Ryan Matsumura is a Senior Budget Analyst in the Comptroller’s Financial Reporting and Budgeting department. Cue the Hans Zimmer dramatic score and get to know Ryan.
What is your favourite song or book?
I have too many favourite songs to name as they really do depend on what kind of mood I am in. That being said, I am a big fan of the work of the film score composer Hans Zimmer who I was fortunate enough to see live in Los Angeles this past summer.
What makes you laugh?
In all honesty most anything, although I do have a particular weakness for funny animal YouTube videos. More than laughing itself, I enjoy trying to make others laugh or smile.
Who inspires you, and why?
My mom inspires me. I cannot imagine it was easy raising myself, my twin sister, and my other two siblings. To me, she continues to be the epitome of strength, kindness, and generosity.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned?
I have learned not to sweat the small stuff. I have found that things have a way of naturally turning out in the end, irrespective of how much my mind tries to convince me otherwise at the time.
What’s your favourite or ideal vacation spot?
I love all things Scandinavian and recently went to Sweden. Sweden offered the opportunity to experience great food, great design, and the great outdoors all within a very clean and walkable city. I hope to return soon to enjoy my next city stroll, FIKA (Swedish for coffee break), and giant cinnamon bun.
How do you like to recharge?
Recently I have taken up Yoga. The style that I enjoy the most is Yin which at times can be dangerous as I often find myself on the cusp of falling asleep due to the relaxed state of the class.
What quality do you most admire in a leader?
A leader that listens, respects the opinions of others, and above all else is supportive and encouraging.
For you, what makes UBC different?
Being a UBC alumni, the university has changed dramatically. I am constantly amazed at the evolution from a campus to a truly overarching community. With respect to working at UBC, I am grateful to be working with extremely dedicated and hardworking colleagues that embody the spirit of teamwork.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
I would have to say the power to control the weather would be ideal so that I could turn the often cloudy and rainy Vancouver skies into something sunnier.