I started my Grad Life blog this year with “Why I Chose to Do My Doctoral Work in Geography” with my comps not far off. The Grad Life blog has been a tool for making life in grad school a bit more bearable through many hurdles, challenges and triumphs, and for that I am grateful.
Here’s a fun idea. Go rafting on the Riviere Rouge. Right around the time of my comps a grad student, a prof and I drove over through Ontario then back up into Quebec to make the run down the river. It is a great way to relieve stress, cool down and have a lot of… Read More Riviere Rouge Rafting
A story in the online Chronicle of Higher of Education (July 3, 2011) got me thinking because the story echoed some of my own experiences with absurdity in academia. The following quote about a woman whose husband was denied tenure struck me: “After all, most people in most jobs don’t get fired without really having… Read More Ironies of Blogging in Academia
This story begins in a kitchen in Prince George, BC, where I stood in my bathrobe, jaw-dropped, already shell shocked, at the images conjured by radio commentators describing the twin towers coming down. Far away from northern BC, we had visited NYC three years ealier and were lucky enough to have seen the twin towers… Read More A Decade of Education, A Decade of War
The other day I used a disease metaphor to describe what it is like to be unemployed. You go through four stages: denial, anger, grief and acceptance. Right now I am in the latter two stages. At first (a year ago) I had a naive insistence about the job search I do not have now. … Read More On Fighting For Your Life
Here’s a mistake I know grad students make. I know because I made this mistake, and if I can do it, others can too. Some assume (I did) that being in grad school is about paying your dues. That once you graduate, you’ve done what was expected of you. Therefore you are entitled to what’s… Read More On paying your dues
Until my early thirties, my identity was ineluctably western. I had disdain for all things of the (north american) east. This disdain was bred partly from ignorance, and partly from the opinions of eastnerners themselves. The latter often opined (with a graciousness toward their new hosts that could be bred nowhere but in the east)… Read More Yes to Montreal 5! (East/West)
As we get close to spring convocation we get closer to closure but also to things opening up: our lives, multicoloured and variegated in all their manifold possibility.
Come to Montreal where you can learn French. There are many possibilities, but if you are into Montreal for the long haul, French is a must. Quebec French is a unique beast. I’ve been told that learning French in Quebec would be like learning English in Australia. Accents and odd expressions add to the charm,… Read More Yes to Montreal 4! (French, or Limit as Possibility)
It is still fresh. The NDP won 102 seats in Canada, with 58 of those seats coming from Quebec (according to CBC online). Before this election only Thomas Mulcair (Outremont) had a seat in Quebec. If you are into the NDP, Quebec is the place to be. Even if you’re not, sometimes students have a… Read More Yes to Montreal 3! (Starting Point for the NDP in Quebec)