Olivia Obonsawin

Name: Olivia Obonsawin

Nickname(s): Liv, 007

Preferred Pronouns: She/her

Hometown: Toronto

Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about Con-Ed is definitely community. Not only are the people in con-ed extremely kind and will help you out with anything, but there are always con-ed events where you can meet amazing people and do really fun things. There are also so many opportunities to help out both within the scope of con-ed and opportunities with the city of Kingston in general.

Favourite first year class?: My favourite first year class is ENGL 100. I really enjoy the variety of content I get to study as well as the diversity of perspective in the works. My prof and TA were also super helpful and understanding. Since the course contributes to a variety of majors, it also allows you to explore your interests and make inter-curricular connections.

Favourite thing about Teach exec?: My favourite thing about teach exec is their positive attitudes. They're really dedicated to making O-Week 2020 an incredible experience for everyone involved. They are so kind and friendly and they're always willing to lend a helping hand or a listening ear. I'm so excited to get to work with and learn from them!

Personal Spotlight: Hi there :) My name is Olivia and I am so excited to meet the class of 2024! I am hoping to teach I/S with a major in French and minor in Psychology with teachables in French and English (I change my mind frequently though so we shall see :P). I am involved in CESA (the Con-Ed Student's Association), and I am a dancer with the Queen's Dance Club. I am really passionate about baking, fitness and going on adventures. I am also really passionate about social justice and environmentalism. Gong into second year, I hope to take more time to do the things that make me happy and spend more time with friends! I cannot wait to meet all of you and see the marvelous things you all bring to the table!

Words of wisdom: Take time for yourself. First year can be extremely overwhelming socially, academically and personally. Make sure in all the chaos that you're taking care of yourself. It's really easy to get caught up and suddenly it's week 6, you're in 5 clubs, 4 friend groups and you're still working on week 3 assignments (...may or may not be speaking from experience...). Just remember that nothing is more important than your health and well-being. There are so many people rooting for you (myself included) and all they want to see is for you to succeed. A major part of that success is preforming to the best of your abilities and being motivated to keep going. Remember that you are so important. My personal favourite self-care tip is sleep- so simple yet so effective.

Laura Smith

Name: Laura Smith

Nickname(s): Anne Smith

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: North Gower (Ottawa area)

Favourite thing about ConEd?: I love how friendly everybody is! Everyone is so approachable and makes you feel like you're part of a little family!!! You'll never find somebody who wont help you out! There are also some really awesome events like Con-Ed Camp!!! Super fun and a great way to get to know lots of con-eddies from other years!

Favourite first year class?: My favourite first year class is DRAM100! It is the general first year drama class and you get to experience a lot of new aspects of theatre and do some really fun performances together!

Favourite thing about Teach exec?: They're super happy to help you out with anything you need! They're all super approachable and super down to earth! Couldn't ask for a better group for our 2020 teach exec!

Personal Spotlight: Hi everyone! My name is Laura! I am super excited to meet all of you during orientation week 2020!!! I am going into my second year in the bachelor of music program! (Trumpet major!!) I am in I/S and my teachables are music, drama, and hopefully an ABQ in the social sciences! I've always loved working with people and helping people out so when I thought about being a teacher I knew it was meant to be! I'm from the smallest town ever, like you can stand in the middle of it and see both sides so I think Kingston is huge! Fun facts! I'm obsessed with musical theatre and Broadway (Legally Blonde is my favorite) and I have been curling since I was 9 years old! I can't wait to see all of you in September! 

PS: If you wanna show me pictures of your pets, I'd be happy to see them!

Words of wisdom: The best advice I can give you is to never think that you're alone! We all understand that university is a huge adjustment and we are all happy to help you get through the transition! I know from personal experience how hard it can be and I promise talking about it and a little patience will get you through it! Please never hesitate to come to me or any of us! Most of all, enjoy every moment! Orientation week can be super fun if you embrace all the activities! You never know when you'll meet your new best friend!

Emily MacGowan

Name: Emily MacGowan

Nickname(s): Em, McG, em the jem

Preferred Pronouns: She/her

Hometown: Vancouver BC

Favourite thing about ConEd?: All the people are super smiley and kind.. I remember thinking in O-week how friendly everyone was, and how I hadn't met anyone who wasn't ecstatic to be here. #conedlove

Favourite first year class?: PROF 110


Favourite thing about Teach exec?: They're an amazing mix of people who are so dedicated to planning orientation week, and are so friendly and funny !!

Personal Spotlight: Hi I'm Emily and I'm so excited to be a teach !! I'm planning on being a PJ teacher and I haven't yet decided on a major, it's either going to be Linguistics or Psychology (It's okay, I'll figure it out at some point).. I like cooking good food (I am a "health nut" as my friends call me), binging rom coms, camping, yoga, and watching Friends. I also really like travelling, even though I've never been outside of North America, and Hawaii is my favourite because I love surfing!

Words of wisdom: Number 1, don't sign up for 8:30am classes unless you're a morning person, I know several people who made that mistake and have missed multiple classes because of it and are now falling behind. Number 2, if anyone asks you to join a club/team/activity, go for it, first year is literally all about making new friends (minus, of course, your schoolwork). And number 3, just because it's there doesn't mean you have to eat every option in the dining hall.

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