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Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Pride 101

This years marks the 37th anniversary of Toronto’s annual Pride festival and the city’s second Pride month. Over the last few weeks, the rainbow flag (a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and trans (LGBQT) pride and social movements) has been popping up around the city and campus. The first iteration of Pride in Toronto […]

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Ain’t no rest for the grad student: on recovery and resilience in grad school

Written by: Gradlife Blogger Ekaterina An Last week I attended the annual Jackson Lecture at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), delivered by psychologist Dr. Katreena Scott, entitled “Mind the Gap: schools and our mental health systems.” Dr. Scott highlighted the mental health issues that often affect students, and encouraged the audience to think […]

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Meet your new Gradlife Ambassador!

 Even though spring is coming to an end, and it seems like summer is just around the corner, the idea of new beginnings feels like the perfect backdrop to kicking off my time as your Gradlife Ambassador. I’m Kat – a second-year grad student at the Institute of Medical Science – and I am very […]

Friday, May 12th, 2017

When it feels like “Me vs. U of T”: Navigating Institutional Structures

   Guest Blog   Manaal F., G2G Peer Advisor: PhD student in the Faculty of Social Work.  Whenever someone asks me to describe U of T, the first thing that rolls off my tongue is: “Well, it’s big. Really big.” Sounds simplistic, but think about it–The university is kind of like a deep sea—underneath the […]

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

My Experience with the Ten Thousand PhDs Project and the Three Minute Thesis

Guest Blog: Chang Zou (Recent Master’s graduate, Munk School of Global Affairs) In the past few months, I had the opportunity to participate an evidence-based employment survey launched by School of Graduate Studies and to help students practicing their transferrable skills. In this post, I am going to share my experience working as a researcher […]

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

“Let’s do lunch!” Discomfort, Flexibility & Grad Connection

  Guest Blog Rebecca Hazell SOURCE: https://www.pexels.com/photo/people-coffee- meeting-team- 7096/ In a recent workshop on communication with the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre, I asked the group what they felt were the real meanings behind certain commonly used phrases such as, “Let’s do lunch sometime.”  One international student described his confusion when people in Canada suggested “doing […]

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Mid-term- time to boost your confidence!

  Guest blog post    By Sam F., G2G Peer Advisor (Conflict Resolution Centre for Grad Students) The mid-term point can be stressful for many graduate students – assignments need to be handed in; assignments need to be marked; and graduation may be fast approaching…all while the weather keeps getting better! I know firsthand how […]

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

The (Hidden) Benefits of On-Campus Involvement

  Guest Post: Chris Kelleher, PhD Candidate, Department of English Few graduate students today are willing to entertain the notion of “more”: more work, more responsibility, more deadlines, or simply more to do. “More” is impractical, implausible, and oftentimes, impossible. For many across the disciplinary spectrum, if the immense workloads of research and teaching were […]

Friday, February 10th, 2017

What’s stopping you from negotiating (more effectively)?

Our friends at the Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) have written a great guest post this week on the importance of negotiation in grad school – read on to learn more! Negotiation is an important part of graduate life. According to the Oxford dictionary, a negotiation is simply a “[d]iscussion aimed at reaching an agreement”: Emailing […]

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Real Talk on Grad Burnout

We’ve done a few workshops in the past about avoiding burnout as a graduate student, but the importance of just how real of a possibility this is for students didn’t hit home until yesterday. Recently, I was asked to take on a new job that would could make securing a more permanent position post-graduation (in […]