Sydney is a highly creative, passionate, and enthusiastic professional. In 2013, she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in English Language and Linguistics. Having put herself through school as an English, ESL, and Linguistics tutor, she discovered an innate passion for the educational realm.
Her first job out of university entailed developing courses for TrainingPort.net, specializing in the deliverance of e-learning content for business aviation personnel in North America and Europe. Working closely with subject matter experts, she designed and developed legally-required and government-recognized annual certification courses in emergency and safety procedures.
Her time at TrainingPort cemented her passion for instructional design and technical writing, especially given the vast opportunities for continuous learning. She is also a professional writer (with a strong focus on educational technologies), e-teacher, and host for video-based English certification courses.
Despite her focus on writing, linguistics, and education, Sydney has always had a strong passion and affinity for cognitive psychology, personality disorders, mindfulness, and mental health. In 2012, she volunteered with Vancouver General Hospital for one year, working under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP), to teach patients with congenital brain defects – some of which had never learned any language – to speak, read, and write using her knowledge of linguistics and phonetic articulation. She’s also written multiple scripts for Psych2Go, a fast-food psychology YouTube channel with nearly 2.5 million subscribers to date.
In her spare time, Sydney loves to blog, write poetry, sing, and play subpar guitar. To keep the brain active, you can find her reading non-fiction or perusing content on the Psychology Today, WebMd, and Mayo Clinic websites. And to stay physically active, you can find her at the dojo working up a sweat in her Muay Thai and Krav Maga classes.