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The 101 on the SGS and the SGPS

Welcome to the SGS!

Having worked at the front desk of the SGPS office since this past February, there’s a question I’ve heard surprisingly often. Is this the SGS office? Though the SGPS and the SGS have very similar names and both cater to

Posted in General, New Students, Orientation, Professional Development, Skill Development, Uncategorized

On Exploring Kingston

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Let me start by welcoming all the new graduate students: Welcome to Queen’s University, and the city of Kingston. And to those who journeyed beyond their home country to be a part of Queen’s – Welcome to Canada! How was

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What Is Missing in “Socialize”?

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In grad school we tend to “verb” the need of making friends as, socialize, which sounds rational, aimed and mature. In socialization, we strive to be more interesting, appealing and impressive; we take this occasion as a chance to practice

Posted in Kingston, New Students

SGS Expanding Horizons

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My post today will be kicking off our theme for the next month, which is focused on starting the semester off right!  It will be relevant whether you are just starting your degree program or you are a grizzled vet.

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Take 5: Break Time

That's a wrap.

It’s time for Gradifying to take a little break, for five weeks. We have all had some fun exploring new issues and themes – as well as some old topics from new perspectives – that we hope have provided some

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Doing it Differently for the First Time

Upon reflection.

We did the year, we had May and half of June to recuperate, and here we are, reflecting. It brings me to a bit of a loss for words because, as I look down at this 7-year path behind me,

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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

Posted in Families, General, Kingston, New Students, Student Parent, Uncategorized Tagged with: ,

Giving thanks

My apologies for the late post this week everyone! I was in the field for 3 days teaching kids about field biology, and planting thousands of seed pucks, but alas I have returned to the city and am feeling… well,

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Reflections on Mentorship from the End of the Road

Mentorship at its finest.

We have made it to the end of another academic year. Almost. Maybe we don’t want to start celebrating too early on account of there’s still some marking to do, but if you’ve made it this far I’m willing to

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