Kaili Vesik

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I am not content unless I'm learning. I love investigating new ideas and exploring new paths. Pursuing a graduate degree gives me the freedom to deep-dive into theoretical linguistics while benefiting from the mentorship of experts in my field.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I grew up in the suburbs of Vancouver and absolutely love it here. As much as I was a little apprehensive about completing yet another degree at UBC (this one will be my third), the academic excellence and beautiful setting associated with UBC are difficult to resist!

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

The areas of study covered by the faculty and grad students in the UBC Linguistics department are multifaceted and interdisciplinary. Having a varied background myself (math, computer science, education), I appreciate being in a setting where broad interests are valued and encouraged. I am also grateful to be working with my supervisor Anne-Michelle, whose work I am both intrigued and inspired by.

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

I don't know that it's much of a surprise, seeing as how I grew up here, but I do continue to be amazed at the beauty and the opportunities for outdoor adventure in this area.

What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?

I love being immersed in a culture of learning.

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

I was a public school teacher for many years before returning to school full time. Having to keep myself prepared, organized, and flexible in order to support my students has been excellent practice for time management in grad school.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I sing, ski, run, sew, and hike, for the most part.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Expect to get completely overwhelmed at some point in your first year; then at least it won't be a surprise when it inevitably happens! Also, living close to - or on - campus if you can is a wonderful way to improve your mental health by reducing your commute time (I moved from an almost 2-hour commute to a half-hour commute partway through my first year, and it made life so much more magical).


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