Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
After four years of working as a registered dietitian in clinical and research positions, I decided to pursue a graduate degree to advance my career and establish myself as a clinician-scientist in paediatric nutrition. My ultimate goal is to build a research program that focuses on the optimization of clinical nutrition practice and children's health.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I chose UBC because I felt that my supervisor and research project complimented my previous work and research experience, and my career goals. The chance to explore the west coast was also an added bonus.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
I was attracted by the program's collaborative environment, and the incredible opportunities for graduate students to explore teaching, as both teaching assistants and sessional lecturers.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
That, in general, work-life balance is much more valued and promoted
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
My time working as a clinical dietitian at a children's hospital in Toronto not only provided me with opportunities to participate in clinically-focused research and helped to establish my work ethic, but also helped shape my career aspirations
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
I would advise seeking opportunities outside of your core research, e.g. teaching, volunteer, or committee positions, to expand your professional network and diversify your educational experience.