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Delivering in a Time Crunch


As productive as we may like to be, sometimes life gets in the way. We may find ourselves taking energy shots late night to power through a massive assignment or to finish a project due in a few hours. I

Posted in New Students, Orientation, Overwork, Productivity, Professional Development, Skill Development, Staying Well, Student Perspective

Doing Food, Together

Amy Wong's talk, titled Coming together, making space, at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre.

It was a rainy Saturday evening, the last of the month, and I was feeling the wear of what had seemed an especially drawn-out October. Still, I made my way to Modern Fuel for a performative talk by artist Amy

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Goal-setting and Occupational Planning: Designing Your Ideal Career


  Some of us feel comfortable going with the flow, not having a preconceived plan or a vision, and we can get lucky doing that. For instance, my undergraduate thesis supervisor had an interesting, non-linear career path. He did his

Posted in Internship, Jobs and Careers, New Students, Productivity, Professional Development, Skill Development, Student Perspective, Uncategorized

Graduate Students Read with Queen’s Reads

A student reading Scarborough at one of the Reading Nooks held in October

This past summer I received an email asking if I’d like to get involved with the Queen’s Reads program. I had heard of the program before – a university-wide common reading program with one book chosen each year – and I remembered

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On Feeling Overwhelmed

Student feeling overwhelmed

As graduate students, you have to prepare for your courses, work on your research, and fulfill your teaching responsibilities. You may also need to spend time with your spouse/partner, children, family members, and friends. What about regular, daily household chores

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The Essentials of Being a Graduate Teaching Assistant

Junior Brice Bergman prepares to start the men's 4x400-meter relay during the annual Air Force All-Comers Meet at the Cadet Field House Jan. 14, 2011. The Falcons 4x400-meter relay team finished first among collegiate teams and second overall with a time of 3:15.59. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bill Evans)

As graduate students, you may serve as Teaching Assistants (TAs) in one or most semesters. Depending on the program and institution, TA appointments may be linked to your graduate student funding package. As a result, you may teach undergraduate courses

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To all the books I’ve loved before

I was partway through Alexander Chee’s new book when, certain of my fondness for it, I started sharing it with friends. One in particular reciprocated with an enthusiasm that both mirrored and, catching as it was, fuelled my own. We

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Let’s Take Back The Night at Queen’s

Participants make their signs for the March

Last Thursday September 20th, a large group of individuals from Queen’s University and the wider Kingston community gathered at the Confederation Basin across from Kingston’s City Hall. Despite light rain and dreary weather, the atmosphere was welcoming and hopeful; some were

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Making Your Own Grad Study Station


Here at Gradifying, our grad student writers know the importance of having a space of their own to get work done, far away from distractions but also an inspiring and reassuring space. The writers have decided to let you into their homes and

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A Short Guide to Promoting Your Research


I don’t need to convince you that research is at the heart of most graduate school programs. Not only for thesis-based programs, research is also an essential aspect of professional-degree programs in the form of research papers as course assignments.

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