When I was looking for a university to apply for a PhD, I wanted to go to an English one. My level in this language was not yes-no-toaster… but not far from that. Let’s just say that I enjoyed more reading in Latin than English, and I wasn’t a great latinist. After 4 years at… Read More I speak franglais
Last night marked the final lecture of Mini-Science 2018. This year’s topic of Women in Science at McGill (and beyond) featured some of the best of what McGill has to offer. The seven week public lecture series kicked off on February 28 with a quick history lesson on women in science at McGill by Elsbeth… Read More Women in Science at McGill (and beyond): Diversity Matters!
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
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”
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
I’m writing this post while typing a short bio for 3MT. I’m struggling with telling or not a diaper joke in the three sentences I have to describe myself. Because I like to make things fun, but I also realized just now how important it is for me to stress that I am a mother… Read More Why I am telling everyone that I am a mother doing a Ph.D.
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
Did you feel it? The sun is warmer, the days are longer, the streets are busier. It is not already here, but there are finally some indications that at some points in the next month or so (ouf!), spring will finally arrive. It’s one of the best times of the year! Because: Going outside to… Read More Reasons why a grad student looks forward to spring
Being a fellow of the Economics for the Anthropocene project, I spend a lot of time reading and reflecting on the Anthropocene, i.e. the current epoch in which human activities are significantly impacting the environment (see, for example, here). I think about this most of the time, both as a graduate student, and as a human being: Our species… Read More When newspapers talk about your field… and confirm your worries
Ceux qui sont parents le savent probablement (et sinon, voici en primeur!): un enfant de moins de deux ans ne paie pas son billet d’avion. C’est un avantage considérable qui nous a permis de partir en famille deux fois en Europe pour les études quand Félix, puis Marc, étaient bébé… et d’aller faire une petite… Read More Partir en voyage impromptu, un avantage des études supérieures