PASS Coordinators

Julia Farronato

Hey everyone! My name is Julia and I am going into my fourth year of Concurrent Education with a major in Environmental Biology. I am originally from Oakville but now like to call Kingston my second home! I was a Peer Advisor last year and could not be more excited to be one of the coordinators alongside Rajiv for such a wonderful service! You may also see me as a Peer Learning Assistant and in an A Capella group on campus called The Caledonias. First year can come with some challenges so feel free to stop by the PASS office at anytime with any questions or concerns that you have. I look forward to helping you in your transition to Queen's and make the best of your first year experience!

Rajiv Tanwani

Hello everyone! My name is Raj and I’m heading into my fourth year at Queen’s! I am a Life Science’s major and I hope to pursue a career in healthcare once I complete my undergraduate studies. This will be my third-year with PASS, and my first year as a co-coordinator. I am also a Residence Don and an executive member of the Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare (CUCOH). I thoroughly enjoy being involved in various extra-curriculars on campus and I would highly recommend getting involved as a way to enhance your university experience and make amazing friends! Feel free to stop by PASS anytime to speak to any of our wonderful Peer Advisors. We look forward to meeting you!

PASS Advisors

Abigail Kearney

Hello everyone! My name is Abigail and I am so excited to start working with PASS this year. I'm a third year Life Sciences Specialization student who is also working towards a certificate in International Studies. Although I can often be found in the Stauffer Fireplace Reading Room studying away, I also have many other passions that I have the opportunity to pursue at Queen's. For example, I am a member of the Queen's Dance Club, volunteer at KGH, and work for the PCC. I am also going on exchange in second semester which I could not be more thrilled about! Although Queen's may seem intimidating, I promise that this is one of the most welcoming school communities around and I can't wait to help you find your path for a successful first year!

Zoe Clarke

Hi everyone! My name is Zoe, and this is my third year as a peer advisor, having previously co-coordinated the program. I am a fourth year biology major/music minor, very into genetics, opera singing, and tuba playing. This year I will also be a campus tour guide, a genetics TA, and will be spending a lot of time running and fencing. Please do not hesitate to stop by in Dunning if you even have an inkling of a question!

Gabriella Riberio

Hi everyone! My name is Gabby and I am a fourth year Global Development Studies major with a minor in World Languages with a focus on Spanish. I am originally from Burlington, Vermont in the States and this will be my second year working as a PASS advisor! Aside from PASS, I am Vice President of the Queen's International Affairs Association, a member of the Committee on Against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination, and have participated in Queen's Model Parliament for three years. First year can definitely be a challenging transition but you will come to find that Queen's is an incredible community filled with faculty members and peers that are excited and willing to help you with whatever you may need. If you ever have any questions or concerns, need some encouragement or advice, or just want to talk American politics, feel free to stop by whenever!

Rachel Mackintosh

Hello everyone! My name is Rachel and I’m a 4th year English Literature Major. In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching movies, exercising, spending time outdoors: biking, hiking, playing with my dog, cooking new recipes, or better yet going out to new restaurants. As an Upper Year student, I have first hand experience with feeling overwhelmed, especially in the transition period from high school to living on my own in university. Having changed my mind more than once, I am very excited to assist other students facing the same cross roads. Can’t wait to meet you all!

Allison Gowanlock

Hello everybody! My name is Allison Gowanlock and I am a third year student, with a specialization in biology and psychology. I'm also on internship with the Faculty of Arts and Science as a Marketing and Student Support intern. Outside of PASS I volunteer as a Q su ccess mentor, spend too much money at Cogro, and love spending time outside. I know what a whirlwind first year can be and I hope you stop by Dunning Hall and come to chat as my door is always open.

Rachel Field

My name is Rachel Field and I am in my fourth year, with a Life Sciences major and Global Development Studies minor. I am so excited to be starting my first year as a Peer Advisor for Arts and Sciences students. I am involved in leadership for Oxfam Queen's and Geneva House, and volunteer in the community through KFLA Public Health. Some of my favourite activities are: coffee with friends at Cogro, films at the Screening Room, trivia nights, and Afro Soca dance class. I am from Nova Scotia, so I know what it is like to start university in a new place and adapt to the many changes that first year brings! I have experience in creating a course schedule th at allows one to take both arts and science classes, and I love helping others figure out how to find fulfillment in their academic program at Queen's. I hope I can be an encouragement and support as you make this exciting transition to university life!

