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
We all know how complicated can be the life of a grad student; full of schedules, experiments, meetings and all sorts of things in between. The room for extra activities becomes more and more reduced over time, especially towards the end of the degree. However, we should spare some time to learn French. Why? Well,… Read More The Language Opportunity
For sure, I am not an expert on relationships. But I am not the only one who has seen dozens of couples being formed and destroyed, some others being full of hope and sometimes full of anger and regret. At the same time, I have seen a lot of people starting and closing different life… Read More What is Love?
Lately, I had some of the most complicated months of my Ph.D. Laboratory closure, seminar presentation and some other complications merged together to create the perfect storm. Last week I finally could breathe the fresh spring air that relieved my soul from the recycled air of my underground office. I believed that I would be… Read More Free Time Stress
When I arrived in Quebec, it was incredible for me to see so many people from all around the world. I used to live in a relatively small town with only a few foreign tourists or residents, then listening to people talking in dozens of different languages just propelled my curiosity. “Where are you from?”… Read More Curiosity, Mistakes and Racial Microaggressions
When I remember my days as an undergrad, I feel the good old nostalgia of those days when my friends and I gathered in the faculty cafeteria to prepare tests, homework or anything else. However, the challenges are quite different now. Back then the answers were almost absolute. If you were able to read the… Read More Believe nothing, question everything and never stop!
During a conference, an individual with pamphlets will approach you talking about the incredible opportunities you can get when acquiring a student membership for the “(insert discipline here) Canadian/American/International Society”. He/she will tell you that for a yearly fee, you can get access to incredible awards and contacts for your future professional life. However, you should… Read More Societies? A brief comment about Student Memberships
Where we make our last stand Today is the last day of January. The first month of 2017 comes to an end with a dark outcome that left me sorrowful. I will not talk about any political moves or news here, as this post is not intended to recap what we are seeing in the… Read More Where we make our last stand
Conference! Those glamorous days when we can wear a nice suit and demonstrate what are we made of in front of dozens of researchers. It can go pretty well and be a good chance to meet new people or make new friends! However, the preparation is essential to achieve your most ambitious plans. Why am… Read More To the Conference!
If you are a graduate student and you are reading this, I am almost sure that you know which role you play in this world as a researcher. We are expected to answer the questions that nobody can still answer in order to improve the quality of human life, in the most diverse ways. However,… Read More Do you Change the Ideas or the Way of Thinking?