Megan Zeni

No child left inside: loose parts, risky play, and teachers' perceptions of risk associated with playful learning outside the classroom
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Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

After over 20 years of professional practice as an elementary school teacher, I chose to begin a PhD to further my scholarly ability to theorize my passion for childrens’ outdoor play and learning.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

My family have been settlers in Vancouver for generations. I attended UBC as an undergraduate student, and am honoured to be able to attend UBC again as a mature graduate student.

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

Many faculty are scholars with backgrounds in both theory and practice, which is invaluable in my research niche.

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

Becoming a grad student at my stage of life is not as unusual as I had thought. There are plenty of mature students on campus!

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

I deeply enjoy the research process. I find great satisfaction in data collection, discussions with colleagues, reading and writing about my research niche.

What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?

As a mature student, I have so few years left in my career!

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

Being a mother and an educator over decades has built up my resiliency, with a perspective that grad school is for my own enjoyment, rather than a means to an end.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I am a wife and a mother of three. Our life is busy! In our downtime we enjoy skiing, boating, and hiking as a family.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

There is a lot of life to live outside of being a graduate student in Vancouver. Be sure to make time for play and joy. Get up in the mountains, get out on the water, and into a garden! This is just one season of your life, not your whole life.


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