We are at the end of the Fall term… many new international students moved here a couple of months ago to start their first term at a Canadian university, and other new international students will soon move to Montreal to start their studies here in the Winter term. And sooner or later, they will compare… Read More Everyday differences between Italy and Quebec–Part 4
The term is over, the papers are graded, the thesis can rest a little and the books can stay close for a while. From the GradLife McGill team: Banner Photo by @kipunsam.daily // @gradlifemcgill
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
The Dilemma I am the kind of person who gets annoyingly bored by the mundane and so I have developed an eye for those little obscure details in our surroundings. For example, after many months of observation throughout various seasons, I have noticed that there is a small conserved population of black squirrels that… Read More Some (Random) Things that Uplift Me: An Anecdote
Happy New Year, graduates! Holidays are over and blue Mondays are back in season. Subzero temperatures and free ice-skating on the sidewalks seems to be the rage here in Montreal. I won’t spend too much time talking about studying or grad school, since many of us are still in holiday mode so grab a mug… Read More Seattle’s Grace
The kitchen was packed with friends and family. The cat had just attempted, quite bravely, to jump onto the counter and eat the turkey. My mom was trying to dazzle her guests with anecdotes and drinks as my father rushed this way and that with charred ovenmits tending to gravy and potatoes and other piping… Read More There and back again
Scene One: Christmas Light Bulb I knew I wanted to write a blog post about spending the holidays in China, but couldn’t find a thread to tie my thoughts and experiences together. China, being an atheist state (opiate of the masses and all), does not officially celebrate Christmas. This has not, however, stopped the incursion… Read More A Kunming Carole: Reflections on the Holidays in Five Scenes
No work Finally…I have declared a retreat from all activities involving lab work, school work or any associated word relating to “work.” This is indeed a surprise coming from a workaholic like me (if I say so myself…) The story behind Winter semester 2010 was particularly a hard one. With writing my thesis, editing and… Read More WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING TO DO THIS SUMMER?