Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I decided to pursue a PhD in theoretical chemistry in the fourth year of my undergraduate degree at McGill University. There I took an enlightening class on advanced quantum mechanics, which spring-boarded me into a summer research program.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I decided to study at UBC for a few reasons. My top reason was to be closer to my family and home. I had severely missed British Columbia during my undergraduate degree. I picked UBC because it has the best chemistry program in BC.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The supervisor I chose happened to be working on a field of study that is closely related to the research I was involved with beforehand.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
Just how beautiful the UBC campus is, and how many hiking opportunities there are.
What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?
The best part of the graduate program is by far the research aspect. It's thrilling to make discoveries that nobody has made!
What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?
I've always been a fairly quiet and reserved person. This makes networking difficult but is something I am working every day to overcome.
How do you feel your program is preparing you for those challenges?
Absolutely! I have been given tons of opportunities to connect with other researchers, although there are relatively few who work in my field.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
The months I spent working in a research lab at McGill University before I came to UBC have definitely prepared me well for the challenges of a PhD.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I most enjoy hiking and bicycling. I also play on the UBC underwater hockey team.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Make lots of friends in your first year, get involved in teams/clubs, and take your courses seriously!