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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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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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Transitioning From Student Life to the Workforce

Joining the crowd.

With the winter term over and the world transitioning from spring to summer, some are preparing for a welcomed transition from graduate studenthood to the workforce. I have recently had the good fortune to sit down with a colleague and

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Being on Both Sides of a TAship

I have been a grad student for more than six years. That’s bought me a lot, and as I’m approaching the end of this stage/journey/self-imposed sentence/dream (all of above), one of the things I’ve recently realized I’ve picked up is

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Addressy Occasions: On Greetings and Titles in Email

campus hyggeligt

Happy end-of-classes to those of our readership who are teachers, students, and both at the same time! As you know, we always take a couple of weeks off around the Winter holidays each year, so look forward to another post

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How to Choose a Supervisor Wisely

The stars represent the universe of knowledge. It's a visual metaphor.

This week I’m following up on Dustin’s post about (net)working smart, not hard, by reflecting on what it means to make a good or a bad choice on the core of your network: your supervisor. Last week Dustin used the

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NetWork Smart, Not Hard

How will you roll into your career?

“Jump in on the conversation.” “Have an opening ready.” “Develop your elevator speech.” “GET OUT THERE!!” I think these are good tips. Graduate students are one leap away from being in the career they decided to invest heavy doses of

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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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It’s all about the skills….’bout the skills, ‘bout the skills

This week I attended what might have been the most helpful workshop I have ever attended. I signed up for this workshop because like many other graduate students, I don’t want to stay in academia. I really needed help. Where

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Career week begins!

Today marks the start of the second annual Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Career Week hosted by the School of Graduate Studies. This week-long event will focus on strategies for career success both in academia and beyond. And that part, the

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Gradifying Poll

Grad Community at Queen's
How connected do you feel to a community of other graduate students at Queen's?