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The magic of gardening

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I have spent the better part of the last decade surrounded by the most incredible and interesting organisms on the planet — plants. My research, field methods and protocols have helped me learn to identify hundreds of different local species.

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What to Do When There’s Time for Doin’: Summertime Happenings in Kingston

All summer long.

At work during my residency, vacation talk is all the rage. Everyone’s talking about where they’re going to go, what they’re going to do … with their TWO WEEKS OF VACATION. Yeah, the real world. Grad school isn’t the real

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The Grad Student Parent

Livin' the dream

I confess, my intentions for writing this particular post were, at least, 50% self-serving. I have a 4-month old, I’m in my final year, and I’m trying to get through this game. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to

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Making Your Home for the Holidays When You Can’t Make it Home

Coming or going?

We’re going to keep it light at Gradifying this month. We’ve all been through enough. It’s been a long term. We (the proverbial ‘we’) are stressed, tired, maybe bruised up, and definitely ready for a break. I’m ready for a

Posted in Families, General, Holidays, International, Kingston, New Students, Staying Well

Finding a balance in grad school

Striking the balance

Work-Life balance – the most fantastical and elusive concept in grad school. Two things we know for sure, 1) It is essential, 2) grad students are bad at it. How does this happen! Well grad students tend to say yes

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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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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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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

The Day Tripper

That's what you'll be doing.

We’re at T minus pretty-soon before things are going to get hectic with coursework, research, TA responsibilities, lab duties, clinical work, grant writing, … *deep breath*. The time for a vacation has past, but that doesn’t mean the time for

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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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Gradifying Poll

Grad Community at Queen's
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