Research in the ether

I have been super fortunate over the past months to have been invited to two awesome projects that brought me out of my comfort zone. As some of you know, I have always felt more comfortable with writing than public speaking, so appearing in the ether had not been a high priority. But these two…

Photo Poetry: Aurora Borealis

My first Northern Lights were magically inspiring. The Aurora Borealis danced over Edmonton on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, and I was lucky to finally see them. It had been a dream of mine to watch them dance and they did not disappoint. Despite the city’s light pollution, I got to experience this wonder.…

5 Tips for Surviving and Succeeding Your Comprehensive Exams

Last week, I was invited to give a guest talk on my experience with comprehensive exams for the graduate students who are currently taking “MLCS 798 Comprehensive Exams Colloquium”, taught by Dr. Victoria Ruetalo. She kindly invited me to share my tips on surviving and succeeding your comprehensive exams. This blog post is an overview…

Dissertation Work at Elk Island: A Poem

Recently I have gotten back to writing poetry. I hadn’t written poems in a while (read, years) and I had forgotten how wonderful of a place a poem is to pour your soul out. Also, poetry can make even dissertation work sound great, so here goes.


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I’m Malou. Currently a PhD student in Transnational and Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta, I write about life as a graduate student, with all it’s ups and downs. This blog is for my love of research, books, and grad life and sharing this journey with you!

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