The 5 ‘Virtues’ of Successful Graduate Students
- Networking Ability
- Mental Health
While these virtues may not apply to everyone (it’s describing PhD’s in the Humanities), the principles behind them are relevant to all graduate students, traditional or on-line. It paints somewhat of a bleak picture but the virtues themselves can help you get through.
“Do not accept depression and physical decline as components of “academic macho.” Guard your health: Eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep and exercise, and make friends with people who are not academics.”
We are all guilty of bragging about how little we sleep or how long our days are, but we need to remember that the life of a grad student is for the most part only as hard as we make it. Take care of yourself.
From The Chronicle of Higher Learning
Photo from flickr
Hat tip Gradness Maddness
The Olive Branch Initiative (organized by CH&E Students Nirupa Varatharasan and Katilyn Tsuruda) will be presenting a screening of the Princess Bride Wednesday September 15th at 7pm in the Ondaatje Hall, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences building on Dal campus. It’s a pay what you can event with all donations going to Feed Nova Scotia.
Here is the link to their Facebook page.
A couple of first year students, Kaitlyn Tsuruda and Nirupa Varatharasan, will be selling candy grams Monday and Tuesday 8:30 to 2:30 outside the elevators at the Tupper Building for their charity organization The Olive Branch Initiative
We are selling Candy Grams in time for Valentines Day at the Tupper! All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross to help with the Haiti relief efforts. We will deliver all candy grams on Friday February 12th! Come on out and support us!
You can follow the Olive Branch Initiative on Facebook for further functions.
Yes, that’s right, we’re 2-1 on the year. Huge games from Mark McLovin’ and game MVP Kristen “Don’t call me Devon” Ralph paced Epi to their second win of the year. If I wasn’t such a good sport I’d use words like crushed, dominated and annihilated. After years of abuse finally we were on the other side.
McLovin’ started the action early. With first serve he managed 43 consecutive points to give us an 18-0 lead. Kristen “Call me MVP” Ralph’s server was just as deadly. With her overhead server from a 5 foot frame leading to lots of disbelief and confusion on the other side of the net. Game 1…. win.
Game 2 started a bit more evenly, but was hardly in doubt. At points throughout the night Epi was so confident they started to display some of their new signature moves. Dr. Wilson (why postpone the inevitable), the only physician to ever play with a cold, seemed almost bored with her one handed, last minute, “i was paying attention” volley. Then the moment we had all be eagerly awaiting. Team Captain D’André D’Maddison pulled out his ultimate trick move, the “Push Up Bra Volley”. It was something to see. Striking the ball with his left hand pushing out from his chest, and supporting it with his right hand from below. The entire Dalplex was in awe. It was as if time stood still. Game, Set, Match.
PS: All joking aside the OT Team was probably the most fun we’ve played against. They took it as seriously as we did. Which was a nice change.
The Epi Intramural Volleyball team took to the court for their first game of the year last night. We are still undefeated! (in the intrest of full disclosure the other team didn’t have enough players). A “big” thanks has to go out to the CH&E Admission Committee. This years cohort includes a number of student hovering around six foot or more. Some of those genetic “skills” were on display last night as Mark “Giant McLovin” Corkum and Cory “I’m Disgustingly Happy” Schlievert made their debuts.
The Epi team is so intimidating that two other teams were forced to combine to play us in an exhibition (full disclosure, they both forfeit their games so joined together to scrimmage us). During the game our overwhelming athletic advantage was on display. Cory “I’m Disgustingly Happy” Schlievert showed off her two handed side arm volley (those not familiar with the intricacies of the game may have mistaken it for a half scared half “dear God don’t hit me” stab at the ball). McLovin showed his competitiveness by kicking the ball at the other team and at one point actually stepped over top of returning veteran Kristen “Don’t Call Me Devon” Ralph to get to a ball. Of course what would an Epi volleyball game be like without someone getting a ball in the face. This weeks winner was André “The Wait Time Guy” Maddison. Luckily he brought a Doctor with him.
To end the evening it was agreed we would play a game to 5 (or was it best of 5) just so the poor undergrads could feel good about themselves (that’s just how we roll). Of course everyones favorite win probabilities are shown below.
CH&E MSc Candidate Andre Maddison will be the one of the featured speakers for CHSRF’s Researcher on Call series. The topic will be Emergency Room Overcrowding.
Andre was also awarded a Canadian Health Services Research Foundation’s Mythbusters Award in 2009 for his article, “Myth: Patients with non-urgent care needs overcrowd and block access to emergency care.” This article will be published in CHSRF’s Mythbuster series in October of 2009.
You can sign up here
Last week in Calgary at the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference, CH&E first year student André Maddison won the Student Mythbuster Award for his myth: “Patients with primary care needs are causing emergency department overcrowding”.
CHSRF describes Mythbusters as:
The award is designed to provide students with the opportunity to prepare a user-friendly summary of the research evidence behind some of today’s major debates in Canadian health services management and policy.
***update*** Andre appeared on CBC Radio One’s Maritime Noon show today. It can be heard on their website.
The Epi Bumpin’ Uglies took to the court for Intramural Volleyball last night at Dalplex. The opponent? Pharmacy. Yes the same Pharmacy as the Basketball debacle from two weeks ago. While the Pharm kids won the match 2-1, Epi showed some promise. The Ugs managed to win their first game of the year forcing a third game to decide the outcome. As Suzanne Clarke said (while jumping up and down like a school girl) “Yay! Our first third game! Teehee!”.
While Epi put in a valiant effort in the deciding game. They eventually lost 16-14. Prompting veteran Outlier Kip Grasse to say “We’re getting better. It’s almost like we know what we’re doing”.
Luckily the Epi Ugs won the game of who has more fun, as apparently only the 27 Pharmacy players were notified that this game was the World Series of Intramural Volleyball.
Highligts of the Night
- Stephen Petersen’s near castration
- Kristen Ralphs’s near decapitation
- Andre Maddison throwing the ball at Emily Wilson
- Our first third game
Unbeknown to everyone last night. I kept track of the action in my head and through the magic of Statistics I came up with our Win Probability Graph.
The Epi Basketball team played it’s first game Thursday night and lost to Pharmacy 55 – 16. Shockingly the game was closer than the score indicates. Epi played so well that all five starters (G- Emily Wilson, G- Andrea Murphy, F – Vanessa Perry, F – Craig Gorveatt, C – Stephen Petersen) played the entire game.
When asked about the outcome Forward Vanessa Perry replied “Those Pharm kids are going in debt and we get paid to go to school. I think we know who the real winners are here.”
Epi is back in action next Thursday at the Dalplex.
Highlight of the Night:
After an errant pass sails over her head, the always intense Emily Wilson shouts “I’m five foot four!!“
I thought this would be appropriate for the official first day of classes.
Back to the baby.