Lorelei Ford, 39, is graduating with a Master of Environment and Sustainability. After she graduates, she plans to work for the Water Security Agency. Ford is thankful to Dr. Lalita Bharadwaj and Dr. Cheryl Waldner for their support and mentorship. Ford said she “learned much from their strength, passion and perseverance”.
Overall, how was your U of S experience?
My experience with the University of Saskatchewan was good. The School of Environment and Sustainability provided me the flexibility I needed to continue working while achieving my academic goals.
What’s something you learned at the U of S that didn’t come from a textbook?
I learned a lot about effective teamwork within a research team. My committee provided strong mentorship and good communication which kept me motivated and passionate.
What’s something you learned at the U of S that did come from a textbook, a lecture/lab or research?
I enjoyed all of my courses! It was great to have the opportunity to learn more about statistics (frequentist and probabilistic) and apply it to my research.
If you had a million dollars to donate to the university, what would you want the money to be used for?
I would want the money used for more community-based participatory research, where applicable, especially as it relates to providing support to communities to participate in the research.
What did you learn about yourself during your time at the U of S?
If it were a perfect world, I would never leave the university. I would literally try to get as many degrees as possible!
What advice do have for new students just starting university?
Create a schedule for your work. Treat it like a job and show up on a regular schedule. Take time off and do your best not to constantly think about what you are not doing. Achieving your degree and good life balance will serve you well in the future.
University can be stressful, how did you look after your mental health while at university?
I prioritized my family and work but made a schedule for schoolwork. Keeping up with my physical health and pacing myself through the tough and stressful times ensured I did not burnout.