Ailsa Fajarito

Hey everyone! My name is Ailsa and I’ll be entering my fourth year specializing in Biotechnology. This year you may also find me at the Peer Support Centre, Food Bank and helping out with the Queen's Biomedical Innovation Team. First year may seem nerve-racking co ming into a new environment and facing various obstacles but this is what I love about Queen’s: there will always be someone willing to help. Freshman year is one of transition, it can be tough, but figuring out SOLUS is harder. Luckily you won’t have to do it alone, because our goal is to make you feel supported throughout your undergraduate career. Never forget that change begins at the end of your comfort zone, so take risks, push yourself and don’t be shy to stop by our offices. Welcome to Queen’s!

Yonie Ye

Hey everyone! My name is Yonie and I am going into my second year of Life Sciences as well as a Certificate in Business. I am originally from Markham, but I consider Kingston to be my second home! This will be my first year being a PASS advisor and I couldn't be more excited. Aside from bein g a PASS advisor, I am also apart of Queen's Best Buddies, DECA, as well as volunteering for Kingston General Hospital. I look forward to meeting all of you as well as working alongside this amazing team!

Jenn McNeil

Hey Everyone! My name is Jenn and I’m a third year psychology major working to complete my Certificate in Business. I am originally from London but am proud to call Kingston my second home. Aside from PASS you may find me serving at Queen’s Pub or working in the Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Organizational Behavio ur lab. I love being outdoors and doing activities such as kayaking, hiking and yoga. I am also a proud dog mom to a cocker spaniel and have a pretty impressive David’s Tea collection. First year can come with some challenges and can be overwhelming at times so don’t hesitate to stop by PASS with any questions or concerns or if you just want to chat! I am so excited to meet you all and am looking forward to helping you with your transition into the Queen’s community!

Harrer Al-Qaragolie

Hello! My name is Hareer and I am a third year majoring in English and minoring in Art History. I'm from Amman, Jordan. For those who don’t know, it is in the middle east bordering between Iraq and Syria. In that case, I know what it’s like to be homesick and find it challenging to adapt into a whole new place. I am here to give my all as a PASS advisor to help you have a smooth year. My interests revolve around fashion, visual arts, literature, journalism and music. I am also an online contributor for MUSE Magazine and a Pear Learning Advisor at SASS. This is my first time at PASS and I'm very excited to help you transition into Queen's. Please feel free to drop by the office with any concerns or questions you have, looking forward to meeting all of you!

Xinyi Ke

Hey folks! I’m Xinyi, a fourth year student with a mathematics major and an economics minor. It’s my first year as a PASS advisor, and I couldn’t be more excited. As an international student, I understand how hard it can be to leave family and to start a new chapter in a different country. I would love to share all of my experience in Jeffery Hall, or my summer research assistantship in statistics if anyone is interested. The first year might be a struggle, but there are always people around willing to help. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to drop by and talk to us

Emma Ilyaz

Hello everyone! My name is Emma Ilyaz, and I am in my third year, working towards a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Life Sciences. This is my first year as an advisor for first years, and I'm from Toronto, Ontario. This year I will be an Orientation Coordinator for ASUS, a Judicial Affairs Deputy for the AMS, a sandwich maker at CoGro, as well as a campus tour guide. I also enjoy volunteering with various community organizations in my spare time. I have really found a home on this campus, and I am beyond excited to chat with you all, and help you achieve your goals here!

Lydia Straznicky

Hello first years! My name is Lydia and I’m in my fourth year at Queen’s in Life Sciences. I come from a small town called Carleton Place which is just outside of Ottawa. I love to stay active by running, playing soccer, and skiing. I also love Harry Potter, animals (especially dogs), cheesecake and binge watching Friends on Netflix. There’s no place I’d rather be more than my cottage (other than Queen’s). I’m so excited to be a part of the PASS team this year. I look forward to meeting all of you and helping you navigate through one of the most exciting years of your life! Queen’s welcomes you!

Emma Wong

Hi everyone! My name is Emma and I am going into my fourth year of Sociology here at Queen’s. When I’m not at school, I’m either at home in Markham, Ontario or at camp in Central Frontenac. This is my first year as a PASS advisor and I’m so excited! I also work as an SEO Peer Advisor and as a server at QP!

