School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Larger Role, Larger Impact – Meet Olivia Kulbak

MPA candidate   

by Phil Gaudreau, March 2021

Olivia Kulbak

Whether she’s running to fundraise for cancer research, encouraging women to get engaged in politics, or thinking about her future career, Olivia Kulbak, Kin’20, wants to help others.

That motivation is what got her interested in kinesiology in the first place. But after completing her undergraduate studies, she had a realization.

“Kinesiology jobs tend to be helping someone one-on-one,” Kulbak says. “When I graduated, I knew I wanted to make a larger impact and help as many people possible. I really value making our society a better place and that’s what I really liked about the sciences, but I wanted to make a difference on a larger scale.”

That’s why, after completing her undergrad, Kulbak enrolled in the masters of public administration (MPA) program at Queen’s.

“What’s great about this program is that everyone comes from different backgrounds; students come from a political background, arts backgrounds, and sciences,” says Kulbak. “It’s a very diverse group of people.”

Kulbak is fitting in well within that diverse environment. She has taken on an MPA program executive committee role, allowing her to help her fellow classmates should they have issues during their studies.

She has also joined the Queen’s Female Leadership in Politics (QFLIP) executive committee as the graduate studies representative.

“Our team works toward the intersectional empowerment of women in the political realm,” says Kulbak. “QFLIP is an amazing opportunity, and I am glad to be a part of it.”

Kulbak is also continuing a volunteer opportunity she began during her undergraduate studies. Each year, she volunteers for the Queen’s Relay for Life in support of the Canadian Cancer society.

And despite the busy schedule, she continues to find time for her art and gardening hobbies.

With her strong desire to give back, it’s no surprise Kulbak is leaning towards working as a president for a charity or a non-for-profit organization or even possibly a job in the health care industry once her MPA is complete.

“The best part of this program is that opens you up to a broad range of jobs, so I am not quite sure what I really want to do after I complete this program,” says Kulbak. “I am hoping to combine my two degrees. I want to use my knowledge of the health and the governance to help people live healthier better lives.”

To learn more about the Master of Public Administration, visit the School of Policy Studies’ website.