Rose’s summer 2021 comprehensive journal: chapter 2

When everyone was screaming “yay! Summer 2021!” I was like “Nah, I am staying indoors!” It was time for my comprehensive examination, popularly known as comps. Comps is that long awaited milestone in the first or second year of the PhD program, where you show your department that you are the real deal. It is different for each… Read More Rose’s summer 2021 comprehensive journal: chapter 2

Breaking the mould to become a better presenter  

I love attending conferences, yet, rare are the instances in which I find myself paying attention—being fully present, in the moment—to any speaker for the entire time that they are on stage. Perhaps it’s just me; perhaps it’s a symptom of something larger—that, as academics, we are never really taught how to present our research… Read More Breaking the mould to become a better presenter  

Rose’s summer 2021 comprehensive journal: chapter 1

When everyone was screaming “yay! Summer 2021!” I was like “Nah, I am staying indoors!” It was time for my comprehensive examination, popularly known as comps. Comps is that long awaited milestone in the first or second year of the PhD program, where you show your department that you are the real deal. It is different for each… Read More Rose’s summer 2021 comprehensive journal: chapter 1

The next best thing to owning a crystal ball

I needed a new job. My job as a social worker was becoming increasingly incompatible with my job as a mother of three, and my writing job alone couldn’t pay the bills. My friend suggested I contact Lorna MacEachern, the Associate Director for Student Engagement in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Apparently, Lorna was seeking… Read More The next best thing to owning a crystal ball

Crossing the Seas: Behind the Blood and the Hope of African Students 

“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