Happy Halloween! October 31st is not the only scary day in the life of a grad student. Here some of the GradLife team’s stories. Creepy moments at McGill Working late at night in the lab and hearing strange sounds! Such as machines beeping (or the refrigerator’s motor) or security walking by or things falling. Plastic… Read More Gradlife scary moments
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?
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
I remember two years ago, I was on the verge of finishing reading my list of 200 books for my comprehensive exams. I then had to prepare for three written exams and one oral exam. At the beginning of the process, I thought that taking the exams would frighten me. But no. The evening before… Read More I found comprehensive exams… easy
As Laura and Sophie wrote about (and as you are certainly aware), it’s the beginning of a new academic year! I like to try, at least, to prepare myslef for the term. I want to be able to manage research, my TAship, extracurricular activities and have family time. Here are my few tips for that: I always… Read More Some tips to start a new academic year
I learned when I was in Classical Studies that Aristotle used to teach while walking in Lycée. I remember that story because in French «peripateticism» refers both to a philosophical school and a prostitute. I found that link interesting. This story came back to me when I was writing my M.A. thesis. Once I had intense… Read More Walking for thinking
I am nearly there. There: the place in time and space where I shall open a new white page on Word to start writing my thesis. I still have some research to do, books to read, but I think that I can do that while putting my ideas on paper. I guess it will help… Read More How to write a thesis?
Je viens de terminer un mois et demi de stage à Paris. Je suis à Rome pour quelques recherches, avant de revenir à Montréal. J’avais une liste de manuscrits à consulter absolument à la Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). Certains ont été de belles découvertes. Un autre particulièrement a été plus décevant. Il s’agissait d’un… Read More Au détour de la recherche, les surprises
While travelling for my research, I discovered something interesting: the notion of a «library» (aka, my second home) is not the same thing everywhere. By living in Québec all my life, I had this vision of a library as a place where anybody, adult or kid, can go and consult books. With a card, those… Read More A story of libraries and travels
You will say that I don’t know what I want, and maybe it’s true. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how having children is sort of slowing me in my studies. And it’s still true, since months away from school when I was on maternity leave definitely didn’t help me to read and write.… Read More Children and productivity : for the better or the worst?