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Pieces, Pieces, Pieces of me

The title of this blog is not only a catchy Ashlee Simpson song (remember her??!), it is also a phrase that applies in too many ways to life as a graduate student, particularly when it comes to time and project

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Waging a war on FINE

Im fine

I came to a startling and dark realization during a recent conversation with a friend whose schedule was the most jam packed of any person I knew. I asked her how she was doing. She was listing the unfathomable amount

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Happy New Year – You’ve only got 3 minutes to save the world!

Anastasia Savrova -  3rd in Ontario 3MT last year! Photo credit: http://queensu.ca/3mt/

So maybe not save the world…but how about explaining your thesis? Could you do that in just three minutes? Well, now you have the opportunity to do so. Queen’s Three Minute thesis (3MT) competition is back this year. Queen’s 3MT

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Making Your Home for the Holidays When You Can’t Make it Home

Coming or going?

We’re going to keep it light at Gradifying this month. We’ve all been through enough. It’s been a long term. We (the proverbial ‘we’) are stressed, tired, maybe bruised up, and definitely ready for a break. I’m ready for a

Posted in Families, General, Holidays, International, Kingston, New Students, Staying Well

Rubbing elbows in the Rockies

Garden of the Gods - Colorado Springs

We have talked a lot about networking over the years at Gradifying and to continue this week, I had a really interesting networking opportunity this past summer that I wanted to share. It didn’t involve Academia or anything work-related, and

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Building Career Opportunities: Carving Something Out of Nothing

Make your own career cavern.

Here at Gradifying we’ve been writing about preparing for a career from a number of different angles. We’ve covered Career Week that took place in mid-October, Amanda wrote on timing your job search; and Vanessa on how to choose your

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Career Week: Turning Learning into Earning

One of the many workshops to come...

When: October 11th (Tuesday) to October 14th (Friday) * Learn about all workshops here.   The term is picking up speed, and I’m pretty sure most of us will be at warp-speed here in a couple of weeks. In the

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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

Posted in Families, Finances, General, International, Internship, Jobs and Careers, Kingston, New Students, Orientation, Staying Well, Student Perspective, Thesis, Transitioning, Uncategorized Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

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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Welcome (Back) to Queen’s and Enjoy Your Honeymoon

This is how it starts..

Welcome to Queen’s University, to the city of Kingston, and to our special little place on the Internet called Gradifying. I’m the Chief Editor, Dustin, with a little preamble to our first post of the year from Chengcheng. This is

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