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Review of Gradifying 2019-2020

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As this is our last Gradifying post of the school year, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the incredible posts we’ve had on this blog throughout the year. While this year has undoubtedly been a strange one,

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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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Looking back on the year

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When the year starts, you can’t know where it will take you or how it will shape you. It is often worth it to take a few moments to reflect on how far you’ve come. When I look back on

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Welcome to the New Gradifying Writers!

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I’m so excited to say that we’ve got a few new writers joining us on our team – Hannah Darvin, Chloée C. Godin-Jacques and Jiahui Shen! Over the next couple of days you’ll see their profiles go up on our “Profiles

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Finding the “so what”

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When you’re grading undergraduate essays, one of the most recurring issues you may come across is a student not taking their argument far enough. They’re stating a point that they’re attempting to prove, but going no further, they have no

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Your Graduate Student Life Online

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When I start a new job, move to a new place, or start a new project, the first thing I do (as may be common among graduate students) is to research. I go on to facebook and I follow every

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New School Year, New Beginnings

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Gradifying is back for the new school year! To you graduate students who spent your summers in Kingston, I hope you’ve been able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather and take breaks from your work by going for a swim

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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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