Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I decided to pursue a graduate degree because I want to advance my knowledge in the medical field. I also enjoy the thrill of discovering new things, which made me pursue a research-based degree. At the same time, I enjoy connecting with my academic peers who share the same passion as I do.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I really like the campus academic environment. Here, I have an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge knowledge in many medical fields and discover my passions. I also really like the libraries at UBC. The library is very resourceful and supports my research by allowing me to access all high-impact journals for free. At the same time, the library environment is really nice and tranquil, helping me stay focused.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
Experimental Medicine is a really diverse program. You can connect with people doing all kinds of research, from clinical to basic research. I enjoy mingling with my peers to learn about their research while presenting my research to others.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
Vancouver is a beautiful city that is not too hot in the summer or cold in the winter. It is also rare to see extensive forests, beaches, and mountains in one city.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
I did one year of co-op in my undergraduate degree. Though the experience was limited, I really got a chance to experience what it is like to do research in the lab. Because of my co-op experiences, I got inspired to pursue a graduate degree in Experimental Medicine.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Don't say no to opportunities. Try as many new things as possible. You will never discover your passion if you don't try new things.