After teaching for a great many years, I have switched seats and am back to being a student. This has, unsurprisingly, brought some anticipated shifts. Holding the scope of the term in the imaginative space of a teacher starkly departs when becoming a student. I am no longer standing on the hill, surveying the perspective.… Read More Breaking/Braking/Brr-Aching
On a cold Sunday morning in September, I joined thousands of other runners in downtown Montreal to run my first ever half-marathon. During this race – the longest I had ever run, both in distance and in time spent continuously jogging – I noticed how similar a half-marathon can be to a PhD: They require… Read More 21.1 ways half-marathons are like a PhD
Do you ever get out of class at 7pm on Thursday afternoons and wonder, “What’s the point of it all?” Tough question, right? Well instead of dealing with it I recommend something a little more mind numbing and fun: come check out the Faucet’s Tap, hosted by The Plumber’s Faucet ! The Plumber’s Faucet is… Read More The Faucet’s Tap: A taste of local comedy on campus!
Since I am studying History, I spend most of my days behind my books or my computer. When I hear almost all my GradLife colleagues talking about «the lab», I feel this is a secret word full of mysteries. So I asked Sophie Cousineau to help me understand what she is doing exactly in her… Read More The secret life of a lab grad student
We held our first Fall 2018 Meaningful Science session last week, which began with the Values exercise. Each person was asked to bring a meaningful object and we took turns trying to guess i) whose item it belonged to and ii) why it was meaningful to them. Items ranged from photos and jewellery, to everyday… Read More Reflecting on our values
Winter is coming… it will be long and freezing and slippery… but it is not here yet! And while we are going back to classes and looking for our missing McGill toque or right-hand glove, it’s not a bad idea to look at the Summer offers that are about to end, and perhaps take advantage… Read More A bit of fun before the Winter comes: One day at La Ronde
In this interview with Let’s Talk Science McGill coordinators, read about their involvement in science outreach and how graduate students – of any field of study! – can get involved… Read More More Than A Student: an Interview with the Let’s Talk Science McGill Coordinators
Do you have many things to do instead of doing thesis work? Clothes to wash? Walk to take? Pen to buy? I personally did meta-procrastination by going to the event « Writings Strategies for Procrastinators » last Wednesday at Thompson House. It was organized by two graduate students in Educational Psychology. I learned there some… Read More Do you need help to write?
I had the privilege of being part of the “What I Wish I’d Known When I Started Grad School” panel for the incoming 2018 graduate students in late August along with GradLife editor-in-chief, Saima. The panel, as the name implies, was to provide new graduate students with information as well as tips and tricks about… Read More Peymon’s McGill Hacks for GradLife
Ah! The campus full of students after a quiet summer. The orientations, free food, nice weather. The meeting of old friends and new people. The slow time as a TA. The empty agenda (full after a day). Ah! The “back to school” time. It is the 24th year (!) I am living that, and it… Read More This is (I hope/sadly) my last back to school