Yearly Archives: 2013

Curling up for a long winter's nap

This message of winter respite brought to you by: An adorable puppy. (Wearing my wife’s joke hat). The Fall term is coming to a close and, like any entity faced with the weight and cold stillness of early snow, Gradifying

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Winter is Coming! (Kingston by Winter)

skating

It’s no secret that Kingston is a beautiful city in the summertime. However, today I’m feeling rather inspired by this morning’s majestic first snowfall, and I want to convince you that (if you dress appropriately), I think you’ll find that wintertime

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On dealing with setbacks in grad school

Once upon a time there was a grad student named Amanda. Between the time she started her PhD at Queen’s and the time it ended, nothing went wrong. Every experiment worked out exactly as planned, every manuscript she wrote was

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On giving constructive and helpful feedback

Last time I spoke about how to deal with negative feedback, and how you can cope with it. However, as you transition from undergrad, to graduate student, to senior graduate student (to life afterwards), you’ll be placed more and more

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The Pendulum Swings

The vastly simplified Venn diagram of life

We here at Gradifying have been thinking a lot about mental health. As I write, our Principal’s Mental Health Commission is ongoing, and we have reached a time of year, midterm, which has long been synonymous with a slate of

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Mind Your Mental Health

mental health

    Mental health concerns on campus, particularly depression and anxiety are not new, but initiatives like the Queen’s University Mental Health Commission and Good2Talk, Canada’s new post-secondary helpline, highlight the growing recognition of the importance of mental health on

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Share your Productivity Secrets!

  As many of you grad school newbies have probably noticed and as many of you grad school veterans know, grad school is awesome because you have loads of flexibility and a lot of independence. But with independence and flexibility

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Updates: The ESU Wants You to Teach a Course, and a little Grant App Humour

Queen’s Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) Have you heard of the ESU? In their own words: The Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) at Queen’s University offers enrichment courses primarily during the month of May for upper elementary and secondary school students. These

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Dealing with negative feedback

You know the feeling. You’ve spent the last month working on a manuscript/paper, have fleshed out your ideas, spent countless late nights editing and making things sound *just* right, and you’ve finally sent it in to your supervisor. This will

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Let’s Talk About Disabilities

I wear two hearing aids that look like these

    As we get acquainted with a new academic year, I wanted to write a more personal piece to bring awareness to an important issue. Having lived with a profound hearing impairment since birth, I am acutely aware of

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Gradifying Poll

Grad Community at Queen's
How connected do you feel to a community of other graduate students at Queen's?