Who are you? When did you join BPK?
I’m working as the BPK Graduate Program Assistant. I joined the department in April 2020 when we just started working remotely, and it’s great to finally be able to start meeting my coworkers, faculty and grad students in person now that we’ve returned to campus.
What is your role?
I provide support with all aspects of BPK MSc and PhD programs. My favourite part of this job is supporting graduate students through the various program milestones and their defences. I think this part of my work is meaningful to me because until very recently I was a graduate student myself.
How did you come to be at SFU? What else do you do?
I came to SFU in 2018 to do an MA in Sociology. I studied women athletes’ relationship with food, working with Dr. Travers as my senior supervisor. I defended my thesis in October this year. It was quite the ride (especially with the pandemic and working full-time), and I’m very grateful for how supportive my supervisory committee and my manager in BPK were throughout this time.
Now that I’m done with my thesis, I plan to devote more time to my athletic training. I compete as a sprinter and I’m a member of the Greyhounds Masters Track and Field club. We didn’t have a lot of competitions in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic, so I have a lot of hopes for the next year!
What advice would you give your younger self?
Make time for the unexpected! I'm a planner, but I discovered that sometimes the best things are the ones you don’t plan for.
This story was originally published on the SFU BPK Instagram on October 26, 2021.