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Couples' experiences of managing everyday activities
Dr. Catherine Backman
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I was inspired by qualitative research. While it is often challenging, I enjoy meeting with people, listening to their experiences, analyzing them and finding something new. I like to challenge and experience a sense of accomplishment in pursuing a graduate degree.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

When searching for Ph.D. programs, I paid special attention to physical and sociocultural environment of universities (e.g, climate, human resources and food), knowing that it influences my health and well-being. I chose UBC because it and Vancouver seemed friendly to people from overseas. UBC has developed a lot of resources available to international students (e.g., scholarships, continuing study programs, social events, and community groups). I also appreciate that the greater Vancouver area is such a multicultural community that I can easily find people from my culture to share my experiences in Canada.

What do you hope to accomplish with your research?

A better understanding of men's and women's experiences of managing everyday life would suggest lifestyles that enhances health and well-being of both individuals and families.

What are your future career goals?

I would like to be involved in research that leads to developing policy related to equity, employment and health.

What has been your most memorable Vancouver experience so far?

There are a lot of camp sites in British Columbia. Last summer, I went camping with my friends who are from quite different cultures from mine. We spent 5 days together, cooking, lying down on the beach, jogging and hiking. This experience reminded me that I have life outside of my Ph.D. work. British Columbia is great.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Explore and be open to different values, beliefs and perspectives. In doing so, get to know and believe in yourself. Enjoy Canada!


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