For a long, long time, I wanted to be a CEGEP or university teacher. Academia has many problems, but most of the time this is the place I feel the happiest (thanks to my friends) and accomplished (thanks to the work). But as you know, there are few jobs and many, many candidates who want… Read More Working outside Academia
March break happens not only to university students, but also, as you can remember, to very young students in primary school. Like my 5 years-old kid. To have fun that week, my two children and I spend some time in the Rockies to ski with my dad. That was challenging and fun (and exhausting). Then,… Read More Kid in the office
I don’t know anything about hockey. Well, this instinctive thought is not entirely true: I know it’s like soccer, but players have to make goals by sending a puck—not a ball—in the net, and they have to move this puck around using a stick, instead of kicking it with their feet. Oh, and in the… Read More Seeing a hockey game in Canada: ✔ check!
To be a student in History you mostly need a computer and eyes to read. I am lucky and have that. But also some other items that make my student life easier. Monitor Screen After having a lot of pain in the neck, I found an old monitor screen buried somewhere in my office. Best… Read More The little things that make my student life easier
Last year I was quite excited, but also quite scared, by the fact that two different seminars I was taking were requiring me to do a teaching demo, or to present my homework in the form of a lesson to my peers, rather than as a more traditional presentation. Those were my first experiences as… Read More Time to learn… to teach!
Reduce Your Stress! I find that the more defenses I go to, the less stressed I feel about my own upcoming oral thesis defense. I think repeated exposure to what a defense is like in our department can help us prepare for our own and feel less stressed about it as we see others like… Read More Calling All Thesis Students – 10 Benefits of Going to Other’s Oral Defenses
A few months ago I wondered if there is a right age to be a graduate student. However, as my fellow blogger Sophie reminds us here and here, each of us is more than a student, and there are other things in our lives beside being a student here and now: Family, friends, sports, art, views… and… Read More Is there a right age to save the world?
We are at the end of the Fall term… many new international students moved here a couple of months ago to start their first term at a Canadian university, and other new international students will soon move to Montreal to start their studies here in the Winter term. And sooner or later, they will compare… Read More Everyday differences between Italy and Quebec–Part 4
It’s never too early to think about the future. Academia, industry or something else? Teaching, research, both, or neither? Same field, neighbouring field, or different field? The questions are countless, and if on the one hand we don’t have to have clear, immutable answers, on the other hand many graduate degrees are meant to train… Read More Thinking about the future… with some help from CaPS!
Since I am studying History, I spend most of my days behind my books or my computer. When I hear almost all my GradLife colleagues talking about «the lab», I feel this is a secret word full of mysteries. So I asked Sophie Cousineau to help me understand what she is doing exactly in her… Read More The secret life of a lab grad student