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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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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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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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The Conference You Wish Existed – A DIY Approach

I’ve been involved in conference planning before but this time is the first that I’ve actually come up with a conference that I wanted to make happen. It required me to take a chance on believing that “if you build

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Conference season is here (so are the Ontario 3MT finals… and we have a Dr. in the house)

Conferences happen throughout the year, but summer is a big season for conferences. Here at Gradifying, we want to start spring off right, and talk about all things conference-related. But first… A huge congratulations goes out to Master’s student Chenman (Cara) Yin

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Career Planning & Grant Season

A little cynical, but also a very real part of making a successful application (Image courtesy of Ross Mayfield via Flickr)

Pretty soon after orientation, we grad students have to start thinking much longer term–September and October are grant season for many of us and tomorrow (Sept. 30) is Queen’s Career Fair, which comes just ahead of Career Week (Oct. 14-17th).

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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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Reference Letters: Who to ask and how to ask for them! Liz Lemon helps us out

At some point in your graduate education you’ll have to ask for a letter of reference. It might be for a funding application (see my previous post) or it might be for another program (med school, law school, PhD programs

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So you’re about to become a Teaching Assistant…

Last week we had a great guest post about the TA union PSAC 901, so this week I thought I’d keep the theme going with some thoughts about things to consider from the perspective of working as a TA. This

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Applying For Funding: Big Bang Theory GIFs and The Joy of Personal Statements

Applying for funding is a tough, but necessary, part of the graduate school experience. But luckily, I’m going to be writing about it in my post today, with GIFs from The Big Bang Theory! If you hope to continue in

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