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On Balancing Breaks

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It is the end of April. Spring is in the air, and summer is just around the corner. Those of us who are instructors or teaching assistants will soon be free. Free from preparing for classes, giving lectures and tutorials, and

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Professional Development Fundamentals: Curriculum Vitae vs. Résumé

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Some of us are preparing for the summer while others may be looking forward to finishing their graduate program. Nonetheless, the summer is a great time to apply for jobs because many companies and organizations offer excellent opportunities for personal

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Maximizing Your Potential at Academic Conferences: Abstracts, Posters, Presentations, and Networking

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Conference season is approaching! Attending academic conferences is probably the most useful and gratifying experiences of graduate school. However, the majority of graduate students may not be fully aware of all learning and professional development opportunities available to them by attending conferences.

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Maintaining Professionalism in an Environment of Unprofessionalism: Challenges and Opportunities

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There is no question that we have to interact, communicate, and collaborate with others in almost every activity of life. Amidst these activities, we often encounter individuals who appear difficult, or make us feel uncomfortable. It could be their personality,

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On the Art of Procrastination

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pro·cras·ti·na·tion /prəˌkrastəˈnāSH(ə)n/ When one voluntarily delays from performing tasks despite believing that he/she to be worse off for doing so – Piers Steel in The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done Procrastination. The bane

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Starting off with a Bang: Suggestions for Beginning New Semesters

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Like me, do you experience a dramatic increase in stress regarding the number of assignments, courses, projects, and activities of a new semester? Do you find it difficult at the beginning of each new semester to adjust to the environment,

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Where do I start? Strategies for writing effectively

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Reading and writing are key components of life, curiosity, inquiry, and learning. Writing, in particular, is an important skill that is at the foundation of graduate student learning and professional life. However, writing is not easy; it is a lifelong

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On Feeling Overwhelmed

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As graduate students, you have to prepare for your courses, work on your research, and fulfill your teaching responsibilities. You may also need to spend time with your spouse/partner, children, family members, and friends. What about regular, daily household chores

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A Short Guide to Promoting Your Research

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I don’t need to convince you that research is at the heart of most graduate school programs. Not only for thesis-based programs, research is also an essential aspect of professional-degree programs in the form of research papers as course assignments.

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On Dissertation-on-the-Lake

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I am a proponent of making writing social. In one of my previous blog posts, I touched briefly on writing retreats to overcome isolation among graduate students. Here at Queen’s, we are lucky that the School of Graduate Studies (SGS)

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