Have you ever considered changing up your grad life routine for a year? How about moving somewhere you’ve never been, where people speak a language you’re not entirely comfortable speaking, and somewhere you don’t know anyone? If you see a graduate exchange from that perspective, it might be difficult to say yes to any of… Read More International GradLife: from Brazil to McGill!
It was my first day of grade six; my final year in elementary school. I was assigned to Miss Betty, who had a reputation for being the meanest teacher. I remember her having us do an assignment right after she took attendance. On the blackboard she wrote, “What is the difference between mean versus strict?”… Read More Strict versus mean
Many of you may be using social media to either write or post pictures. But writing for a blog or trying to have the best Instagram feed can sometimes be hard, or maybe we just need a little help to get to the next level. This is why Skillsets will present two workshops next month (November): Jumpstart… Read More Do you want to increase your writing and photography skills?
One of the things I love the most of being a researcher in training is that amazing feeling of noticing things. If you are working in Metallurgy, a simple piece of broken metal could be a “crime scene” where you are trying to see what was the cause of failure, looking for the characteristics of… Read More The good, the bad and the real one
October 2017 is a pretty exciting month, no doubt! Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) – the research partnership I am a fellow of, based at McGill University, York University and the University of Vermont – and the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE) are about to hold their joint conference: ECONOMIES IN AN AGE OF LIMITS: A… Read More Human-Earth relationships: Let’s talk about them, here in Montreal!
As it was Thanksgiving, and hopefully the last Thanksgiving I’ll spend as a grad student, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the things grad school has made me thankful for. I figured I’d try and find 7 things, one for each Thanksgiving I’ve spent as a grad student! The People: This is… Read More Thanks Grad School!
Last year, I was a TA for the second time, and in a new course. I had to read a whole bunch of new articles for the conferences (discussions in little groups) and I attended almost all the lectures since I didn’t know the material. I learned a lot, I worked a lot. This year, YES!,… Read More New year, same TAship
In the lab, nature can throw surprises at you and sometimes you can surprise yourself too. When a student comes to me with a sullen face and tells me they messed up or their results don’t make any sense; the first thing I tell them is that “mistakes happen” (as long as they didn’t burn… Read More Mistakes are OK
To get the most out of your time here at McGill, I always recommend our MyResearch series of workshops, designed specifically for graduate students. Here are just five good reasons to attend McGill Library MyResearch workshops this fall: You will advance your research: MyResearch is not a one-size-fits-all series. We use our subject-specific knowledge to… Read More Your time is so precious, why spend it with librarians?
I actually said that out loud, in the hallway outside my office once. It was during my first year as a TA and I was excited to grade my very first batch of reports. My neighbour next door, a former TA for the same course I was currently TA’ing at that time, yelled something along… Read More I can’t wait to grade reports!