Monthly Archives: June 2012

Jane’s Walk Ottawa

On 5 May 2012, I was one of the volunteer marshals for an Old Ottawa South walking tour called “A walk on the Sunnyside” led by fellow Canadian Studies-er and Ottawa resident Leo B. Doyle (who came to Ottawa for … Continue reading

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Canadian Studies, Friendship Bracelets, & Spite

If you’re living your life well, it should be difficult to write a 150-word (or character!) synopsis of it, but sometimes you just have to do your best (say, for the School of Canadian Studies website): Once upon a time, … Continue reading

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Probation

I’ve been on academic probation more than once. In fact, if memory serves, I’ve been on academic probation three times. And by “memory,” I mean The Evidence, in the form of three adorable cards that my mom sent to me. … Continue reading

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Comprehensive Exam Advice, Part 2: Note-Taking

When I was reading for my first exam, I took terrible notes, so let’s talk about the second one instead. For the second one, I submitted reading reports to my exam supervisor. They looked something like this: — Citation: Bennett, … Continue reading

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Cross-Cultural Exchanges

Once upon a time, while I was going to school in a castle in England, I volunteered at the Herstmonceux Village Preschool (in part to fulfill the social outreach component of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, and in part … Continue reading

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Comprehensive Exam Advice, Part 1: The List!

I began this blog as a way of preserving my sanity during my comprehensive exam preparations, and so far I guess it’s working (depending on how you define “sanity,” “preservation,” and “me”). Way back in November, I had an oral … Continue reading

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Bronies

Today, I’d like to take a brief foray into the most recent manifestation of My Little Pony. In the show, the ponies have some scintillating dialogue. Instead of saying “Can somebody help me?” the ponies say “Can somepony help me?” … Continue reading

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O Globe & Fail

Recently, I interpreted one of my doctoral exam questions as an invitation to discuss the banal, rampant anti-Americanism of Canadian society (which, as one of the professors so tactfully put it, was a “creative choice”). During my oral defens/ce, one … Continue reading

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Of Coats & Celcius

Once upon a time, at that same old castle that I’m always bringing up, my roommate (MM from NH) and I were getting ready to go on a field trip on a sunny September day. We asked our friend HP … Continue reading

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The (Second) Reading List

Comprehensive Exam #2: Identities In the interest of providing bibliographic references for the preceding entries, as well as a starting point for other people developing their exam lists, I give you List The Second. Books 42 Chapters / Articles 54 … Continue reading

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