Lessons from an M.Ed. Grad: Getting involved and finding Community in Grad School by Rebecca H.

On June 12th, 2018, my fellow OISE grads and I walked under University College’s leafy canopies, felt the sun warm our black robes, looked for familiar faces in the audience at Convocation Hall, and visualized walking across the stage without tripping. While I was proud to celebrate my academic achievement, there was another aspect of my U of T experience I was sad to see come to an end.

When I began my degree in September 2016, I also began training as a G2G Peer Advisor with the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre. This rewarding role helped me build knowledge and skills, but also a supportive community of teammates and colleagues outside my program…

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“Let’s do lunch!” Discomfort, Flexibility & Grad Connection by Rebecca H.

Recognizing your own communication style or the cultural lens that informs your point of view can lead to greater awareness of difference and promote flexibility when there is a misunderstanding. In my experience, intercultural understanding takes time and patience to develop, but has resulted in many meaningful friendships.

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Mid- Term: Time to boost your confidence! by Sam F.

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! There are 5 strategies the G2G (Grad2Grad) Peer Advisors and I brainstormed to keep developing your confidence in grad school and stay motivated until the end of the term…

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

Whenever someone asks me to describe U of T, the first thing that rolls off my tongue is: “Well, it’s big. Really big.” Learning how to navigate institutions is not only a skill necessary for surviving grad school, it’s also a great career skill in our future workplaces beyond graduation.

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