Meenakshi Swaminathan

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Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I did bio-engineering during my undergrad and towards the end of my degree, I realized that I was into to research more. My undergrad thesis supervisor inspired me to pursue a career in research and thus I decided to do a research-based graduate degree.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

As I had my mind fixed on doing a research-based master's, I wanted to do it in one of the best universities in Canada. UBC offered a variety of research opportunities and also the vast international community caught my attention.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

Experimental medicine is a wonderful program that directs all its research to clinical outcomes; be it a policy change or inventing a new drug. You could be doing wet lab work or clinical research and still be affiliated to the same program. The vastness of the program itself is the first reason I was attracted to the program.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

The best surprise about UBC was how easy it made the transition into a new phase of life/city etc. Life in Vancouver is very blissful and I would consider moving to Vancouver and UBC one of the best things that has happened to me.

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

During my final year in undergrad, I did an exchange program at Harvard University. That really helped me build confidence that I can manage in a new country all by myself and also shaped my attitude towards research

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I like to paint to calm down when I am stressed. Apart from that, I like hanging around with my friends and playing board games

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

There are always things that would be happening which you would want to go. It is better to prioritize them and allocate time for such things and find friends with common interests.


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