Name: Bella Johnston
Nickname(s): Bella actually is a nickname... can you guess my full name?
Personal Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Favourite thing about ConEd?: I know almost every coneddie says this, but my favourite part of ConEd is the community. All of the coneddies I have met have been so incredibly friendly and kind! Being a coneddie is like being a part of a massive group of friends, and no matter where you go on campus, you’re sure to bump into at least one!
Favourite first-year class?: I loved BIOL 103! You learn about tons of fascinating organisms and how they have evolved over time. Side note: the course has added significantly to my repertoire of random facts (just wait until you hear about flatworm mating)
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: You know those people who are cool and accomplished but also super friendly and down to earth? I know, they’re hard to come by; however, by some miracle, 7 of those amazing people got together and became Teach exec. They’re some of the nicest people you will ever meet, and you can literally talk to them about anything!
Personal Spotlight: Hi there! I’m Bella! I am a biology major planning on teaching I.S. (with teachables in biology and French). Outside of school, I love dancing, drinking coffee, watching cheesy Hallmark movies (have you seen “You’re Bacon Me Crazy”? It’s a winner), and I have recently gotten into snowboarding (the fall count is currently around 35, but I’ll keep you updated). I am so excited to get to know all of you incoming coneddies and introduce you to the amazing ConEd faculty!!!
Words of wisdom: A few words of wisdom: use your resources. Coming to university (especially in the middle of a pandemic) is a daunting experience. You have to make new friends, join clubs, find a place to live, find a summer job… while also keeping up with your schoolwork. It’s a lot, but there are so many people who can help you. Stressed about courses? speak with a ConEd academic advisor. Looking for a summer job? try the Queen’s Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP). Just need to talk? feel free to come up to any one of us Teaches:) You got this!!!
Name: Massimo Recupero
Personal Pronouns: He/Him/His
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Favourite thing about ConEd?: One of the best and most unique parts of Queen’s Con-Ed, whether that’s science or arts, is that we do not need to declare our major until the end of our first-year. With most other institutions, you are locked into the major in which you applied to the school with, but Queen’s allows for a flexibility that you should take advantage of! Take courses that interest you and that lead to other degree plans. Although you may have a particular major in mind, you may be surprised to see that you enjoy and are thriving at a different discipline even more! For example, I went into Queen’s expecting to major in either Political Studies or English, but after taking all my first-year courses (HIST104, HIST105, ENGL100, POLS110, DRAM100, PSYC100, PROF100), it turns out that I enjoy History so much more and am doing even better in it than English! Open your mind to other major plans, and make sure that you choose a degree plan that you will thrive in, but also, one that excites you about your next 3 years in undergrad at Queen’s.
Favourite first-year class?: My favourite first-year class is HIST104/105! I was not at all expecting Canadian History to be my favourite class but Professor Maynard did an amazing job with the course. The content is interesting and sparks dialogue about why Canada is the country it is today. I highly recommend this course to anyone debating which History course to take because Canadian History is a requirement for both a teachable and major. It is also a course that transitioned well to a remote setting - deadlines were clear and it followed an organized schedule. Bi-weekly “workshops” (discussion posts) were flexible and engaging. Those workshops were my favourite part of the course in terms of assessment.
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: My favourite thing about Teach Exec is how approachable they are! I feel like as a Teach, but also as a Con-Ed student in general at Queen’s, they are always there to be a resource and lend a helping hand for me.
Personal Spotlight: Hi everyone! My name is Massimo, my pronouns are he/him, and I'm planning on teaching intermediate/senior and majoring in History with teachable subjects in History and English! I’m also planning on getting ABQs in Drama, Social Sciences, and some other disciplines - don’t worry if you don’t know what that is, one meeting with our academic advisors and you’ll have a list of ABQs too (also feel free to reach out to me)! In my first-year at Queen’s, I've been involved in the Political Studies and English Department Student Councils, in addition to being the first-year representative in Con-Ed’s student government - CESA. I will also be the second-year representative for the Con-Ed Class of 2024! I'm also involved in a volunteer-based program for English Language Learners at Queen’s and a reporter for Queen’s TV. As a first-year, I highly recommend you seek out clubs, councils, sports, associations, and more that spark your interest! I used my first year as an exploratory year to discover what areas of engagement really spark my interest, and I recommend you use your first year to do the same! If you have any questions about how to get involved at Queen’s, whether what interests you is listed above or not, please don’t hesitate to reach out! In terms of my interests, I love musical theatre and will never deny a good karaoke session (I’ll try not to hog the mic)! I'm really looking forward to welcoming you all to Queen's!
Words of wisdom: If you are looking to get involved at Queen's, I recommend seeking out clubs and associations as early as possible. Most student councils for example start their hiring in September. In the summer before going to Queen's, I wrote down a list of clubs, associations, and more I wanted to join and followed all their socials. You can find a list on the Queen's AMS website. Start early, and if you are wondering whether to go for something or not, always go for it! It doesn't hurt to try.
Name: Megan Hartviksen
Nickname(s): Meg, Meggie, Megoose, Megs
Personal Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Aurora, Ontario
Favourite thing about ConEd?: My favourite thing about ConEd is all of the other con-eddies and the amazing community we have here together at Queens! I love how caring and supportive everyone is, as well as how friendly and inclusive we are to each other in this amazing faculty!
Favourite first-year class?: My favourite first-year class would be ENGL100. I absolutely love reading and writing, so this class was amazing in helping me explore a wider variety of writing and dig deeper into various writing processes and techniques.
Favourite thing about Teach Exec?: My favourite thing about Teach Exec is how amazing and kind they all are! They work so hard to create an amazing o-week and plan super fun activities for all the incoming students and they are so supportive and friendly.
Personal Spotlight: Hi everyone! My name is Megan and I can't wait to meet you all this coming September! I am in I.S. and will be majoring in English with English and History teachables. I love baking, I am always looking for a new recipe to try, as well as exercising! I love getting outside and spending time with friends and family trying new things, but I also love sitting inside with a good book reading or watching Netflix! I've done a lot of travelling, I especially loved visiting Greece and Italy, I love being in the sun by the beach!!
Words of wisdom: My best advice for incoming students is to put yourself out there the best you can! First year is a great time to meet new people and make new friends, as well as taking the chance to go out and join clubs and get involved in Queens and the Kingston community! First year feels crazy as so many things are beginning and you are entering a new chapter of your life, but it is also one of the most fun and exciting times so don't be afraid to go say hi to people on campus and in your classes!