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Rubbing elbows in the Rockies

Garden of the Gods - Colorado Springs

We have talked a lot about networking over the years at Gradifying and to continue this week, I had a really interesting networking opportunity this past summer that I wanted to share. It didn’t involve Academia or anything work-related, and

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What time is the ‘right time’? On the timing of your job search

I’m about half way through what I hope to be my second last semester at Queen’s and I have often wondered when I should start looking for jobs. So I figured I would do some digging and see what I

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Resources galore – the SGS has your back!

This is my cat Meanie. Meanie is having trouble understanding what the SGS has to offer him. Don't worry all you Meanies out there. We've got your back!

Well, it’s here, folks! Another semester begins, and of course it has come in like a lion! About a week ago, I was getting ready for the SGS Welcome and Resource Fair. I was scheduled to give a little blurb

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Planning for the summer (with the dust kicked off for 2016)

For our long time readers, some of you may remember the ever clever Atif, who blogged as part of the Gradifying team for several years and is now a real life, working member of the big bad world. Go Atif

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Family & grad school: the epic battle in time management

As Sharday mentioned in last week’s post, this month we are focusing on guest posts and interviews with people who have experience with topics that the Gradifying team hasn’t written about as much as others. One topic we haven’t covered is what life

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MSc to PhD: from student to colleague

Last week Sharday blogged about transitioning from Undergrad to Grad school. This transition in particular is probably one of the biggest you’ll face in your education. But another big transition, if you decide to take the plunge, is moving from

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Food in Kingston: Eating made cheap & easy

If there was ever a blog post on Gradifying that was relevant to each and every grad student at Queen’s, it’s this one. Now I am not trying to make any assumptions here but I believe we all need to

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Live and learn

Sun setting over the creek at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation area

As a TA, sometimes you get a lot of say in what your students do, and sometimes you don’t. For the most part, I have been a TA for courses where I was told exactly what to do and when

Posted in Families, Student Perspective, Teaching

Responding to attitudes of academic entitlement – what grad students can do

We’ve all heard it. “I deserve a better grade than that.” “I tried hard and my mark doesn’t reflect how hard I tried.” And the especially common in Biology “I am applying to medical school and I got an 87%.

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Networking in (un)expected places

During my time with Gradifying, we have touched on the subject of networking on many occasions, and offered lots of perspectives including: conference networking, networking with grad alumni and so many more.  A couple of weeks ago, Dustin highlighted networking

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