QSuccess First-Year Mentorship Program

Enhance your Queen's Experience

We want you to succeed and thrive at Queen’s, and we’ve designed our QSuccess program to help you do that. Through ongoing engagement and 1-on-1 mentoring, QSuccess aims to support first-year students develop the skills they need to succeed academically, personally, and socially, and make the most of their university experience.
 

QSuccess first-year Mentee registration is now open for 2021-22!

Please make sure you register with your Queen’s email and monitor your account for your matching information!

We know how important community and connection is, especially during these times. That’s why the QSuccess program, with a team of almost 200 Mentors and 9 Senior Mentors is building a welcoming and inclusive space for connection, community and success. Our Mentors are holistically trained in Mentorship, Resources and Referrals, Learning Strategies, Health and Wellness, Intercultural Awareness, Engaging Students Online and they are extremely excited to greet you one-on-one and be your source of guidance throughout your first year at Queen’s. 

Students can register for a QSuccess mentor through our online registration form. Students may request a mentor at any point during the summer or the school year and be matched with a mentor. Mentors and mentees meet one-on-one on a weekly basis for the duration of the academic year. 

QSuccess can help you:

  • Develop skills to succeed academically, including time management, note taking, and study skills
  • Learn to balance the academic and social demands of university life
  • Develop strategies to stay physically and mentally healthy
  • Meet peers and develop a campus community (even if remotely!)
  • Connect to other campus resources that can play a role in your success
  • Most importantly, a mentor can be a listening ear as you navigate the challenges and celebrate the successes of your first-year at Queen’s.

Here's what past participants have to say:

"My mentor was extremely helpful and caring. I felt like I could go to her with any problem I was having during my first-year and she would talk me through it and lead me to any resources she thought may help."

"My mentor was one of the greatest individuals ever. She continues to inspire me. Throughout this year she provided me with the greatest advice, resources and overall friendliness. She truly impacted me in such a positive way and if it was not for her this year would have been very different. This mentor program was a great thing and I recommend it to all incoming first years.

"My mentor opened my eyes to various things that I wasn't aware of. As an International, it was hard to cope with the system and cultural difference. With the help of my mentor, I am able to get what are the best ways to practice being in university and managing independent work."

"I discovered a lot of clubs and resources on campus and talking to someone older helped me realize we all go through the same stressful times and helped me get over them."


QSuccess programming is open to all first-year Queen’s students. Students may register for a mentor at any point during the summer or the academic year; students are encouraged to apply prior to the beginning of the fall semester in order to get the most out of the program.

Please note that mentors are not tutors, and cannot help with course-specific content questions.

Meet your 2020-21 QSuccess Mentor Team!

Senior Mentors

QSuccess Senior Mentors are experienced mentors who support the Q Success Mentor Team. Their responsibilities include planning and facilitating events to connect first-year Mentees to peers and resources, running mentor meetings, and providing knowledge and support for both Mentors and Mentees. Stay tuned for what's to come this year!

Iman Abdulla

Iman Abdulla

Hello! My name is Iman, and I am going into my third year of Health Sciences. Outside of school, you can catch me painting, acting, doing yoga, running, reading, song writing, or exploring town with friends and likely drinking bubble tea. Driven by my professional aspirations to support others, I have gravitated towards working with other youth, specifically as a Cabinet member of the Youth Services Bureau, local and international teacher, sports coach, and peer mentor. As a QSuccess Peer Mentor last year, I helped first-year students navigate the transition to university amidst the pandemic and watched them overcome personal challenges, developing into more confident and capable scholars. After my gracious mentees attributed an inflated proportion of their success to my guidance, I was compelled to take on a larger supporting role with QSuccess. I’m looking forward to collaborating with my fellow mentors, empowering other students, and fostering a safe environment conducive to personal development!

Yasmeen Choudhri

Yasmeen Choudhri

Hello! My name is Yasmeen Choudhri and I am in my fourth year of the Life Sciences Specialization program here at Queen’s. I’ve been involved with QSuccess since I joined as a mentor in my second year, and have been a part of the Senior Mentor team since last year. I’m so excited to continue supporting and building community among another great team of mentors and first year students this year. Aside from being passionate about peer mentorship, I am involved in a few other initiatives at Queen’s that promote representation for women of colour and women in science. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, drawing, and taking care of my growing collection of plants.

