Education Mentor Program

Mentor Profiles

Alyssa

Program:
Secondary - Chemistry & General Sciences

Hometown: Brooks, AB

Interests: I LOVE to play sports (literally all of them), spend time with my friends and family, ski, and travel—definitely a priority when school is done!

Tips for first years:

  • Take a deep breath and relax, don't worry about things that are beyond your control.
  •  Don't be afraid to fail; failing does not define who you are or what you're capable of. We all learn from our mistakes!
  • Always remember to make time for yourself outside of school.
  • Explore campus—it has so much to offer and there are so many neat spots to study, eat, or hang out!
  • Challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone to meet new people and get involved with events on campus!

Fun facts about me:

  • I am going into my fifth and final year of my degree, and am very excited to be completing my student teaching!
  • I love all things with tomatoes but CANNOT eat tomatoes on their own...yuck!
  • I love to eat sushi and peanut butter (weird combination...I know).
  • I have a great aunt who owns a castle in Ireland and am planning to visit soon.
  • I have played ringette for 16 years.

Favourite Part of the Program (So Far):

  • I think my favourite part of the Education program so far has been having the opportunity to get to know my professors and future colleagues very well and building strong relationships with them. It's nice to be able to see your old professor and peers around the building and have them say "hello." Having come from the Faculty of Science where the classes are much larger, I love how close-knit, personal, and engaging the classes are in Education; it's like being in high school again and I feel like I can really be myself!

 

Emma

Program: Elementary

Hometown: Ardrossan, AB

Interests: I love to travel and explore, spending time with family & friends, reading and watching Netflix, playing sports

Tips for first years:

  • Make the most of your time here. You won’t remember the grades, but you will remember all the things you did, so get involved. Whether it is going abroad, volunteering, or running for council.
  • Meet new people!! It’s good to have someone there if you have a question, need notes, or just need a friend!
  • Grades do not define you!! It’s okay to not have a perfect GPA; remember that you tried your best and that’s what really counts!

Fun Facts About Me:

  • I am an old soul. I love TV shows/movies from before my time like Beverly Hills 90210, Little House on the Prairie, and also Dawson’s Creek!
  • Highly competitive!
  • I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was 7 years old.
  • I live on an acreage directly beside Elk Island National Park, so I see buffalo on my way to school.
  • I have a sister who is 10 years younger than me.

Favourite Part of the Program (So Far):

  • I would say just meeting new people within the faculty, but I am a faculty leader for Week of Welcome (WOW) in the fall, which will definitely be a favourite experience.

Jessica

 

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Program: Secondary - Biological Sciences & Japanese

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Interests: Animals, anime, classical Japanese, manga, plants, teaching, video games

Tips for first years:

  • Get a planner or the U of A agenda (it has coupons)! Write down all your due dates, exams, volunteering, events, etc.
  • Make time for yourself to relax but not too much time. Or else it’ll turn into procrastination!
  • Try to find a note-taking strategy and study method that works for you early on, before exam season.
  • If you’re struggling in class, ask for help from the instructors, teaching assistants, or a support service on campus.
  • Explore and walk around campus in your free time. There are many interesting places you can find.

Fun facts about me:

  • I have a senior dog; she means the entire world to me.

Favourite Part of the Program (So Far):

  • I made a ton of friends that are also in the Education program during my practicum!

Jovy Lyn

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Program: Elementary

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Interests: I love art, reading books, and watching movies. I love trying out new foods.

Tips for first years:

  • Classes are just one part of the experience. Go out and meet different people, experience different events, and have fun! Make time for the things you love to do. It helps to keep the stress levels down.
  • The key is to stay organized for classes. Get a calendar, use the free agenda SU provides, and/or get a planner. Write down all your plans and deadlines.

Fun facts about me:

  • I love Marvel movies.
  • I’ve watched Friends an embarrassing number of times.
  • I own a lot of things that are blue.

Favourite Part of the Program (So Far):

  • My favourite part of the Education program are the opportunities available to volunteer, make connections, and work with different students.

Judy

 

Program: Secondary - Biological Sciences & Mathematics

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Interests: I love spending time with my family and friends, cooking and baking (and doing anything that involves food), watching YouTube/Netflix, shopping, and playing with and going on walks with my dog!

Tips for first years:

  • It's super helpful to explore campus and find where each of your classes will be before the start of each term.
  • Try to make a friend in each class. It’s always nice to have someone to sit with, to study with, or to exchange notes with if one of you has to miss a class.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it—that's what professors, TAs, and all the services on campus are there for!
  • Don't take a class just because it's known to be a "GPA booster." Taking classes that actually interest you will make them so much easier to study for.
  • Most importantly, remember that while grades do matter, they do not define you!

