Blog Archives

Letters from the Half Way Point: Or, Three Things I’ve Learnt So Far.

Friend of the blog Travis has done regular thesis updates, and I think that updates from those in their PhD can be helpful for those considering or starting out with their graduate education. It gives you a a bit of a

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in New Students, Thesis

Higher Education Humour!

While the tradition of oral storytelling has been replaced by the email forward or Facebook message, the idea remains the same. We pass down stories from generation to generation, from postdocs to PhDs to Masters students and onwards. And now

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Thesis

Reference Letters: Who to ask and how to ask for them! Liz Lemon helps us out

At some point in your graduate education you’ll have to ask for a letter of reference. It might be for a funding application (see my previous post) or it might be for another program (med school, law school, PhD programs

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Finances, New Students, Thesis

Guest Post: PSAC 901 or the TA/TF Union

This week Gradifying’s got a guest post from some students involved with the TA/TF Union. Thanks to Atif and the folks working with the union for bringing us a great piece that demystifies yet another grad school acronym. The Public

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in New Students

Hitting the Wall: The Graduate School Marathon

We’ve talked a lot about resources that are all available for new students, in terms of settling in, finances etc. What we haven’t talked about are things that might affect returning students or those who are approaching the end of

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Thesis

Picking A Supervisor and Other Concerns

One of the crucial factors in graduate school success is a good supervisor. While some faculties mandate that you come in with an identified supervisor, others let you start your program and identify a supervisor several months into your degree.

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in New Students, Thesis

Queen’s Frosh Week As Told By Star Wars GIFs

My colleagues have touched on some of the more serious issues of the day. However, when I arrived at Queen’s, I had bigger questions: Why do people keep yelling “how do you feel?” What’s a “greasepole” and why do people

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Kingston, New Students

Favourite Summer Places in Kingston

Summer is upon us. The undergrads have (mostly) left, and the first swarms of mayflies are gone, which means it’s finally patio weather in Kingston. And what a glorious city for patios it is! Someone once told me that Kingston

Tagged with: ,
Posted in Kingston
Gradifying Poll
Grad Community at Queen's
How connected do you feel to a community of other graduate students at Queen's?