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Make Group Work, Work

Unlike many of the Master’s programs at Queen’s, my program, Urban and Regional Planning, is primarily course-based. We learn to apply our skills to “real-world context” which essentially boils down to lots of group work! This semester, my cohort has

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Colliding Goals: Launching Personal Business and Writing Master’s Thesis

Upon entering grad school, I thought that my research would be used to (potentially) publish articles and (ultimately) write my master’s thesis — and that is it. I am probably not the only one who believed that this was the

Posted in Accessibility, Disability, Employment, Productivity

A Reading Week Well Spent at Boot Camp

Group of grad students in the library

My posts are typically dedicated to experiences or issues pertaining to accessibility and disability. I am switching themes this week because I participated in an event that shifted my perception of being a graduate student. I recently attended the Dissertation

Posted in Accessibility, Disability, Events, Productivity, Professional Development

Finding Your Inner Artist

During our studies, we sometimes have time for ourselves to pursue our own passions and hobbies, it is not uncommon for us to discover some hidden talents that you may never thought of. For me, I found painting is always delightful, fun

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Fun, Fancy, Close By, and Cheap?

As graduate students, its easy to get caught up in all the work and lose the sense of the work-life balance. The Isabel Bader Centre is the perfect spot to do something fun or even to just do your work

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Keeping a Reading Journal

When I first started my PhD I came across a blog post called “managing the #phd- keep a reading journal” written by Pat Thomson. Dr. Thomson is a Professor of Education in the School of Education at The University of

Posted in Comprehensive Exams, Field Exams, Productivity, Uncategorized

On Being Accommodated in Grad School: Realities of a Disabled TA

White desktop with newspaper, pen, coffee, plant, calculator, laptop, papers, and hands with watch

My second term at Queen’s is already well underway, and yet I am still in the midst of learning how best to navigate the structures of graduate school. Recently, I have started my first TAship. Ever since considering the possibility

Posted in Accessibility, Jobs and Careers, New Students, Student Perspective, Teaching

New Year Resolutions

Happy Chinese New Year! This Saturday comes the year of the Rat, when all the families across China reunite from all over the place to celebrate after another year’s hardworking. Like Christmas, my family has a special family dinner on

Posted in Families, Holidays, International, Productivity

Hidden (Not so Hidden) Gem- Jina’s Sushi

University students are always looking for a good deal. Jina’s Sushi is one of those hidden (but not so hidden) gems near Queen’s University. , Japanese cuisine, namely sushi places, can get very expensive and difficult to enjoy on a

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The Professor Is In

Last semester while panicking about all the grant applications I had to write, a friend recommended that I read Dr. Karen Kelsky’s book, The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. into a Job. I usually have

Posted in General, Jobs and Careers, Uncategorized

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