Victoria Surtees

Peer language socialization in study abroad

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I have always been passionate about language learning and research as well as teaching at a university level. Pursing a doctorate in education gives me the opportunity to work with adult language learners and pre-service and in-service language teachers in meaningful ways.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC is a leader in qualitative research in applied linguistics. UBC education researchers continually advocate for highly nuanced understandings of everyday learning processes, which I both find challenging and productive. The faculty here also have a strong focus on social justice and a commitment to working with communities.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I like to go birding on and off campus.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Faculty are a wonderful resource but so are grad students - when in doubt turn to your fellow graduate students for help. There is always someone who has lived through your challenge.