MSc to PhD: from student to colleague

Last week Sharday blogged about transitioning from Undergrad to Grad school. This transition in particular is probably one of the biggest you’ll face in your education. But another big transition, if you decide to take the plunge, is moving from

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What do you do to prepare for grad school? (Or: What do you wish you knew going in?)

Michelle Rowland, also the recipient of Queen’s Student Alumni Association
Volunteer of Distinction Award, was recently profiled by former Gradifying writer Atif Kukaswadia in Queen's research magazine E-Affect on her summer research fellowship on religion and spirituality in the workplace (supervised by Dr. Richard Ascough, director of the School of Religion).

I spent part of my weekend this past week at the March Break Open House trying to woo prospective undergraduate students to the School of Religion with the help of some very accomplished current upper years. Our table was undeniably

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From “Where did my money go?” To “Where DOES my money go!”: Budgeting your Bones

Divvying up the money!

We’ve been having a bit of fun this month at Gradifying. We’ve taken a break from focusing on academics, because it’s been a long year. It’s been a long year, and we figure it’s probably about that time to bring

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Planning for your future (meals) ft. Andrea Brennan

One of the earliest lessons that I learned as a grad student was that purchasing lunch everyday is unsustainable on a student budget. Looking back, it was common to spend $30-40 per week on lunch and snacks on campus; costs which

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Food in Kingston: Eating made cheap & easy

If there was ever a blog post on Gradifying that was relevant to each and every grad student at Queen’s, it’s this one. Now I am not trying to make any assumptions here but I believe we all need to

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Creative Outlets

We hope you all had a wonderful Reading Week, whether for you that means a vacation, a brief respite from teaching, or just a quieter Kingston. In this next series we’re going to be discussing some “life hacks,” with a

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A Student In Need Indeed

There has bee a big push in the last several years at Queen’s to raise awareness of mental health issues. One key component, however, is still getting those who need help in the hands of mental health professionals. Whether we’re

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Active Learning in Your Classroom

In a time where alternate and free means of learning (Khan Academy, Coursera, etc.) are proliferating with exciting fervour, university instructors more so than ever face of the challenge of providing students with meaningful learning opportunities that cannot be accessed

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Live and learn

Sun setting over the creek at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation area

As a TA, sometimes you get a lot of say in what your students do, and sometimes you don’t. For the most part, I have been a TA for courses where I was told exactly what to do and when

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What makes your best big class?


Keeping on our teaching theme, this is one for the Teaching Fellows and TAs out there, and those aspiring to teach. At the beginning of a course I do a “best & worst classes” exercise where the students have the opportunity

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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?