Dealing with rejection in grad school

Dealing with rejection in grad school

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll already know that I recently received a rejection letter from a funding proposal that I submitted last semester. I am quickly realizing that rejection is inescapable in academia. Continue reading to find out some tips that helped me cope with this rejection and that I will take with me in future disappointments.

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How to get back into grad school mode (post-holiday season)

How to get back into grad school mode  (post-holiday season)

Is anyone else struggling to get back into the grad school mode, after the holidays? I was able to accomplish a lot over the break and I also worked a few days at York University. However, I mainly rested, slept in and watched TV (crazy, right?) because that is what my body was telling me it needed. So when I returned back to Ottawa, I thought that I should feel energized and ready to go, but somehow I still feel tired and unmotivated.  I am continuing to learn how to deal with the transition but here are some my tips and tricks that I will be using to ease myself back into the grad school zone.

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Tips to tackle procrastination

Tips to tackle procrastination

The struggle is real and it happens to all of us grad students. It seems timely to write a post about our evil friend, procrastination. I know we don’t have much time here, as its #grindtime to final assignments, deadlines, and exams. So I am going to keep this short and sweet for now and perhaps I will dig a bit deeper into this issue next term.

Here are some quick and easy tips that help me tackle my procrastination:

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Prioritizing Reflection: Scholar Sunday’s

Prioritizing Reflection: Scholar Sunday’s

With only one month left of the school semester, my to-do list seems endless. It’s crunch time with final papers, exams, grading and copious amounts of readings. Reflection at this point is not a priority and in most cases nonexistent. I get it. But today I will try and convince you otherwise. Scholar Culture has created “#ScholarSunday” to help you prioritize reflection and focus on positive affirmations, here’s why:

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Guest lecturing: How to prepare

Guest lecturing: How to prepare

If you have been following me on Instagram, you will know that I had a guest lecture last week. This wasn’t my first guest lecture but I can also count the number of guest lectures I have completed on one hand. Needless to say,  I had some preparing to do. I reached out to my #ScholarSquad on Instagram and I was blown away by the advice and tips everyone gave me to help prepare for the lecture. I want to share those tips with all of you but I also want to add the five things that helped me in preparing for my guest lecture.

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Study tips: A podcast

Study tips: A podcast

When it comes to exam time, many students are most likely anxiously cramming into the wee hours of the night. Some of these same students are also using weak and ineffective study techniques. Let me ask you a question, do you really know how to learn? How to actually retain the information and learn it – not just memorize it? Surprisingly not a lot of students do.

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How to write a research proposal for funding

How to write a research proposal for funding

In order to succeed in academia, you need funding. And in order to get funding, you need to be able to write a killer research proposal. Today I am going to share with you a brief overview of key aspects you need for a winning research proposal, as well as a few tips and tricks that have helped me in my proposal writing.

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Lunch ideas for class

Lunch ideas for class

Finding healthy food options on campus have always been difficult for me. With a little resourcefulness and creativity, I can usually find something but I don’t like to rely on it. The best way to ensure I am eating healthy, satisfying and delicious food – that also agrees with my body – is taking time to prepare it myself.
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Must-Have Online Platforms for Grad Students

Must-Have Online Platforms for Grad Students

These two online platforms have been keeping me on my A game during the first month of my doctoral studies. They have saved me SO much time in researching and editing during my busy schedule.  Here are my two must-have grad school online platforms. And the best news is – they are FREE!

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