“I don’t know what I am doing here,” he said. This is a statement I heard recently from a colleague from the African continent studying at McGill University. Poking further, I needed to understand the perspectives, his challenges and what could have led to making such a statement. My understanding through relating with many ambitious young people over the years is the level… Read More Crossing the Seas: Behind the Blood and the Hope of African Students
Nayyirah Waheed’s quote “I have always been the woman of my dreams” has been one of my favourite sayings ever since I read it for the first time. It made me wonder whether I was becoming the woman of my dreams, and what criteria one must check off to achieve that level of self-approval. The… Read More I am the woman of my dreams
We would be remiss if we did not give some sort of explanation on our long silence over here at Gradlife. Part of it was due the pandemic and the toll it has taken on all of us, but the other part (and this is the good news) was because we were in the midst… Read More From surviving to thriving: on resilience as a graduate student
I remember being asked, during the enrollment process at McGill, to answer to some private questions: gender, sexual orientation… I never fully understood why those questions should matter to anyone, or why they are asked so often in university questionnaires. The way I see it, if you respect people and diversity, then you don’t ask,… Read More I came out to myself in grad school.
As the snow melts, flowers begin to blossom, and days get longer, we are reminded that spring is around the corner. Every year, a staple of spring for many of us has been attending Pint of Science, and I am happy to say this year will be no different! Now in its fifth year, Pint… Read More 4 Reasons to Attend Pint of Science This Year
As the world gets increasingly weirder, many graduate students are encouraged to use this time at home to get ahead on our work – read those papers, finish that manuscript, start that dissertation. However, it’s been a challenge! With all that’s been going on in the world it can be difficult to concentrate, and if… Read More A Typical Day in my Self-Isolated Life
The Chair of the Board of Governors, Ram Panda, a former McGill University graduate student himself, sits down with GradLife McGill. Offering his advice to current students, he discusses graduate school, social media, his passion for sustainability and the importance of creating a better world for generations to come. GradLife McGill is about sharing the… Read More An interview with the Chair of McGill’s Board of Governors Ram Panda
For a long, long time, I wanted to be a CEGEP or university teacher. Academia has many problems, but most of the time this is the place I feel the happiest (thanks to my friends) and accomplished (thanks to the work). But as you know, there are few jobs and many, many candidates who want… Read More Working outside Academia
Chances are, you’ve heard of Pint of Science. Now in its fourth year, the international science outreach festival, bringing the scientists and the public together in local pubs has become a staple event of the graduate community. I had the opportunity to talk with Amy McKean (A) and Caitlin Fowler (C), both graduate students at McGill… Read More Pint of Science: Coming to a pub near you!
Are you mentoring a summer student? Here are some tips to get you started!… Read More Are you Mentoring an Undergrad? Start Here