Sonja Cestnik


Name: Sonja Cestnik

Nickname(s): Sonjy, Sonjon, SJ, Lasagna

Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Oakville, ON

Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about con-ed is the community! Everyone is so welcoming and makes you feel part of the family. The supportiveness and kind-heartedness from everyone is truly the best feeling. It is so nice that the faculty is somewhat small as you are able to get to know your fellow Con-Eddies super well!

Favourite first-year class?: My favourite class in first year was HLTH101! It was very interesting to learn about the social determinants of health and how they affect people differently. The prof was super nice and always showed his dog on zoom!!

Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: My favourite thing about teach exec is how much they care for each and every single person. They always ensure that everyone is doing well and are always there if you need anything. They are such a fun and outgoing group!

Personal Spotlight: Hi everyone! My name is Sonja and I am soooo excited to be a teach this year and to meet everyone in the fall. I am in P/J and majoring in health studies. I have been a competitive dancer my whole life, not the typical type of dance, but Irish dance! Grey’s Anatomy will forever be my favourite show - I am obsessed! I am also a lover of any outdoor activity. Going to camp my whole life, I love spending time outside and exploring. I am a very bubbly and outgoing person. I love meeting new people and can’t wait for orientation week!!!

Words of wisdom: Make time for yourself! University is a big transition from highschool. The workout load is much heavier and you have to be more independent. It is important to do well, however, I urge you to make time for yourself everyday to do something that makes you feel good. Whether that’s taking 15 minutes to colour or 2 hours to go on a walk with your friends, PLEASE do it! Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the teaches, we are all here for you! 

Olivia Howard 


Name: Olivia Howard

Nickname(s): Liv, Liv dawg

Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: London, ON

Favourite thing about ConEd?: 

How friendly everyone is and how many super fun and interesting activities are offered to coneddies. I also love Holly, and PROF 110. 

Favourite first-year class: This one is a super tough one because majority of my classes were asynchronous first year but probably GNDS120 because the content was super interesting and relevant to current events and I learned so many useful and empowering things from this course. I highly recommend it!!

Favourite thing about being a Teach?: Our TNOs! I look so forward to the fun activities we do every meeting and I have so much fun even if I’m sitting alone in the room while on the zoom call!

Personal Spotlight: Hey besties! My name is Olivia but you can call me Liv if you want. I am so excited to experience O-week with you since I missed out on a ton of activities during my O-week and totally regret it. I am looking at majoring in Socy, psych or maybe both and am in the pj stream. I am a camp counsellor in the summer and have such a blast with other counsellors and the kids because they make me laugh so hard sometimes and I have so much fun! I’ll be honest, since I stayed at home for my first year I didn’t get a chance to meet as many coneddies as I had hoped to in a normal year, so I am really hoping to make some friends with you froshies!! I can’t wait for September:)

Words of wisdom: I know you have probably heard this a ton but it’s something I live by. Get involved with activities you are interested in, I was super hesitant to become a teach but it is so worth it and I cannot believe I debated applying! No matter what next year is like there are tons of activities to get involved with at Queen’s and it will make your experience so much better!

Parmida Shahbakhti


Name: Parmida Shahbakhti

Nickname(s): Parm, Par, Parmesan

Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Favourite thing about ConEd?: ConEd is my favourite thing about Queen's. I love everything from how inclusive and welcoming everyone is to all the amazing memories and experiences you will gain as a ConEd student! 

Favourite first-year class?: PHAR100- I personally loved the content as well as how doable the workload is. I definitely recommend this course to whoever is looking for an elective. It could also be used towards a Chem teachable!

Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: How genuine, supportive, and enthusiastic they are.They really make you feel super comfortable and loved. They know how to create a loving, fun, and safe environment for everyone!

Personal Spotlight: Hey Hi! My name is Parmida and I'm from Toronto. My teachables are biology and chemistry and I'm majoring in Bio. So if you have any questions regarding the workload and such, feel free to hit me up! I'm a super outgoing person and I love picking up new hobbies with every chance that I get. I love knitting, embroidery, thrift shopping, watching movies, dancing, and exploring new places. I'm also the biggest foodie you'll probably ever come across. I'm super excited to be a teach and to meet all of you!!

Words of wisdom: First year could be extremely difficult for some and that's totally okay! You will get through it and you have more support than you think! Don't be afraid to reach out to us or anyone you trust, that's why we signed up to be a teach :) Just put yourself out there as much as you can and enjoy the small stuff, they will add up to what you'll miss the most about university.