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Battling the Snake: Surviving your Defense

Photo from Heather Merla's research from the Grotta Grande, Boboli Gardens

In Luke Burn’s 2010 article entitled “The ‘Snake Fight’ Portion of Your Thesis Defense”, he describes the battle that all successful PhD students must go through. In case you didn’t know, university guidelines require PhDs to defeat a snake. These

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A Short Guide to Living a More Efficient Life

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How do I manage a more efficient work life? How do I navigate through competing priorities? How do I maintain my sleep while also accomplishing my goals? These are some of the many questions I am often asked. Personally, I

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Coffee and Cramming: Cafes Around Kingston to Study In

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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

Graduation and … Career!

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When I was in the second year of my master study, it was also my second year in Canada. During this time, I had realized that my lack of Canadian work experience would negatively impact my future job hunting (the

Posted in Jobs and Careers, Student Perspective, Uncategorized

Take 5: Break Time

That's a wrap.

It’s time for Gradifying to take a little break, for five weeks. We have all had some fun exploring new issues and themes – as well as some old topics from new perspectives – that we hope have provided some

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The Answer to A “Fake” Question

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This is the last post on this month’s topic of “what would you do differently in graduate school”. I believe the other bloggers have done a fantastic work of paving the way for those who have not yet started, are

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Doing it Differently for the First Time

Upon reflection.

We did the year, we had May and half of June to recuperate, and here we are, reflecting. It brings me to a bit of a loss for words because, as I look down at this 7-year path behind me,

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Dreaming True-Reflection and Direction

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What would i do differently in graduate school? When this question came across my mind, I reviewed quickly my two-year study at Queen’s, and surprisingly found nothing special have to add to my graduate study schedule. This is not because

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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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Powerful Cultural Products

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As summer approaches, a lot of sunshine are out there in nature; while in political and cultural realms, things are getting dim. Although conscientious journalists are still fighting to shed lights on this gloomy society, nowadays it is a lot

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