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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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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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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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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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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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Tackling the Decision Monster: A Welcome to Fellow New Grads

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(this post was written by Grace Billing, another new Gradifying Blogger – check out her profile) You’ve wavered, finally applied, and, at last, have accepted your offer to the graduate program. Or, maybe you’ve always known which graduate program or

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Overcoming the Challenges with Distance Learning

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Like me, many of you may be distance learning students; you are simultaneously working full-time and trying to complete a graduate degree that expands your knowledge and skills. Some of you may be on this educational journey to expand what

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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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