Why should I attend the Concurrent Education Orientation Week over other faculty Orientation Weeks?

Concurrent Education Orientation Week allows you to meet other students, just like yourself, who have been accepted into the Concurrent Education program at Queen's. These are the students that you will be sharing your various Prof classes with and whom you can share your joy for teaching with. 

 

Furthermore, we have a lot of amazing traditions and because we are a smaller faculty, we quickly become bonded like family. By participating in our Orientation, you become part of a legacy of students who have gone through our program, and get to share in our Con-Ed Love. 

To learn more about why participating in the Concurrent Education Orientation Week is a great idea, a few upper-year Con-Eddies shared about their Orientation experiences which you can read down below!

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Alexis Pascoal, 5th-year I/S student

What did you love about Orientation as an Incoming Student? 

I really loved how orientation introduced me to so many new people right away. Like starting anything new, university can be intimidating. It was really comforting knowing that there were so many other first years in the same boat as me that I could chat with and form friendships with before school even started. It was a great opportunity to find out who I was in class or residence with, and a great way to get advice from upper-year students. All in all, Con-Ed orientation really eased my nerves about starting university and introduced me to this amazing faculty - I wouldn't trade that experience for the world!

Why should Incoming Students register for Con-Ed Orientation? 

Concurrent Education Orientation Week is really unlike any other faculty orientation week. In Con-Ed we take pride in our traditions and tight-knit community, so participating in orientation really exposes you to these traditions, as well as so many new opportunities before school even starts. Con-Ed orientation also has everything you need to know about your degree plans, teaching placements, campus life, etc., so attending orientation really sets you up for success!

One word to describe Concurrent Education Orientation Week: 

Lively! 

What is one thing you learned during Orientation Week that could be helpful for Incoming Students?

Be yourself!! By being yourself and staying true to you you'll find so many people with similar interests and passions, and hopefully some lifelong friends! University is also a fresh start, so use this to your advantage... get involved, put yourself out there, and have some fun!

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Ciaran Allman, 4th-year I/S student

What did you love about Orientation as an Incoming Student? 

I loved the sense of community and spirit that the entire faculty had right from the get-go. It really helped me transition into first-year knowing that I had friends and teaches to support me

Why should Incoming Students register for Con-Ed Orientation? 

Orientation week is an unforgettable experience that everybody should partake in! The transition from high school to university can be daunting so knowing that you have so many friends and mentors to back you up makes the experience all the more seamless. Orientation Week is also full of fun opportunities and experiences that you will go on to remember fondly.

One word to describe Concurrent Education Orientation Week: 

Community

What is one thing you learned during Orientation Week that could be helpful for Incoming Students?

Nobody knows what they're doing. Coming-of-age movies will convince you that your identity is a closed case right after high school and that adulthood begins the minute you step on campus. The biggest thing to take away from O-Week is to be kind and patient with yourself and others. Con-Ed is such a supportive faculty and there will always be a friend who can support you when things get tough.

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Bronwyn Clifton, 5th-year I/S student

What did you love about Orientation as an Incoming Student? 

Orientation week gave me an opportunity to truly feel like I was a part of the Con-Ed and Queen's community. I met incredible friends and fell in love with the program, the people, and our traditions! My Teaches were also amazing and have continued to support me throughout these past 3 years, O-Week connections never really fade away <3

Why should Incoming Students register for Con-Ed Orientation? 

Incoming Students should register for Concurrent Education Orientation because it is a life-changing experience! Incoming Students will be welcomed with open arms into a loving, tight-knit faculty, and the connections they make during O-Week will stay with them for the rest of their undergrad! O-Week also helps students become acquainted with Queen's, the program, the campus, and student resources which they can use for the rest of their time at Queen's! I could not recommend anything more than Con-Ed O-Week!

One word to describe Concurrent Education Orientation Week: 

Dazzling!!

What is one thing you learned during Orientation Week that could be helpful for Incoming Students?

Reach out to your Teaches for help!!! One amazing part of O-Week is that it provides you with resources to support you throughout your time at Queen's. Your Teaches are a huge part of that support system. They are there to help you out, so take advantage of that!

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Paris Tomazic, 5th-year I/S student

What did you love about Orientation as an Incoming Student? 

