Everyday differences between Italy and Quebec–Part 3

As I wrote in Everyday differences between Italy and Quebec–Part 1 and Part 2, being an international student means being immersed in a different culture, and it’s amazing. In fact, for me it really is a dream come true. And like nightime dreams, sometimes it gets surprising, because no matter how much you prepare before moving to a different… Read More Everyday differences between Italy and Quebec–Part 3

GradLife Friendly Moments: The Department Gatherings

Life as a graduate student can be isolating, especially for those students who don’t need to physically stay in a lab to do their research, and thus end up spending most of their time alone. Luckily, there are many occasions to get in touch with some fellows, such as non-curricular lectures where you will probably find… Read More GradLife Friendly Moments: The Department Gatherings

Everyday differences between Italy and Quebec–Part 2

As I wrote in Everyday differences between Italy and Quebec–Part 1, one of my favourite aspects of being an international student is being immersed in a different culture. What is most interesting to me though, is that no matter how much you try to get prepared about your destination country in advance, when you finally move… Read More Everyday differences between Italy and Quebec–Part 2

Library Etiquette: The mysterious meaning of the expression “Silence SVP”

McGill libraries have different kinds of study zones: rooms that can be booked for group study, conversation zones where students are allowed to have “quiet discussions”, and quiet and silent zones, where people are supposed to avoid talking and, more generally, avoid behaviours that can disturb the other students. The idea is to give everybody… Read More Library Etiquette: The mysterious meaning of the expression “Silence SVP”

Seven reasons why an international student should visit Ottawa

Montreal is an amazing city, but this doesn’t mean that we should stay here all the time! Indeed, as I argued in my previous post Six reasons why an international student should visit Quebec City, I would feel my international student experience as incomplete if I didn’t visit some other place every now and then. This time I’ll… Read More Seven reasons why an international student should visit Ottawa