I think mostly in metaphor. Especially for concepts that I struggle to wrap my mind around, reducing them to pictures makes them fold up into pocket-sized pieces that fit nicely into the cupboards of my world. This week, the metaphor I kept returning to – my PhD is a mountain. You know, the ones that… Read More my PhD, a mountain
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
I was looking forward to the Summer so much. Having a post-comps break, and then working on my thesis while enjoying the Summer on the island of Montreal: The festivals, the Paddle Mac, the many tourist attractions. Maybe also going swimming, or doing some one-day solo trips to Quebec City or Ottawa, or to some… Read More The joy of a Summer flu–or whatever disease this is
One way to look at self-care is that it’s to become your own parent. And there are things you can do to make your own self-parenting a little easier!… Read More #Selfcare: More Than a Buzzword!
GradLife McGill is proud to present a 3-part, guest blog series by McGill alumni Dr. Christopher von Roretz as part of #AfterGradLife. In his second post, Dr. von Roretz describes how teaching excites him and how this led him to a career as a CEGEP instructor. … If I wanted to fulfill that goal, of… Read More Finding What Excites Me
GradLife McGill is proud to present a 3-part, guest blog series by McGill alumni Dr. Christopher von Roretz as part of #AfterGradLife. In his first post, Dr. von Roretz shares what motivated him to pursue graduate studies in the department of Biochemistry at McGill. Shockingly, as a child, I didn’t dream of doing graduate research.… Read More From Ghostbuster to Graduate School
Olivier Sulpis, PhD student in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and 2017 winner of Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes, reflects on the impact of the McGill wide Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes / 3 Minutes Thesis Competition. Olivier Sulpis, étudiant en doctorat au Département des Sciences de la Terre et des Planètes et… Read More 3 Minute Thesis at McGill: Disseminating Research / Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes à McGill : Vulgariser la Recherche
I was in middle school, and the teacher was explaining what a diary is, highlighting the total freedom we have when we write on our personal diary: we can write, draw, use some slang, attach pictures, have a spontaneous handwriting, and choose the cadence of our entries. Someone raised the hand and asked, in a… Read More That yearly diary entry
Being a graduate student is sometimes hard, with the conference, paper to write, TAship and grading. But sometimes, it is also a lot of fun. Free food Food is everywhere. In meeting with the department, after a friend’s oral defence or conference or during a lunch with a supervisor. I really like when I can… Read More The perks of being a grad student
Have you ever considered changing up your grad life routine for a year? How about moving somewhere you’ve never been, where people speak a language you’re not entirely comfortable speaking, and somewhere you don’t know anyone? If you see a graduate exchange from that perspective, it might be difficult to say yes to any of… Read More International GradLife: from Brazil to McGill!