Let The Lake Shift Begin!
The Lake Shift is a thesis writing retreat for graduate students from Ontario universities. The five day retreat for 2017 will run from Sunday evening, July 9th to Friday afternoon, July 14th, at the Queen’s Biology Station on Lake Opinicon (a 50 minute drive north of Kingston). The retreat provides graduate students with structured time to write, workshops on tips for effective dissertation writing, opportunities to network with other graduate students and all in a beautiful location. The objective of the retreat is to enable graduate students to make substantial progress in writing their thesis and to develop foundations to maintain that momentum. The fringe benefits of The Lake Shift include swimming, boating, hiking and campfire conversations and make for a balance of the cerebral with the physical and social for a well-rounded experience.
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See below how "The Lake Shift" went last year! More details for 2017 to come soon with registration open in April
July 24, Day One - The Arrival
At 10.30am Marta and I packed the cars and set off to Lake Opinicon to ready ourselves for the arrival of 41 graduate students from 7 Ontario Universities at Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS). From 2pm, on they started to arrive in cars and a big yellow school bus. Some arrived with excitement and some with a little trepidation, after all some are city folk and what is this camping experience really all about?
July 25, Day Two - The Perfect Writing Spot
It was a bit of rainy morning, so off the campers went to find their perfect spot to write. The Library was popular as was the dining hall and seminar room, but throughout the day, students were found outside at the BBQ tables, sitting on a garden chair, sitting on the decks or inside of their cabins. Slowly as the day went on, more post-it notes had been moved from the “Goals” flip chart, over to the “Accomplished” flip chart. It was great to see.
July 26, Day Three - The Writing Continues
I know myself when going to conferences or seminars, that if I can come away with one thing that will help me, that is a win for me. I got back to camp and one of the comments to me, was “I wasn’t sure if this camp was for me, but after last night’s presentation from Maggie Berg, there is so much I can take from that and use not only in my own writing, but I can assist my daughter with her writing too”.
July 27, Day Four - Nearing the End....
So what happened next? Time to pick up the celebratory cake. Yes, at this stage in the week, it is time to say “well done”. As Maggie Berg mentioned on Monday, reward yourself lavishly.
July 28, Day Five - Time to go!
Packing up is never easy, but in the wrap up session it was great to listen to how the students felt about the week and the first Lake Shift. I am sure they will go home and ponder about the week, but right now there is a feeling of euphoria around camp. They have written, they have laughed, they had played, they had relaxed. Not bad for 41 grad students from 7 universities getting together for the first time.