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2014: Looking back on a few milestones, and forward to clarity and direction

If I had to sum up 2014 in one word, it would be dynamic – constantly changing and full of activity. I had some big milestones in 2014. The first 3 months of 2014 were crazy. I was preparing for

Posted in All, General, Jobs and Careers, New Students, Student Perspective

It’s Year End, so We’re Popping Bottle (Posts)

This semester we’ve been nothing if not practical over here at Gradifying, with September being dedicated to a series on professional development, October focused on grant writing and career events, and November spent on the actual application phase of job

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Posted in General, New Students

Take a Sail on the Internship

I expect that few graduate students embark on a Master’s or PhD degree without having an occupational end-goal in mind. We here at Gradifying have been focused this month on writing about career preparation. Career Week here at Queen’s finished

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Posted in General, Jobs and Careers, New Students, Student Perspective, Uncategorized

Pre-Post-Doc, Minimizing your Exit Wounds, and Finding the Cure for a Bad Case of Adjunctivitis

Pre-Post-Doc, Minimizing your Exit Wounds, and Finding the Cure for a Bad Case of Adjunctivitis October is a long month, as you may agree, and so I’m popping in again this week before Dustin closes us off on the 27th

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Posted in Events, Jobs and Careers, New Students

October: a month of (career planning) opportunities

  October is always a busy month for Grad Students here at Queen’s. Midterm season is approaching which means lots of e-mails from students, busy office hours and of course, exam and/or assignment marking. Grant season is gearing up so

Posted in Events, General, Jobs and Careers, Kingston, New Students

What’s Networking Got to Do with It

(If you caught that musical reference right away, score yourself a point. If you have any hints for your fellow readers that won’t give it away, right it down in the comments at the bottom.) But seriously. For our readers

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Posted in General, Jobs and Careers, Kingston, New Students

Today’s Welcome and Resource Fair

I missed the pancakes, but I didn’t walk away empty handed. The Bartlett Gym (Physical Education Centre​ [PEC]) was packed this morning as I joined the standing-room-only crowd for a presentation by key Queen’s figures including Ann Tierney (Associate Vice-Principal

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Posted in Events, New Students, Orientation

Orienting to Mental Health at Queen’s and in Kingston

Life as a graduate student can be great, especially when you have taken the time to orient yourself with your department and new colleagues (as Amanda suggested earlier this month) and Kingston (Jeremy has some great ideas on that). But,

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Orientating yourself with (Downtown) Kingston

Go to Queen’s they said… Kingston is nice they said!  Well, they were right.  In my slightly biased opinion, I’d say that Kingston is a great place to live and if you find yourself beginning a new chapter of your

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A few quick tips on getting settled in your department

Even though I was not new to Queen’s when I started grad school and had already spent 4 years in the Biology department, I had to re-orient myself in my new role as a grad student. Since August is all

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