Fun facts about me:

  • I love dogs. :) I have a collie-corgi named Benji and he is my favourite being on this planet.
  • I am majoring in Biological Sciences because I find learning about life and the way living things work to be so fascinating.
  • I played piano for about 5 years.
  • My favourite food is sushi.
  • The show that I constantly find myself watching is Bob's Burgers. I've watched every episode from each season at least 3 times. :')

Kathleen

 

Program: Secondary - English Language Arts & Native Education

Hometown: Innisfree, AB

Interests: Some of my interests include knitting, baking, dancing (choreographed or freestyle around the house), spending time with my dog, and enjoying the outdoors.

Tips for first years:

  • Always try your hardest but don't feel bad if you make mistakes; this is the time to discover what you're really good at.
  • Talk to your fellow classmates and you'll be surprised how many friends you'll make.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions, because everyone on campus has been in your shoes.
  • The libraries are bigger than you think, so look around until you find your favourite spot.

Fun facts about me:

  • My family used to own a 36-foot sailboat.
  • I participated in Ukrainian dancing for 7 years.
  • I grew up on a farm and have owned quite a variety of animals.
  • I have a chihuahua named Luna.
  • I spent two summers working as a librarian's assistant.

Favourite Part of the Program (So Far):

  • The Education program has such a variety of people! The program is very diverse due its to different majors, minors, and routes but everyone gets along so well! Meeting other students in the Education program is always exciting because everyone has their own talents, skills, and interests, but you can always find things in common with one another.

Kathryn

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Program: Elementary After Degree

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Interests: Netflix, hanging out with dogs, crafting, and knitting. I like to try and be active, whether it's going to the gym or finding new trails around the city to walk/hike.

Tips for first years:

  • Your first year at university is a huge change and adjustment, and it's the same for everyone.
  • Try not to panic, stress, or be overwhelmed (easier said than done, I know).
  • Do the best you can and enjoy your time at school!

Fun facts about me:

  • This my second degree at the U of A; my first degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Human Geography.
  • I love dogs and will talk about them as long as you let me.
  • I love to cook and I think I'm pretty good.
  • I don't drink coffee, but I live for hot chocolate.

Favourite Part of the Program (So Far):

  • My favourite experience in the Education program so far is just being able to meet new people and be part of an awesome community!

Kelsey

Program: Elementary

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Interests: I love dance, teaching gymnastics, hanging out with my friends and family, trying out new things, food, puppies, music, watching YouTube videos and Netflix, travelling, and volunteering for a variety of different things.

Tips for first years:

  • Get involved LOTS! There are so many wonderful opportunities to get involved on campus and the experiences you gain are going to be so memorable.
  • Explore campus to find good study spots.
  • Find a healthy balance between your academic and social life.
  • Don't let one bad grade define your abilities—it is a part of learning.
  • Make an effort to meet new people and try new things.
  • Stay really organized (keep a planner, calendar, notes, etc).
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions and get help when you need it.
  • Work hard and have fun! University is tough but you will be successful.

Fun facts about me:

  • I completed my first 2 years of university in the Faculty of Arts before transferring into the Faculty of Education.
  • Some of my least favourite foods are foods that most people love: bacon, potatoes, pancakes, macaroni, etc.
  • I have 2 sisters (I am the middle child).
  • I did competitive dance for 9 years.
  • I lived in Kelowna, BC, for 3 years.

Favourite Part of the Program (So Far):

  • My favourite part about being in the Education program so far has been meeting new friends. The Education-specific classes are the perfect size to meet new people and for me, this has been one of the most wonderful things. Everybody I have met in the program is so welcoming, friendly, and kind.

Kevin

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Program: Secondary - English Language Arts & Mathematics

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Interests: Keeping my mind and body active! I’ll read anything and everything (novels, short stories, essays, poetry, etc.), and I am fascinated by the personal nature of the writing process. I’m also very interested in linguistics, and the challenges posed by learning (and teaching) other languages. I’m constantly listening to music, mostly jazz (despite my own lack of musical talent). I love spending time outdoors, whether it is going on a walk, run, or hike, and cycling around the city when Edmonton’s weather cooperates. Most of all, I enjoy catching up with friends and spending time with my favourite people!

