Name: Jenie Jordan
Nickname(s): jejo, JJ
Personal Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Penetanguishene, Ontario
Favourite thing about ConEd?: The best part about con-ed for me is definitely the community. Even though I completed my first year at Queen's totally from home, going to virtual prof class, meeting with other education students in breakout rooms and getting to know the teaches totally helped to make me feel connected! Connedies are just one big family and the more I involved myself within the community, the more welcome I felt :)
Favourite first-year class?: The social determinants of health (HLTH101) class that I took first year has to be my favourite. It differed so much from the topics I learned about in high school and I just found it so interesting, I definitely recommend it !!
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: The teach exec are just constantly putting in their all for us ! They do their best to make sure we’re all feeling comfortable and happy. They’re so supportive and open to chatting about literally anything, anytime. Teach exec makes con-ed just that much better, one of them is always doing something to get us to laugh. It's just so much fun working with them and knowing that they’re working so hard to make sure all of you have the best orientation possible !
Personal Spotlight: Hey everyone, my name is Jenie and I am so happy that I get to be a teach for the class of 2025 !! I am planning to go into I/S with teachables in French and math, I’d love to teach internationally for a few years after I graduate before coming back to Ontario to teach in a French high school. I really love photography, camping and re-watching movies that I’ve seen a million times (Lion King 2 has been on a loop recently). I stayed home in Penetang first year but am looking forward to moving to Kingston for my 2nd and getting more involved on campus. I am so, so excited to meet you all, get to know you better and help you navigate first year in any way that I can !
Words of wisdom: Remember to actively schedule time for yourself ! As much as planning out the amount of time that you’re going to study for each class is helpful and important, you need to make sure you’re also planning happy, healthy and realistic breaks. Losing track of time “trying to get one more chapter out of the way” and forgetting to do basic things like eat, socialize, and take care of yourself can really build up and take a toll on you over time. Prioritize time for self care, it's more important than anything in the long run !!
Name: Kylie Bertrim
Personal Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Port Perry, ON
Favourite thing about ConEd?: The loving and welcoming community. It has been such a pleasure to be introduced into this community during an unusual year, and still feel the warmth and friendship that I was told so much about. The love between everyone is unmatched and I feel so at home with other people with the same goals and attitudes as me.
Favourite first-year class?: My favourite first-year class has to be Teaching Music to Children or HLTH102. Teaching Music to Children was so fun and aligned perfectly with my interests and experience. HLTH102 is also a favourite of mine because it brings along so many aspects of healthy living and self-improvement that can never not be used!
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: My favourite thing about Teach Exec is the different perspectives and personalities that all allow for a welcoming space for every single Teach:) It is always such a blast anytime we are with Teach Exec, and I never feel as if I am not heard or appreciated.
Personal Spotlight: Hi everyone! My name is Kylie and I am super pumped to meet everyone in September! I am in P.J., (unsure of my major and minor - I can put this in later!) and planning on becoming a Kindergarten Teacher:) I LOVE grey's anatomy, love to be outside, be super active, bake lots, and spend time with friends and family. I was involved in Queen's Health Outreach in my first year and plan on continuing in Health Outreach organizations in my future years at Queens! I am so hoping that I will get to meet and hang out with my froshies in the future, and feel free to approach me in any way, I am happy to have a chat or answer any questions!
Words of wisdom: My biggest piece of advice is to remember you are in the same boat as so many other people, and the amazing thing about ConEd is you have so many people supporting you that you can ask questions and for advice to. I definitely was able to use my supports in first year and it made my year so much more comfortable and I felt more confident in my schooling.
Name: Gracie Korac
Nickname(s): G-dawg, Graygray
Personal Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about ConEd is its welcoming community! Coming into a new school can be super intimidating at first, but from the start, I felt so supported and welcomed by everyone in this program. There are always so many events to attend throughout the year and I feel as though it has such an inclusive environment! I also loved Prof class first year and I feel that our prof, Holly Ogden , really welcomed everyone in such a great way! She is such an amazing ConEd mom and I am so happy to be a part of the ConEd family!
Favourite first-year class?: My favourite first year class has to be HLTH 102. Everything we've learned so far has been super interesting and applicable to my own life. You also get to do a super cool project around the end of the term where you choose a target behaviour and get to work on improving that behaviour in order to improve your overall health and wellness. The prof, Dr. Jennifer Tomasone, is also super sweet!
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: My favourite things about Teach Exec are how fun and welcoming they are. They have put so much effort into making O-week a blast and they are always prepared to make sure everyone is having the best time possible! They are also super approachable and supportive and they really resemble what it's like to be a Conneddie! They show so much ConEd love and I'm so happy I've gotten the chance to work with them!! They're the best!! :)
Personal Spotlight: Hey everyone!!! My name is Gracie and I am so pumped for O-week and to get to meet all of you future Conneddies in the fall! I am in PJ, majoring in Health and planning on getting ABQs in English and Math. I am forever a true One Directioner and I love playing field hockey, soccer and spending time with my friends :) I also love travelling and I am really hoping to do an exchange in my third year (maybe some place in Europe or in New Zealand!) I am super excited for second year and I am hoping to join some intramural sports and get more involved in the ConEd community. I’m also finally going to be moving out to Kingston with some friends next year so maybe I will get to see some of your new faces in person! Can’t wait to meet you all!!! Never hesitate to reach out!! :)
Words of wisdom: If I could give any advice to incoming students, it would be to "just do it"! I know that coming to a new school can be intimidating but I find that something I never regret is putting myself out of my comfort zone. Sometimes all you need is a little push and you may end up having the best time of your life and make some awesome memories! Don't let your fears get in the way of having an amazing and unforgettable first year! Whenever you're conflicted on whether or not you should join a club, talk to someone new, or go to an event, JUST DO IT :) and if you ever need a hype talk feel free to come to me! :)