First week back as a doctoral student!

I survived the first week of my doctoral studies! I am in a new institution, a new department, and an entirely new field – I’ve had some apprehensions about this jump into Politics from Geography/Planning, but one of the professors I spoke to advised me to take this as an opportunity to be challenged in […]

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A Day in the Life of a Masters Student

­Today was a quiet Monday for me. It was still a long day, of course, with meetings and class and Kapisanan work, but having submitted my CIP in the early hours of Monday morning was so good for my soul – and my body, which at this point was so sick of the effects of […]

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MSc Pl Year 2 – the first week back.

I am much calmer this time around, and my mind in a much better place. I have no desire to hide behind a computer screen – I genuinely want to engage with my classmates and my professors in class discussions. I know that this year’s enthusiasm has nothing to do with the classes I took last year, because even in the ones that I thoroughly enjoyed and loved writing for, I was never this invested.

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MScPl Year 1: week seven.

I can’t believe that month two of the first semester is done. Things went by incredibly fast, and now, we’re in week 7, of 12.  October has been particularly harsh on me this year – partly because of Impostor Syndrome,  but even more so because grief is a harsh and constant companion. It’s been really difficult. The mourning […]

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Thank you, Woodsworth College!

  I won an award! I’m so thankful for all the support and acknowledgement that Woodsworth College has given me in my undergraduate career — it’s been a rocky transition at times, but it’ll all be worth it. My Financial Aid advisor, Yvonne Hilder, sent me an email about the Peter F. Bronfman Awards last year. […]

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First Week Round-Up!

  I just finished my first week back at UofT! As expected, the spotlight was on introductions to the core concepts of the various classes I’m taking, but some of them delved right into the subject material. Less expected, but nonetheless an amazing thing to start with, was the revelation that most of my classes are […]

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Lessons From A Laptop’s Death

I am nothing if not prepared. I have back-up plans, and back-ups to my back-up plans. I have become the kind of student who schedules the entire semester to the day, working with the way my brain functions and trying to make things easier for future-me. When I write, I rewrite four or five times, […]

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Why An English Major Wasn’t For Me

I am taking this summer off for the first time since January 2012. I’ve been at school nonstop from the semester I started, studying through the summers in an effort to finish as fast as I can – 15 months at Seneca College for the Joint Program with the University of Toronto, part time at UofT since […]

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