Tips for first years:

  • Don't be afraid to talk to the classmates sitting next to you. If you put yourself out there and have a positive attitude, you'll meet lots of people and make new friends!
  • When you have the time, explore campus. There are so many things to see and do, and a long walk in some fresh air is sure to help you relax and keep your mind off of any upcoming exams (even if only briefly)!
  • Find a comfortable study space. The U of A has numerous libraries, quiet areas, and student lounges. Knowing where you do your best studying is a huge benefit when that next deadline approaches! (My personal favourite is the John W. Scott Health Sciences library.)
  • Stay active throughout the semester! When the homework starts piling up, it can be tempting to spend all of your time trying to finish everything as soon as possible. A little exercise can go a long way towards replenishing your energy and maintaining a positive outlook!
  • Start assignments early! If you can work on something sooner in the semester, don’t wait too long to get started. It may seem like you have lots of time to complete everything at first, but time goes by quickly and you don’t want to have to pull an all-nighter to finish something at the end of the term…

Fun facts about me:

  • 私はちょっと日本語を話します。

Favourite Part of the Program (So Far):

  • Meeting lots of awesome people in my classes, and volunteering with great campus organizations like the SVCC!

Kiria

Program: Secondary - Mathematics & General Sciences

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Interests: Swimming, soccer, Netflix, traveling, drinking tea.

Tips for first years:

  • Get involved! Join a club that offers something that you like.
  • It is okay if you are not getting the marks you are expecting in your classes!
  • Make friends in all your classes, as you are probably not the only one struggling in the class.
  • University is hard, but you will get through it one step at a time.

Fun facts about me:

  • I am Egyptian but have never visited the pyramids.
  • I am bilingual.
  • I love food and baking.
  • I love swimming but I don't swim often.
  • I love watching TV shows! My all time favourite is Grey's Anatomy. (I’ve watched it 3 times!)
  • I am the only (future) teacher in my family.

Larissa

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Program: Elementary

Hometown: Leduc, AB

Interests: In my spare time, I love reading, watching Netflix, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and baking. I love animals, and will take any chance I can to spend time with furry friends since I am not allowed to have pets at my condo!

Tips for first years:

  • Study hard and put in all the work you need to, but just know that one bad grade does not define you! Transitioning into university is a huge change, and it’s natural to struggle a little bit in the first year, but you will grow and learn from it. Try to become involved on campus, whether it’s through volunteering or attending campus events; feeling involved and connected makes things so much less scary.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help or talk things through with someone if you are overwhelmed, the Faculty of Education is amazing and so supportive, and we are truly all here to help each other!

Fun Facts About Me:

  • I am the middle child, and I have two brothers.
  • I did a year of Early Education at MacEwan, so by the time I finish university I will have completed 4 practicums.
  • After I graduate, I plan on getting my Masters in School Counselling Psychology so I can become a school counsellor.
  • My favourite movie series of all time is Harry Potter.

Favourite Part of the Program (So Far):

  • Getting to know my colleagues within the program. I have met so many amazing friends who have been so supportive and made my experience so much better.

 

Leah

 

Program: Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education - Biological Sciences & Mathematics

Hometown: Falun, AB

Interests: Campus recreation activities like pilates, yoga, and kickboxing classes, cooking and baking (cinnamon buns are my favourite!), and spending time with my family and friends

Tips for first years:

  • Respect your own limits and reach out for help when you need it. First year can be stressful and everyone has been there.
  • Making yourself a schedule is so, so helpful! Having everything written down in one place is a really good way to feel organized.
  • Obviously school is important but so is self-care, so do the things that make you feel joy!

Fun facts about me:

  • I love TV comedies and will binge watch almost anything. One of my favourite shows is Parks and Recreation.
  • I really enjoy trying different foods and restaurants and love when friends recommend new places!

Favourite Part of the Program (So Far):

  • Making friends! Regardless of the class that I am in, I always seem to find a fellow student in Education to chat with. It has been really amazing to meet such kind-hearted people with so many shared interests.

 

 

Leanza

Program: Elementary

Hometown:Edmonton, AB

Interests: I enjoy swimming, reading, traveling, watching hockey, and shopping.

Tips for first years:

  • Write it down! I never used an agenda in high school but now I live by it! There are so many things going on in your life with school, work, friends, etc., so use an agenda and organize it in a way that works for you so that you can be successful and on top of things in your first year.

Fun facts about me:

  • I have been a lifeguard and swim instructor for over 6 years, so I have a lot of experience working with kids. I did my first solo trip last summer to Europe and I can't wait to travel more.

Favourite Part of the Program (So Far):

  • Meeting new people and getting more experience working with peers and students.

 

Lisa

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Program: Secondary - Social Studies & Physical Education

Hometown: Bonnyville, AB

Interests: Playing sports, outdoor activities, travelling, and spending time with family and friends!

