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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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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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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

Posted in Events, Families, Kingston, New Students, Orientation, Uncategorized

Taking Advantage of Nature In/Around Kingston

Making friends on Big Sandy Bay Beach, at Wolfe Island

It’s beginning to feel more like spring! Exams are done, and hopefully all the marking you have had to do is finished as well. For those of you sticking around in Kingston summer, I’m sure you’ve already noticed the libraries

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The magic of gardening

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I have spent the better part of the last decade surrounded by the most incredible and interesting organisms on the planet — plants. My research, field methods and protocols have helped me learn to identify hundreds of different local species.

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What to Do When There’s Time for Doin’: Summertime Happenings in Kingston

All summer long.

At work during my residency, vacation talk is all the rage. Everyone’s talking about where they’re going to go, what they’re going to do … with their TWO WEEKS OF VACATION. Yeah, the real world. Grad school isn’t the real

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The Grad Student Parent

Livin' the dream

I confess, my intentions for writing this particular post were, at least, 50% self-serving. I have a 4-month old, I’m in my final year, and I’m trying to get through this game. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to

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Making Your Home for the Holidays When You Can’t Make it Home

Coming or going?

We’re going to keep it light at Gradifying this month. We’ve all been through enough. It’s been a long term. We (the proverbial ‘we’) are stressed, tired, maybe bruised up, and definitely ready for a break. I’m ready for a

Posted in Families, General, Holidays, International, Kingston, New Students, Staying Well

Finding a balance in grad school

Striking the balance

Work-Life balance – the most fantastical and elusive concept in grad school. Two things we know for sure, 1) It is essential, 2) grad students are bad at it. How does this happen! Well grad students tend to say yes

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Family & grad school: the epic battle in time management

As Sharday mentioned in last week’s post, this month we are focusing on guest posts and interviews with people who have experience with topics that the Gradifying team hasn’t written about as much as others. One topic we haven’t covered is what life

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