Mentor Program | Arts and Science ONLINE

Mentor Program

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Arts and Science Online has introduced a peer mentor program, and we’d like you to be a part of it!

What do mentors do?

  • Guide students to identify learning challenges and implement effective learning strategies
  • Provide students with referrals to various personal and academic resources
  • Use their experience as online students to empathize with new online students and build a connection

How do I get a mentor?

How do I become a mentor?

  • If you are an online student in good academic standing, and you have completed at least 15.0 units of online coursework at Queen’s, you are eligible to be a mentor.
  • If you would like to become a mentor, please fill out this form and email it to our coordinator at

Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information, and take advantage of this great opportunity to connect with fellow students.

Meet Our Mentors

Niki Kaloudas

Hello everyone! My name is Niki and I have been taking courses through Queen’s Online for many, many years. In the Fall of 2017 I graduated with my BA in Niki KaloudasSociology and my goal now is to help and encourage other distance students to succeed.

While taking online courses I often felt very isolated from the Queen’s community and other students in my classes due to the fact that I’m a mature student. Working full time and balancing the conflicting priorities of a career, parenting and academics is no easy feat, and the pressure sometimes compounded the feeling of loneliness. It was easy to get discouraged when I didn’t always get the A’s I knew I was capable of and when my kids went to school every day with socks that didn’t match.

With support from ASO and the amazing profs I had at Queen’s, I was able to finish my BA and now I am working towards an Honours degree in Global Development Studies and Sociology.

Taking courses online can sometimes feel like a lonely path but there are amazing resources at Queen’s that are free and just a phone call away. Please don’t be afraid or embarrassed to reach out for advice and support; that’s what we are here for.

Emma Earley

EEHello hello! My name is Emma Earley and I’m only a few credits away from completing my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology through Queen’s Arts and Science Online, and am now pursing advertising and marketing. It’s the perfect pair, allowing me to combine my knowledge of human behaviour with my creativity. I reside in London, Ontario where I fill my spare time improving my 8-ball game, teaching myself piano, and going where adventure calls. I’ve completed two certificates via distance studies through other institutions and am confident the tips and tricks I’ve learned throughout my lengthy post-secondary journey can help those new to online learning. Being a Peer Mentor means connecting with the Queen’s community and I’m excited to be a part of this new enriching experience. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me whether it be a question, concern, or just to seek some advice. Asking questions is how we learn and talking is how we stay sane!

Julia Partington

Hi Everyone!

JPMy name is Julia and I am an English Language and Literature major. I also study writing, media and life sciences in my electives. I live in Waterloo and even though there is a great distance between Kingston and I, 361 kilometers to be exact, Queen's has become a second home to me. Throughout my student life, I have been published five times: three times in the Undergraduate Review magazine, once in one of my writing classes and once in the Art of Research community. Even at a distance, Queen's respects all talent, near or far. You are always close to many resources, and someone is always there to help you. I have had so much help in my time here that it has inspired me to help others as well. I hope that I can help you too and I look forward to working with you!

Laura Joyce

LJMy name is Laura Joyce and I am currently enrolled in the Psychology program via Arts and Science Online. I have been working on my degree for a number of years now while working full time in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis where I am the Program Supervisor of a residential program helping youth with Autism. I live in beautiful Victoria, BC, so I spend a lot of my free time outdoors with my dog hiking and going to the beach. I am really looking forward to being a Peer Mentor and working with you!

Maggie Veneman

Hello everyone! Welcome to online learning at Queen's Arts and Science Online. I am one of the coordinators of the mentor program and I'm really looking forward MVto working with you. I graduated from Queen's with my B.A.H. in English and French, followed by my M.A. in English. I'm currently teaching in the UK.

I've worked for Arts and Science Online for a while now, in addition to taking online courses myself and being a TA for online courses, so I feel like I have a good handle on the process of distance learning. Not being in the physical space of a university campus comes with many challenges, and our goal is to help you overcome them as you pursue your studies at Queen's.

Marilyn Clark

Hello my fellow Queen's peers! 

My name is Marilyn and I have been a distance student at Queen's since the spring of 2015.   I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology; in addition, I am enrolled in the Certificate in Academic Writing program. By the time I am finished, I will have completed both my degree and my certificate completely online.

MCAs a mature student who works full time and has a family, I understand the challenges of balancing personal, professional and academic life.  When I started this journey, I was new to online learning and had been out of school for over twenty years. This journey was somewhat of a challenge in the beginning!  Over the past couple of years, I have learned strategies to help me stay connected to my peers, focused and productive in my studies and positive in my outlook.  When I heard of the peer mentoring program, I felt it was a great opportunity for me to share what I have learned and support my fellow peers.  After all, who knows what it is like to be a distance student better than a distance student?!

While distance studies can be isolating, it doesn't have to be.  Getting help is easy, as the support at Queen's is amazing, all you have to do is ask!  I look forward to working with you throughout the 2017/2018 academic year.

All the best!

Julia Warrender

JWHello! My name is Julia and I'm a DEVS student at Queens. I’m also a wife, a mom, and a professional digital content writer. I have had a lot of great experiences with distance learning, and I have learned some great ways to find time in the schedule when there appears to be none. I'm based in Toronto, and I'm always happy to meet with my fellow students.

Email our Mentor Team with an Inquiry

The Peer Mentor team also has an email account:

The purpose of the account is to provide a place for distance students to email with the following inquiries:

  • Study tips
  • Life as an online student
  • Resources and referrals