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When I start a new job, move to a new place, or start a new project, the first thing I do (as may be common among graduate students) is to research. I go on to facebook and I follow every

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New School Year, New Beginnings

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Gradifying is back for the new school year! To you graduate students who spent your summers in Kingston, I hope you’ve been able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather and take breaks from your work by going for a swim

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Review of Gradifying 2018-2019: See you in 2019-2020

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Hello everyone, I think I can speak for the rest of bloggers in saying that this year has been an enlightening experience. Thanks to all of you for tuning into our thoughts, rants, and concerns about the graduate school experience.

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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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