Grad Talks

​​ Grad Talks 

Grad Talks

Gradlife and The Grad Room partner to offer learning sessions to help graduate students build skills and gain balance; all sessions are held at the Grad Room at 66 Harbord Street.

Sessions fall in one of these categories:

  • Communication

  • Personal Development
  • Wellness

  • Creative Arts

  • Career

  • Great to Know

  • Academic Support



Telling Compelling Stories

Tuesday, March 28, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Whether it's a corporate setting, a stage performance, or just coffee with a good friend -- knowing how to tell a compelling story matters.This two-hour workshop workshop focuses on beginner skills: finding your personal storytelling voice, the hard and fast rules of an enthralling story, stage presence, characters, and story structure. Discover ways to emphasize the strengths while minimizing the weaknesses. Pizza will be available.

Presented by Sage Tyrtle. Sage teaches storytelling at Seneca College and her stories have been featured on CBC radio.


Seeking, Striving, Finding: Staying Motivated in Grad School

Thursday, April 13, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Graduate school, as the saying goes, is more of a marathon than a sprint—but what does this mean in practice? In this workshop, we'll explore the challenge of staying motivated when the finish line is nowhere in sight. This session will involve reflection, discussion, and creative exercises. Active participation is encouraged. Pizza will be available.

​Presented by Eugenia Tsao, Academic Success Centre.


Navigating Your Online Persona

Wednesday, April 19, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Work email, Utoronto email, personal email, texting, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat -- is Twitter still a thing? Oh my! In this hour and half workshop we will explore our online personas as we navigate individual differences in communication styles and how they influence our personal and professional lives. Pizza will be available.

Presented by Ashna Khanna and Lorri Pacheco, Peer Leadership Facilitators, Leadership Development.


Cycling Safety and Maintenance

Tuesday, May 2, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Do you feel nervous biking in the city? Would you like to know how to keep your bike running smoothly? Come to Bikechain's Cycling Safety and Maintenance workshop! You will get tips and resources on biking safely in the city. We will also go over the basic maintenance you can do on your bike at home, and talk about when you should bring it into the shop for some more thorough care.

Presented by BikeChain.



Other Events

Monthly Grad Student Parent Circle 

Monday, March 20, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Connect and unwind with other grad students who have or about to have children. Presented by the Family Care Office in partnership with Hart House and the UTGSU.​