Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I have always wanted to make a difference in my field both as a researcher and teacher. My choice of pursuing a PhD was driven by the aspiration of having my voice heard in the cultural debate, by the desire of continuing learning in a stimulating environment and by the objective of showing my students the beauty of Literature as well as the great relevance of the Humanities to modern life.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
While I was studying my MA, I used to hear only great news about Canada that, back in my home country, is presented as a land of excellence. As a result, the possibility of studying in one of the top Canadian universities and the idea of living in a city like Vancouver were a very appealing and, ultimately, convincing match!
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The interdisciplinary approach and the innovative research conducted by the Hispanist cohort of professors in my department and the opportunity I was offered to be a teaching and research assistant both for Spanish and Italian courses attracted me to my program.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
I was surprised in so many ways that it is hard to sum them up! One of the best things about UBC is its flexibility and room for creativity. If you have an idea or a project you would like to develop, at UBC you will definitely find the right support to improve the skills you need to achieve what you want. Vancouver is just a beautiful city! Wherever you decide to live, you are always 10 minutes away from nature. The ocean and the mountains offer not only a stunning view but also a delightful escape from the stress of everyday life.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Mainly my international background. Having lived in 4 different countries and studied in 4 different academic systems, I think I had all the instruments to quickly adjust to the new environment and make the most of this new chapter of my life. In addition to that, my previous teaching experience helped me navigate with more confidence my role as a teaching assistant.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Grad school can be challenging and, from time to time, overwhelming. Try to make time for your own way to decompress and talk to your peers! You will realize you are not alone and that all grad students are in the same boat!