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Make Group Work, Work

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Unlike many of the Master’s programs at Queen’s, my program, Urban and Regional Planning, is primarily course-based. We learn to apply our skills to “real-world context” which essentially boils down to lots of group work! This semester, my cohort has

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Colliding Goals: Launching Personal Business and Writing Master’s Thesis

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Upon entering grad school, I thought that my research would be used to (potentially) publish articles and (ultimately) write my master’s thesis — and that is it. I am probably not the only one who believed that this was the

Posted in Accessibility, Disability, Employment, Productivity

A Reading Week Well Spent at Boot Camp

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My posts are typically dedicated to experiences or issues pertaining to accessibility and disability. I am switching themes this week because I participated in an event that shifted my perception of being a graduate student. I recently attended the Dissertation

Posted in Accessibility, Disability, Events, Productivity, Professional Development

Keeping a Reading Journal

My personal reading journal above the 50th parallel.

When I first started my PhD I came across a blog post called “managing the #phd- keep a reading journal” written by Pat Thomson. Dr. Thomson is a Professor of Education in the School of Education at The University of

Posted in Comprehensive Exams, Field Exams, Productivity, Uncategorized

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

Thinking outside of the box – What do we learn from our Ph.D training?

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Often as Ph.D students, we are expected to be trained to become a future professor: publish papers, get a postdoc, find an assistant professor job, and work our way up to tenure. However, life is usually not a straight line

Posted in Jobs and Careers, Productivity, Professional Development, Skill Development, views

Five Tips to Stay Focused

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Hey everyone! I hope everyone has been having a productive midterm season! While I haven’t had any exams, I just completed my first set of assignments. It’s been a wild ride! I was somewhat aware of how much work I’d

Posted in Eating Healthy, Eating on a Budget, New Students, Overwork, Productivity, Staying Well

Going Green to Help with the Blues

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Now that the autumn leaves are falling and we have all survived our SSHRC applications, the semester is officially in full swing! For many of us, the first couple months at Queen’s was spent getting our bearings on campus and

Posted in General, Kingston, Productivity, Staying Well

On Balancing Breaks

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It is the end of April. Spring is in the air, and summer is just around the corner. Those of us who are instructors or teaching assistants will soon be free. Free from preparing for classes, giving lectures and tutorials, and

Posted in Overwork, Productivity, Staying Well, Thesis, Time off Tagged with: , , , , ,

Imposter Syndrome – You’re Not Alone!

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You’re not alone in feeling like your skills don’t quite add up to other students around you, and you’re not really an imposter. Stats and data analysis are common requirements in graduate programs. Most of us are required to use

Posted in All, New Students, Overwork, Productivity, Skill Development, Staying Well, Student Perspective, Uncategorized

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