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Yanna Tsedryk

Name: Yanna Tsedryk

Nickname(s): Yanna Banana

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Halifax (whoop whoop EAST COAST BABY)

Favourite thing about ConEd?: You will see once you get here but holy moly the ENERGY in Con Ed is contagious and is probably the best thing about our faculty. You will be surrounded with such incredible people fuelled with the desire to dance, sing and just have a ball together. I also lovelovelove the year dances, they're really fun to watch and learn (although I still don't know mine very well, yikes). And I love the cheers! Our cheers are the best! We cheer a lot!

Favourite first year class?: ITLN 112, I love languages so that's a highlight for me, the prof is really funny as well!

Favourite thing about Teach exec?: THEY ARE THE COOLEST AND FUNNIEST PEOPLE literally don't be scared to approach them because they're not scary at all. They're a super sweet little family that works really really hard to make O-Week fun, safe and an incredible introduction for you at Queen's. But yeah they're incredible to chill with. Pro tip, ask Liam about Lightning McQueen ;)

Personal Spotlight: Hello hello hello! My name is Yanna and I'm really super excited to be a Teach for Con Ed orientation week, it'll be a wonderful experience for us all. I am planning on teaching high school and my areas of experTISE are history and French. I love languages in general; I speak three (am learning a fourth one) and am originally from Belarus. I also love to travel and learn about other peoples' cultures; one of my hugest passions is international learning and my goal is to visit each continent! When it comes to athletics... I don't do them - I enjoy freestyle dancing when no one's watching, that's my varsity sport. Last thing; I recently discovered these two delicious snack combos: mashed potatoes with peanut butter (I swear, it's incredible) and cinnamon toast crunch cereal with blueberries. Yum.

Words of wisdom: Don't be scared!!!!!!!! I was absolutely petrified, PETRIFIED going into O-Week and moving into residence and yada yada yada... All that literally for no reason. You'll see how wonderful of an environment Con Ed is to meet new people in :) Also - approach your Teaches with any concerns that you have or anything in general, all the time. We're always here for you guys and it's the best feeling ever to be asked for help. So truly, don't hesitate, no matter what it is. And finally, HAVE FUN!!!!!! You'll experience O-Week as a froshie ONCE and that's it, so be silly and crazy and dancy and enjoy it all.

Christina Davie

Name: Christina Davie

Nickname(s): Ti, Datina, Christell, honestly anything other than Christine is acceptable (please there’s an a at the end for a reason)

Preferred Pronouns: She/her

Hometown: Newmarket, Ontario

Favourite thing about ConEd?: Definitely the community. It’s amazing to have a place in university where you can just be yourself, and everyone is so welcoming and kind! The whole faculty feels like one big family, and it’s incredible. If not for con-ed, I wouldn’t know some of my best friends.

Favourite first year class?: PSYC 100! I had no idea how much I would love psych, it’s such a cool class and so much of it directly applies to our lives right now!

Favourite thing about Teach exec?:They’re all such genuinely kind and funny people, and they care so much about everyone in con ed.

Personal Spotlight: Hi, I’m Christina! I’m in second year and am planning to do I/S with teachables in biology and music! (If anyone else is thinking of doing something similar, come talk to me!!!) I love exclamation marks, hugs, the colour yellow, the feeling you get right after submitting an assignment, and my dog Luna! I’m a huge tv show fan, I watch waaay too many shows and always have recommendations! When I’m not watching tv, I enjoy sleeping, baking cookies, and arranging music. I am so incredibly excited to meet all of you and help welcome you into this amazing faculty!!!!!

Words of wisdom: Coming to university is a huge transition, and there’s no pressure or right time to make friends or feel settled in. It can be hard to do sometimes, but don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Something to remember is that even if it doesn’t seem like it, everyone feels the same way you do. And you can always reach out to me or any other teachers if you’re having a hard time! First year can be really overwhelming, but know that no matter what, everything is going to be okay. Do the best you can, and let the rest go!

Josh Wastaken

Name: Joshua Marasigan

Nickname(s): Joeshau

Preferred Pronouns: He/him

Hometown: Markham (It’s near Toronto)

Favourite thing about ConEd?: Best thing about ConEd is the crazy awesome energy you’ll get from each and every person you see. This program is filled with such a diverse cast of loving and exciting people. I can assure that as you make more and more friends, you’ll simultaneously feel more comfortable around the school, and feel hopeful for the future of education. 

Favourite first year class?: PHIL 151. Never thought philosophy would be my thing, but if you want to see the world from a whole new perspective, I’d highly recommend it.

Favourite thing about Teach exec?: 10/10 would recommend. The Teach Execs are a powerhouse elite group of the best people you’ll ever meet. If you ever need guidance from an upper year, that is what they’re best at. Make sure to say a hello if you get the chance. 

Personal Spotlight: What’s happening? My name is Josh and I’m super excited to be your ALPHA teach next year. As the shortest person in ConEd, it’s only natural that i am among the 3 biggest ALPHAS in all of Queen’s. I’m a really energetic guy and I love meeting new people. I absolutely adore language, and I’m studying to be a high school French/History teacher. If ever English isn’t your thing, feel free to address me in any language you know. I’m looking forward to working with all of you, and I’m sure you’ll quickly comes to realize that Queen’s is an amazing place to be. 

 

Words of wisdom: Find your people. I think this is the most important advice I could ever give anyone. University is a lot different from high school - there is such a diverse population at Queen’s, and it’s super easy to find the people that you’re looking for. Sometimes, it can be hard, but I guarantee you that if you put yourself out there, the friendship that you will foster will last you a lifetime. 

The Concurrent Education Orientation Week acknowledges that Queen's University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory.