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
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
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
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
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
I don’t know who invented them, but lab retreats are awesome. This month my research group had its annual Winter retreat at McGill’s Gault Nature Reserve, I absolutely loved it, and I think these retreats will be some of the warmest memories of my years as a graduate student. To me, the term lab retreat means three things:… Read More GradLife Best Moments: The Lab Retreat
Being a student in Montreal is an amazing experience, and it is definitely pleasant to see that our beloved city was named the world’s best city for students last February. As an international student, I am really glad to live here, but I also feel that my experience wouldn’t be complete without some visits to… Read More Six reasons why an international student should visit Quebec City
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!
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
Summer is ending and fall is just around the corner. As Laura mentioned in her last post, it is time again to tackle the chores and be productive for school. However, I wanted to add how volunteering and doing new activities are also great ways to start the fall. This week, I began my semester… Read More New year, new ant-ventures!