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

Everyday differences between Italy and Quebec–Part 1

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

When newspapers talk about your field… and confirm your worries

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

Partir en voyage impromptu, un avantage des études supérieures

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