Tips for first years:

  • Textbooks can be very expensive, so be sure to check out the 'U of A Used Books for Sale' group on Facebook where students sell their used textbooks at a much cheaper price!
  • Check out Ratemyprofessors.com. You can look up any professor and read reviews by U of A students on how they teach their classes, if a textbook is used, the general outline of the class, etc.

Fun facts about me:

  • I can play the guitar.
  • My family owns a bison ranch.
  • I have been to 9 US states.
  • I have a three-year-old black lab.

Megan

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Program: Elementary

Hometown:Edmonton, AB

Interests: Camping, Snowboarding, Food, Adventure Sports, Travelling, Music, Animals.

Tips for first years:

  • Utilize your study buddy and fellow students. Stay on top of deadlines, and prioritize your time.

Fun facts about me:

  • I am very good at making s'mores. I have flown a plane, skydived, and bungee jumped 142 metres. I have two kittens, and I love ice cream.

Favourite Part of the Program (So Far):

  • My five-week practicum in a grade one classroom. It makes all the hard work, late nights, and tough assignments worth while.

 

Puneet

 

Program: Secondary

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Interests: Hockey, mystery books, sweets, and science :)

Tips for first years:

  • Enjoy your years of university! It’s completely normal to be nervous about your upcoming years, but seek advice and help whenever you need it. Your professors are there to help you and there are tons of resources on campus that will provide you with support through your undergraduate degree!
  • Take time out to get involved in different ways on campus! It always helps to have an outlet through which you can de-stress—and you’ll meet some great people doing so :)

Fun facts about me:

  • I’m going into my final semester of my degree and am very excited to start my last practicum. :)
  • I have a massive sweet tooth! I could never say no to any dessert!
  • I almost exclusively read and watch things in the horror/scary genre!
  • Very big fan of the Calgary flames ;)

Rebecca

Program: Elementary

Hometown: Stettler, AB

Interests: I love playing instruments. I can play the French horn, piano and sing. 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.

Rian

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Program: Elementary

Hometown: Chigasaki, Japan

Interests: Interacting with kids (at any age), hanging out with my friends, watching movies, any kind of art including drawing, sewing, and crocheting!, baking and cooking, travelling and trying new foods all over the world, dancing, and running

Tips for first years:

  • Be prepared: You might experience some failures in your first year both academically and personally. It's okay to make mistakes and struggle a little bit. But don't be afraid to ask for help.
  • Get involved: attending on-campus events, joining cubs, and volunteering will help you build your own community on campus.
  • Explore campus: finding the spots you can relax and/or study will help you to refresh your mind (especially before the exams)!

Fun facts about me:

  • I am an international student from Japan and going into my fourth year.
  • I work at a Japanese restaurant.
  • I have 3 sisters and a brother younger than myself.
  • I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in kindergarten.
  • I was a professional Hula and Tahitian dancer.
  • I would like to learn how to bake choux creme and croissants.

Favourite Part of the Program (So Far):

  • My very first practicum!

 

Shaelyn

Program: Elementary

Hometown: Grande Prairie, 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!

Tasha

Program: Elementary

Hometown: Warburg, AB

Interests: A large part of my life revolves around my family's farm and I love helping out whenever possible. Another major part of me is my love for working with children. If I am not in a classroom teaching I am volunteering my time in schools. I also strive to be active on campus—whether that is volunteering, participating in events, or actually getting a workout in, I'm typically busy doing something!

Tips for first years:

  • Ask lots of questions.
  • Don't be afraid to get involved.
  • If possible, live on or near campus.
  • Explore the university; it's the best way to get comfortable!
  • Go to New Student Orientation; it's where I met one of my good friends!

Fun facts about me:

  • I work for the City of Edmonton and the Green Shack program year round.
  • I am a farm girl and I love animals (I've got two dogs and a cow).
  • Zumba and kickboxing are my things.
  • I really enjoy public speaking.
  • My planners are my life...

Favourite Part of the Program (So Far):

  • My favourite experience so far has to be completing my IFX this spring! I had such an amazing time teaching my kidlets in grade 5.

 

Yewon

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Program: Elementary

Hometown:Seoul, Korea

Interests: Music, animals, coffee, and food :)

Tips for first years:

  • Find a good study spot.
  • Make as many friends as possible.
  • Explore campus and the city.
  • Have fun. :)

Fun facts about me:

  • I'm Korean but lived in Kenya for pretty much my whole life.
  • My favourite animal is the hippo.
  • I had many pets growing up, including rabbits and a turkey.
  • I enjoy playing the piano.
  • I LOVE musicals.