Dean Buddle talks all things McGill with students from across both campuses
Please note that The Buddle Huddle Podcast is currently on hold. In the meantime, check out our backlog of episodes listed below!
The Buddle Huddle
Ease into the week with Dean of Students Chris Buddle as he engages in conversation with students across McGill University every week.
Listen to Chris’ candid take on topics that matter most to students and get to know him as he shares his stories about McGill, life as an administrator, and tips and tricks for student success in life and learning.
Together discover rarely-seen parts of McGill, and once in a while expect an awkward Dad joke.
Do you have an experience, idea, or perspective you want to share with the McGill community? deanofstudents [at] mcgill.ca (Email us) to express interest in being on the podcast!
Starting school is fun, but can also be terrifying. In this first episode of Season 2 of the Buddle Huddle, Dean of Students Chris Buddle explores the feeling of excitement and nervousness that go along with the start of any academic year. Join Chris as he unpacks these emotions, speaking to McGill students, staff, and parents, and getting all their great advice. And, the fan-favourite “Phone A McGillian” is back. Welcome to Fall 2019! Don’t be nervous, tune in and get pumped for this exciting time of year.
In this episode Dean of Students Chris Buddle gets on a spin bike and explores the topic of connections, as part of a new series out of McGill University’s Student Wellness Hub called “Spin Doctors”. Gasping for breath, and in discussion with the Healthy Living Annex’s peer health ambassador Bob, Chris explores the topic of wellness, and the many reasons why developing a community is important (yet challenging!) for students. This engaging and fun conversation also includes great tips and tricks around how to develop social connections. Chris also calls his sister (again): it’s a true Buddle Huddle.
Being busy has become a status symbol, and a competition. But the Busy Olympics is no conducive to a healthy lifestyle - how do we break the cycle, especially in a University context? In this episode of the Buddle Huddle, Dean of Students Chris Buddle discusses being busy with three students at McGill, and together they explore ways to rethink the busy-ness of life and learning - they offer very insightful views on the topic, and some terrific advice, including how empathy can help us get off the busy treadmill.
The University community is not immune to death, and coping with grief and loss is common among students and staff. Why is this a topic seldom discussed on campus? How can we support those who have lost someone close to them? In this episode of the Buddle Huddle, McGill’s Dean of Student Chris Buddle talks about end-of-life issues with a grief counsellor and two students who started a Death Cafe on campus. Despite the heaviness of the topic, the conversations are uplifting, helpful and result in some very concrete ways to find support, or be supportive.
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Title: Learning Differences
Welcome to the #BuddleHuddle! This is the first episode of the first season of “real talk with your Dean of Students”. In this episode, Dean Chris Buddle introduces the podcast, explains the nuts and bolts of it, discusses what the Office of the Dean of Students does, and has an engaging conversation with a McGill student. That discussion focuses on how a student with dyslexia navigates life as a student at one of the world’s top institutions – McGill University, in Montreal. There’s a surprise phone call at the end, too. Join the conversation – join the #BuddleHuddle. You will learn some things and have fun along the way.
Title: Exploring Failure
The second episode of the first season of the #BuddleHuddle is about failure. Dean of Students Chris Buddle discusses his own experiences with failure, and how a path of education contains many ups and downs, and although there are often failures along the way, there is also recovery and resiliency. Chris also interviews a student about their own experiences with failure, and how we don’t talk about failure in the right way. McGill University is an academically rigorous institution, and we have ways to rethink our own approach to defining success and failure. Listen in, and join the conversation!
Title: The Best Espresso
Just where in Montreal can you get the best espresso? Dean Buddle offers some ideas, and he has a favourite place! More than that, this episode features student voices, and their ideas on the most interesting places they like to explore in Montreal, beyond the campuses. Why? Well, being part of McGill actually means being part of Montreal and Quebec. It’s a University in a most amazing city, and connecting with the community beyond the campus grounds is a meaningful way to fully appreciate life as a student at McGill. Oh, and there’s a very special guest on today’s episode: BuddleHuddle all the way…
Title: Green Dean
It’s time to delve into thinking green. From forest bathing, to biophilia, nature-themed poetry to green roofs: in this episode Dean of Students Chris Buddle talks to a staff member and a student about sustainability at McGill. The discussions include taking stock of how we are doing on green initiatives, and highlights opportunities for people to do more. Some pet peeves are aired, too: recycle, folks! And, what’s up with plastic straws? The episode ends with the fan-favourite “Phone-a-McGillian”.
Student Mental Health on Campus
From loneliness to impacts of academic distress, the wellbeing and mental health of students is top of mind on campus. In this extended episode of the Buddle Huddle, Dean of Students Chris Buddle talks to staff and students about mental health, focusing on understanding the struggle and hearing perspectives from the community. The conversation includes discussion about how we define mental health, the causes of increased demands on mental health resources (including in Student Services, but also resources such as the student-run Peer Support Centre), perspectives on whether awareness campaigns are serving an important purpose, and ways the University can improve its approach to student wellbeing. We hope you can listen in and join the conversation on this important topic. It affects us all.
Every season Chris will take on the challenge to have all your questions and concerns answered and so far, the Buddle Huddle podcast is going great. ODOS has received some feedback and some important questions have been raised. So, in this episode the Dean of Students, Chris Buddle, chats to Ashley Karekaho from ODOS and responds to some the most pressing questions regarding failing grades, the role of the Provost at McGill, construction on campus and many more. Join the conversation and submit your feedback to the Buddle Huddle.
At many Universities, living in a Residence Hall is part of a first year experience: home is therefore on campus, and in many cases, a local community and support group is provided by staff and students living in proximity. There are challenges and opportunities when it comes to living together on campus, and this episode of the Buddle Huddle Dean of Students Chris Buddle explores this topic, focusing on some of the programming and workshops offered to students living in Residence Halls at McGill University. Through engaging conversations with staff and students, we delve into what it means to live and learn as a community. And, a very special guest makes another appearance.
Feelings of self-doubt, and worrying you are a ‘fraud’ in the Academy is more common than you might think! In this episode of the Buddle Huddle, Dean of Students Chris Buddle explores the topic of Imposter Syndrome in a University setting. Through engaging discussions with students, Professors and Administrators, learn about how people come to terms with their own feelings of Imposter Syndrome, and the strategies they use to help overcome (or embrace!) the phenomenon. One common message is the importance of discussing this topic in an open and frank manner. So, tune in!
The word student means different things to different people. In a University context, it often refers to an undergraduate or graduate student working full-time on a set of degree requirements over a 3-5 year period. In this episode of the Buddle Huddle, Dean of Students Chris Buddle speaks to students who have different ideas on what it means to study at McGill University, whether caring for dependents while studying, returning to school after retirement, or balancing a full time job with part time studies. Tune in to the penultimate episode of the first season of the podcast and hear insightful discussion about different kinds of journeys at the University. And, the ever-popular ‘Phone a McGillian’ is back!
Hard to believe, but the first season of the Buddle Huddle podcast is done! In the 10th and final episode of the season, Dean of Students Chris Buddle takes the opportunity to review the season. Chris and Ashley discuss their highlights and favourite moments, and provide a few hints around what Season 2 will bring! Although it’s a wrap for now, the Buddle Huddle will return in September.