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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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From Me to We: A Reflection on Research Collaborations

(To be read in David Attenborough or Morgan Freeman’s voice) Over the past 3 weeks, the Gradifying team has covered the development and maturation cycle of the graduate student in its natural environment. From undergrad to Master’s, Master’s to PhD,

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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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Planning for your future (meals) ft. Andrea Brennan

One of the earliest lessons that I learned as a grad student was that purchasing lunch everyday is unsustainable on a student budget. Looking back, it was common to spend $30-40 per week on lunch and snacks on campus; costs which

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Getting Started on Teaching Dossiers

Happy New Year and welcome back to what finally feels like a Canadian winter. This time of year generally accompanied by a sense of a fresh start, a new beginning, resolutions to keep. While it’s likely that most resolutions will

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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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Meeting of the Minds: 5 tips for productive meetings with your supervisor

Student-supervisor meetings can take on many different formats. My personal favourite (in theory) is the peripatetic meeting, implemented by Dr. Ian Janssen in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. Although I’ve never been on a walk, I think the

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Career Week Session Recap: E-Portfolios

Another Career Week has come and gone, (hopefully) leaving in its wake the momentum, motivation, and networking connections necessary for future employment/career pursuits. I had the opportunity to check out the “Speaking to your Strength with an e-Portfolio – How

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Active Lifestyle Options in Kingston

Welcome to the first week of classes for the 2015 – 2016 school year. If you are new to Queen’s, I hope that your orientation week was fun and informative, and I wish you a smooth transition into grad school.

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How to live (and survive) in Kingston

As I write this post, it feels like a scorching 35 degrees outside. Queen’s campus is pure mayhem with new students moving in and setting up places they will call home for at least the next 8 months. I remember

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