Nicole Coman

Nicole Coman

Hello! My name is Nicole and I’m a third year Health Sciences student at Queen’s! Being a QSuccess Mentor last year has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and I’m excited to continue to be involved with the QSuccess program this year as a Senior Mentor. I think mentorship is a great way to support incoming students and build meaningful skills and connections with others. Throughout my time at Queen’s, I’ve really enjoyed getting involved in programs that allow me to meet like-minded individuals and contribute to the success of incoming students. In my free time, I like to spend time outdoors with friends and family, try new iced coffee recipes, and always love a good Netflix show! I’m super excited to work with an incredible team of mentors to welcome the class of 2025 to the Queen’s community!

Gernique Dondji Assatagou

Gernique Dondji Assatagou

Hello! My name is Gernique Dondji and I am going into my third year of Nursing here at Queens. My goal is to work as a Family Nurse Practitioner specialized in maternal care and to hopefully run a non-for-profit to improve maternal and infant health literacy in Cameroon. I am excited to be joining the QSuccess program as a senior mentor after a year of working as a mentor. I look forward to working with a diverse group of mentors to help first year students transition into life here at Queens. During this school year, I will also be working as a Peer Health Education to facilitate a variety of health promotion activities and health education campaigns. I am passionate about educating, supporting, advocating, and empowering individuals to reach their goals. My personal interest includes cooking, dancing, reading, and going on hikes.

Phoebe Gao

Phoebe Gao

Hello! My name is Phoebe Gao and I am going into my fourth year at Queen’s, majoring in Life Science and minoring in Statistics. I am so excited to be welcoming in the class of 2025 to Queen’s, and working in fostering a close-knit community between/within mentors and mentees. In my spare time, you can find me long boarding, playing volleyball & tennis, and playing my piano! All in all, I am really looking forward to being a support system in helping mentors and mentee thrive during their time at Queen’s and I can’t wait to be apart of your own journey!

Alex Hemmerich

Alex Hemmerich

My name is Alex and a I’m a fourth year Con-Ed Chemistry student with hopes of becoming a family physician. This is my third year with QSuccess and I’m incredibly excited to be involved with the program once again as a Senior Mentor. QSuccess is an awesome way for both first years and upper year students alike to get involved on campus, learn about themselves, and meet some new people. Outside of school and work, I enjoy running, badminton, guitar, and most recently, spikeball!

Emily Hrudka

Emily Hrudka

Hello! My name is Emily. I am in my fourth year of mining engineering at Queen’s and specialize in mineral processing. I am passionate about helping others succeed and I am so excited to be joining the QSuccess team as a Senior Mentor. I am looking forward to helping build a supportive community of senior mentors, mentors and mentees, and I can’t wait to welcome the class of 2025 to Queen’s! In my free time, you can find me hiking, snowboarding, travelling, or watching a movie with my friends.

Julia Krpan

Julia Krpan

My name is Julia Krpan and I am going into my third year at Queen’s. I am a Life Sciences major and Health Studies minor. Throughout my first 2 years at Queen’s, I have met incredible individuals that led me to seek leadership opportunities. My passion for leading students to success has made me eager to get involved with the Q Success Program. As a senior mentor I am very excited to welcome the class of 2025 to Queen’s! When I am not planning for Q Success, you can catch me on a run, playing my guitar, dancing, or enjoying some curly fries at Lazy in Victoria Hall!

Ashley Luo

Ashley Luo

Hi! My name is Ashley Luo, and I use she/her pronouns. I am going to my third year at the Smith School of Business at Queen's. I volunteered as a Q Success mentor last year, and I love building our community and the people I met from the program. In my spare time, I love cooking, journaling, and practicing martial arts. Our university has many extracurricular activities for students to participate in and explore their interests. I am involved in Queen's Karate Club, Q+, and QDAA (about data analytics). As a Senior Mentor this year, I want to support and empower people to meet their better selves. I also want to facilitate an inclusive and diverse environment for mentors and incoming students to feel comfortable being themselves. I am very excited about my role, and I hope all of us will enjoy, grow, and thrive from the Q Success program!