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Healthy Writing Matters

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Everybody knows about healthy eating, but how many of us care about healthy writing habits? The same as keeping your body fit, you need advice on how to maintain your writing wellness. This article is based on my recent reflections

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Summer Loving, happened so fast

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Summer. Full of so much potential and free spots to work in coffee shops. The summer can be where the magic happens or it can be wasted time. Spring to the rescue! I am convinced that the spring semester does

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

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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 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. I have a lot of work to do but do not really feel like doing it, which leaves me feeling woefully behind. February is (typically) cold and I want

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Waging a war on FINE

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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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Finding a balance in grad school

Striking the balance

Work-Life balance – the most fantastical and elusive concept in grad school. Two things we know for sure, 1) It is essential, 2) grad students are bad at it. How does this happen! Well grad students tend to say yes

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Orientating yourself with (Downtown) Kingston

Go to Queen’s they said… Kingston is nice they said!  Well, they were right.  In my slightly biased opinion, I’d say that Kingston is a great place to live and if you find yourself beginning a new chapter of your

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What to do in Kingston this summer…. Part 4

I’m now in the midst of my sixth Kingston summer. Between the Masters and PhD, I’ve been here for a few years, and every year I find myself looking forward to the same things every time the campus clears out

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So you want to be an Epidemiologist…

Last week, my Gradifying co-author Amanda highlighted how her degree is structured. Today, I’ll be talking about the degrees offered by the Department of Public Health Sciences. There are six factors that differentiate programs: the degree structure, courses, comps, research

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Life in Grad School: A day in the life of Atif

The editorial staff at Gradifying decided that this month we would describe our experience in graduate school, especially given how different our experiences are. Last week, Amanda discussed her experiences as a graduate student, describing her “field season” and “the

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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?