Julia Macpherson

Hello everyone! My name is Julia and I am going into my fourth year of studies in Biopsychology. In my spare time you will find me rehearsing with my a cappella group "Trillers A Cappella". I have been a committed member of the group since first year and am excited to be Music Director this year! This is my first year as a PASS advisor and I look forward to helping you transition into your first year like the PASS advisors did for me when I was in your shoes not too long ago. With so many resources on campus, PASS being one of them, you can know that there is always someone you can talk to! In my first year, I used various resources on campus that really made Queen's feel like my second home. Feel free to stop by the PASS office anytime, and welcome to Queen's!

Aleena Virani

Hi everyone! My name is Aleena, and I am entering my third year here at Queen’s! I’m pursuing a major in Life Sciences, and in the future, I hope to pursue a career pertaining to global health. I will also be involved with Student Wellness Services and the Ismaili Students’ Association on campus this year. At Queen’s, we know that first year can be a year of changes and challenges which is why resources such as PASS are offered that are specifically designed to help you navigate through this transition period. Being able to talk to upper-year students who have been in your place is so helpful, and I highly recommend that you take advantage of this valuable resource. If you ever have questions, please feel welcome to stop by- we are excited to meet you!

Priya Premranjith

Hey everyone! I’m Priya, and I’ll be going into my third year as a Life Science Major and Health Studies minor. This year, I will also be a part of QFCE as a member of the marketing team! I am originally from Pickering, but the time I’ve spent in Kingston so far makes me happy to say it’s my second home! This will be my first year as a PASS advisor, and I am so excited to meet you all and get to be a part of this amazing resource at our school. I can’t wait to help you with your transition from High School to University!

Rika Wong

Hey everyone! My name is Rika and I am a third year student originally from Vancouver, BC. After completing my first two years as a psychology major and life sciences minor, I transitioned over to the nursing AST program here at Queen’s. After being PASS advisor last year, I decided to continue this position as I genuinely loved being able to provide guidance and comfort to those navigating their way through first year. Let’s be honest, first year can be a very confusing time… I’ve been there! Thankfully, there were PASS advisors there to help me throughout the way and that is exactly what I hope to be able to do for you this year. My advice to you would be to prioritize your physical and mental health. You know yourself best, so make decisions that allow you to challenge yet respect your limits. Feel free to stop by the offices if you ever need some guidance. I look forward to meeting you this year!

Hannah Streng

Hey everyone! My name is Hannah Streng and this will be my third(ish) year as a PASS advisor. I am going into fourth year life sciences and returning from a semester abroad in Paris. Having new students come in every year is always excited and I am looking forward to helping as many of you as possible over the coming months. If anyone has questions about going away on exchange and planning ahead I would love to talk about my experiences. Other than school, I am a server at The Works and a member at Crossfit Queen Street. Finding activities that make me happy has changed my Queens experience and it is super important to me to have a balanced life. Don't be afraid to come in and ask questions of any sort!

Sandie Tran

Hello! My name is Sandie Tran and I am going into my third year of the Concurrent Education program here at Queen’s. I am completing my English major with History as my second teachable and I am working towards the I/S (intermediate/senior) stream. This is my second year as a Peer Advisor in the Arts and Science Office. In September, this will be my second year working as a Front Desk Representative for Queen’s Residences. This year will also be my second year involved with CESA as the Council Clerk. I will also be involved as a Read for Fun Circle Leader helping youth in our community read. I am passionate about helping others and meeting new people. As you embark on your first year at Queen’s, stop by the PASS office to let us help you transition smoothly into university and answer your academic questions. See you in the PASS office!

Victoria Gudzak

Hello everyone! My name is Vic and I'm a fourth yearVictoria Gudzak Life Sciences and Economics student! My favourite course here at Queen's so far has been pharmacology, but I'm also a big fan of Neuroscience. When I'm not studying or hanging out with my friends, I can be found doing yoga, drinking coffee or volunteering as a Judicial Committee Member which I have been a part of for the past 3 years. I just came back from exchange in Sweden, which was an amazing experience but also helped me realize how much of a home Queen's has become for me - I hope it can feel the same for you too!

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