Name: Laura Davies
Personal Pronouns: She/her
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Favourite thing about ConEd?: Hmmm… that’s a hard one but I’d say definitely walking to West at 8:30 am on a Friday. 100% joking!! That’s the one negative, everything else about Con-Ed at Queens is amazing! The Con-Ed family is so supportive and welcoming, that I feel like I can always be myself. Painting coveralls at Orientation is also one of my favourites! I think that it really just brings your whole group together and allows your creativity to shine through!
Favourite first-year class?: Politics 110 with Professor Jonathan Rose is the best class! We had fun short opinion assignments throughout the course on current events and only a take-home exam where you got the option to pick your questions.
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: They’re so fun and creative! They make our weekly meetings a blast, shoutout to their Buzzfeed Quiz!
Personal Spotlight: Welcome to Con-Ed! I’m Laura Davies and I’m so excited to be a Teach this year. I can’t wait to meet you all! I’m majoring in French Studies and minoring in Political Studies and I’m in P. J. I love the winter, on the first snow fall of the year, I always take a walk in the snow. I also love cooking, skiing, coffee, movies and travelling. I have dual citizenship and I hope to teach in Europe one day. A fun fact about me is that I had braces for 9 years!
Words of wisdom: Always be yourself because everyone else is already taken. Coming to university is the chance to meet new people and make new friends, so embrace it! Believe in yourself and try something new because you’ll never know where it’ll take you unless you try.
Name: Phoebe Rushton
Nickname(s): Pheebs, Phobe, Pho, Ginge
Personal Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Brampton ON
Favourite thing about ConEd?: I absolutely adore the ConEd community and the sense of belonging I feel whenever I'm around a fellow coneddie, no matter what year they are in.
Favourite first-year class?: I actually really like PSYC 100! I'm crazy, I know. It is just so interesting. I mean, would it be better if it felt like the Psych team wasn't trying to make us fail? Absolutely. Nonetheless, there is no bond like that of two students attempting to not fail the fall exam together. That truly has you bonded for life.
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: I love how welcoming literally everyone is, it is such a safe space. Coming from someone who has never really felt like I belonged, it is so easy to feel loved by your new 7 friends who are always there.
Personal Spotlight: Hello, Hello! I'm Phoebe, and I'm probably that tall ginger that you've seen before but can't describe where. I'm hoping to go into P/J and I'm still deciding my major! No, my parents didn't name me after the Friends character. However, their goal in naming me was to ensure I wasn't given any nicknames. Well, jokes on them because every person in my friend group has something different that they call me, and *Newsflash* none of the names are "Phoebe". Shocking, I know. I mean my parents must've had some sort of vendetta against me because they decided to have a tall ginger child and then give a her a name that no one knows how to pronounce, which in turn gave me a BUNCH of weird nicknames. I was a band nerd in high school and played the oboe, and so the entire band called me Phoboe. I have a rabbit named Finnigan, who just roams the house and is the king of his castle. Don't get me wrong though, he's a total booger, but will love you as soon as you have chips or chocolate and will literally stick his entire face into your mouth to get a bite. He lives his life with no regret; a true inspiration. I used to work at Canadian Tire 45 hours a week and still remember half of the product numbers, so I can also be used as a CT database. I've gotten into a new obsession of making Focaccia, so if you want a recipe, I've got you. I'm so excited to welcome the new class of coneddies in and I'm ready to show them everything ConEd has to offer here at Queen's!!
Words of wisdom:
Do your best, whatever your best may be, because that is good enough.
Coming into Queen's was really hard for me. After being stuck at home for two years and basically living at work, I found it really hard to be away, and honestly alone. After about a week, and a lot of tears, I made the decision to do my best everyday day, no matter what that looked like. Some days I would hide in my room and watch Netflix, and others I would go out and socialize with people on my floor. Bottom line is that first year university is a big change, and it is challenging, so whatever your best may look like everyday is good enough.
Name: Marie Bradley
Personal Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Pembroke, ON
Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about ConEd is the support from all the students, professors, and faculty members at Queens. Everyone is welcoming and always makes sure you have the support systems you need to feel involved at Queens University. I also love the amazing friends you get to meet and all the activities you get to participate in as a ConEd student.
Favourite first-year class?: My favourite first-year class was the PROF class. Holly is such a fantastic professor who always makes sure everyone has the support they need to succeed in the class. I also met so many friendly people in the class that made me feel more at home at Queens. The class was also super relaxing, insightful, and lots of fun.
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: My favourite thing about Teach Exec. is their enthusiasm and humour. They are really fun people and help everyone feel like having fun together.
Personal Spotlight: Hi everyone, my name is Marie Bradley. I am really excited to meet all of you. I hope to major in French and minor in history or psychology this year. I am also hoping to teach French and History in high school. During my first year at Queen's, I absolutely loved participating in Intramurals. It is such a fun way to make friends and continue playing sports. Also, a few fun facts about me are that I am a twin (she is also at Queens, which is really fun), I used all my Flex money in the first month at Queen's, I go to Starbucks at least once a day and I love spending some time shopping downtown Kingston with friends. I always want to play sports, go to the gym or do anything that involves exercise. My favourite sports are volleyball and downhill skiing. Again, I can't wait to welcome all of you in 2022, I hope you all love Con. Ed as much as I do, and please always say Hi if you see me around campus!
Words of wisdom: The first few months at Queen's can be very tough. For example, in the first few weeks at Queen's, I changed my mind on what classes I wanted to take and had to re-think my whole schedule before the deadline, which was really stressful. Also, the food might be different from what you are used to, and you are in a new environment with bigger classes and new people, as well as you may be living in residence! Therefore, there are a lot of adjustments that you may have to make. My advice to you; however, is never to lose sight of your dreams, push the boundaries, challenge yourself as this year is for YOU. It is a time for YOU to learn, take risks, find out who you are, and have the best time of your life! So, even though there may be many adjustments, stay positive and make the most of your time at Queens University:)