It’s a Monday morning and the ‘work-week’ has begun again, but I’m not upset – in fact, I’m thrilled! Monday night is the night my friends and I all get together for a beer, and to scour the recesses of our brains for odd tidbits of knowledge in pop culture, geography, sports, and history. Monday… Read More Where to find weekend vibes on weekday evenings
Josephine Nalbantoglu cares about graduate students! In an exclusive sit-down interview with GradLife McGill, the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies shares her passion for building a strong graduate community at McGill, where Masters, PhD students and PostDoctoral fellows feel supported throughout their degree as well as inspired to communicate the significance of their work with others. GradLife… Read More An Interview with the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Josephine Nalbantoglu
To be a student in History you mostly need a computer and eyes to read. I am lucky and have that. But also some other items that make my student life easier. Monitor Screen After having a lot of pain in the neck, I found an old monitor screen buried somewhere in my office. Best… Read More The little things that make my student life easier
Last year I was quite excited, but also quite scared, by the fact that two different seminars I was taking were requiring me to do a teaching demo, or to present my homework in the form of a lesson to my peers, rather than as a more traditional presentation. Those were my first experiences as… Read More Time to learn… to teach!
It’s been too cold to reflect on life, let alone on GradLife, and yet, I flit through ideas not nearly as bountiful as the still corpulent evergreen trees cast on roadsides across this city. How is it that these trees are completely bereft of a tiny bauble or even a single thread of shiny floss?… Read More January
I can’t change the state of the sidewalks, so I reframed my walk to work as an outdoorsy adventure – all that’s missing is a ski lift!… Read More Hitting the Campus Slopes
Reduce Your Stress! I find that the more defenses I go to, the less stressed I feel about my own upcoming oral thesis defense. I think repeated exposure to what a defense is like in our department can help us prepare for our own and feel less stressed about it as we see others like… Read More Calling All Thesis Students – 10 Benefits of Going to Other’s Oral Defenses
A few months ago I wondered if there is a right age to be a graduate student. However, as my fellow blogger Sophie reminds us here and here, each of us is more than a student, and there are other things in our lives beside being a student here and now: Family, friends, sports, art, views… and… Read More Is there a right age to save the world?
I love to read 🤓
Here are the books I loved best this year… Read More My favourite books of 2018
This is a response to an article sent to my class: Graduate School Can Have Terrible Effects on People’s Mental Health It is December already. There is no time to thinkingly daydream, in these early-to-nightfall-darken-the-doorstep days. Instead, to dispel the darkness that thickens the blood like a Canadian plague, I will hang here a series of lines to ‘light/en’ the load… Read More Hello, Darkness