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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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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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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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Guest Post: SGPS Student Advisors

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The SGPS Student Advisor Program is a confidential support, referral, and advising service available to all SGPS members. As a resource for student support on campus, the Advisor program is not alone. There are many great offices offering a variety

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Strategies to Succeed in Moments of Failure

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Greetings fellow graduate students, I hope this blog post finds you well. Failure seems like a very scary word. For some, it can occur in personal, professional, social, and psychological life domains. For others, the fear of failure forces them

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Make or Break? The Impact of Student-Supervisor Relationships on Graduate Learning

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Figure 1: A word cloud with the topics related to the student-supervisor relationship. The most visible terms are supervisor, student, discussion, and learning. (Majid, 2017b) “’Mentoring is best when it is free of pressure, and when it feels reciprocal’ (Cullingford,

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SGS Expanding Horizons

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My post today will be kicking off our theme for the next month, which is focused on starting the semester off right!  It will be relevant whether you are just starting your degree program or you are a grizzled vet.

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Why Gradifying is so important.

Welcome to Queen’s or welcome back! If you are just starting then your whole first week is planned for you. We will be kicking off this Gradifying year by helping you with your second week and beyond.  I just finished

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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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