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!
One of the best things about my personal graduate life experience is the unprecedented level of travel I’ve been fortunate enough to experience. Of course not everyone has a supervisor like mine that grants vacation time easily or sends me to conferences in exotic locals (Italy, Vancouver, Vermont) but the flexibility inherent in grad school… Read More Off on an adventure…
Je viens de terminer un mois et demi de stage à Paris. Je suis à Rome pour quelques recherches, avant de revenir à Montréal. J’avais une liste de manuscrits à consulter absolument à la Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). Certains ont été de belles découvertes. Un autre particulièrement a été plus décevant. Il s’agissait d’un… Read More Au détour de la recherche, les surprises
While travelling for my research, I discovered something interesting: the notion of a «library» (aka, my second home) is not the same thing everywhere. By living in Québec all my life, I had this vision of a library as a place where anybody, adult or kid, can go and consult books. With a card, those… Read More A story of libraries and travels
Classes are over (for the moment), and summer is just around the corner. And now, a chance to take a deep breath and recuperate from the frenetic pace of the fall and winter terms. Time to waste long moments of time (moments, not hours or days). A chance to hit the road, find a beach,… Read More Summer Plans
You will say that I don’t know what I want, and maybe it’s true. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how having children is sort of slowing me in my studies. And it’s still true, since months away from school when I was on maternity leave definitely didn’t help me to read and write.… Read More Children and productivity : for the better or the worst?
Marie Currie, Albert Einstein, Watson and Crick, Banting and Macleod (and Best), Alexander Fleming, Linus Pauling, Planck, McClintock. The great ones who came before. This past week in Los Angeles, I was lucky enough to chaperone The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. At IISEF this… Read More Future Nobel Prize Laureates