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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Share your Productivity Secrets!

  As many of you grad school newbies have probably noticed and as many of you grad school veterans know, grad school is awesome because you have loads of flexibility and a lot of independence. But with independence and flexibility

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Updates: Gurveer Bains Joins Gradifying, the ESU Wants You to Teach a Course, and a little Grant App Humour

Gurveer Bains: Gradifying Guest Post & Promotions Coordinator It’s our pleasure this week to welcome our new Guest Post & Promotions Coordinator, Gurveer Bains. She’ll be identifying an event every month or so that’s of relevance to grad students and

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Dealing with negative feedback

You know the feeling. You’ve spent the last month working on a manuscript/paper, have fleshed out your ideas, spent countless late nights editing and making things sound *just* right, and you’ve finally sent it in to your supervisor. This will

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Let’s Talk About Disabilities

I wear two hearing aids that look like these

    As we get acquainted with a new academic year, I wanted to write a more personal piece to bring awareness to an important issue. Having lived with a profound hearing impairment since birth, I am acutely aware of

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Hello. My Name is _______ and I’ll be your TA this term!

Many new grad students here at Queen’s are going through the motions of being a teaching assistant for the first time. It’s an exciting, overwhelming and even scary time, yet for many grad students the opportunity to teach is one

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Now You Feel Old: 17 Facts about the Class of 2017!

Fall is in the air. The frosh are back on campus, chanting, screaming, causing general havoc and every so often it’s like you’re crossing the Bruinen, and next thing you know, you’ve been swept up and now you’re suddenly climbing

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