Olivia Dunn


Name: Olivia Dunn

Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Favourite thing about ConEd?: The positive energy! This faculty is made up of so many enthusiastic, kind and approachable individuals. It’s clear from the first day of O-week that you're surrounded by people who are super excited to welcome you to the community. A smiling face is definitely hard to miss when you’re with a group of con-eddies :)

Favourite first-year class?: PSYC 100! I wasn’t completely sure what to major in when I started first year, but after a couple of weeks in this course, I knew psyc & me were meant to be. My favourite part of the course would have to be the content's applicability to teaching. I won’t lie, there is a lot of material to get through, but the interesting topics and the interactive labs make this worth it!

Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: Their con-ed love! It’s easy to tell just how passionate this group of people is about con-ed, as they are so so dedicated to making O-week the best that it can be!

Personal Spotlight:  Hey '25s! My name is Olivia and I’m so excited to be a teach this year! I’m in PJ and majoring in psychology. I love the outdoors- biking, swimming, running, hiking, you name it. I spent quite a bit of time biking around Kingston last year and it was a great way to explore the area! I also enjoy showtunes (in moderation), watching the office (not so much in moderation) , and am a sucker for a good Kingston sunset. So pumped to get to know all of you!

Words of wisdom: Practice patience! It might take a bit of time to settle into university, and that’s totally ok. It’s helpful to remember that everyone is in the same boat in terms of adjusting to life at Queen’s. That being said, try your best to get involved. The long list of clubs may seem daunting at first, but if you take a bit of time to peruse them, you’re sure to find something right up your alley!

Alaida Magbanua

Name: Alaida Magbanua

Nickname(s): i literally have no nicknames but pts for anyone who can give me one lol

Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Milton, ON

Favourite thing about ConEd?: the ppl in ConEd r super nice and welcoming nd will literally start a conversation w anyone abt anything lol. personally, i get rlly nervous speaking to new ppl especially by myself, plus w all this online stuff, ive found its rlly tough for me to engage in conversation but the ppl in ConEd  are super engaging and will always make an effort to include me in the convo:)

Favourite first-year class?: Definitely SOCY122 or LLCU 110. Dr. Singh and Dr. Shulist are top tier profs and the content is super interesting. Discussion prompts also require critical thinking but a good way lol

Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: Teach Exec this yr is super special cuz of the whole pandemic business and they have been working rlly hard to make this yrs orientation just as enjoyable as any other yr<3

Personal Spotlight: hello, hi ,, my name is alaida lol. i am planning to major in either philosophy or linguistics but i haven't made it official yet oops :0 i'm so excited to get to know you guys this coming september and hopefully help ease the process of adjusting into queens:)) some things abt filipina and was born in cebu city and moved to canada in 2010! i am currently watching new amsterdam and i tear up at the end of every episode. every. episode. im rlly into music too hehe.  i love trying new things and just being outside so if any of u ever need a fun partner hmu :p 

Words of wisdom: my biggest advice for the incoming students would be.. go easy on urself! don't be so hard on urself!!! especially during this super weird time, just make sure ur always trying ur best and know that ur best effort is enough:) be proud of ur little victories and just remember to have fun too (but also focus on school!!!!!). it's super important to find that balance between fun nd school and that is definitely smth u will learn along the way, of course not w out any bumps on the road! also one last thing,, dont b so scared that u let it stop u from pushing urself and trying new things! oke that's all<3

Emily Turcato

Name: Emily Turcato

Nickname(s): Em, Turkeytoes, Turks and Caicos

Personal Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

Favourite thing about ConEd?: I love how despite us being so far away during covid, I still think of the ConEd community as my family. They are absolutely the best and always know how to cheer me up!

Favourite first-year class?: Although it is a lot of work, MUSC 171 has to be one of my favourite courses other than PROF. You get to learn about popular music as well as the history of bands and instruments. It helped me a lot in trivia nights and the assignments really get you engaged in dissecting the musical elements of popular songs and artists.

Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: Teach Exec are really supportive and help keep me motivated. The little things, like the pictures in our slides or even some of the events we do, really make this group outstanding and groundbreaking.

Personal Spotlight: 

Hey y'all my name is Emily Turcato and I'm hella excited to meet you all next year!!! I am a P/J and plan on majoring in psychology. I have a weird obsession with goldfish, after a trip to California, so you will always find me snacking on that. I used to be a competitive dancer so I really enjoy teamwork as well as a little healthy competition. Additionally, I have the worst cartilage especially in my knees and hip from dance so you'll hear my bones popping from a mile away. Overall, I am a super approachable person who absolutely adores doing crafts at the weirdest hours so I am always up for a paint night at 1am! I hope that second year will allow me to be part of more clubs like dance, improv and volleyball! I also hope that we will be able to see each other during O week, but if not I'm excited to bring the magic of O week to y'all virtually. 

P.S. Ask me about my teeth ;)

Words of wisdom: Really cheesy but my words of wisdom are "be you". First year is definitely scary especially from the big jump from high school to university. Going into university, especially with it being online, I was super nervous to meet new people. But through group chats we were able to set up zoom calls with one another and I was able to create so many memories. Additionally I was even able to meet my housemates through this. The best thing to do is just be yourself and let people see and love the real you. You will have so many opportunities to meet new people whether it is through a class, group chat, or through the people you see on campus. I wish you all the best coming into first year, feel free to message any of us when you feel the need to!