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
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
The one thing I love being a TA is the chance to discuss with a lot of students. This term, I don’t remember why, one of them talked to me about a book written by his sister. I had the title on a piece of paper. Let it aside for some times. Then discovered that… Read More Remnants of a Separation : a book of stories and history
We are at the end of the Fall term… many new international students moved here a couple of months ago to start their first term at a Canadian university, and other new international students will soon move to Montreal to start their studies here in the Winter term. And sooner or later, they will compare… Read More Everyday differences between Italy and Quebec–Part 4
We’re constantly told not to compare ourselves with others. Conventional wisdom has told us time and again that comparing is bad for our self-esteem, our relationships, a waste of time… the list goes on. Challenge! Comparing ourselves is a natural process that we all engage in, and it can make us feel better and motivate… Read More It’s OK to Compare Ourselves with Others – IF WE DO IT RIGHT
With the release of the IPCC report and the Nobel-adjacent prize in economics going to a green growth economist, its been a regular-style dark month for ecological economists. The IPCC report was not nearly as annoying as the Nobel-ish prize, mostly because what was in the IPCC report is not a surprise to people who… Read More Going Plastic-free is Self-Care
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
New Academic Year. If you were thinking of making big changes, chances are you are making them now. If you are a new student (welcome!) and you are not a Montrealer (yet!), chances are you spent the last weeks looking for a place to live. And if you are a returning student, there is still… Read More The academic year is beginning: Do you have a roof over your head?
I was looking forward to the Summer so much. Having a post-comps break, and then working on my thesis while enjoying the Summer on the island of Montreal: The festivals, the Paddle Mac, the many tourist attractions. Maybe also going swimming, or doing some one-day solo trips to Quebec City or Ottawa, or to some… Read More The joy of a Summer flu–or whatever disease this is