Working on a project for years can be arduous, exhausting and unsurprisingly lead to many dead ends. Finding motivation in these tough times is an obstacle faced by most grad students. Recently, while mulling over a short conversation I had with a colleague, I realized one of the principle sources of motivation for grad student researchers. (more…)
As promised, here is part 2 of the two part series “the do’s and don’ts of choosing a lab/supervisor” (more…)
So you’ve decided to attend grad school…good for you…now come the tough choices…deciding where and with whom to spend these years… (more…)
Here’s my spin on an old parable I heard for the first time a few weeks ago. Take from it what you will. I hope it will serve you well or at least put a smile on your face. (more…)
The transition from undergraduate to graduate studies can be quite challenging. Gone are the lecture filled days of old. Instead, self-directed learning is the basis of all graduate pedagogy. (more…)
Grad school is a marathon…an ultra-marathon…a long and arduous journey…and along the way, your bound to have a few setbacks. It’s important to understand that everyone around you has also stumbled at some point. Find solace in the tales of your peers and mentors. Learn from their mistakes and your own. Take it easy, we’ve all been there. (more…)
When I left my hometown in the fall of 2009, to pursue graduate studies at McGill, I left behind friends, family and familiarity. Most importantly, I left my dog. (more…)
With the winter break right around the corner, I’d like to share with you my 5 favorite ‘winter holiday’ movies.
A great number of students reading this blog are, most likely, presently studying fervently for exams.