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
There are altruistic reasons to become a GradLife contributor – but let’s be honest, I’m probably not the only person who finds self-interested reasons more compelling than selfless ones. If you’re also someone who 1) wants to write and 2) finds selfish motivations persuasive, here’s why you should consider becoming a GradLife blogger: Because you’re… Read More 9 Good Selfish Reasons To Blog For GradLife
One semester later, it’s time to revisit those Academic New Year’s Resolutions – just in time for the Actual New Year!… Read More (Academic) New Year’s Resolutions Revisited
I love to make New Year’s resolutions. It feels cheesy to admit it, but there’s something about starting a new year that feels auspicious, that motivates me to start new habits and hobbies. Beginning a new academic year gives me a similar dose of motivation and optimism, a desire to make new goals and meet… Read More Academic New Year’s Resolutions
Summer is ending and fall is just around the corner. As Laura mentioned in her last post, it is time again to tackle the chores and be productive for school. However, I wanted to add how volunteering and doing new activities are also great ways to start the fall. This week, I began my semester… Read More New year, new ant-ventures!
One of the best things about summer is the ability to take vacation, one of the hardest is coming back to work after that vacation. About a month ago I told you I was off on an adventure. Now I’m back to work and off to a bit of a slow start. This is my thing… Read More And I’m Back!
Grad school can be frustrating and recently I’ve been feeling like I’m stuck in a rut. My experiments haven’t been working, I’ve spent months optimizing procedures and I’m feeling bogged down. So with Good Friday being a holiday, and not having to travel home for Easter, I decided leave my work alone for the day… Read More Getting things done!
April 15 is fast approaching, which means it’s almost thesis submission time for many of us. The process of putting the final touches on your thesis can be overwhelming, because you want to make sure that every detail is perfect, and that you’re very prepared. On the other side of things, as April 15 approaches,… Read More Why grad school is like training for a (half) marathon
When I remember my days as an undergrad, I feel the good old nostalgia of those days when my friends and I gathered in the faculty cafeteria to prepare tests, homework or anything else. However, the challenges are quite different now. Back then the answers were almost absolute. If you were able to read the… Read More Believe nothing, question everything and never stop!
À la sempiternelle question «que vas-tu faire avec un doctorat?», je ne sais jamais vraiment quoi répondre. Parce que j’ai quelques idées, mais que je ne le sais pas. Disons que les offres d’emploi qui stipulent que le candidat doit avoir un diplôme de troisième cycle en histoire sont plutôt rares – pour ne pas dire… Read More Pourquoi le doctorat? Parce que… j’aime ça.