Blog Archives

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

Posted in General, Kingston, New Students, Student Perspective, Thesis Tagged with: , , , , , ,

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

my spot

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

Posted in All, General, Kingston, New Students, Student Perspective, Thesis Tagged with: , , ,

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

Posted in New Students, Student Perspective, Thesis Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

027

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,

Posted in All, Events, General, New Students, Student Perspective, Thesis, Uncategorized Tagged with: , , , , ,

How to (Respectfully) Disagree (Or How to Argue Effectively)

Over the course of my graduate and undergraduate career, I have been in a fair share of debates. After all, debate and discussion is at the heart of scientific inquiry. These debates can take many forms, including conversation and peer

Posted in General, Student Perspective, Thesis, Uncategorized Tagged with:

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

Posted in General, New Students, Student Perspective, Thesis Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,

A journal: progressing forward

Happy New Year! Stay warm!

  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

Posted in All, General, New Students, Student Perspective, Thesis, Uncategorized Tagged with: , , , ,

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

Posted in All, General, New Students, Student Perspective, Thesis, Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,

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

Posted in New Students, Student Perspective, Thesis Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

Dealing with negative feedback

You know the feeling. You’ve spent the last month working on a manuscript/paper, have fleshed out your ideas, spent countless late nights editing and making things sound *just* right, and you’ve finally sent it in to your supervisor. This will

Posted in General, New Students, Student Perspective, Thesis Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Gradifying Poll

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