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Life in Grad School: A day in the life of Atif

The editorial staff at Gradifying decided that this month we would describe our experience in graduate school, especially given how different our experiences are. Last week, Amanda discussed her experiences as a graduate student, describing her “field season” and “the

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Life in Grad School: a day in the life of Amanda

One thing that’s really neat about grad school is that the experience is different for everyone. The life of a grad student varies between schools and departments and even within departments. Here at Gradifying we are really intrigued by this

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Planning for the summer

This post may sounds a little premature to some of you. After all, it’s only March, we *just* changed the clocks and there’s still snow on the ground. However, before you know it summer will be on us and things

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You are your desk (or at least I am my desk)

I have a problem. There I said it. This is my problem- my comps (comprehensive/qualifying exam) are nearing and I must say my desk is a little out of control. I always thought there was a method to my madness,

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On overcoming writer’s block

The setting is your office. You’re bathed in the dull glow of your computer screen, staring at a blank page in Word, trying to write a paper. Blink. Blink. The cursor is watching you, mocking you, laughing at your inability

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A journal: progressing forward

  I hope that the start of the winter term has been going smoothly for everyone and that everyone is surviving this crazy weather. I have spent a large part of this past week (our first official week back) putting

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On dealing with setbacks in grad school

Once upon a time there was a grad student named Amanda. Between the time she started her PhD at Queen’s and the time it ended, nothing went wrong. Every experiment worked out exactly as planned, every manuscript she wrote was

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On giving constructive and helpful feedback

Last time I spoke about how to deal with negative feedback, and how you can cope with it. However, as you transition from undergrad, to graduate student, to senior graduate student (to life afterwards), you’ll be placed more and more

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The Pendulum Swings

We here at Gradifying have been thinking a lot about mental health. As I write, our Principal’s Mental Health Commission is ongoing, and we have reached a time of year, midterm, which has long been synonymous with a slate of

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Share your Productivity Secrets!

  As many of you grad school newbies have probably noticed and as many of you grad school veterans know, grad school is awesome because you have loads of flexibility and a lot of independence. But with independence and flexibility

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