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On fostering the most important relationship in your graduate school career…

As a field biologist, I must say this summer has been a beautiful, albeit crazy one. In the last ten days in the field I have been wearing a winter coat while shivering, drowning in pools of my own sweat,

Posted in All, General, New Students, Student Perspective, Thesis

The Importance of Taking Vacations

I enjoy the summertime as a grad student. Things are more laid back. I get to focus on my research without the distraction of lab meetings, TAships, and committee meetings. Incidentally, it’s also usually the time that I like to

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When is a wedding speech like an academic presentation? 5 Tips to supercharge your next Powerpoint presentation

Public speaking is something that terrifies many people, and is one of the most common fears people have. The combination of nervousness, wondering if people will understand you and finally just having everyone focused on you is not a relaxing

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Grad School FAQ

Many of my younger (and I use this term loosely) friends are currently considering graduate school, so I figured why not dedicate a post to answering some of their burning questions? I sent out a request for questions re: grad

Posted in General, New Students, Student Perspective

On Finding a Work-life Balance in Graduate School

Most clinical psychology students are familiar with Rosenhan’s study entitled “On being sane in insane places”. Briefly, Rosenhan had subjects simulate auditory hallucinations in order to gain entry into various psychiatric institutions. Following admission into the hospital, the pseudopatients acted

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Favourite Dessert Places in Kingston – 2013 Edition!

On the encouragement of my colleagues, I have decided to update my post from last year where I detailed my favourite dessert places in Kingston. 1) White Mountain White Mountain is a Kingston staple. It’s been around for years, and

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Posted in Events, Kingston, Student Perspective

Amanda Tracey: Feeling Guilty?….Well, Don’t!

I just wanted to start off by expressing how excited I am to be chosen as a new member of the Gradifying blogger team! I am a first year PhD student in Biology studying Plant Ecology and Evolution. I did

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Gradifying Grows! & Some Musings on the Importance of a Local Watering Hole

Good news! Congratulations to Amanda Tracey (PhD candidate, Biology) and Rachel Wayne (PhD candidate, Clinical Psychology) who are joining Atif and me* in bringing you experiences, events, and advice from our slices of grad life at Queen’s. We’re thrilled to

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Posted in Kingston, Student Perspective

Gone (Out of My Mind) Until Further Notice: A Comps Journal by Guest Contributor Rachel Wayne

Today brings us to the final of our four entrants, Rachel Wayne, who is in the sometimes-exhilarating and sometimes-agonizing throes of working toward her doctoral degree at Queen’s Department of Psychology in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication and Hearing Lab.

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Posted in Student Perspective, Thesis

The Six Habits of Highly Deceptive People – Guest Contributor Elias Da Silva-Powell

Posting on Mondays makes me aware of the number of these days which are considered holidays in order to form long weekends. It’s a great example of an availability bias because no one would ever complain that there are too

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