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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

Posted in Events, Kingston, Professional Development, Uncategorized

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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Make Your Next Watching List: Three Handpicked Movies

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Searching for a GREAT STORY? Wanting to experience a VISUAL FEAST? Thinking about taking a BREAK from the school work? Time for a movie treat! With numerous movies being shown in the cinema, I selected three of them that I had

Posted in Events, General, Holidays, Staying Well, Student Perspective

Making Your Home for the Holidays When You Can’t Make it Home

Coming or going?

We’re going to keep it light at Gradifying this month. We’ve all been through enough. It’s been a long term. We (the proverbial ‘we’) are stressed, tired, maybe bruised up, and definitely ready for a break. I’m ready for a

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Coming Home–Moments of Those

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When my homesickness began to devastate my productivity in every aspect of life in Kingston, I decided to pack my luggage and booked air tickets to home. After 15 hours’ direct flight, I finally arrived at the Hong Kong International

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Go Beyond Output: Attending Academic Conference

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Attending an academic conference means more than just speaking in front of a group of audiences. Any form of (effective) communication involves the two-way interaction: give and take. And the effectiveness of such an interaction, in my eye, surprisingly depends

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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?