Name: Alexandra Kouloufakos
Personal Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about ConEd is the amazing community within the faculty. Everyone is so welcoming with amazing spirit and love for ConEd that it makes you feel like you're part of a huge, awesome family!
Favourite first-year class?: My favourite first year class was definitely CHEM112! I'm 100% biased because I'm a Chem major, but the class was super interesting, I learned a lot and you can't beat chem labs.
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: My favourite thing about Teach Exec is how they're so supportive and hilarious. They're all so easy to talk to/reach out to, very understanding and have jokes/memes for days!!!
Personal Spotlight: Hey Y'all! My name is Alexandra Kouloufakos and I'm SO excited to welcome you into the ConEd family <3 A little bit about me... I'm in the I/S stream majoring in chemistry and minoring in biology. Some fun facts about me... my laugh sounds like a goose, I have a 6 ft wingspan and I can jump through my arms. I love dancing, exercising, watching tv and eating good food. I'm jazzed to meet everyone and don't hesitate to reach out anytime!
Words of wisdom: Get Involved and Have Fun! I know that's super broad but the best way to meet people with similar intrests is to get involved in different clubs, activities or sports. CESA plans amazing ConEd events and activites that are just a blast to attend and you get to create some really strong bonds within the program.
Name: Angela Metron
Nickname(s): Ange, Angie (not used as much)
Personal Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: London, Ontario
Favourite thing about ConEd?:
Definitely the community I have found in this program! Though I haven't met that many people yet (in comparison to how many students are actually IN the program), the atmosphere and environment are always welcoming and encouraging. I feel heard and appreciated, and am able to be myself. Also ConEd Camp was the most epic thing ever! It was by far the highlight of my first term (and will probably be for the whole year honestly). Getting to know so many of my peers from all different streams of study and all different years, while all coming together to build relationships and make some memories - how could you NOT love it?!
Favourite first-year class?: It has got to be PROF110 for sure! I love my music classes and they are a great challenge for me, but every week I ALWAYS look forward to Thursday night Prof class. Each week, we've had interesting topics to study and discuss, and the conversations I have had thus far are always so empowering and encouraging. This class has helped me solidify that I will truly love being a teacher!
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: The energy you all give off through the screen is the highlight of each Teach meeting! When we get together, you all make us feel so welcome and safe in our special little community and I am always just so excited to spend Tuesday nights with you guys! I love that I now have some upper-year friends that I can talk to if I ever have any questions or concerns, i know they are there for me. That is what the ConEd family is all about - support and love to all!
Heyo Teach Exec and fellow ConEddies! I am Angela and I am so pumped to be a Teach this year! The ConEd program has been nothing short of welcoming to me, and I cant wait to be able to do that for incoming students in September!!! I am majoring in music for voice and hoping to minor in French. I'm planning on going into the I/S stream, and then plan to get certified to teach P/J afterward (I want to teach the 5-8 range so I will have to do both lol).
I am the oldest of three and share my birthday with my dad, I was a competitive dancer for over a decade but chose to step back from the competition in gr11 to get involved in other school programs and activities such as choirs and clubs. This was when I found my passion for music. I also completed a SHSM in high school which focused on leadership through athletics and exercise (it was called L.E.A.P.). Our Coop placement involved going to elementary schools and working with students, this is where I found teaching to be a potential career!
Other random facts - I love musicals (it is my favourite genre of music), I can say the entire rap in Your Welcome from Moana, I would choose a mountain and hiking/winter and skiing vacation over the beach any day, I LOVE sitcoms (Friends is the all-time fav but Brooklyn 99 and New Girl are also my favs), I'm Christian, sunsets are my favourites sights because they are different every day, I literally love all food (the dining hall doesn't scare me lol), I cant wait to travel the world and I plan to visit all 48 National parks in Canada!
Okay that was a lot but I'm just so excited I cant help!!!
Words of wisdom: The adjustment to university is hard, there's no doubt about that! You are put in new and uncomfortable situations often in the beginning. This is actually a good thing! We grow the most in challenging and uncomfortable situations. So get comfortable with being uncomfortable! We should always be seeking discomfort in our lives because it is how we become better people!
Name: Sean Lee
Nickname(s): Seanathon, Shugs
Personal Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about Con-Ed are the people that make up the department and the awesome events that happen throughout the year! All of the first years and upper years are incredibly friendly people that provide such an inclusive environment for everyone. Ever since the in-person Orientation at the beginning of my first year, I really felt the Con-Ed love and was welcomed into a community that is unlike any other. I highly recommend attending Con-Ed camp and getting involved with CESA because it was a great opportunity for myself personally to meet other students in the faculty and make a lot of great memories.
Favourite first-year class?: Definitely HIST 104/105 (Canadian History) — I know that might seem like a shock, but trust me, it was a surprise for me too. I absolutely despised the way that Canadian History was taught in high school, but the way that Professor Maynard and Professor Pasolli have approached this subject has been very nuanced and thoughtful. It has been a pleasure and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in history.
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: I absolutely love the Buzzfeed quizzes that they have been doing during Teach meetings. The quizzes have sparked debates on anything from asparagus being a controversial vegetable to Taylor Swift being mid. If you happen to love doing Buzzfeed quizzes, ask one of the Exec about it and I’m sure that they would love to see your responses to the questions!
Personal Spotlight: What’s good Class of ‘26! My name is Sean Lee, and I am SOO excited to be a teach this year! I am hoping to major in History, minor in English, and go into the I/S. Here are a couple of facts about me: I believe that water is INDISPUTABLY wet, I lived in the Miller house of Jean Royce (to those living in West next year, know that West was indeed best), I was the CESA First Year AMS rep last year (let me know if you have any questions about getting involved with CESA), and I am such a heavy sleeper that I slept through a fire in my house recently. I will also be cheering for Korea in the upcoming World Cup (I will feel so conflicted if Canada and Korea have to face each other), I love playing volleyball or baseball (Curling is underrated as well), and I believe that Taylor Swift is overrated. I am so excited to welcome you into Queen’s, and feel free to stop me if you see me around to say hi! Get excited Class of ‘26!
Words of wisdom: University will be the next five years of your life, so spend that time cherishing every moment that you can. I have absolutely adored my first year, and if I could relive it, I would say yes every time. It will be incredibly scary driving up to Queen’s for the first time — I got nauseous on the car ride up from the anxiety building up — but once you get here, everyone will be so friendly and welcoming. Spend time with your floormates and soak up the residence experience. Especially if you’re on West Campus, a go-to conversation starter that I always used was how jealous I was of the Phase 1 renovated bathrooms, the long commute to main, or how the West buildings give such high school vibes (the lockers really add to the vibe). Even if you’re off-campus, there are a lot of other first years in the same boat as you that you can bond with as well. You can also try getting involved with CESA (run or apply for a position), apply for an AMS job (Studio Q is supreme but I’m biased), and/or joining clubs. I would especially recommend joining intramurals with your residence floor or just a group of friends because it’s a great way to be active and have a lot of fun. You have half a decade ahead of you filled to the brim with memories that you will look back on fondly for a lifetime. Get ready Class of ‘26! Welcome to Queen’s Con-Ed!!