Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
Working as a nurse in clinical practice I encountered a lot of challenges and questions that research can help answer. I am undertaking a PhD to learn about research as a tool for addressing social issues.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC has a world class School of Nursing, and through my previous studies I knew that I would be able to continue working with excellent and supportive faculty.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
My program offers coursework that gives students a solid foundation in nursing philosophy. I think it is so important to understand and be able to respond to the larger questions facing nursing and health care with knowledge of both practice and the theory behind practice.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
I am originally from Alberta, and the first year I was at UBC, I couldn't believe it when I saw flowers in February. I have lived in Vancouver for over a decade, but every year I am surprised again by how early and beautiful spring is!
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I play both dodgeball and softball, which means that all year I have at least one night of team sports a week--I always look forward to it when I feel busy with school! I also camp, bike, cook, and spend time with my cat. My guilty pleasure is reality TV!
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
My advice for new graduates is to find something - many things - in your work that you care about. There will probably be something about graduate school that isn't as easy or fun, but the thing you care about will carry you through the program and lead to even more relevant and important research.