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Life in Grad School – A Day in the Life of Rachel

  My life as a grad student is quite different from Atif and Amanda’s. As I’m in Clinical Psychology, my research studies are punctuated by clinical placements. Given the time I spend doing clinical work, some days, I don’t make it into

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12 Steps to (Feel-Good) Strategy Planning

  Picking up on a common thread lately, I want to talk a bit about planning. Lately, for me, things have been feeling slow and my motivation has been waning. That’s when I sat down with myself and had a

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Guest Post: Good2Talk

  Gradifying is very pleased to welcome this week’s guest blogger, Fiona O’Connor, Partnership Coordinator at Good2Talk. We’ve written elsewhere on the topic of mental health in graduate school. This week, Fiona introduces us to Good2Talk, Ontario’s new postsecondary student helpline, which offers

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How to (Respectfully) Disagree (Or How to Argue Effectively)

Over the course of my graduate and undergraduate career, I have been in a fair share of debates. After all, debate and discussion is at the heart of scientific inquiry. These debates can take many forms, including conversation and peer

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Winter is Coming! (Kingston by Winter)

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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Mind Your 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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Let’s Talk About Disabilities

    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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A Guide to Wandering Around Kingston

Whether you’re a graduate student who is fairly new to Kingston, or you’ve been around for a year or two (or four!), settling into a new place is often accompanied by development and maintenance of routines. Just like some of

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The Importance of Taking Vacations

I enjoy the summertime as a grad student. Things are more laid back. I get to focus on my research without the distraction of lab meetings, TAships, and committee meetings. Incidentally, it’s also usually the time that I like to

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On Finding a Work-life Balance in Graduate School

Most clinical psychology students are familiar with Rosenhan’s study entitled “On being sane in insane places”. Briefly, Rosenhan had subjects simulate auditory hallucinations in order to gain entry into various psychiatric institutions. Following admission into the hospital, the pseudopatients acted

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