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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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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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The Day Tripper

Post 15-Pic, Day trip

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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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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Calling all Science Students – Destination Kingston: building an innovation cluster through talent growth and retention

Over the course of the last year, the Gradifying team has dedicated a considerable amount of attention towards employment-related resources including the non-academic job search, networking, personal branding, etc. In fact, since Sept. 2014, we have published 16 blog posts

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Staying on track while soaking up the sun

Elbow lake looking as beautiful as ever. Taken just this spring when I stopped in for a visit.

I think we can all agree that the summer offers (too) many distractions. The team here at Gradifying listed all of those distractions last month in our things to do in Kingston this summer series. While I strongly encourage each

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Family Fun

Portrait of the kids as young artists. (Sorry for the clunky pun, James Joyce)

In this last post on our series on warm season fun in Kingston, I’m going to dedicate our time to family activities for grad students who have children. At An Clachan,* one of the Queen’s-owned graduate apartment complexes, many, if

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Summer Fun Havin’

The summer I'm looking for.

The flowers are growing and leaves on the trees are no longer in their infancy, they’re teen-aged period of their life now.  The waft of warm air gets me thinking about new and more fun ways to put off those

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