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2 Tips on Nurturing “Baby” — Dissertation Boot Camp Reflections

untangle-academic-writing

In last week’s post, Dustin offered some useful suggestions for PhD students with a baby (or babies!) to raise. While this week, I would like to start with baby in its metaphoric sense. Every Master and PhD student has a

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The Grad Student Parent

Livin' the dream

I confess, my intentions for writing this particular post were, at least, 50% self-serving. I have a 4-month old, I’m in my final year, and I’m trying to get through this game. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to

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The Anxiety of Group Discussion

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  Turning to your neighbors, responding to questions, discussing concepts or difficulties in readings and then voicing your ideas in front of the whole class seem to be a usual scenario for university students doing their coursework. This kind of

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The Bermuda Triangle of productivity; stress, motivation, and time management;

In this subtle metaphor, the plane is your productivity.

Reflections on February I have two conflicting goals around this time. Goal one: get through a pile of work. Goal two: Since February is (typically) cold, I want to wrap up in my bed like a little cinnamon bun and

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Pieces, Pieces, Pieces of me

The title of this blog is not only a catchy Ashlee Simpson song (remember her??!), it is also a phrase that applies in too many ways to life as a graduate student, particularly when it comes to time and project

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Alternative Treats — Dissertation Boot Camp & KCFF

February word hanging on the ropes

The first month of this semester flied quickly, greetings to February! This winter appears to be very tropical for Canada, which is absolutely a relief especially for the newcomers to Canada like me.But on the other hand, things have gotten

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Living the Dream: Interview with Dr. Mosurinjohn, Who Made it to the Other Side of the Desk

Dr. Sharday Mosurinjohn, in the flesh.

This month we’ve been looking at opportunities that our grad students at Queen’s can access to help improve their skills to get them ready for their careers. We’re going to finish this month by talking to a Queen’s alumna –and

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A Lake Retreat-Attending a Quiet Life

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We need nature not just for physical health, but-as importantly-for sanity. No week should be counted complete if does not include one or two minutes given over to the clouds, the trees and the streams: emissaries of perspectives, patience and

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Waging a war on FINE

Im fine

I came to a startling and dark realization during a recent conversation with a friend whose schedule was the most jam packed of any person I knew. I asked her how she was doing. She was listing the unfathomable amount

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Happy New Year – You’ve only got 3 minutes to save the world!

Anastasia Savrova -  3rd in Ontario 3MT last year! Photo credit: http://queensu.ca/3mt/

So maybe not save the world…but how about explaining your thesis? Could you do that in just three minutes? Well, now you have the opportunity to do so. Queen’s Three Minute thesis (3MT) competition is back this year. Queen’s 3MT

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Gradifying Poll

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