One of my best friends is Vietnamese. I grew up living, and eating, at her house almost half of the week. Her family cooks incredible food, and since I don’t go out often now (family, on a budget), I kind of miss those perfumes. But this week my colleague made me discover my new favourite… Read More Eating the best vietnamese on campus
When I was in high school, since I was in a very theoretical program, going to university and earning at least a Bachelor’s degree seemed the only reasonable option. Then, since I wanted to study a bit more, I decided to continue with a two-year Master’s, that in my home country–Italy–is seen as the most… Read More Is there a right age to be a graduate student?
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
One way to look at self-care is that it’s to become your own parent. And there are things you can do to make your own self-parenting a little easier!… Read More #Selfcare: More Than a Buzzword!
GradLife McGill is proud to present a 3-part, guest blog series by McGill alumni Dr. Christopher von Roretz as part of #AfterGradLife. In his much anticipated last post, Dr. von Roretz outlines four critical life lessons he learned from graduate school. Now that I’ve already stretched my introduction into 2 blog posts, I want to… Read More Be Responsible, Understand, Learn and LIVE YOUR LIFE
The TA is a mysterious creature. Multiple types of TA exist, TA in the lab, TA in the class, TA in the conferences. Here, I will talk about the TA in the conferences*. The TA in the conferences is actually a grad student who transforms as a TA for normally 80-150 hours / term. He… Read More The mysterious life of a TA
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
Wow. This was such a great experience! This is the second post of my blog series The first time a graduate student… and, as I anticipated here, it is going to be on my first conference experience, here. Well, technically I already had some little experience of this kind, but this was my first “serious” conference… Read More The first time a graduate student… lives a conference
If I’m going to 1) pay this much for a piece of technology and 2) be borderline dependent on it, I might as well put it to good use!… Read More The 10 phone apps I use the most in grad school