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Steps to Expanding Your Personal Comfort Zone

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I cannot say how many times I have encountered a situation that challenges my comfort zone. By comfort zone, I refer to a set of skills, knowledge, and experiences that I feel comfortable in engaging in or performing. I cannot

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On my favorite books from 2017

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I try to squeeze in time to read books outside of my research area. I read more non-fiction books nowadays, especially those in the self-help and academic writing genre. Here I’m sharing 8 books from my 2017 reading list. These

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Doing is Better than Imagining- Scheduling Your Final Exams

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Final exams are around the corner! … … … … … … Hey easy, this is not a bloody warning. [smile.jpg] This is just to remind you, that you can handle a bunch of tight deadlines, readings, assignments, activities (and balabala…)

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Something a little DIFFerent: The Diversity & Inclusion Film Festival

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For this week’s Gradifying post I’ve decided to talk to the Society of Graduate and Professional Student (SGPS)’s International Commissioner, Atul Jaiswal, to hear more about an exciting event coming up – the Diversity & Inclusion Film Festival, and learn

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Social Network – The Stage of Job Hunting

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Years of work experiences in Canada’s small city have verified a hidden (people do not talk about it) and well-worn (people all know it) principle to me: 99% of job offers come from your connection.  I remembered when i heard

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On The Weekend Effect

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When was the last time you took a full weekend off? And when was the last time you took a full weekend off without feeling guilty? As graduate students, it is difficult to set boundaries to our work hours. We

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Ways to Enhance Your Personal Capacity for Creativity

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It goes without saying that innovation, creativity, and design thinking are buzzwords nowadays. In my work and education, I have observed that many people have a propensity towards innovation and creativity. Or so it seems. Upon reflection, however, I feel

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Help Beyond Grad School: Finding Your Mentor

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How to find a mentor may vary depending on your field, but across the board it is a universally necessarily asset in order to get connected to people in your field and for getting a head start on your job

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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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On Five for Focus

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As a graduate student, you’ll often be confronted with mentally challenging tasks. Your thesis, for example, demands you to write about difficult concepts, understand dense research articles, and analyze unruly data. Here are five strategies to help you focus so

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