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Student Profile: Jacob Schoeber
Political Science master's student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
I grew up in Vancouver and completed my undergraduate degree at SFU. I am a believer in the value of hard work who is willing to go the extra mile to get stuff done. I have participated in the national Reach for the Top trivia competition and served on the GSS Electoral Committee. I enjoy reading and researching about politics, watching sports, and taking my dogs for a walk in the neighbourhood.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
I chose to attend SFU because of its reputation as an engaging university that provides lots of opportunities for students to apply their skills in relevant non-educational settings. Also, the quality of the education here is internationally recognized, and I experienced it first-hand during my undergraduate degree. It was only logical that I stay at SFU for my master’s.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
My program is one that allows for high-level discussions about politics, whether it be discussions of policy issues, voter behaviour, international relations, or more philosophical issues. Political science can cover just about everything, so very little is out of scope for the political science department at SFU!
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
I am particularly enjoying the change to research relevant policy issues such as COVID-19 as well as developing my skills in quantitative statistical analysis, which is of course crucial to any career in the social sciences.
HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.
I received the SFU Graduate Fellowship as part of my funding package. It has impacted my studies by - along with the TAship I have been guaranteed - preventing me from having to worry about how to pay for my degree and instead being able to focus on performing as best as I can with my studies.
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