I think mostly in metaphor. Especially for concepts that I struggle to wrap my mind around, reducing them to pictures makes them fold up into pocket-sized pieces that fit nicely into the cupboards of my world. This week, the metaphor I kept returning to – my PhD is a mountain. You know, the ones that… Read More my PhD, a mountain
One of the perks of being a McGill graduate student is the variety of workshops that are offered throughout the year. I once heard that there is a workshop to help you manage all the workshops! As we all know, graduate students have a lot on their plate – lab work, literature reviews, industrial meetings,… Read More Don’t miss MyResearch series at the library
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!
It’s a Monday morning and the ‘work-week’ has begun again, but I’m not upset – in fact, I’m thrilled! Monday night is the night my friends and I all get together for a beer, and to scour the recesses of our brains for odd tidbits of knowledge in pop culture, geography, sports, and history. Monday… Read More Where to find weekend vibes on weekday evenings
Josephine Nalbantoglu cares about graduate students! In an exclusive sit-down interview with GradLife McGill, the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies shares her passion for building a strong graduate community at McGill, where Masters, PhD students and PostDoctoral fellows feel supported throughout their degree as well as inspired to communicate the significance of their work with others. GradLife… Read More An Interview with the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Josephine Nalbantoglu
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!
I can’t change the state of the sidewalks, so I reframed my walk to work as an outdoorsy adventure – all that’s missing is a ski lift!… Read More Hitting the Campus Slopes
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?