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New Year Resolutions

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Happy Chinese New Year! This Saturday comes the year of the Rat, when all the families across China reunite from all over the place to celebrate after another year’s hardworking. Like Christmas, my family has a special family dinner on

Posted in Families, Holidays, International, Productivity

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

Posted in Community, Families, General, Holidays, Home, Student Perspective, Time off, Transitioning, Uncategorized

Trails in Kingston

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As the temperature drops and snow begins to fall, winter is finally here. Time really flies this semester, and I’m sure people are busy with exams and can’t wait for the Christmas holiday! As someone who was born in a

Posted in Community, Events, Families, General, Holidays, Home, Kingston, Staying Well, Uncategorized

A Happy Heart is a Thankful Heart

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Hooray! Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone had a relaxing and restful weekend. To me, Thanksgiving means pumpkin season is here and Halloween is just around the corner! Canada probably has the best autumn in the world. All those glowing red, orange,

Posted in Community, Families, Holidays, Home, International, Kingston, Staying Well

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

Posted in Community, Families, Food, Skill Development, Uncategorized, Volunteer

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

Posted in Families, General, Holidays, Kingston, New Students, Overwork, Staying Well, Time off, Uncategorized Tagged with: , , , ,

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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