Education Mentor Program

Mentor Profiles

Julia

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Program:
Secondary Education - Social & Physical Education

Hometown: Bonnyville, AB

Interests: Soccer, dodgeball, politics, art, poetry, music (especially country)

Tips for first years:

You may feel like you have a lot of spare time, but once classes get going it gets crazy so don’t overextend yourself

Go out and meet people.

Be open to events that help you meet new friends and try new things.

This is the time you get to find yourself.

Don’t worry about pleasing other people just do your thing and the right people will come into your life.

Fun facts about me:

I was born in Saskatchewan (so I used to call hoodies bunny hugs).

On my Dad's farm, we had over 100 chickens, 16 pigs, and over 12 cats

I love the tv show How I Met Your Mother and anything to do with detectives and crime solving

I read poetry for fun

I am the Vice President Wellness for the Lister Hall Students Association

Rebecca

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Program: Elementary

Hometown: Stettler, AB

Interests: I love playing instruments. I can play the French Horn, Piano and singing. I also really like reading. Historical Fiction is my favorite genre.

Tips for first years:

Don’t let your fears stand in the way of your dreams. Do what makes your soul shine.

Fun facts about me:

I love lizards and wanted to have a pet salamander when I was younger. I once had to deliver an impromptu 4-H speech about colour.

Briena

  Briena

Program: Elementary

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Interests: Snowboarding, cats, Netflix, dance, food, anything Japanese

Tips for first years:

Get a planner!!! Cannot stress that enough, or at least use a calendar in some way. Take advantage of eClass and any practice tests you're given even if they aren't mandatory. And of course, have fun! Try not to let stress and academics take over!

Fun facts about me:

I am half Spanish! Even though I don't look it... I'm an only child, I love tattoos, they're addicting. I can count to 10 in 4 languages, one being Japanese which I can also read and write in. I LOVE sushi.

Kelsey

Kelsey   

Program: Elementary

Hometown: Elk Point, AB

Interests: I like reading, watching movies, and hanging out with my friends, family, and my Bernese Mountain dog!

Tips for first years:

Explore campus, there are some really cool places and some great spots to study!

Fun facts about me:

- I am left-handed.
- I did my first practicum in grade 5.
- I speak French.
- I was born in New Brunswick.

Alyssa

  Alyssa

Program: Secondary - Chemistry & General Science

Hometown: Brooks, AB

Interests: I LOVE to play sports, I like to travel, hang out with friends, and I like watching movies

Tips for first years:

1. As much as 8:00 am classes seem like a good idea, they're not.
2. Explore campus!
3. Don't be afraid to talk to your professors, they want you to be successful.

Fun facts about me:

- Chocolate is life.
- I like to try new things.
- I love country music.

Taylor

  Taylor

Program: Secondary - Chemistry & General Sciences

Hometown: Brooks, AB

Interests: Chemistry, astronomy, the paranormal, crime and deviance, family ancestry, travel

Tips for first years:

Don't be afraid of failure. Failure is just how you learn and we all fail sometimes. Talk to people in your classes and make friends. They're probably just as nervous as you and having a familiar face in class makes it so much easier. If you have a question, just ask. Chances are someone else has the same question.

Fun facts about me:

- The inner me is an old lady.
- I love to knit, drink tea, and am happiest when I am cuddled up with my cat.
- Netflix is always on around me playing my favourite shows like The Office and Friends.

Shanna

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Program: Elementary

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Interests: At school, I really like classes that involve a little bit of art or creativity, even if it's just in a homework assignment. In my spare time I really enjoy cooking, finding new cafes or restaurants with my friends, decorating/rearranging my room, and being around animals! I also enjoy learning new hobbies occasionally to see if I can learn something new (currently trying to see if I can grow healthy plants and keep them alive).

Tips for first years:

My top tips for the first year of university are:
1. Finding a good study spot where you can settle down and focus
2. Grades are important but remember that university classes will be harder than high school so don't get discouraged by a low mark
3. Find a way to meet new people whether it’s in class, labs, or clubs
4. Find a healthy stress outlet (ex. cooking, working out, painting etc..)
5. Don't be afraid to approach your professors and T.A.s with questions you may have, they're here to help you!

