Name: Eleanor Daley
Nickname(s): Eggleanor, El, Egg
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Favourite thing about ConEd?: ConEd love!!!!!!! The community and energy is great. Con Ed is the place to be! <3 <3 <3
Favourite first year class?: HIST108! It's a really interesting take on global history and is a good foundation for other history courses. The prof (Dr. Sen) always had super interesting lectures! Also the work isn't very hard hehe. Also honourable mention for ENGL100 with Dr. Straker!!!! SUCH a good class!
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: Literally everything. They're so caring and kind and just want the best O Week for you! We <3 team GrouNDbrEAKinG!!!!! (they also always play fun music at the beginning of Zoom calls)
Personal Spotlight: Hey hey hey! My name is Eleanor and I am SO excited to meet you in September! I'm in I/S with teachables in history and English and plan on majoring in history with an English minor (i guess i have to learn to read....). I LOVE dogs so pls show me pictures of your dogs (or any pets ngl i love them all, but especially dogs). In my free time I'm probably singing, playing guitar, writing, or doing whatever sparks my creative fancy in the moment. In second year I look forward to getting more involved in the Queen's community and joining choir as well as hopefully some other clubs! I can't wait to get to know you all and have the best frosh week ever!!!!!
Words of wisdom: Talk to your profs and TAs! I was super scared to ever go to office hours or reach out to my profs/TAs when I had questions, and having to do everything over Zoom stressed me out even more. But most profs and TAs are happy to help and really great to talk to! Also pro tip: if you can, for big assignments in more writing-based courses, ask your TA about your thesis to make sure it's good - this is an absolute grade saver.
Name: Julia Hess
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Favourite thing about ConEd?: I am so passionate about working with kids and I love that Con-Ed has so many amazing opportunities to learn about education and meet so many people who are passionate about teaching!! Everyone is so positive and welcoming, and it is always so cool to learn about everyone's diverse interests within the field of education and beyond!!
Favourite first year class?: MUSC 114 (teaching music to kids) is super fun, super chill, and the prof is soo nice! GNDS 120 is also an amazing course with super interesting and important content + manageable course load - I'm taking it as an elective right now and I would definitely recommend that everyone take a gender studies course at some point in undergrad!
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: Team GrouNDbrEAKinG is so kind, supportive, and energetic!!! They make everything so fun, and I know they are going to lead an AMAZING Orientation week!! :)
Personal Spotlight: Hi everyone!! My name is Julia and I'm so excited to meet you all!!! I am currently in 2nd year Con-Ed doing primary/junior and majoring in psychology!! I am so so passionate about working with kids and spend lots of time volunteering/working with a bunch of different organizations (virtually right now). I also looooove watching tv shows in my free time (tv shows > movies for sure) and some of my favourites are Good Trouble (the Fosters spin-off), Grey's Anatomy, and Euphoria. I also like baking whenever I get a chance so send me any good recipes you have <3 I am so excited to meet everyone!!!
Words of wisdom: Find things you love to do!! You will hear from everyone that you should get involved in university, which is something I totally agree with, and I would build on this by encouraging you to devote your time to things you are excited about!! This includes taking classes you are excited about (if you hate a class after the first week and don't need to take it, don't be scared to drop it!!), spending time with people that make you happy, joining clubs that you are excited to go to, etc. university goes by sooo fast so I would definitely recommend choosing to do things that you like and not signing up for things just because everyone else is or it seems like you should. That being said, there are so many amazing opportunities at Queen's and extracurriculars have been some of the best things about my time at Queen's so far (if you are interested in education-related volunteer things, msg me there are so many great options!). It might take some time to find what you're passionate about but surrounding yourself with people you love and spending time doing things you love (while also taking time to relax) are super important for your mental health :)