We’re constantly told not to compare ourselves with others. Conventional wisdom has told us time and again that comparing is bad for our self-esteem, our relationships, a waste of time… the list goes on. Challenge! Comparing ourselves is a natural process that we all engage in, and it can make us feel better and motivate… Read More It’s OK to Compare Ourselves with Others – IF WE DO IT RIGHT
“the beauty of the world […] has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.” ~Virginia Woolf November. Autumn rolls over and clocks fall back. Our scarves and collars creep up to our ears while our eyes squint in the dying light. November. Readings have swamped us in earnest, and writings… Read More Oh, For Art’s Sake! Find some Hygge.
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!
With the release of the IPCC report and the Nobel-adjacent prize in economics going to a green growth economist, its been a regular-style dark month for ecological economists. The IPCC report was not nearly as annoying as the Nobel-ish prize, mostly because what was in the IPCC report is not a surprise to people who… Read More Going Plastic-free is Self-Care
After teaching for a great many years, I have switched seats and am back to being a student. This has, unsurprisingly, brought some anticipated shifts. Holding the scope of the term in the imaginative space of a teacher starkly departs when becoming a student. I am no longer standing on the hill, surveying the perspective.… Read More Breaking/Braking/Brr-Aching
On a cold Sunday morning in September, I joined thousands of other runners in downtown Montreal to run my first ever half-marathon. During this race – the longest I had ever run, both in distance and in time spent continuously jogging – I noticed how similar a half-marathon can be to a PhD: They require… Read More 21.1 ways half-marathons are like a PhD
Do you ever get out of class at 7pm on Thursday afternoons and wonder, “What’s the point of it all?” Tough question, right? Well instead of dealing with it I recommend something a little more mind numbing and fun: come check out the Faucet’s Tap, hosted by The Plumber’s Faucet ! The Plumber’s Faucet is… Read More The Faucet’s Tap: A taste of local comedy on campus!
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
We held our first Fall 2018 Meaningful Science session last week, which began with the Values exercise. Each person was asked to bring a meaningful object and we took turns trying to guess i) whose item it belonged to and ii) why it was meaningful to them. Items ranged from photos and jewellery, to everyday… Read More Reflecting on our values
Winter is coming… it will be long and freezing and slippery… but it is not here yet! And while we are going back to classes and looking for our missing McGill toque or right-hand glove, it’s not a bad idea to look at the Summer offers that are about to end, and perhaps take advantage… Read More A bit of fun before the Winter comes: One day at La Ronde