GradLife

Welcome to GradLife McGill

GradLife McGill is a social media platform. We want to showcase graduate student experiences through your voice, photos and videos. Posts portray your personal reflections, aspirations, triumphs, and challenges through your graduate journey. Creativity, independence, and community are central to us.

@GradLifeMcGill


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News:

Applications are open for the 2017-2018 GradLife McGill Team! The deadline to apply is September 8, 2017.

Apply to be a GradLife Blogger | Apply to be a GradLife Instagrammer | Apply to be a GradLife Vlogger


 

We will select one picture per week to highlight, and it could be yours!

Pictures featured on our Facebook and Instagram channels using the #GradLifeMcGill will be chosen based on the popular vote of GradLife McGill coordinators.

 

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  - Includes #GradLifeMcGill and weekly theme hashtags

  - Relevance to McGill graduate student experience

  - Relevance to our weekly theme

 

 


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GradLife McGill Team

The mission of GradLife McGill is to showcase graduate students’ experiences through their own ‘voice’ and to foster a sense of community across departments and disciplines. Posts portray students’ personal reflections, aspirations, triumphs, challenges and resources associated with their graduate journey.

GradLife McGill is run by the Social Media Team comprised of bloggers, vloggers and Instagrammers. The Team will work closely with the Social Media Coordinators who will train team members by providing guidelines, resources and support. Team members will have access to a broad content bank of topics and themes for inspiration. Creativity, independence, sound ethical judgment and a sense of community are central and highly encouraged within the team.

 

What it means to be a...

GradLife Blogger

RESPONSIBILITIES

●     To write original posts on topics pertaining to the graduate experience

●     Commitment of minimum 2 posts / month for one year (from the time of your training session)

SPECIFIC TASKS

Maintain the “student voice” of the blog by tailoring posts to graduate students.

Follow the best practices and guidelines created by the Social Media Coordinators and outlined during blogger training or through feedback year-round.

Decide autonomously on the creative and stylistic content of each blog post. Note that posts will not be edited, but bloggers are expected to show sound ethical judgment, respect of copyright and professionality in representing McGill University. 

Actively engage with Social Media Team (read and comment on posts, attend an orientation and meet-ups (~1 per month)) to maintain a sense of community.

QUALIFICATIONS

Excellent writing ability

Creativity and enthusiasm

Community engagement is encouraged (attending workshops, etc.)

GradLife Vlogger

RESPONSIBILITIES

●     To create visually-engaging videos on relevant topics pertaining to graduate life

●     Commitment of minimum 1 post / month (from the time of your training session)

SPECIFIC TASKS

Create and edit videos that are ~30sec to 5min in length

Maintain the “student voice” mission of the GradLife platform by tailoring videos to graduate student experiences

Follow the best practices and guidelines outlined during training or through feedback from Social Media Coordinators

Decide autonomously on creative and stylistic content of each video. Note that video bloggers are expected to show sound ethical judgment, respect of copyright and professionality in representing McGill University.

Actively engage with Social Media Team (follow and comment on posts, attend an orientation and meet-ups)

QUALIFICATIONS

Strong visual and video creation / editing abilities

Creativity and enthusiasm

Community engagement is encouraged (attending workshops, etc.)

Video bloggers must have their own camera and video-editing software

GradLife Instagrammer

RESPONSIBILITIES

●     To create visually-engaging and timely snapshots pertaining to graduate life

●     To use relevant captions and hashtags

●     Commitment of minimum 1 posts / week (from the time of your training session)

SPECIFIC TASKS

Maintain the “student voice” by capturing various elements of the graduate experience

Follow the best practices and guidelines created by the Social Media Coordinators and outlined during training or through feedback year-round

Decide autonomously on creative and stylistic content of your posts. Note that Instagrammers are expected to show sound ethical judgment, respect of copyright and professionality in representing McGill University

Actively engage with the Social Media Team (follow and comment on posts, attend an orientation and meet-ups) to maintain a sense of community

QUALIFICATIONS

Strong visual or photographic abilities (professional experience is not required)

Creativity and enthusiasm

Community engagement is encouraged (attending workshops, etc.)

GradLife Community Leader

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Brainstorm strategies for team-building within and across the GradLife teams
  • Work with GradLife Coordinators to plan key team engagement events throughout the year
  • Actively and regularly engage with GradLife teams online and in person
  • 1-2 hour/week commitment (depending on period and activities)

SPECIFIC TASKS

Plan events through the year including: Graduate orientation,  GradLife McGill holiday party and end-of-year “thank you” breakfasts, Weekly/bi-weekly open space meet-ups for Gradlife team, and approximately one other activity per term. 

Create weekly updates to keep the team members up-to-date with upcoming events and updates related to GradLife McGill. 

Actively engage with GradLife Teams online and in person (read, comment, like, and share posts; motivate content creation; encourage participation, etc.)

Autonomously facilitate the GradLife Teams in activities, icebreakers, and games.

Schedule meetings with Gradlife Coordinators to communicate plans, event logistics, and team needs. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Independent worker: self-sufficient and self-starter

Strong team-building and interpersonal skills

Strong facilitation skills: able to engage upwards of 20-30 people at a time

Experience in organizing social events

Strong written and oral communication


WHY JOIN GRADLIFE?

  • Develop your communication, team-building and leadership skills
  • Improve and diversify your event planning portfolio
  • Empower and motivate fellow graduate students
  • Become an active part of a meaningful McGill community initiative
  • Connect with people from other departments and disciplines
  • Learn about responsible social media contribution
  • Receive a letter from the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the end of your year with GradLife if requirements are fulfilled

Applications are open for the 2017-2018 GradLife McGill Team! The deadline to apply is September 8, 2017.

Apply to be a GradLife Blogger | Apply to be a GradLife Instagrammer | Apply to be a GradLife Vlogger

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