 

Fun facts about me:

- I have an extremely fluffy Pomeranian named Hansen
- My favourite food is a hard debate between tacos and sushi
- I am afraid of heights, the dark, and all bugs
- My favourite sports to do are skating and skiing

Sarah

Sarah 

Program: Elementary

Hometown: Round Hill, AB

Interests: I love hanging out with my friends and family. I like to travel (anywhere and anytime). I'm trying really hard to stay dedicated and go to the gym.

Tips for first years:

Relax, be yourself, and have fun. Don't sweat the small stuff. Explore campus - it is large and you may not discover the perfect study spot if you don't adventure.

Fun facts about me:

I'm going into my 4th and final year of my degree. I completed the first two years of my program at Red Deer College. I moved to Canada from the UK in 2005. I really like to talk and most people would say that I'm quite outgoing.

Breanna

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Program: Secondary - English & Math

Hometown: Kamsack, SK

Interests:I like to get physically active! Whether it be walking/ hiking, playing volleyball, or working out. I like listening to a wide range of music, with my favourite genre changing nearly every week. I also play 3 instruments; I can play saxophone, flute, and clarinet. I like camping and spending time outside. I am also very passionate about Wing Wednesday and often go for wings on Wednesday. I LOVE CATS :)

Tips for first years:

Get involved as much as possible, whether it be attending faculty events or even spending extra hours on campus just to study. It allows you to feel so much closer and connected with campus and the Faculty of Education!

Fun facts about me:

- I dislike coconut.
- I am an only child.
- I moved to Edmonton from a small town in Saskatchewan!
- I am a cat person.
- I have a cat (bengal crossed with siamese ragdoll) and I have a pug.

Linh

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Program: Secondary - Math & Human Sciences

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Interests:I’m really interested in learning new things, meeting new people and trying new experiences. I enjoy knitting - I’m trying to make a blanket right now - and I’ve started learning how to play the ukulele. Recently I’ve started bullet journaling and it’s been a good time. I am very enthusiastic about volunteering and being involved as I am currently co-president of the Health and Wellness Movement and a study buddy for the Study Buddy program.

Tips for first years:

1. Make friends - talk to the people in your classes, join a club, check out the campus
2. Don’t stress yourself out. Find a balance between work, school, friends and time for yourself.
3. University is what you make it so make it a good time!

Fun facts about me:

- I have two younger brothers
- My birthday is on April’s Fools day
- I love cats

Rachel

Rachel 

Program: Elementary

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Interests: I love reading (especially fantasy and historical fiction), singing, playing the piano, musicals (I gain a new favourite every week or so), spending time outside (love the mountains!), and tea! (Especially Davids Tea)

Tips for first years:

Breathe. It's okay to be lost and confused; many people are in the same boat!

Fun facts about me:

I've worked as a camp counsellor for 4 years, I taught myself to crochet two years ago, and I love gardening and plants in general!

Diana

Diana 

Program: Secondary - Biology & Chemistry

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Interests: I love science and how there is always something new to learn and discover, I love dancing, reading, painting, travelling and seeing everything Canada has to offer, and after being introduced to Ted Talk videos in University I will often watch new inspirational videos in my free time. I am interested in how in my own classroom I can develop a relationship with my students as a teacher, mentor, inspiration, and their supporter in everything they do.

Tips for first years:

Review every day when you get home from school! Refreshing yourself on what you have learned that day makes studying for midterms and finals so much easier! Find new study habits that will help and motivate you to study like using flashcards, focusing on one class each day, or study with friends. Don't put things off until the last minute because it is very easy to fall behind, and don't be afraid to ask your professors and classmates for help! Everyone is here to help each other and to succeed.

Fun facts about me:

I am going into my fourth year of University and am very excited to be completing my student teaching! I have been a Ukrainian dancer for 15 years, I am a published poet in a book called "Shadows by Moonlight", my high school teachers were my biggest inspiration for me going into secondary education, and when I am not at school you can find me either shopping, baking, travelling in Canada, dancing, and studying or relaxing with my two chihuahuas, Gus and Milo!

Judy

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Program: Elementary

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Interests: My interests include reading, especially on calm, sunny days. I also enjoy watching movies with my friends. I'm a big fan of Marvel and Disney movies! I'm also involved in a lot of volunteering, both on campus and off. This is because I love giving back to the community in any way I can.

