Months ago GradLife McGill blogger Fannie wrote her post I found comprehensive exams… easy, and now that I have passed my comps as well, I’d like to echo her post with this one. My post will not be a list of recommendations—Fannie already did this very well, and I have little to add to her sensible… Read More I found compherensive exams… different
Ok, this is weird, or at least incoherent. I am the one who shared her annoyance caused by the people talking in the library quiet zones, and now I am preparing for my comps at the pub?! Well, let me clarify that I am not doing all the preparation for my comps at the pub—that would… Read More Preparing for the comps (also) at the pub
When I was in high school, since I was in a very theoretical program, going to university and earning at least a Bachelor’s degree seemed the only reasonable option. Then, since I wanted to study a bit more, I decided to continue with a two-year Master’s, that in my home country–Italy–is seen as the most… Read More Is there a right age to be a graduate student?
PhD candidate! A major milestone that was the culmination of months of writing, reading, research and revising. Late night meeting with my advisor (who was invaluable), pushing my thinking, drawing connections from my hazy unformed thoughts. I held a practice defence that was open to everyone in the department. Now that was nerve wracking. Four… Read More PhD Candidate
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)
Did you ever want a donut at 3 am? Or maybe some all dressed pizza? Why not a double bacon hamburger? In this case, the answer is easy, you just wait for the next day to grant yourself that wish. In the worst case scenario, you get out of bed and walk/drive to the closest… Read More Graduate studies: A decision between adventure and chaos – Part 1
Le 11 février 2013, vers 7h du matin, j’ai découvert avec surprise que j’étais enceinte. Vers 13h le même jour, je recevais un courriel de McGill disant que j’étais acceptée au doctorat en histoire avec une bourse d’entrée. Il y a des jours comme ça où une grosse nouvelle n’attend pas l’autre. Après avoir… Read More Devoir concilier études graduées et maternité
While many of you blog-followers might already be enrolled in your doctoral studies, some of you may be contemplating a PhD in the near future (and have been reading our posts to evaluate whether it’s a good idea or whether you should totally rethink this option!). Choosing a PhD position is a really big decision;… Read More “Where do I go for my PhD?” How to make that important decision.
I’d like to think that all grad students stumble at some point or another in their career. I’d like to think that making mistakes and correcting them are all part of the process of science. And I’d like to think that this happens to make us better scientists. But mostly, I know I’d like to… Read More My PhD, the Epic Failure