I don’t know if it was a day per se, or a slow gradual decline. There were days I thought I could do it. The despair would seem far away – like just one of the normal ups and downs that accompany normal grad life. But then weeks of broken machines, inconclusive experiments and unsolved… Read More the day I quit
September is here and we all know what that means, huge lines at Second Cup (and everywhere else)! Being a grad student in the lab all year round, you really see a different side of McGill over the summer. The majority of the undergraduate students are gone and we kind of have the campus to… Read More September is Here!
Like many of my fellow grad students, I travelled home to spend the holidays with my family. I‘m half way though my vacation and things are following the same predictable pattern, more or less. There is the excitement of seeing my parents and siblings, followed quickly by the readjusting to suddenly living with 6 people… Read More Holidays at Home
A couple weeks ago I expressed some of my anxiety about my future career plans, my decision to explore my options other than a post-doc and a Career Development Day I was organizing. The event was a rousing success! (I might be a bit bias.) Organizing the event was a learning experience in itself and… Read More Grad School! But then what? (Part 2)
Do you ever think about what you’ll do next after grad school? Does that thought ever scare you? Over the last few months I’ve been thinking more and more about this. I have about a year and a half left and thinking about what comes next has left me with more than a few sleepless… Read More Grad School! But then what? (Part 1)
I don’t know if other students feel like this at any point in their PhD journey. For me, this sensation has come during the “home stretch”. In other words – at the worst possible time. It is not uncommon for graduate students to feel down or discouraged at some points of their degree. Everyone knows… Read More Tightrope walking
Note: my graduate research is focused on switchgrass, so conflict of interest alert! I’ve been musing a lot about energy lately, so I finally decided to muse it all into a word file and this is what happened: Energy could be the biggest issue in the world today. Its tentacles creep into nearly… Read More Everybody needs energy
Us and Them. The digital divide. The generation gap. The age gap. A sign of our times. The Net Generation. Generation Y. It has always been that way – different generations have gotten different labels. Now with the widespread use of social media (although, in reality the statistic is that only 23 percent of the… Read More Generation Us and Them.