest that you create a schedule and physical space where you can do your work. I would also encourage them to reach out if they have questions or concerns. The Faculty and support staff at UBC are top-notch and truly interested in your success.