Transatlantic Travel and Other Happy Efforts

I’m writing these lines sitting at St. John’s airport. I’m headed for Frankfurt, Germany again, after the first leg of the trip was cancelled due to fog and high winds yesterday. Luckily, I didn’t have any pressing appointments and could simply defer the voyage for one day. While I was never affected by a flight … [Read more…]

The Thesis Submission Process: Advice From a Last-Minute Graduate

I recently finished my thesis and graduated with my Master’s degree. When I say recently, I submitted my thesis at the absolute last possible minute (literally 11:58 p.m.) to make the deadline to attend October 2021 convocation. I am usually very organized, I rarely procrastinate, I work normal to slightly over a full work week … [Read more…]

Situating Studies in Place

I run with this river, adjacent to the salmon beneath its surface. When we meet, the icy water cools the blood running through my veins, and there is balance. The energy of its current on the skin, and the life within, breathes meaning into stories of ecology, ontology, mythology, epistemology. Don’t be fooled by the … [Read more…]

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During the Exam Period

As a new blogger, let me briefly introduce myself: I earned a bachelor’s degree in Vietnam and a master’s degree in the Republic of Korea. (Both degrees are in Chemistry.) Currently, I am completing the Ph.D. program in Chemistry with Prof. Francesca Kerton (Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award in 2019). My research focuses on … [Read more…]

Leaping from One Ocean to the Next

Every fish begins their life in a protected and sheltered environment. Like all good things, the protection ends and eventually, the small fry sets out on its own. I grew up a fish. At least, that’s what my parents would say. In January of 2021, in the middle of a pandemic, I packed up all … [Read more…]

Blending Disciplines and Decades into New Horizons

Starting a Ph.D. across the Atlantic at the age of 49 was certainly not something I had always planned, so let me briefly outline the route that took me here. High school teachers corrupted my early interest and love in visual art, which is why I turned to physics after graduation. I made it all … [Read more…]

Take Your Time, There’s No Rush

This is my final blog post for the Memorial School of Graduate studies. I’ve been writing for them over the past three years of my graduate school career, and putting pen to paper for one last blog post provokes nostalgia I never dreamed of feeling for this arduous process that is higher education. I entered … [Read more…]

Local knowledge and engagement with research

It’s summertime again! The leaves are green, the sun is out, it’s finally warm, and everyone seems to be in pretty high spirits! I am looking forward to getting my second dose of the COVID vaccine this month and going to visit my family. While I wait to see them though, I am enjoying my … [Read more…]

Expanding my student life!

Dear friends, graduation time seems closer and closer! I can feel the excitement that an unknown-full-of-hope student feels. The daily life of my at home-office has its ups and downs and is a rush from morning to night. Get everything ready, take the girls to school, come back to work, pick up the girls, evening … [Read more…]

Decompress and relax… with another course!?

Courses are done and summer is here! For us, it’s a break from the classroom, but we have still so much to do – research assistantships, proposals, field work, thesis writing, comprehensive exam prep. The list goes on! But we made it. You made it. No matter how it went, we all did our best. … [Read more…]