“The best piece of advice I can give to someone considering studying at Western is to be prepared to work hard; it is worth it”
Supervisor: Laura Stephenson
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I decided to attend Western for a number of reasons. First, Western is a highly reputed university. Second, the faculty members are well-published, world-class educated, and have real-world experiences. Third, the program offers competitive funding for graduate students.
Where’s your favourite place on campus?
My office is my favourite place on campus. Peer support is high when you are occupying the same space with colleagues at the same stage of study. It keeps you motivated and on track.
Have you worked as a TA or RA?
Yes, I am a TA. This experience is fundamental to any academic career. This is where you discover whether an academic route is suited to you. Also, many professors allow you the opportunity to gain experience by hosting a guest lecture. It is also rewarding to be part of undergraduate student’s success.
Do you engage in volunteer activities?
I observe elections on behalf of Canadian and Czech governments. Recently, I have observed in Ukraine, Russia and Macedonia.
What one thing would you like people to know about you?
At the provincial legislature, I was part of a team that put child rights for 16 and 17 year-old youth in need first time on the government’s agenda. New legislation will address the service gap that presently shuts these youths out of the child welfare system.