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On Peace be Upon You

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My family and I are originally from Malaysia. We migrated to Canada about thirteen years ago. We lived in Vancouver for the first three years before settling in Kingston. Each move required a major adjustment – from the rat race

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Be Inspired by Women to be All You Can Be

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International Women’s Day was on March 8th. It was a day to engage in conversations on matters of importance to women, and to support, feel inspired by, and to acknowledge the strong women around us. As Queen’s graduates, this day

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To These Friends, Thank You

I love reading the Acknowledgements in academic books. In many cases and in many ways, these two, three-page summaries of debts and gratitude owed, at once pushed to dramatic excess by the emotional intensity of lengthy research projects (“My gratitude

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Experiential Learning with the PhD-Community Initiative

Setting Ideas in Motion – this initiative has brought together PhD students from a variety of research fields into interdisciplinary teams to assist organizations in the Kingston community.

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) runs a number of exciting and helpful programs throughout the school year from their dissertation boot camps and Expanding Horizons workshops. Throughout my PhD at Queen’s I’ve tried to attend as many as I

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Maintaining Professionalism in an Environment of Unprofessionalism: Challenges and Opportunities

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There is no question that we have to interact, communicate, and collaborate with others in almost every activity of life. Amidst these activities, we often encounter individuals who appear difficult, or make us feel uncomfortable. It could be their personality,

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On the Art of Procrastination

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pro·cras·ti·na·tion /prəˌkrastəˈnāSH(ə)n/ When one voluntarily delays from performing tasks despite believing that he/she to be worse off for doing so – Piers Steel in The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done Procrastination. The bane

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Healthy Eating on a Budget

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I find it ironic and unsettling how we can be such academics and so brilliant, yet time and time again we give into poor eating habits and find ourselves mindlessly savouring pre-packaged highly processed low nutrition food while studying and

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Queer Screens, Queer Scenes

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A short conversation with Pierre-Luc Landry, chairperson of the Reelout board of directors, and a professor in the Department of French, Literature, and Culture at RMC: G H Y: I want to begin by covering some bases (and apologize for

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Starting off with a Bang: Suggestions for Beginning New Semesters

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Like me, do you experience a dramatic increase in stress regarding the number of assignments, courses, projects, and activities of a new semester? Do you find it difficult at the beginning of each new semester to adjust to the environment,

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Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day

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Getting around to actually writing is often the hardest part of the PhD, especially if you’re working at a part-time job at the same time, and your other commitments are getting in the way. For myself, research is the fun part that lets

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