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Virtual Work- A New Norm

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We are living in unprecedented times; almost everybody is working from home! It’s crazy to think about how many work and school operations, who never used virtual platforms before, are using them now! Before reading further, check out Hannah’s post

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Thoughts from your Gradifying Writers

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As you know the last couple of weeks have been difficult ones here in Canada and around the world as we all take precautions against the spread of COVID-19, and as we adjust to the new normal that involves the cancellation

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Lessons Learned from Working at Home: Grad School in the Time of Covid19

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Like many students reading this, I’ve spent most of the last week practicing social distancing and rather than going to the library or my study carrel in Ontario Hall, I’ve been working from home. Given the current state of things,

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Make Group Work, Work

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Unlike many of the Master’s programs at Queen’s, my program, Urban and Regional Planning, is primarily course-based. We learn to apply our skills to “real-world context” which essentially boils down to lots of group work! This semester, my cohort has

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Colliding Goals: Launching Personal Business and Writing Master’s Thesis

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Upon entering grad school, I thought that my research would be used to (potentially) publish articles and (ultimately) write my master’s thesis — and that is it. I am probably not the only one who believed that this was the

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A Reading Week Well Spent at Boot Camp

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My posts are typically dedicated to experiences or issues pertaining to accessibility and disability. I am switching themes this week because I participated in an event that shifted my perception of being a graduate student. I recently attended the Dissertation

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Finding Your Inner Artist

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During our studies, we sometimes have time for ourselves to pursue our own passions and hobbies, it is not uncommon for us to discover some hidden talents that you may never thought of. For me, I found painting is always delightful, fun

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Fun, Fancy, Close By, and Cheap?

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As graduate students, its easy to get caught up in all the work and lose the sense of the work-life balance. The Isabel Bader Centre is the perfect spot to do something fun or even to just do your work

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Keeping a Reading Journal

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When I first started my PhD I came across a blog post called “managing the #phd- keep a reading journal” written by Pat Thomson. Dr. Thomson is a Professor of Education in the School of Education at The University of

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On Being Accommodated in Grad School: Realities of a Disabled TA

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My second term at Queen’s is already well underway, and yet I am still in the midst of learning how best to navigate the structures of graduate school. Recently, I have started my first TAship. Ever since considering the possibility

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