Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to find myself chaperoning 13 high school students as they learned about sustainable agriculture, rainforest biodiversity, and cultural diversity in Costa Rica. A very sweet gig. Together we visited organic farms, one of which was in the highlands above the cloud forest. Cows were milked, chickens and trout… Read More When Work, Travel, and Study Intersect
Literally, the word “solidification” means making or becoming hard or solid, making stronger. I like to think of this word as a phase change, like from water to ice, or from magma to crystals or marble. The story that I have told so far in “The beginning of a story” and “Successes: the story… Read More Solidification of a story
What the…What is Dante Alighieri doing on GradLife’s Blog??? Dear Graduate Students, maybe this is going to be your last year at McGill, maybe not. Maybe you are graduating and thinking about what you can do after having gone through the Hell of your thesis and finally got outside of it, on the peaceful… Read More The next step may be abroad
We occupy the most rapidly evolving age of human kind to date, technology has started to become obsolete or outdated faster than my wardrobe. Big-shots in the technological field predict a fast approaching singularity of technological advancement; expect that to happen when computers start to design computers for designing better computers. During the interim though,… Read More Paper or Not?
In any language of this world, Graduate Life’s translation could easily be “Conferences”. Conferences here, conferences there, doesn’t matter who you fero cum or you want to confer (for those of you who understand Latin)…this is a word whose echo stressed, stresses and will stress most of our readers. Then, if you are one… Read More Conferences & Conferences…
“Standing in line to See the show tonight And there’s a light on Heavy glow….” (Lyrics from The Red Hot Chili Peppers – By the Way) Verses, words that many of us know, words that came to my mind that late afternoon when nobody-knows-how many students, professors, people of the McGill community waited for hours… Read More Dear Edward Snowden…
The Samuel Bronfman building is the house of business studies at McGill University. Each year a batch of students begin their two years journey of dreaming and a batch leaves the building with the satisfaction of having achieved their dreams and the joy that the last two years bought to their lives. But there are some… Read More The Dream You Don’t Dream
Being a grad student, being any student for that matter, or just being alive usually means there’s a lot going on and a lot on your mind. There are a myriad of ways to take your mind off things for a little while, but personally I love to read. To me reading takes me away… Read More Taking Down Time: Tiny Escapes
Part of being a graduate student is liberation! Finally, free of from the shackles of introductory undergraduate classes that are accompanied by the colossus that is studying. Regrettably, being a grad student also pins you into the category of very cheap labor. I personally felt an annoyance of three parts the day I found out… Read More Smoothing Out The Grind.
One professional philosophy that I’ve tried very hard to embrace is, “be open to the possibility of doing new things or taking on new responsibilities”: a new collaboration, a new side-project, a new outreach activity, a new workshop. In other words, to say, “yes” whenever possible. I’ve observed a trend towards grad students saying, “I… Read More Yes or no?