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This summer, take a hike (for your brain) – Reprise

The Gradifying team is paying homage to summer posts from the past, and rightfully so.  Kingston in the summer is a beautiful place, teeming with activity and providing the opportunity to break those chains that have kept you bound to

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Planning for the summer (with the dust kicked off for 2016)

For our long time readers, some of you may remember the ever clever Atif, who blogged as part of the Gradifying team for several years and is now a real life, working member of the big bad world. Go Atif

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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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MSc to PhD: from student to colleague

Last week Sharday blogged about transitioning from Undergrad to Grad school. This transition in particular is probably one of the biggest you’ll face in your education. But another big transition, if you decide to take the plunge, is moving from

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What do you do to prepare for grad school? (Or: What do you wish you knew going in?)

Michelle Rowland, also the recipient of Queen’s Student Alumni Association
Volunteer of Distinction Award, was recently profiled by former Gradifying writer Atif Kukaswadia in Queen's research magazine E-Affect on her summer research fellowship on religion and spirituality in the workplace (supervised by Dr. Richard Ascough, director of the School of Religion).

I spent part of my weekend this past week at the March Break Open House trying to woo prospective undergraduate students to the School of Religion with the help of some very accomplished current upper years. Our table was undeniably

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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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Responding to attitudes of academic entitlement – what grad students can do

We’ve all heard it. “I deserve a better grade than that.” “I tried hard and my mark doesn’t reflect how hard I tried.” And the especially common in Biology “I am applying to medical school and I got an 87%.

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Addressy Occasions: On Greetings and Titles in Email

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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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Networking in (un)expected places

During my time with Gradifying, we have touched on the subject of networking on many occasions, and offered lots of perspectives including: conference networking, networking with grad alumni and so many more.  A couple of weeks ago, Dustin highlighted networking

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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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