Fac­ulty of Grad­u­ate Stud­ies

Dal­housie Univer­sity

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Kyung Shin

Be­ing a re­searcher is like an ad­dic­tion to find out what ques­tions to ask next.

When I grad­u­ated high school I de­cided that when I started univer­sity, I didn’t want to move far away from home. I wanted to fo­cus on my aca­demics and go to a highly re­garded re­search school with plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties. For me, Dal­housie was the ob­vi­ous choice.

I was drawn to bio­chem­istry and mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy be­cause I re­ally wanted to know more about what hap­pens in­side our bod­ies. There are so many things hap­pen­ing on a scale that we can’t eas­ily ob­serve. I had so many ques­tions that I wanted to ask, and that cu­rios­ity is what led me into my PhD stud­ies.

I was very for­tu­nate to be able to work in labs dur­ing my sum­mers in un­der­grad. I loved the in­de­pen­dence my su­per­vi­sors gave me to ex­plore and learn new things on my own terms. I knew that as soon as I fin­ished my un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree, I wanted to do grad­u­ate stud­ies. In my PhD, the abil­ity to cre­ate my own ex­per­i­ments and in­ter­act with other peo­ple work­ing in the same field in­spires me. It’s like an ad­dic­tion. It’s what keeps me up at night and what gets me up in the morn­ing. It gets me out the door so that I can un­der­stand more and find out what ques­tions I need to ask next.

I know re­search is the place for me, and that’s why I in­tend to be­come a pro­fes­sor once I’m fin­ished my PhD stud­ies. My ex­pe­ri­ence at Dal­housie has been great, and I know be­ing at Dal has al­lowed me to grow in ways I might not have any­where else.

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