Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I knew it would be the best way to break into the field of journalism and prepare myself for a career.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC has a well-renowned graduate journalism program with great faculty and resources. In particular, the International Reporting and Reporting in Indigenous Communities programs are a big draw. On top of that, the school is located in one of the best cities in Canada.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The well established, knowledgeable staff and faculty, top-of-the-line facilities and equipment, and programs it offers. As well, RIIC and IRP were a big draw, offering students a unique opportunity to work under the guidance of professionals and get their work published in major news outlets.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The great food and the scenic views. The city is at a crossroad of wilderness, ocean, and urban life.
What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?
Hopefully getting into the International Reporting Program and getting to do reporting in another country.
What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?
Getting a stable job in the field of journalism.
How do you feel your program is preparing you for those challenges?
It's helping me build a diverse skill set and expand my abilities, making me better suited for a wider variety of employment opportunities.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
International living experience and travel, as well as previous studies at the University of Alberta and the University of Innsbruck.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
Ski, hike, go to the beach
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Take advantage of the resources available to you while you're at UBC.