Adam Vanzella Yang

The socioeconomic and demographic bases of tastes
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I've always been puzzled by big topics such as social inequality and collective ways of thinking. I wanted to engage with my curiosity at a deeper level and concluded that graduate school was the best available platform.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC's reputation and location were key factors. There is something quite attractive about a university in a place where city and nature are so closely entangled.

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

The Sociology program is well-structured and all courses are carefully designed for the professional development of students.

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

The experience of living at Green College, which allowed me to develop close and meaningful friendships, and the abundance of edgy coffee shops.

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

I moved around quite a bit growing up. I learned new languages and always had to be be attuned to the world around me. This sparked my interest in the meanings of social life and helped me to develop a fine-grained way of understanding how societies functions.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Do not be afraid to reach out to people and ask for help or advice. Being a graduate student is not an easy thing.


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