One of the best parts of being an international student is the exposure to a different culture. I moved from Italy to Quebec more than a year ago, and like any international student I noticed the cold weather, the long Winter, the peculiar–and amazing!–bilingualism, and the differences in the food, the currency and the time… Read More Everyday differences between Italy and Quebec–Part 1
GradLife McGill is proud to present a 3-part, guest blog series by McGill alumni Dr. Christopher von Roretz as part of #AfterGradLife. In his much anticipated last post, Dr. von Roretz outlines four critical life lessons he learned from graduate school. Now that I’ve already stretched my introduction into 2 blog posts, I want to… Read More Be Responsible, Understand, Learn and LIVE YOUR LIFE
Who is Suzanne Fortier? We know the name, we’ve seen her at events and receive emails from her office on a regular basis, but, what is she really like? After five years as Principal and Vice-chancellor of McGill, she remains inspired, motivated and excited to learn and help students learn. In an exclusive sit-down interview… Read More Exploring New Paths : An Interview with McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier
GradLife McGill is proud to present a 3-part, guest blog series by McGill alumni Dr. Christopher von Roretz as part of #AfterGradLife. In his second post, Dr. von Roretz describes how teaching excites him and how this led him to a career as a CEGEP instructor. … If I wanted to fulfill that goal, of… Read More Finding What Excites Me
GradLife McGill is proud to present a 3-part, guest blog series by McGill alumni Dr. Christopher von Roretz as part of #AfterGradLife. In his first post, Dr. von Roretz shares what motivated him to pursue graduate studies in the department of Biochemistry at McGill. Shockingly, as a child, I didn’t dream of doing graduate research.… Read More From Ghostbuster to Graduate School
Have you ever considered changing up your grad life routine for a year? How about moving somewhere you’ve never been, where people speak a language you’re not entirely comfortable speaking, and somewhere you don’t know anyone? If you see a graduate exchange from that perspective, it might be difficult to say yes to any of… Read More International GradLife: from Brazil to McGill!
October 2017 is a pretty exciting month, no doubt! Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) – the research partnership I am a fellow of, based at McGill University, York University and the University of Vermont – and the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE) are about to hold their joint conference: ECONOMIES IN AN AGE OF LIMITS: A… Read More Human-Earth relationships: Let’s talk about them, here in Montreal!
Being an international student, I feel shamefully ignorant when it comes to the Indigenous peoples who live in Canada. When I moved here, I did not even know that their struggles are not just history, but a complex, unsolved problem that is still present nowadays. Also, I had no idea that the Canada 150 celebrations for… Read More The Indigenous Awareness Week
Landing at the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport for the first time is an emotional moment for an international student: You are landing in the country where you will hopefully spend the years that will follow and you see for the first time how Canada looks like. At the same time you are tired from the… Read More That half-déjà vu feeling
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