Name: Haley Allen
Nickname(s): Hales, Haley Bailey, Hale Bale
Personal Pronouns: She/her
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Favourite thing about ConEd?: The community! Despite being online for my first year, I was able to meet amazing friends in my program as everyone was so warm and eager to get to know one another. Being in ConEd, there's an automatic connection with everyone else in it and it's really amazing to feel that sense of belonging.
Favourite first-year class?: HIST104 and HIST105 with Steven Maynard. I had no idea Canadian history could be so engaging and intersectional until I took his class! He approaches history from multiple perspectives (ie. different races, genders, etc.) and has continued to support and encourage his students through a challenging academic year.
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: The teach exec is fully committed to the wellness, academic success, and orientation enjoyment of both the teaches and frosh. You truly feel like you have a friend and an ally in every single one of them.
Personal Spotlight: Hi everyone! My name is Haley and am so looking forward to meeting each and every one of you in September. I am in the I/S stream of ConEd and plan to major in History with additional teachables in English and Social Sciences. I love to sing and play guitar (calling all Taylor Swift fans), watch movies (thrillers and musicals are my jam!), read books, travel, and eat great Mexican food! I've been at home in Toronto for the entirety of my first year which means (like all of you) I'll also be new to campus this year! Please feel free to reach out to me either in-person or online if you have any questions about ConEd, my teachables, or Queen's in general! I can't wait to welcome you all into our big ConEd family!
Words of wisdom: My biggest piece of advice is to be a risk-taker and then let the chips fall where they may. I sent countless DMs to people on Queen's Class of 2024 Facebook and Instagram pages and while it felt scary to put myself out there in this way, I was ultimately rewarded with many new friends as a result. This was actually how I met my housemates for this year! Risk-taking can feel daunting at first, but in my experience, putting myself out there by going to professors' office hours, reaching out to new people online, attending university events, and joining clubs, led to some of my favorite first year memories/experiences!
Name: Ashley Mignault
Personal Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Kingston #PROUDTOWNIE
Favourite thing about ConEd?: The incredible people that love and support you all the time, and all the many opportunities there are to get involved!
Favourite first-year class?: Phar 100!! I found all the information super interesting and relevant, and it was a very light course!
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: They are HILARIOUS and I always have such a fun time when I'm talking with them! They have been so organized and have worked very hard to make both the teaches and the incoming class have the best experience possible, and for that I am so grateful! They have also made my transition into university easier by being there for any help I need with classes or advice, and have helped me meet some pretty sweet coneddies!
Personal Spotlight: Hiii!!! My name is Ashley Mignault and I am SO excited to meet you all !! O-week is going to be SUCH a fun experience! I am in I.S. and am planning on majoring in biology with teachables in bio and chem! I LOVE meeting new people, travelling, working out, making and eating food, and going on long walks (I'm down for a walk anytime so feel free to reach out!). I have been involved with the Queens Women in Leadership exec and was a tutor for Helen Tufts, and I hope to keep getting more involved in second year! I am super friendly and approachable so please feel free to contact me with any questions or just to chat!! I've also lived in Kingston my whole life so if you need recommendations or directions (or literally anything else) you can always come to me! I can not WAIT to meet you all soon!! xoxo
Words of wisdom: Coming to uni can be overwhelming since it is such a big transition. My advice is to be patient and kind with yourself, and don't set any expectations! There may be times where you feel like you are the only one going through something and everyone else has their life together, but I promise you, you are NOT alone! Take risks and reach out to people when you are struggling, because you will find people going through something very similar things that can help you! Every single person has a different uni experience, so don't compare yours to what you hear about or see on social media, just live in the moment and appreciate every second - it goes by SO fast! I feel like everyone always says get involved, but it really is the best way to meet like-minded people! Just make sure to know when you've taken on too much, because taking care of yourself ALWAYS comes first! Honestly, just be PROUD of yourself for getting here, be yourself, do what YOU want to do and not just what everyone else is doing, and I promise everything will fall into place and you will LOVE queens!!!
Name: Gabrielle Coens
Nickname(s): Gabby, Gab, Gib
Personal Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Kingston, ON
Favourite thing about ConEd?: THE PEOPLE! Everyone is so supportive, friendly, and radiates con-ed love<3
Favourite first-year class?: My favourite first year class was ANAT 100. The content is very interesting and you get your own online cadaver (I named mine Hank)!! It is very interactive and the assignments are super fun and engaging.
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: They are all so encouraging, welcoming, and supportive. They have been and continue to work hard to plan an AWESOME orientation week and they cannot wait to meet the new coneddies! They are a dedicated, fun, and GrouNDbrEAKinG group of fantastic people!
Personal Spotlight: Hi everyone! My name is Gabrielle and I cannot wait to meet all of the incoming coneddies! I am majoring in Life Sciences and am planning to teach high school biology and chemistry. I am a volunteer for Queen’s Kaleidoscope, Global Medical Brigades, and am a Queen’s highland dancer! I also play the piano for the Queen’s Praise and Power chapter. I am a lover of all things musical and cheesy. When I’m not studying or creating to-do lists, you can find me hanging out with my friends, drinking peppermint tea, binge-watching a new Netflix fav, or doing some kind of virtual work out! My top three places to travel are Paris, Greece, and Italy (all places that have AMAZING food!). I am a very optimistic, organized, and approachable person and I cannot wait to meet the class of ’25!
Words of wisdom: My piece of advice for first year students is to get involved! Whether that is joining a club, playing on an intramural team, being involved in a student government, doing a weekly fitness class at the ARC, or working on campus, getting involved will make your university experience SO much more enjoyable. You will be able to meet new people, learn your way around campus, and have a break from all the academic and mental stresses that come with the transition to university. This may seem overwhelming or out of your comfort zone, but it will help make your first year amazing :)