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Healthy Eating on a Budget

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I find it ironic and unsettling how we can be such academics and so brilliant, yet time and time again we give into poor eating habits and find ourselves mindlessly savouring pre-packaged highly processed low nutrition food while studying and

Posted in Community, Eating Healthy, Eating on a Budget, Events, Food, General, Kingston, New Students, Staying Well, Uncategorized

Let’s Take Back The Night at Queen’s

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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

Posted in Community, Events, General, Kingston, Staying Well, Student Perspective, Uncategorized, Volunteer Tagged with: , , , ,

Making Your Own Grad Study Station

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Here at Gradifying, our grad student writers know the importance of having a space of their own to get work done, far away from distractions but also an inspiring and reassuring space. The writers have decided to let you into their homes and

Posted in General, Group Post, Kingston, Productivity, Student Perspective, Uncategorized

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,

Posted in Kingston

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: , , , ,

Coffee and Cramming: Cafes Around Kingston to Study In

Interior of The Juniper Cafe

Graduate work can often be isolating; whether it’s long hours in the lab, in the library or in your home office pouring over books, experiment results or excel sheets. Sometimes a change in your work space is much needed and

Posted in General, Holidays, Kingston, Productivity, Staying Well, Student Perspective, Teaching, Thesis, Uncategorized

On Exploring Kingston

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Let me start by welcoming all the new graduate students: Welcome to Queen’s University, and the city of Kingston. And to those who journeyed beyond their home country to be a part of Queen’s – Welcome to Canada! How was

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What Is Missing in “Socialize”?

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In grad school we tend to “verb” the need of making friends as, socialize, which sounds rational, aimed and mature. In socialization, we strive to be more interesting, appealing and impressive; we take this occasion as a chance to practice

Posted in Kingston, New Students

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.

Posted in Families, General, Kingston, New Students, Staying Well, Student Perspective, Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,

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