“My supervisors are very supportive and encourage me to pursue different activities that I am interested in, such as attending conferences and taking leadership positions in organizations on campus.”
Clare Robinson & Denis O’Carroll
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
I am involved in the collaborative specialization at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability. This specialization has given me the opportunity to get involved in different initiatives at Western and provides a platform for open interdisciplinary discussion and exchanging ideas related to environment and sustainability.
What idea, suggestion, or comment would you like to share with the Western graduate community?
Research is great, but have something else besides your research that interests you. Sometimes research doesn’t go as you plan, there will be challenging times and it can get stressful. It is great when you have something else in your life to focus your attention on during these difficult times. Doing this usually gives me a break from research and I can come up with some new ideas or a refreshed mindset.
Where’s your favourite place on campus?
I spend most of my time in the graduate office where I have the equipment needed to do my research. I like the environment in the graduate office, you feel like you’re with your second family.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Be active! With everything in life, the satisfaction from the program depends on what you put in to it. Participate in class, share your ideas, get to know people, be involved, be open, try different things and see what you like best and dedicate yourself to that activity.