As an incoming student, Orientation week allowed me to find assurance in my University decision and meet like-minded people who I am still close to today. When I started University I was nervous, overwhelmed, and did not know whether this was the ideal program for me, however after just finishing the first day of Orientation, I knew that Queen’s was the right decision. Everyone in the Concurrent Education program is so approachable and there’s an instant, unspoken bond through the common goals we all share. Each student in this program is unique through their own interests and experiences, however, we all share the same passion for teaching, uplifting others, and helping them grow.

Why should Incoming Students register for Con-Ed Orientation? 

I strongly believe that my University experience would not have been the same without Orientation. Orientation allowed me to have a very smooth transition to University, as I realized that our faculty is a family and that everyone is very kind, approachable, and willing to help. I still talk to my Orientation Leaders and I’ve made friendships that I still have today. What’s more, the energy throughout Orientation is like no other - especially through all of the Con-Ed cheers we have. During Orientation, there are also so many events and traditions specific to our program. Orientation has events that allow you to become more knowledgeable of the resources and opportunities to get involved at Queen’s, as well as socials to meet and bond with others in the program.

One word to describe Concurrent Education Orientation Week: 

Family

What is one thing you learned during Orientation Week that could be helpful for Incoming Students?

Orientation doesn’t just take place over the course of a week in September, but continues throughout the entire year and span of your undergrad, as your Orientation Leaders are always there to support you and the week gives you the opportunity to create long-lasting friendships. I learned that whether it be your Orientation Leaders, Orientation Exec, Faculty and Staff, or other incoming students, there are always people here to support you at Queen’s not just during your transition to University, but your undergrad as a whole.

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Grace Chen, 4th-year I/S student

What did you love about Orientation as an Incoming Student? 

The community bonding that occurred right away and White's Farm was an incredible bonding experience in particular as I felt so welcomed into this family and felt confident in the weeks to follow after orientation week

Why should Incoming Students register for Con-Ed Orientation? 

To gain new connections and friendships in the first week to make Queen's feel more at home!! It also helped equipped me with a lot of knowledge about campus so where everything was, where to go for support, etc

One word to describe Concurrent Education Orientation Week: 

Life-changing

What is one thing you learned during Orientation Week that could be helpful for Incoming Students?

I learned that there are so many student groups and communities to be connected with on campus, so even if an incoming student does not vibe with their frosh group, chances are, there will always be people they connect well with either from other groups or from all the other diverse student bodies on campus!

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Kendra, 2nd-year student

What did you love about Orientation as an Incoming Student? 

My favourite thing about Orientation week was the coffee house! I had so many people come up to me about my singing after it and it honestly lead me to make so many friends and connections within the department! I also loved Teaches wear Prada because my teach Grant did an iconic routine last year and I got to teach him his iconic model walk.

Why should Incoming Students register for Con-Ed Orientation? 

Incoming students should register for O-week because it is a great way to meet new people in your faculty. I am so thankful I went to mine because I met so many amazing people and created so many connections that helped me survive first year. You get to do so many fun activities within the department and with other departments (shout out to Kin and Health Sci) and it is overall just a fun way to destress and connect before the semester begins!

One word to describe Concurrent Education Orientation Week: 

Chaos

What is one thing you learned during Orientation Week that could be helpful for Incoming Students?

How to navigate SOLUS! Even though it is now updated SOLUS is still SUCH a pain; I’m so glad I had them to help me through navigating it and how to use it! Another helpful thing I learned during O-week is to try to not stress over PSYC 100; do the 5 extra points for doing studies, trust me you will thank me!

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 Kayla Ananiadis, 3rd-year student

"Orientation Week was fun as it helped develop a sense of community even though it was online. You not only meet great upper-year Con-Eddies (your teaches), but also other ConEddies. I really enjoyed the good vibes coming from all members of the Con-Ed community as it was a warm welcome to Con-Ed and to Queens. It was such a positive environment to make the most out of online orientation"

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Megan McDowell, 2nd-year student

"Con-Ed Orientation is an unforgettable experience! Orientation helped me develop a sense of community and Con-Ed Love because I attended all the events and participated alongside my peers! It’s really important to put yourself out there and take risks because you will make lifelong friends and memories! Orientation is directed towards fun and bonding with your peers, however, there are also events that help with academic management and tips for success! It was great to attend all these types of events to get the full orientation experience, and feel more prepared going into the first week of university! Con-Ed O-Week is the start of your Queen’s experience, and it will be something you look back on and smile about for the rest of your time here! Con-Ed Love!"

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The Concurrent Education Orientation Week acknowledges that Queen's University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory.