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

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,

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Guest Post: Good2Talk

  Gradifying is very pleased to welcome this week’s guest blogger, Fiona O’Connor, Partnership Coordinator at Good2Talk. We’ve written elsewhere on the topic of mental health in graduate school. This week, Fiona introduces us to Good2Talk, Ontario’s new postsecondary student helpline, which offers

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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

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A journal: progressing forward

  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

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Winter is Coming! (Kingston by Winter)

It’s no secret that Kingston is a beautiful city in the summertime. However, today I’m feeling rather inspired by this morning’s majestic first snowfall, and I want to convince you that (if you dress appropriately), I think you’ll find that wintertime

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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

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Mind Your Mental Health

    Mental health concerns on campus, particularly depression and anxiety are not new, but initiatives like the Queen’s University Mental Health Commission and Good2Talk, Canada’s new post-secondary helpline, highlight the growing recognition of the importance of mental health on

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A Guide to Wandering Around Kingston

Whether you’re a graduate student who is fairly new to Kingston, or you’ve been around for a year or two (or four!), settling into a new place is often accompanied by development and maintenance of routines. Just like some of

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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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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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