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A reading for grad students

This is my final post for the year, and my last chance to make good on an offhand pitch I made to a friend and fellow grad student near the start of this blogging cycle—a collective reading for grad students

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What might academic writing learn from text messages?

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Writing has, understandably, received its share of attention on this blog. Among the current roster of writers, Isabel shares her experience with finding those 15 minutes a day to write the dissertation (not to work on, but to write). On

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Making Kingston Home

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While Kingston is known for having one of the highest restaurants per capita of Canadian cities, it also unfortunately has one of the lowest vacancy rates in Ontario. Many of you may know this from personal experience as finding a

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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

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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

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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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To These Friends, Thank You

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I love reading the Acknowledgements in academic books. In many cases and in many ways, these two, three-page summaries of debts and gratitude owed, at once pushed to dramatic excess by the emotional intensity of lengthy research projects (“My gratitude

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Experiential Learning with the PhD-Community Initiative

Setting Ideas in Motion – this initiative has brought together PhD students from a variety of research fields into interdisciplinary teams to assist organizations in the Kingston community.

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) runs a number of exciting and helpful programs throughout the school year from their dissertation boot camps and Expanding Horizons workshops. Throughout my PhD at Queen’s I’ve tried to attend as many as I

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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

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Queer Screens, Queer Scenes

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A short conversation with Pierre-Luc Landry, chairperson of the Reelout board of directors, and a professor in the Department of French, Literature, and Culture at RMC: G H Y: I want to begin by covering some bases (and apologize for

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