First-year

What I’ve learned paying my own way through a Queen’s education

The first time I told this story, I was in my first year of university. I was sitting on the grass at City Park, just a few blocks away from Queen’s, with my orientation leaders and group. We were playing Two Truths and a Lie, and one of my truths was that I was a 20-year-old first-year student.Continue...

Overcoming inadequate feelings as a first-year student

One month into my first year at Queen’s, I wanted to drop out and go home. There wasn’t anything wrong with Queen’s. In fact, it was the opposite: there was something wrong with me—or so I told...Continue...

Fall term break not worth a fragmented orientation week

After its inaugural run and seeing the new two academic days in practice, the Queen’s community needs to have a conversation about the new Orientation Week structure—and whether it’s something worth reversing.Continue...

Four of the largest first-year classes to take place on West Campus

Four first-year science courses will move some of their lectures to West Campus this year.Continue...

Welcome to Queen’s: Highlights for your first-year experience

Wondering if Queen’s was the right choice for you? Worried Western would have been better? Never fear freshmen, here is where you belong. As an incoming second-year student, I can say...Continue...

PSE: Does it make a difference?

The Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) is unique to Queen’s and is also vital to the application process, according to Stuart Pinchin, associate university registrar of undergraduate admissions.Continue...