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Get to know Karen Pak!

What is your role/position in the IDA program?

Traineeship supervisor.

How long have you been teaching?

Since 2015 (but in the IDA program since this year).

What do you like about teaching?

The interaction with students and to see students develop.

What is the reason you became a researcher?

Because I am very intrigued by certain topics (ageing at work, major life events) and want to know more about them.

What is the most fascinating about human beings to you?

How they deal with adversities (major life events in my research).

Are there times where you doubt researching or university?

Sometimes, when the rules are too strict and it is difficult to help students who are facing some stressful life events.

What makes IDA students unique?

I hope to be able to give an answer to that next year 😉

If you could change something in the university setting what would you change?

Less lectures and more room for teaching in small groups and one-on-one supervision.

What advice would you give future IDA students?

Think about what you would like your core research theme to be, so that you can further examine this in all your projects and traineeships from different angles.

What is a collaborative project that you liked and worked with an IDA student on?

I will start my first supervision of traineeships this academic year so I hope to add a very interesting project here next year. 🙂

How are you experiencing the teacher-student relationship in the IDA program?

So far, it seems like mentorship than traditional teaching which I like very much.

If you are not teaching or doing research, what else do you like doing in your personal time?

I like to cook/bake, play boardgames and do sports (tennis, swimming, yoga).

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