Brianna Klein

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Name: Brianna Klein

Nickname(s): BK, Bri

Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Whitby, Ontario

Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about ConEd is the community. I love how everyone is so welcoming and it almost feels as though our program is it's own little family. ConEd has some of the friendliest and encouraging people I have ever met and we all support one another!

Favourite first-year class?: I feel like this is super basic, but it truly is my favourite first year class: PROF 110! I look forward to my Thursday night class each week and it's always a highlight. Holly is the most amazing prof and this class is great and gives the opportunity to meet so many other ConEddies and build friendships. An honourable mention goes to CHEM 112, other than the 10 page weekly lab reports lol.

Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: The Teach Exec are amazing! It's so wonderful to have such good role models and upper years to help you with anything along the way. It's also just really nice to know there are people who really care about you and who you can always talk to about anything and everything!

Personal Spotlight: Hey hey class of 26! My name is Brianna and I am beyond excited to meet all of you incoming ConEddies! A little bit about me: I am planning on going into I/S stream and have my teachables being biology and chemistry. I love hanging out with friends, playing sports, going to the gym, and eating ice cream! I have recently started playing squash at the ARC with my friends and it is sooo fun! I am also undefeated in Just Dance and am always up for a good challenge/competition. I love being outside and going on fun adventures, and I work at an overnight camp in the summer which is the best! Hope to see you around campus, and don't hesitate to ask questions or say hi!

Words of wisdom: Something that I live by is the golden rule: "treat others how you want to be treated". It's very simple and easy to remember but will help you significantly, especially when meeting new people at school! This transition to Queen's can be difficult, however, you are going to have an amazing experience (especially since you're in the best program) and you have the opportunity to make someone else's transition easier and enjoyable by keeping this phrase in mind! How cool is that?!

Ilea Segal

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Name: Ilea Segal

Nickname(s): Lee, leelee, eyeseearess

Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Vaughan, Ontario

Favourite thing about ConEd?: In this faculty, there is no such thing as strangers. Everyone is so nice and talkative it is so easy to make such amazing friends! I can't tell you how many times I've been in the most awkward break out room imaginable, breaking the ice and introducing myself by saying I'm in con ed, and having at least three other people go crazy saying they are in con ed as well. Instant besties. Plus, my most favourable, absolute, spectacular thing about Con-Ed? No one can beat our shake and shimmy.

Favourite first-year class?: If you’re thinking of majoring in English and didn’t fall in love with Strakers ENGL100 class, are you really thinking of majoring in English? Words cannot contain how much that class inspired me! Also, this may be cheating, but CHEM112 is also too good to pass over. This may have just been special to the year, but we had to teach our tutorial group about something we learned during the semester to fill up for our final exam. What better place to put a teacher than in front of a classroom! It really put my teaching skills to the test and I absolutely loved every second of it!

Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: Honestly, such amazing people. I am a second year student so I am not as scared of upper years like I might have been in first year, but this group is truly MMMAgNifiCeNt. They are  such a fun, understanding, and nice group of people! How much do we love Teach Exec? SO MUCH.

Personal Spotlight: Hi everyone! My name is Ilea Segal and I am in my second year. I am majoring in English and minoring in Chemistry, which also happen to be my two teachables for the I/S Education stream. I like to talk, like a lot, but I will keep this short and sweet. I think one of my main qualities is the fact that I have a super cute dog. When he gets complimented, I feel validated. Win-Win situation. A super duper fun fact about me is that I cannot use a toaster. I either undercook or completely burn everything that I, and I alone, put into the toaster. #youcantrustmejustnotwithyourtoast.

Words of wisdom: Yikes I don’t know how to write this without being too cheesy or cringing myself out. I want to say “hey all, don’t give up” or “don’t stop believing!” But, like respectfully, no <3. I think the best thing you could do is take that risk. Any risk (please be safe) possible. I can't even begin to count the number of things I didn't do or was afraid to do because they involved a risk I was scared to take or made me uncomfortable. That's enough! No more psyching yourself out or making up a million excuses for why you can't do this incredibly fantastic and amazing thing you really want to do because of blah blah blah.  Take your breath, then take that risk.

Hayley Kersten

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Name: Hayley Kersten

Nickname(s): Hayls

Personal Pronouns: She/her

Hometown: Waterloo, Ontario

Favourite thing about ConEd?: I lovveeee how friendly and welcoming everyone is but I especially loved ConEd camp. It was my first big ConEd event and it was so so much. You meet so many people from all years and play the best games like sock wrestling!

Favourite first-year class?: I loved LING100 (linguistics)! It was a completely different course and I learned a completely new way of thinking. Even though I didn’t continue with Linguistics, it was an awesome challenge and my favourite Professor eva!

Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: Teach Exec is Megan because she helps you with literally anything you (they all do!!). You get 7 amazing friends who are so wise!

Personal Spotlight: Hello Class of 26!! My name is Hayley Kersten and I’m one of your teaches! I am in the P/J division with a major in history. I love the outdoors, travelling and meeting new people like you! I am horrible with directions and still use google maps to get around my hometown. I love bachelorette nights, hockey nights, intramurals and basically anything with friends. I also love sweets and work at Card’s Bakery downtown. I am so excited to welcome you to such a friendly program filled with ConEd love! I love getting to know new people so if you see me around, feel free to say hi!!

Words of wisdom: It’s a big transition and sometimes can take some time to adjust. Make sure to get involved with ConEd events, intramurals, clubs, etc! There are so many ways to meet people while doing fun activities! Be yourself and everything will fall into place! YOU GOT THIS!