“I liked that the first year of engineering at UBC is a common foundation year, because I wasn’t entirely sure what specialization I wanted to pursue.”
- Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
- Campus: Vancouver
Option: Biomedical Engineering Option
Year (as of 2022): 2nd year
The engineering community is a definite highlight of the program.
Why did you want to study engineering?
In around Grade 11, I was debating between a career in medicine or engineering. I remember watching a TED talk about medical devices and learned about some technologies that allow patients to remain at home while having health-care workers monitor their condition remotely. This was really inspiring to me! I’ve also always found math very interesting, which made engineering a good choice.
How did you choose your program specialization?
I did coding for the first time in APSC 160, and although it was challenging, I really enjoyed the experience. For our final lab, we had to write the code for the Simon game and it was so rewarding when everything worked out. Then, in PHYS 159 we had the opportunity to work with electrical components, which I also found engaging and more interesting to me than some of the other content. These two experiences, in addition to the broad range of industries that this degree opens doors to, made me realize that electrical engineering would be a perfect fit.
How would you describe the community at UBC Engineering?
The engineering community is a definite highlight of the program. There’s a lot of support for students, including tutoring and mentoring sessions hosted by the Engineering Undergraduate Society as well as more general ones from AMS. Some of the first-year classes are quite big and you can find yourself sitting next to a new person every day. But you get to know people and make friends when you do group work and in the smaller classes and tutorials.
Any reflections you’d like to share on being an international student at UBC?
I am from Bangladesh, but I spent the last seven years before moving to Canada in Brunei. Coming to Vancouver was my first time in a different continent. The climate was definitely a new experience for me as I had always lived near the equator where it is a lot warmer year-round. Being at UBC is a great opportunity to meet people from many different countries and cultures.
My parents were originally supposed to come with me when I moved to Vancouver for first year in September 2021. However, because of COVID-19 and border restrictions, I had to travel alone for the 40-hour journey, which was a little scary. I definitely feel I have grown a lot after only one year: when I went home in the summer, I felt more mature than when I had left.