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Coffee and Cramming: Cafes Around Kingston to Study In

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Graduate work can often be isolating; whether it’s long hours in the lab, in the library or in your home office pouring over books, experiment results or excel sheets. Sometimes a change in your work space is much needed and

Posted in General, Holidays, Kingston, Productivity, Staying Well, Student Perspective, Teaching, Thesis, Uncategorized

Strategies to Succeed in Moments of Failure

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Greetings fellow graduate students, I hope this blog post finds you well. Failure seems like a very scary word. For some, it can occur in personal, professional, social, and psychological life domains. For others, the fear of failure forces them

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Sexual Violence Awareness is Critical

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On November 22, 2017, Robyn Doolittle, a reporter for The Globe and Mail, gave a talk in McLaughlin Hall in JUDC as a part of Sexual Violence Awareness Week at Queen’s. Having done a nationally recognized investigative piece titled ‘Unfounded,’

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On Writing Productivity – Writing Among Others

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After years of going through the research stage of my PhD program, watching my cohorts graduate one by one, (feels like) I am alone. It has become difficult for me to stay motivated and focus on making progress in my

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The Answer to A “Fake” Question

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This is the last post on this month’s topic of “what would you do differently in graduate school”. I believe the other bloggers have done a fantastic work of paving the way for those who have not yet started, are

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Doing it Differently for the First Time

Upon reflection.

We did the year, we had May and half of June to recuperate, and here we are, reflecting. It brings me to a bit of a loss for words because, as I look down at this 7-year path behind me,

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The magic of gardening

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I have spent the better part of the last decade surrounded by the most incredible and interesting organisms on the planet — plants. My research, field methods and protocols have helped me learn to identify hundreds of different local species.

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Powerful Cultural Products

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As summer approaches, a lot of sunshine are out there in nature; while in political and cultural realms, things are getting dim. Although conscientious journalists are still fighting to shed lights on this gloomy society, nowadays it is a lot

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Giving thanks

My apologies for the late post this week everyone! I was in the field for 3 days teaching kids about field biology, and planting thousands of seed pucks, but alas I have returned to the city and am feeling… well,

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Healthy Writing Matters

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Everybody knows about healthy eating, but how many of us care about healthy writing habits? The same as keeping your body fit, you need advice on how to maintain your writing wellness. This article is based on my recent reflections

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