Name: Sophia Eberschlag
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario (proud 6’er)
Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about Con-Ed is the people in it! You will never meet a better group of people in your life. From the students to the faculty and advisors, everyone in Con-Ed is kind, inclusive, caring, smart, accepting, empathetic, supportive, and so much fun. I am so excited for all of you to become a part of our family:)
Favourite first year class?: ENGL 100, English has always been my favourite class:)
Favourite thing about Teach exec?: My favourite thing about Teach Exec is how friendly and approachable they are! Each member of Teach Exec is an amazing person that I feel completely comfortable talking to about anything. They are truly here for us whenever we need them with no judgement, only Con-Ed love.
Personal Spotlight: Hiiiii my name is Sophia Eberschlag and I am beyond excited to be a teach for O-Week 2020. I absolutely LOVED my O-Week and I am HYPED to be a part in making incoming students love it and Con-Ed in general as well! I'm obsessed with: my two younger siblings, literally all genres of music (feel free to send me good songs reccos!), anything outdoorsy (especially related to camping), hanging out with my friends, childhood movies, non-competitive sports, and pasta. I also love school. In school, I am majoring in English and I am in P.J. My goals for second year are to get even more involved in the Queen’s community, to settle into living here at Queen’s with my housemates, and to have a crazy fun O-Week with all the incoming students!!
Words of wisdom: Appreciate the little things! There is so much beauty and magnificence in the seemingly insignificant things in life, from the way sun warms your skin when you face it, to the colours of the trees and sky, to the smiles of your friends when you’re spending quality time together. Coming to university is so exciting (and scary!!) and you can easily get caught up in all of the big changes and forget about the little things that can bring you joy. Pay attention to little things that make you happy as they are more constant than the big milestones you’ll experience this year. If you do, you’ll find yourself with a million little things always there for you to search for joy in when you’re feeling down:)
Name: Ben Reed
Nickname(s): Benny, Benny Boy, Ben Reed: Principal Gong
Preferred Pronouns: he/him
Hometown: Belleville! (Bellevegas, baby!)
Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about Con-Ed is the instant connection we had with one another when we all met. Con-Ed has such a strong community where everyone feels welcome, and feels like they can be themselves. When you're surrounded by like-minded people, you become the best version of yourself. We are all so lucky to be members of such an amazing faculty. Everyone is so supportive of one another, and it makes every day much easier.
Favourite first year class?: MUSC 191 - Music Theory. Yeah I know it's nerdy, but it's super cool! Plus the professor is hilarious, and maybe a mad scientist of piano.
Favourite thing about Teach exec?: My favourite thing about Teach Exec 2020 is how positive and fun they are. They always want everyone to be included and have a good time, and I love it so much. They make me smile every time we see each other, and they make our Teach 2020 group feel like a big family!
Personal Spotlight: Hey! I'm Ben and I'm so pumped to be a Teach. I'm majoring in Music and I'm in I.S. with teachables in Music and History. My main instrument is drums, but I also play guitar, and a whole wack of other stuff. I'm super outgoing and energetic, and I'm always down for a good chat. I might talk your ear off though. Beware. I'm just really passionate about what I do, and if you get me excited and talking about it, you'll be there for hours. I can't wait to meet all of you and learn about what makes you as happy as music makes me.
Also, The Beatles are the greatest band of all time. Don't @ me.
Words of wisdom: Okay, I've got a bunch. Buckle up.
1. TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY THAT COMES YOUR WAY. University is like nothing you've ever done before. You will be faced with a number of awesome opportunities that will immensely enrich your university experience. Join clubs! Go to concerts! Go to study sessions and colloquiums! Get the best experience you can.
2. DON'T FORGET THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT YOU. When school gets tough, people often isolate themselves and try to deal with problems themselves. That works for some people, but it doesn't for others. Remember that no matter what, there are people who care about you and who can help you if you need. Maybe it's us. Maybe it's your best friend. Maybe it's your neighbour, or your don. Maybe it's your mom. Whoever it is, just remember that everyone wants you to succeed, and there are people to help if you need it.
3. REMEMBER THE JOY. You are here for a reason! You are here because you like what you do, and you want to be better at it. Sometimes, it gets tough and you get stressed, and you forget about what makes you happy. Don't forget to take a step back and remember why you're here. Remember the joy.
Name: Jayne Gazzola
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Guelph, Ontario
Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about Con-Ed is the family that we are. Everyone has such a kind heart and is always so open to making new friends. I also love that Con-Ed gave me a chance to meet so many people who love teaching and learning as much as I do! Our O-Week is also AMAZING!!
Favourite first year class?: PHYS 104
Favourite thing about Teach exec?: My favourite thing about Teach Exec is that they are so easy to be around!! They always have such great energy and it is contagious!!
Personal Spotlight: Hey hey!! I’m Jayne and I’m SO SO looking forward to being a Teach this year!! I made some of my absolute best friends during O-Week and I can’t wait to share that same Con-Ed love with the incoming class!! I am in IS with teachables in Physics and French. I love doing all kinds of puzzles, I play golf, and I can always go for a good cup of tea!! I also love hanging out with my friends and watching a good movie or an episode of Gilmore Girls. (As long as there are snacks!!) I love getting to know people and making new friends, so don’t be afraid to send a smile my direction if you see me around!!
Words of wisdom: My words of wisdom would be to be yourself and say yes to the things you love! University is the most perfect time to really embrace who you are!