Timmy Chang | Graduating class of 2021 | LinkedIn
Why did you choose to study IR at UBC and what did you enjoy most about it?
I chose to study IR because it is an interdisciplinary field where I can pick courses from various departments that would tailor to my IR interest – peacekeeping and humanitarian aid! Aside from classes, I most enjoyed meeting new friends and creating different events in IRSA. IRSA played such a major role in my IR years, I can’t imagine how my undergrad years would be without meeting these people (as seen in my photo here)!
What was one significant learning moment that happened during your degree?
The IR field is more than just academic study, it involves real-life work and practicums. From working for immigration non-profits in POLI328 to doing conflict management simulations in POLI370, I realized how importance it is to use what we learned to make an impact in the society.
What are you most looking forward to after graduation?
The uncertainty! Although some may say the uncertainty after graduation is terrifying (which I definitely feel and agree…), it is certainly exciting to see where I can go from here. After finishing the rest of my masters dual degree this year in UBC, I am applying to many IR jobs and fields, from think tanks to graduate school and military careers. Regardless on where I land, I am looking forward to see how I can apply my IR knowledge to the field!
A piece of advice for current/incoming IR students?
Take classes from all different departments! The great thing about this program is that you are able to discover new passion and interests from unexpected classes. I never realized I had an interest in public health policy and peacekeeping until I took SPPH 300 and POLI 370!
“IRSA played such a major role in my IR years, I can’t imagine how my undergrad years would be without meeting these people.”