Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to find myself chaperoning 13 high school students as they learned about sustainable agriculture, rainforest biodiversity, and cultural diversity in Costa Rica. A very sweet gig. Together we visited organic farms, one of which was in the highlands above the cloud forest. Cows were milked, chickens and trout… Read More When Work, Travel, and Study Intersect
A huge shout out to all the Masters and PhD and Med students who helped at the regional science fair hosted by Concordia! As head judge, I want to say that the support from grad students from both universities was phenomenal. There were 140 judges judging 130 projects, and a large portion of the judges… Read More Grad Students & Volunteerism
A Reflection of being a Masters degree student teacher with attention/behavioral and learning difficulties. Have you ever thought about how grad students with learning difficulties manage to successfully navigate grad school? Have you ever wondered how many grad students have attention/behavioral and learning difficulties? It is a topic that never crossed my mind, until I… Read More Just one of THOSE days
Have you ever been stuck in your research, cannot find the article (any article) that will help you move forward? So you sit in front of your computer, gears spinning, groaning. Frustration mounting, grains of sand moving through the hour glass? Go to the library. Ask a librarian. All your dreams will come true. Two… Read More Go to the Library
What does it mean to be home for the holidays? Egg nog? Way too much amazing food? Children and Santa? Champagne and orange juice in front of the fire on Dec 25? Stockings filled? There are the pre-Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve parties, more family on New Year’s Day. Perhaps some well-earned time away… Read More Home for the Holidays
The urban dictionary uses the expression “Read it and Weep” in the context of giving someone bad news, especially if that news is in written form. However, I am using the expression in a purely literary sense. Although I am perhaps more than two years away from even beginning to write my PhD dissertation,… Read More Read it and Weep
I have not counted the number of times that someone has asked: So why are you doing a PhD? The question does not stem from genuine interest in my proposed research, nor does it come from an interest in my possible future career aspirations in academia. Rather, the question arises because I am clearly… Read More Late Entry: When is the right time to do a PhD?
In our PhD Education Colloquium on October 17, Sara Doody, Sarah Marshall, Maggie McDonnell, and Erin Reid presented the following to our class. I was so inspired that I asked if I could incorporate their presentation into the GradLife blog, to bring it to a larger audience. I hope you are as inspired reading this… Read More Our experience of a writing group as a PhD student: Growing in our identity and struggling with isolation
Have you ever been asked to bring an object that represents a metaphor of your current researcher identity to class? The second year PhD students in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE) were asked to do so. What transpired what a rich and interesting discussion of what grad school is, and how we… Read More Metaphors of Grad School
If you know your Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, you would be familiar with an un-Birthday. As explained by Humpty Dumpty: “There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents… and only one for birthday presents, you know.” (Carroll, 2009). So, an extension of the concept is that… Read More Happy Un-New Year!