Name: Amanda Sygounas
Nickname(s): Greek Freak, Bud, Buddy
Personal Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Markham, Ontario
Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about ConEd is definitely the community and support system around me! As soon as I started here at Queen's, I felt belonged to this welcoming community where I felt comfortable being myself and asking questions to upper years or staff!
Favourite first-year class?: My favourite first-year class is definitely ENIN 140. It was such a fun and creative class and every assignment was open-ended, so you could focus on anything you were interested in. If you like entrepreneurship and innovation, I recommend trying this course out!!
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: The teach exec team is such an amazing, supportive, and fun group of individuals who are super welcoming! Although COVID has made it difficult, the exec team has worked so hard to plan an AMAZING and EXCITING o-week for all of you.The execs are great leaders who have dedicated a lot of their time to plan your Con-ed orientation and I can’t wait for all of you to have an unforgettable experience! WOOHOO :)
Personal Spotlight: Hey everyone!! My name is Amanda and I am soooo excited to meet y'all this September! I am going into P/J hoping to teach the little kids, and I am planning on majoring in Film and Media. I am a very fun and outgoing person, and am super approachable, so feel free to ask me anything or talk to me anytime! I am a BIG country lover and you will probably catch me listening to it all the time (and probably dancing to it too). My favourite Netflix show is The Office and I have watched the entire season 5 times, so if you are an Office fan please let me know! A fun fact about me is that I call everyone bud or buddy and I talk like a hockey boy haha… that's what happens when you grow up in hockey! Please don’t be scared to approach me or talk to me if you ever see me on campus (or online), I am happy to meet you all, be an upper-year friend, and chat about anything you like :)
Words of wisdom: My biggest piece of advice is to PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE!! University is such an amazing experience and just putting yourself out there, meeting new people, and trying new things is the best thing to do to have a great time! Even if you are shy or timid, we all are in the beginning and you are definitely not alone. When I first started I was very scared that I would not meet new people and not have a good experience, but when I put myself out there and was just being myself, that is when I noticed I was having the best time. Don’t be scared because everything will work out in the end, trust me I went through it too!
Name: Colby Younker-Tsaltas
Nickname(s): Colby YT, Colb/Colbs
Personal Pronouns: He/him
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about ConEd is the endless opportunities with a special community that feels like a second family! I hope to get to meet everyone in person in September :)
Favourite first-year class?: My favourite first-year class is definitely Psych 100 (controversial, I know). I really enjoy the material and content in the class. Although there is a lot of general information, Dr. Norris has made it out to be one of my favourites!
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: My favourite thing about Teach Exec is how supportive and positive they all are! They make our experience as first-years much more exciting. They have me smiling every single time we meet, and their well-put-together vision is something that I hope to be able to help bring to life for the new first-years.
Personal Spotlight: Hey guys! I'm Colby and I'm leaning towards I.S with teachables in either bio or chem, and a major in psych. As most of you know, I love songwriting and I've released two songs this year! I love HxH, Haikyu!!, Emily in Paris, honestly any show. I love hockey, cooking, and travelling. I've been to Scotland, Kenya, Greece, my favourite place has been the Turks and Caicos. I'm super approachable and friendly (most of the time), and always try to be myself :D I can't wait to get more involved next year in more clubs, and especially can't wait to meet ANYONE.
Words of wisdom: My words of wisdom would be to be mindful of others and how they are feeling. I always try to be as kind and open as possible with others, because they may have been having the worst day ever. I also try to be a better version of myself each and every day.
Name: Cayli Niemann
Nickname(s): miss niem
Personal Pronouns: She/Her
Favourite thing about ConEd?: I love how kind and welcoming everyone in Con-Ed is, especially the upper years. This program is such a family and it's so easy to feel welcomed and make friends!!
Favourite first-year class?: My favourite first-year course is BIOL 103. I really like biology and the content is so interesting and it goes so much more in-depth than high school bio. It is pretty hard but definitely worth all of the work because the content is so cool.
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: I love how kind, supportive, and welcoming everyone is. As a first-year, upper years are really scary and hard to approach but exec made me feel so comfortable. It's like I made 7 new friends that are there for me and I can text whenever I need help or even just someone to talk to!
Personal Spotlight: Hello everyone!!! I'm Cayli and I'm super excited to meet you all in September and welcome you to the Con-Ed family! I plan to do I.S. and Major in biology with teachables in biology and math. I love to binge reality TV and Netflix (you can talk to me about any of the classic shows), just chilling with friends or alone and going out to try new things. I am also obsessed with Kanye and could talk about his music forever with any of you. I am super approachable and loud, I love to chat with anyone about anything, and I love just joking around instead of getting work done hehe, so please come say hi if you ever see me on campus!!!
Words of wisdom: My best advice is to try new things!!! I almost didn't apply to be a teach cuz I was scared of being rejected or that I wouldn't be good at it, but it's the best decision I've made since I've been at Queen's. Trying new things can be scary but you might make new friends and learn new things and it could be a great experience!!