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Grad student profile: Lina Garcia Suarez, PhD in Oceanography

Posted by Faculty of Graduate Studies on September 25, 2019 in News
PhD student Lina Garcia Suarez in front of the Henry Hicks Building on Dalhousie's Studley Campus. (Kenneth Conrad photo)
PhD student Lina Garcia Suarez in front of the Henry Hicks Building on Dalhousie's Studley Campus. (Kenneth Conrad photo)

Name: Lina Garcia Suarez
Hometown: Cali, Colombia
Program: PhD, Department of Oceanography

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

What made you choose Dalhousie?

Dalhousie is very strong in Oceanography. I contacted a professor, Katja Fennel, and she agreed to be my supervisor. I arrived in June to study English for Academic Purposes before beginning my program.

What advice would you give to a fellow Colombian coming to Dalhousie to do their PhD?

Look up all the scholarship opportunities - there's a lot available to international students.

How have you found the research environment at Dalhousie?

The Oceanography professors are very famous and have a lot of experience. The facilities here are great, like the Steele Ocean Sciences Building.

What's your favourite thing about studying at Dalhousie?

I like going to Dalplex [Dalhousie's new, state-of-the-art gym facility].

How do you find Halifax's weather?

I've only been here a few months, so I haven't experienced winter yet! The summer has been really nice.

What do you enjoy most about Halifax and/or Nova Scotia?

Halifax is a small city, but you can find anything - cinemas, supermarkets - and the traffic is very good. I love the public transportation.

What's something you like to do here that you can't do in Colombia?

Colombia can be a dangerous place - I like that I can walk everywhere and feel safe.

What are your post-graduation plans?

I want to go back to Colombia and share my knowledge - maybe as a university professor.