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Transitioning From Student Life to the Workforce

Joining the crowd.

With the winter term over and the world transitioning from spring to summer, some are preparing for a welcomed transition from graduate studenthood to the workforce. I have recently had the good fortune to sit down with a colleague and

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Family & grad school: the epic battle in time management

As Sharday mentioned in last week’s post, this month we are focusing on guest posts and interviews with people who have experience with topics that the Gradifying team hasn’t written about as much as others. One topic we haven’t covered is what life

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From Me to We: A Reflection on Research Collaborations

(To be read in David Attenborough or Morgan Freeman’s voice) Over the past 3 weeks, the Gradifying team has covered the development and maturation cycle of the graduate student in its natural environment. From undergrad to Master’s, Master’s to PhD,

Posted in All, Conferences, General, Student Perspective

MSc to PhD: from student to colleague

Last week Sharday blogged about transitioning from Undergrad to Grad school. This transition in particular is probably one of the biggest you’ll face in your education. But another big transition, if you decide to take the plunge, is moving from

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What do you do to prepare for grad school? (Or: What do you wish you knew going in?)

Michelle Rowland, also the recipient of Queen’s Student Alumni Association
Volunteer of Distinction Award, was recently profiled by former Gradifying writer Atif Kukaswadia in Queen's research magazine E-Affect on her summer research fellowship on religion and spirituality in the workplace (supervised by Dr. Richard Ascough, director of the School of Religion).

I spent part of my weekend this past week at the March Break Open House trying to woo prospective undergraduate students to the School of Religion with the help of some very accomplished current upper years. Our table was undeniably

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Planning for your future (meals) ft. Andrea Brennan

One of the earliest lessons that I learned as a grad student was that purchasing lunch everyday is unsustainable on a student budget. Looking back, it was common to spend $30-40 per week on lunch and snacks on campus; costs which

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Active Learning in Your Classroom

In a time where alternate and free means of learning (Khan Academy, Coursera, etc.) are proliferating with exciting fervour, university instructors more so than ever face of the challenge of providing students with meaningful learning opportunities that cannot be accessed

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Live and learn

Sun setting over the creek at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation area

As a TA, sometimes you get a lot of say in what your students do, and sometimes you don’t. For the most part, I have been a TA for courses where I was told exactly what to do and when

Posted in Families, Student Perspective, Teaching

Being on Both Sides of a TAship

I have been a grad student for more than six years. That’s bought me a lot, and as I’m approaching the end of this stage/journey/self-imposed sentence/dream (all of above), one of the things I’ve recently realized I’ve picked up is

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Responding to attitudes of academic entitlement – what grad students can do

We’ve all heard it. “I deserve a better grade than that.” “I tried hard and my mark doesn’t reflect how hard I tried.” And the especially common in Biology “I am applying to medical school and I got an 87%.

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