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Life in Grad School: A day in the life of Atif

The editorial staff at Gradifying decided that this month we would describe our experience in graduate school, especially given how different our experiences are. Last week, Amanda discussed her experiences as a graduate student, describing her “field season” and “the

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Life in Grad School: a day in the life of Amanda

One thing that’s really neat about grad school is that the experience is different for everyone. The life of a grad student varies between schools and departments and even within departments. Here at Gradifying we are really intrigued by this

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You are your desk (or at least I am my desk)

I have a problem. There I said it. This is my problem- my comps (comprehensive/qualifying exam) are nearing and I must say my desk is a little out of control. I always thought there was a method to my madness,

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How to (Respectfully) Disagree (Or How to Argue Effectively)

Over the course of my graduate and undergraduate career, I have been in a fair share of debates. After all, debate and discussion is at the heart of scientific inquiry. These debates can take many forms, including conversation and peer

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On overcoming writer’s block

The setting is your office. You’re bathed in the dull glow of your computer screen, staring at a blank page in Word, trying to write a paper. Blink. Blink. The cursor is watching you, mocking you, laughing at your inability

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A journal: progressing forward

  I hope that the start of the winter term has been going smoothly for everyone and that everyone is surviving this crazy weather. I have spent a large part of this past week (our first official week back) putting

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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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On dealing with setbacks in grad school

Once upon a time there was a grad student named Amanda. Between the time she started her PhD at Queen’s and the time it ended, nothing went wrong. Every experiment worked out exactly as planned, every manuscript she wrote was

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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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