"I realized that engineering was where I could learn the skills to make a difference in the world."
- Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
- Campus: Vancouver
Year: 5th year as of November 2023
Why did you choose engineering?
I’d always been good at science in high school and thought that’s what I’d study in university. But then I attended an engineering event at UBC that gave me a better understanding of just what engineering is all about. I realized that engineering was where I could learn the skills to make a difference in the world.
What are some of the highlights of the courses you’ve taken?
It’s very rewarding to work on machine learning projects and seeing the code I wrote demonstrate that it’s learning.
In a second-year course, for example, I built BookCards, a book recommender system that learns what genres you like and recommends books. I’ve also enjoyed the courses that have allowed me to apply techniques and concepts I’ve learned in math courses to real-world problems such as in courses on machine learning, signals and systems, and quantum computing.
Where did you live?
Because of existing agreements with UBC and EPFL, I was guaranteed student housing. Students on exchange from other universities weren’t as lucky!
What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I am Vice President, External for the Electrical & Computer Engineering Student Society. In my role I am responsible for organizing networking opportunities. This includes networking nights to introduce current students to alumni and people in industry so students can start building those connections.
Any advice for new students?
Keep an open mind! And pursue opportunities that come up.
If I think of my own experience, I thought I wanted to study science in university but made a last-minute change and applied to engineering. Then in second year, I didn’t get into my first-choice program, but I’ve ended up in an area I really love. Things work out!