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Orli Rich

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Name: Orli Rich

Nickname(s): Orzo, Borli

Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Burlington, Ontario

Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about ConEd would have to be the incredible people you meet. The endless laughs you have, the core memories you'll always remember, the inside jokes that never get old, and most importantly, all the instant best friends you make!!

Favourite first-year class?: My favourite first year class would be PHIL157 (Moral Issues)! It is such a fun class and the information you learn about is super prevalent to the real world. The course load was pretty light and the professor is super understanding and interesting.

Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: My favourite thing about Teach Exec. is how friendly everyone is!! Everyone is always just a text away and super supportive of everything. It truly feels like a family 24/7 :)

Personal Spotlight:  Hi new friends!!! My name is Orli Rich, I am in P/J and plan on double majoring in Psychology and Philosophy! Some fun facts about me: I can ride a unicycle, have recorded original songs in a studio, and have been to many cool places around the world. I am so excited to welcome you into this fabulous program and hopefully see you on campus. Get ready for the best years of your life, they'll go fast.

Words of wisdom: "Everything will be ok in the end. So, if it's not ok, it's not the end." Although super cliche, you will get through every single challenge that gets thrown your way. Whether you're feeling lonely during your first few days here, stressed about failing the PSYC exam, worried about the future, or missing home, you WILL be ok. Just gotta keep fighting :) You got this!!

Noa Daniel

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Name: Noa Daniel

Nickname(s): None because my name is so short :(( if you can come up with one though I will love you forever <3

Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about con-ed is the amazing community! Con-ed is a fairly small faculty compared to some of the other faculties at Queen's, which means that we have the ability to meet a lot of other students and make close connections with everyone. All the con-eddies that I have met are so so sweet and warm, and everyone is always willing to make new friends, which is something I love!

Favourite first-year class?: POLS110 has got to be my favourite first-year class! It was so interesting to learn about political concepts and then relate them to current events (especially because of the pandemic and elections that have taken place in Canada and the United States recently). This course really opened my eyes to the world around me! I also enjoyed that a lot of the assignments in this course allowed me to go on my own path of research, which meant that I could research topics that really interested me, making the course a lot more enjoyable! PROF110 is a close second, though, which you will understand soon enough ;)

Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: There are so many things that I love about Teach Exec! My favourite thing would have to be the amazing relationships that they have with one another; you can tell that they all vibe so well together! There is never a dull moment with Teach Exec, and you leave every meeting with them with a smile on your face!

Personal Spotlight: Hello class of '26!!! My name is Noa and I am SOOO excited to meet all of you during orientation week this year! I am entering my second year, and will (hopefully) be majoring in English or Political Studies, while in the P/J stream! Here are some fun facts about me; I love everything Broadway and musicals, and no joke, I can belt the entire soundtrack of Hamilton (I have no shame in that). I also love baking, with my favourite thing to bake being chocolate chip cookies (probably going to live off of them this year -- I was in residence last year and didn't have to think about cooking. Now I live off campus, and cookies are the only thing I can see myself making LOL). Last, my favourite place on campus is the school's coffee shop, called CoGro!! The vibes there are elite and the food/drinks are really yummy, especially if you're living on res and need a break from the dining hall (I highly recommend an iced matcha chai and breakfast bagel <3).

Words of wisdom: 

Coming to university as a first-year can be really fun, but it can also be really isolating. You are away from your family and high school friends for the first time in your life, and you have to make new connections with all these new people. Don't feel ashamed or embarrassed if you are feeling isolated, because you are definitely not the only one! To help make the transition to university life easier, I have three pieces of advice: 

ONE --> it will be SO important for you to get involved in activities at school (whether that be through con-ed or other organizations).

TWO --> if you live in res, keep your door open! This shows that you are willing to make new friends on your floor! Some of my closest friends came from doing this :)

THREE --> allocate some time in your week for self-care, whether that be going for a walk, getting Starbucks, or watching your favourite TV show! You can do these things alone, or, if you want, you can invite new friends to do these things with you! It is really up to you, but you will soon learn that in university, it is totally okay (and sometimes necessary) to do things alone!

Serena Lunsky

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Name: Serena Lunsky

Nickname(s): Ripley (it's my legal middle name, believe it or not)

Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Favourite thing about ConEd?: I have met so many great people in this program. It's super easy to make friends, and you'll want to make friends since the people are so nice

Favourite first-year class?: CHEM 112, I love chemistry and you get to have so many great profs (and some not so great ones too :/)

Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: The perfect 50:50 mix of support and disgust I got when I said the ten minute version of All Too Well by Taylor Swift was too long.

Personal Spotlight: 

I'm something of a magician. A huckster, cardsmith, a witch, whatever you want to call it. I almost always have a deck of cards on me, and I am always happy to show you a card trick!

Words of wisdom: Reach out to people you like! No one ever gets a text from someone asking to hang out and thinks "gross". If you know someone you'd like to be friends with (in your classes or res) but don't know how to become friends with them, just ask to hang out. Ask to study together, ask to get lunch, whatever! Everyone else is trying to make new friends too, and they'll probably be happy you broke the ice.

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