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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

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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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The Day Tripper

Post 15-Pic, Day trip

We’re at T minus pretty-soon before things are going to get hectic with coursework, research, TA responsibilities, lab duties, clinical work, grant writing, … *deep breath*. The time for a vacation has past, but that doesn’t mean the time for

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Active Lifestyle Options in Kingston

Welcome to the first week of classes for the 2015 – 2016 school year. If you are new to Queen’s, I hope that your orientation week was fun and informative, and I wish you a smooth transition into grad school.

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How to live (and survive) in Kingston

As I write this post, it feels like a scorching 35 degrees outside. Queen’s campus is pure mayhem with new students moving in and setting up places they will call home for at least the next 8 months. I remember

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Don’t know what you won’t know (about Orientation)

Our September series here at Gradifying is going to be all about Orientation; official events at Queen’s, getting to know the city as a new resident, and other things you want to know about when you’ve just picked up your

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Understanding your students (as a TA)

Well, today is Monday August 10th. Someone please tell me where our summer has gone? While most of us go on with life as usual over the summer, in just over a month, another school year is set to begin.

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Summer Fun Havin’

The summer I'm looking for.

The flowers are growing and leaves on the trees are no longer in their infancy, they’re teen-aged period of their life now.  The waft of warm air gets me thinking about new and more fun ways to put off those

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The Great Divide: Work-Life Balance

This is how I made most of my decisions until I was about 24.

It’s all the rage. Workplaces are saying they want it and applicants are saying they’ve got it. Here at Gradifying we’ve dedicated this month we’ve dedicated some discussion to this highly topical issue of work-life balance. In this post, we’ll

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Today’s Welcome and Resource Fair

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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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Gradifying Poll

Grad Community at Queen's
How connected do you feel to a community of other graduate students at Queen's?