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Making Kingston Home

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While Kingston is known for having one of the highest restaurants per capita of Canadian cities, it also unfortunately has one of the lowest vacancy rates in Ontario. Many of you may know this from personal experience as finding a

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Get Involved and Give Back

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Throughout your graduate degree at Queen’s, you may find yourself only interacting with your current cohort, your friends in your lab, students you see as a Teaching Assistant. It’s easy to get stuck in the “Queen’s bubble” and assume that

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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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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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Surviving Archive Fever

A photograph of some documents from a recent trip to the archives

In Jacques Derrida’s book Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression (1996) he writes about the French idiom mal d’archive (archive fever) explaining that this idea is more than simply suffering from a sickness but it is – “to burn with a passion. It is never to

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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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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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Views of Campus: A Proposal

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  [The following is a post by our new Gradifying writer G H Y Cheung] On my way to Harrison-LeCaine, having left the main stretch of University and slipped between Jeffery and Ellis, I came to a small plaza—unnamed, an extension of Jeffery,

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Summer Thoughts and Back-to-School Plans

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After taking a few months off, the writers here at the Gradifying blog are back and excited for another year of sharing our thoughts and experiences about graduate life with you! Every Wednesday we’ll be posting about various topics related

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Hidden Spots Around Queen’s Campus

An exhibit at the Museum of Health Care

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of being a volunteer judge for the Kingston Regional Heritage Fair. It was such an inspiring experience to listen to young students from a range of grades passionately discuss their historical topics at

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