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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

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

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

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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

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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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

Starting off with a Bang: Suggestions for Beginning New Semesters

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Like me, do you experience a dramatic increase in stress regarding the number of assignments, courses, projects, and activities of a new semester? Do you find it difficult at the beginning of each new semester to adjust to the environment,

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Surviving Archive Fever

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In Jacques Derrida’s book Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression (1996) he writes about the French idiom mal d’archive (archive fever) explaining that this idea is more than simply suffering from a sickness but it is – “to burn with a passion. It is never to

Posted in Archives, Overwork, Productivity, Skill Development, Staying Well, Student Perspective, Thesis, Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,

Delivering in a Time Crunch

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As productive as we may like to be, sometimes life gets in the way. We may find ourselves taking energy shots late night to power through a massive assignment or to finish a project due in a few hours. I

Posted in New Students, Orientation, Overwork, Productivity, Professional Development, Skill Development, Staying Well, Student Perspective

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