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Katarina Lopez

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Name: Katarina Lopez

Nickname(s): Kat, Kitkat

Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Favourite thing about ConEd?: If you ask any con-eddie what their favourite thing about con-ed is you’re going to hear this answer a lot: the community! And that’s because the con-ed community is truly wonderful. There is so much con-ed love and everybody in the program and the faculty is so kind and supportive.

Favourite first-year class?: I’m going to have to go with FILM110 as my favourite first-year class. The profs are funny and passionate about what they’re teaching, and the content is super interesting. We also had weekly screenings so I got to look forward to watching a different film each week for class that was provided to us for free through the course (some of my favourites were Parasite, Spirited Away, and some episodes of Rick and Morty). The course load isn’t too heavy and the screenings gave me a good reason to buy some popcorn and just do some mandatory relaxation.

Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: There’s so much I love about teach exec. They are kind, funny, welcoming, accepting, supportive, and so excited to get to know the incoming students! Each member has been working very hard to make sure you have a GrouNDbrEAKinG o-week experience!

Personal Spotlight: Hello everybody!!!! I’m Katarina and I am sooo excited to get to know you all and meet you in September! I am in P/J and I plan on declaring a media and performance production specialization. I love acting, watching netflix (I'm a little late to this one but I started Greys in November and i’ve been binging it A LOT), baking, going on walks, dance, gymnastics, skiing, travelling (my favourite places have been Spain, Austria, and Portugal!) and I am a strong supporter of pineapple on pizza even though the last time I had one I found out I was allergic to pineapple :( I LOVE Harry Potter, I could talk about it at any minute of any day (i’m dead sirius) and I'm a Ravenclaw who isn’t the biggest fan of studying but loves learning new things. I look forward to being on campus next year and (hopefully) experiencing some in-person classes, getting more involved with clubs and getting to see and hang out with my froshies and other con-eddies. I’m super friendly so if you see me around campus, don’t be afraid to say hi! :)

Words of wisdom: My advice for incoming students would be to recognize that first-year is a great time to explore what the university has to offer and discover what you like. Take classes that you find interesting (incorporating the courses for your major/ teachables of course), this will make your learning experience much more enjoyable, and you might even meet people with similar interests. If you can, don’t fall behind in psych readings (if you chose to take it in first year) so you don’t end up cramming a week before the exam. Going to university is a big transition and may seem scary at first, but don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone a bit and try new things by getting involved, meeting new people (through res, clubs, and classes to name a few), and make some fun memories!!

Paige Gascho

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Name: Paige Gascho

Nickname(s): Paiger the Rager, Gsauce, Paigey Pie

Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Waterloo, ON

Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about ConEd is definitely how supportive, friendly, and kind everyone is! I also love how we get the chance to learn so much about how to make the classroom a better place for students of all abilities!

Favourite first-year class?: My favourite first-year class has probably been CHEM 112, but I also love PROF because it's a nice break from the other heavy load classes ;)

Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: My favourite thing about Teach Exec is how welcome they make everyone feel! It is so clear how much work they put into everything they do, and they make sure everyone knows they can come to them for help. Us teaches are so lucky to have such an incredibly supportive exec team!!!!

Personal Spotlight: Hi everybody!! My name is Paige but feel free to call me Gsauce if you're a legend. I'm in IS and plan on teaching Bio and French next year!! Science gang rise up ;) I love a good cup of coffee, spending time with friends, obsessing over The Bachelor, and hitting the gym because swole is always the goal. I also possess an alarming amount of knowledge about The Office so please hit me up if you are a fan as well!! I cannot wait to meet all of you guys and help you feel super welcome here at Queens!!! We are going to have such an epic O-week and know that you can reach out to me about any questions! I'm more than happy to chat :)))

Words of wisdom: My words of wisdom would definitely be don't leave studying for midterms until two nights before...thank me later. Also, the school year goes by so much quicker than you'd expect, so don't be afraid to try new things whenever you get the chance!!