Tips for first years:

I have 3 main tips for first year;
1. Build a support network. Starting university can be hard, but if you make friends in your classes or know about the services available on campus, it will surely make your academic life less stressful.
2. Get involved. There are hundreds of students groups and clubs on campus. These are a great way to meet others and make friends. as well as get a fun break from studying.
3. Take advantage of activities offered to students. With activities like rock climbing, paint nights, symposiums, and many more, there is sure to be something to interest you. These events are great ways to make your university experience more memorable and meaningful.

Fun facts about me:

An interesting thing about me is that I have wanted to be an elementary teacher since I was in elementary, myself. I would love to someday ride in a hot air balloon, and I have never eaten a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Olivia

Olivia 

Program: Elementary

Hometown: Sherwood Park, AB

Interests: During the year, I love hanging out with friends whenever I get the chance, baking, and reading books other than textbooks. I also love school, so I’m going to say that would count as an interest. On the weekends and in the summer I enjoy swimming, hiking, and spending time at my family’s lake lot. I also recently got into rock climbing, so if you’re a total beginner that needs a buddy, give me a shout :) I love a good glass of sangria on the weekends and as much coffee as I can get my hands on during the week.

Tips for first years:

Don’t stress too much and remember that it is ok for things not to go to plan. Roll with the unexpected, and embrace it. You’ll never know what kinds of people, activities and experiences are waiting for you off the beaten path. Your university experience will be what you make of it!

Fun facts about me:

- I make a mean batch of chocolate chip cookies
- I speak German, and I studied abroad in Germany for the summer!
- I have a dog named Maxwell. He’s rad and he is great for de-stressing
- I teach swimming lessons, so I am permanently waterlogged, but still love to swim.
- I’ve got great jokes and I love to share them with people.

Kelly

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Program: Secondary - Biology & General Science

Hometown: Elk Point, AB

Interests: I’m open to everything! My interests are all over the place and I’m always up for trying and learning new things. One thing that never gets old though--FOOD!

Tips for first years:

Establishing good relationships makes a world’s difference. I know how intimidating it can be, but take whatever opportunity you can to make new friends and talk to your profs (they’re not as scary as you think). There will be some challenges ahead, but there is comfort and support in having those connections. So many of us are in the same boat (some are just better at faking their composure).

You will make mistakes. But don’t let them define your university experience. Grades aren’t accurate. They reflect a very specific set of circumstances that you will unlikely have to deal with in the real world. With that said, I know we all want to do well. You know what you are capable of, so make use of the many services available at the U of A (especially those offered by the Education faculty), so you can better reach your potential.

Fun facts about me:

- I’ve been to California, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Costa Rica
- I was named after the Saved-by-the-Bell character
- I found a dead goldfish in my freezer

Shaelyn

Shaelyn 

Program: Elementary

Hometown: Grand Prairie/Sherwood Park, AB

Interests: Horseback riding and travelling

Tips for first years:

Get comfortable on campus and find your favourite study spot! Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling with your classes, professors and teaching assistants can be very understanding when you go to them for help!

Fun facts about me:

I have competed at Canadian Nationals with my horse in dressage and have been riding for 11 years!

Tarin

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Program: Secondary, Major: Social Studies, Minor: Native Studies

Hometown: Wetaskiwin, AB

Interests: I am a Social Studies major and Native Studies minor entering my fourth year of my Undergraduate Degree. Within school I focus on learning about Indigenous history, traditions, and cultures. Ultimately, when I am done university I would love to teach high school social studies.

Tips for first years:

When starting your first year make sure to write down your course schedules on a monthly calendar so you can always see what is due each week! Try to stay on top of your readings as much as possible because they do pile up!

Fun facts about me:

I love going to school, spending time with my family and friends, shopping, and eating tacos!

Leanza

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Program: Elementary

Hometown: Devon, AB

Interests:
- music
- swimming
- reading
- hockey/watching the Oilers
- shopping
- traveling

Tips for first years:

-avoid 8am classes because you really don't want to get up that early to commute to campus -pack lots of snacks so that you don't have to waste time and money everyday -plan out your schedule so that you don't have to run from one class to the next across campus -explore campus - find new place to study that work for you -be open to new experiences and meeting new people

Fun facts about me:

- I am a lifeguard and swim instructor
- I love drinking tea
- I play multiple musical instruments
- I own so many books that one day I will have my own library
- I live by my agenda and love decorating it with bright colors