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Student Experiences

Discover what our students experience at the Faculty of Education at Queen's University. Read about their own stories, adventures and opportunities during their studies. Want to have your story featured? Email mariana.varela@queensu.ca for more information on how to be featured.

Student Experiences: A Master’s Experience of the Dual-degree Program

July 23, 2018
By: Jiawen Fan

My name is Jiawen Fan. I am an international student from China and an MEd candidate currently enrolled in Dual Master of Education Degree Program. I can’t believe it is close to the end of my journey. My time here at Queen’s has been invaluable and enriching.

Initially, I really didn’t know what to expect as I am one of the first group of students to go through the program, and it was slightly challenging to get used to the changes both academically and emotionally. Classroom interaction is much more intense compared to the class back in China. One of the challenges that I confronted with is the doubt of my abilities to keep up in fast-paced discussions and to express myself in cooperative activities, but students from my class are always nice by slowing down their pace of speech with patience and encouraging me to voice out my opinions.

Crawford Gallery First Day of Spring

Student Experiences: The Accessible Mental Health Initiative

June 25, 2018
By: Emily Cehic

Hey! My name is Emily Cehic and I just finished my third year here at Queen’s. Over the past year, I had the amazing opportunity to create a social justice action as a part of one of my classes. As teacher candidates, we often learn about different mental illnesses and how to create an I.E.P., but I found that it was hard to find resources relevant to teachers.

As such, I created the website The Accessible Mental Health Initiative (www.amhi-online.com) to help open the conversation and make mental health an ongoing discussion within schools. As someone who is both a teacher candidate and has a mental illness, this project quickly turned from coursework to a passion project. Everyone has mental health, by talking about it in classrooms and creating positive environments teachers have the opportunity to make a positive change.

Crawford Gallery First Day of Spring

Student Experiences: With Queen's Alternative Practicum the sky is your limit

May 17, 2018
By: Laura Schindel

What I love most about the Queen's Alternative Practicum experience is how vague and broad it is, "something educational outside the typical classroom setting," the sky is your limit. Being in the Artist in Community Education (ACE) Program, I just had to do something that involved some art. Our instructors told us to dream big because this was an opportunity to do something or to have an experience we always imagined having.

Crawford Gallery First Day of Spring

Student Experiences: My Path to Graduate School

April 28, 2018
By: Andrew Coombs

I am constantly amazed by the multitude of paths that my fellow graduate students have taken to our program. We are drawn from around the world to Duncan MacArthur Hall, bringing with us a stunning array of experiences, skills, and knowledge. It is this diversity that makes our Faculty such an illuminating (and productive) place to be.

Graduate Student Andrew Coombs with colleagues at Queen's University

Student Experiences: What I Learned During My Practicum

April 5, 2018
By: Katie Croft

Hello! My name is Katie Croft and I am near the end of my journey with the Faculty of Education program, graduating July 2018. I am in the primary/junior division and my FOCI is Leadership in School Organizations. Queen’s has provided me with such an amazing experience from the program itself to the classes and to the practicums and I would love to share this experience with you. 

Student Experiences: How I Prepared for my Open Graduate Defence

March 20, 2018
By: Ian Matheson

Knowing that you are going to be examined in front of your peers is daunting. I don't know many people that would be excited by the prospect, and I'm certainly not one of them. I think I’ll always remember the tightening I had in my stomach that wouldn’t go away as the weeks became days, and the days became hours. I always knew that I was building to this, but I think I was short-sighted throughout grad school—focused on the next task directly in front of me.

Student Experiences: My PhD at Queen's Education shaped who I am today

February 26, 2018

By: Suparna Roy

An advantage was that I had done my undergraduate, B.Ed., and M.Ed. degrees all at Queen’s so when I entered the world of acronyms (i.e., EGSS, ESMHI, RBJSE), they were familiar and I was eager to get involved. My past role as a middle and high school teacher had me hooked on activities that were service-oriented and therefore I gravitated towards those types of experiences during my PhD Of course, other acronyms like TA’ing, GTF’ing, and RA’ing have also livened things up. To me, these acronyms represent networks of people (staff, students, and faculty) with whom I could build friendships and a sense of community.

Student Experiences: Studying and Teaching Abroad at the BISC!

February 6, 2018
By: Maysam Abu Khreibeh

Hi there! My name is Maysam Abu Khreibeh and I am currently a second-year B.Ed. Teacher Candidate in the Intermediate/Senior Divisions studying Global Development Studies with a concentration in History and First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Studies. I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience learning and teaching at the Bader International Study Center (BISC), in the UK for my very first year of university. From weekly practicum experiences in many different classrooms to experiential learning opportunities and traveling adventures, the BISC taught me the true meaning of self-directed, immersive and meaningful learning which every aspiring teacher should strive to have!

Student Experiences: Exchange Student

January 4, 2018
By: Alexandra Rohrer

The education system in Switzerland is different than your system. In Switzerland, we have four main subjects every Primary School teacher must teach and an additional choice of elective subjects (we choose 3). The main subjects are: German, Mathematics, English, and Human & Environment. The six additional subjects are: Arts, Textile handicraft, Mechanical handicraft, French, Gym, and Music.

Alexandra with friends on Student Street

Student Experiences: Miss Lee the Science Queen

November 20, 2017
By: Kerri Lee

Hello! My name is Kerri Lee and I am a B.Ed. Teacher Candidate in the Primary/Junior Divisions with a concentration in ACE (Artist in Community Education). I recently completed my practicum in a grade 3 classroom where I had the opportunity to teach a variety of subjects, including introductory lessons for their science unit on forces. As an educator who is passionate about the arts, I was eager to find a way to incorporate an aspect of drama or theatre into my lessons.

the Science Queen