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Back to School – Undergrad Edition

The new academic year is upon us.  Thousands of students are back in school and for many of you, this is your first year of university. Undergrad is not only an important step in your life, for some of you it could very well be the best years of your lives, depending on how you chooses to spend your time there. So we’re dishing out some advice on how to adequately succeed in uni without feeling like you wasted your time. 1) Be social. This is a perfect opportunity to get out there and make new friends. University isn’t high…

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Back to School Guide – Grad School Edition

So, you’ve been accepted to graduate school. Congratulations! This is very exciting, though that feeling is likely to wear off fairly quickly as you plunge headlong into a world of big egos and overcompensation for low self-esteem (I challenge you to tell the difference between the two); as well as piles and piles of books (You will never read this much in your life again – enjoy it while you can); strange feelings toward your supervisor that overdetermine your sense of self (I’ll elaborate shortly); depressing news about academic job prospects (We can help with the perception of the situation,…

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Review: In the Light of What We Know

Review: In the Light of What We Know By Leah Wotherspoon In the Light of What We Know. Zia Haider Rahman. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014. Pp. 512. $31.00 (Hardcover).   Zia Haider Rahman’s debut novel is a compelling read. The story follows the relationship between the narrator, born into an elite Pakistani family in New Jersey, and his school-mate from Oxford, a poor Bengali who was raised in England. In this story about “the breaking of nations, war in the 21st century, marriage into the English aristocracy, and the mathematics of love,” Rahman deftly wields the English…