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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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

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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

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Resolutions for a New Year, Or At Least the First Term Of It

We’re back from what I like to think of as our mid-season break (six seasons and a movie, eh, Atif?) and since I’ve learned not to ask how the holidays were in order to avoid the despairingly cynical answer “what

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Curling up for a long winter's nap

This message of winter respite brought to you by: An adorable puppy. (Wearing my wife’s joke hat). The Fall term is coming to a close and, like any entity faced with the weight and cold stillness of early snow, Gradifying

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Winter is Coming! (Kingston by Winter)

skating

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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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

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The Pendulum Swings

The vastly simplified Venn diagram of life

We here at Gradifying have been thinking a lot about mental health. As I write, our Principal’s Mental Health Commission is ongoing, and we have reached a time of year, midterm, which has long been synonymous with a slate of

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Mind Your Mental Health

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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