I have a good academic relationship with my supervisor. He is available anytime I need help and is genuinely interested in my progress. He edits any written papers I give him and provides constructive feedback.
What is it like to be a grad student at U of G?
I like my experience so far at U of G except for the limited funding opportunities for international graduate students which makes focus on research difficult. I like the new funding available for PhD students who take leave of school to have a baby. I also like the housing available for graduate students who have families at a reasonable fee.
About the campus
I like the gym facility and the library space and carrels for graduate students. I also like how easy it is to move from one side of campus to the other in a matter of minutes.
About the city of Guelph
The city is quiet, serene and not overly populated and it is a good fit for families. I like that there are a lot of buses leaving the university campus to help students navigate the city.
Words of advice
There are lots of help available with regards to mental health, writing a thesis, finding data for research, etc and students should not hesitate to seek help anytime they need it. For international students, do well to visit the international student advisors and seek help on issues regarding study permit renewal, health insurance, etc.
How will my work Improve Life?
I have been working on measuring child poverty and explaining their resilience towards later life outcomes.
My future plans
To pursue a career in academia or in the public sector as a policy analyst. Having the opportunity to work as a TA and RA as part of my PhD program is useful to help me achieve that goal.