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A Day in the Life of Sharday

This summer is the transition from the third to the fourth and final year of my PhD program in Cultural Studies. There are office spaces I could work in on campus, but if I’m there, I prefer the Tea Room.

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Alt-Ac & Academy Hacks

Last week I had the pleasure of being in the audience for two presentations about working in the academy. (Come to think of it, both were on Wednesday—it was an intense day). The first was an in-class discussion between the

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What’s the relationship between teaching and research?

To be a graduate student is to straddle two worlds. You retain the student identity—although any classes you take and any “studying” you do is done in support of the research project you’ve identified for yourself—while (most likely) having some

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Resolutions for a New Year, Or At Least the First Term Of It

We’re back from what I like to think of as our mid-season break (six seasons and a movie, eh, Atif?) and since I’ve learned not to ask how the holidays were in order to avoid the despairingly cynical answer “what

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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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The Pendulum Swings

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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Updates: Gurveer Bains Joins Gradifying, the ESU Wants You to Teach a Course, and a little Grant App Humour

Gurveer Bains: Gradifying Guest Post & Promotions Coordinator It’s our pleasure this week to welcome our new Guest Post & Promotions Coordinator, Gurveer Bains. She’ll be identifying an event every month or so that’s of relevance to grad students and

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Orientation with an Arts & Culture Spin

Maybe it’s all the TED Talks I’ve been watching, but here’s what I’m thinking: have you ever wanted to see yourself as a regular in some scene? As someone people see as a go-to person for, for instance, news about

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Studies have shown that you want to read about us

In the spirit of transition to the new and all-important season of Backtoschool, we’ve got a new poll up that tries to get a feel for your sense of belonging as a graduate student, and we’ve got the results from

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Concrete Planning Tools (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Daytimer)

Speaking of travel, on the heels of Rachel’s last post, I’ve been away myself for a few weeks circumnavigating Mediterranean with my wife. Most recently I was on Turkey time, which is why I’m posting at such an odd hour;

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