In my fourth year, I had no idea what was happening at Queen's.
It was winter in Kingston (March) and I was having a hard time leaving the house and making it to my classes. I was experiencing depression for the first time and struggling to keep my head above water.
A lot of people that I used to know stopped inviting me to events on Facebook, and I only ever heard about events after they were over.
In first and second year, I enjoyed going to speaker series and film screenings that I heard about through my department (Psychology).
Turns out, if you know where to look, there are tons of events going on every week on-campus and in Kingston -- there's just no central calendar that lists Queen's and Kingston events.
Once I started looking, I found out about: an astronaut giving a public lecture, my favourite band (Hey Ocean!) performing a block away from my house, a cross-campus Capture the Flag game, a round-table discussion with local politicians, a leadership camp, an open-call audition, a fashion show… and many more.
My mental health improved once I started finding out about events. Your time at Queen's will be over before you know it, so there's no time like the present to try something new.
Sign-up for an event, and go to it! Taking the first step to register for an event is so important.
Every time I choose to go to an event, instead of staying home, I have an epic time! Whether it's the conversations I've had, the topics I learned about, the connections I've made, or the experience itself - it is always so much better than I expect it to be. That's great motivation to leave the house!
Once you see the side of Kingston that I see, I know that you'll love it too!
Feel free to reach out to me on Instagram @queensevents or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. During the pandemic, I also started a second website that lists events all over Kingston, including events for kids & families. You can find it at www.Kingston.today
This project has changed my experience in Kingston for the better and it's also the main reason I decided to stay in the city upon graduation. I hope my story inspires you to try something new and follow your passions.
Yours in events,
Founder/Executive Director of QueensEvents.ca
We would like to acknowledge our many supporters who have contributed to the success of this project over the years - including our fans not listed here! Thank you to the 350+ community contributors who have submitted their events to our calendar over the years.
Thank you to Kalla Berk, Lorenzo Colocado, Amanda Douglas, Jana Johnson, Elysia Maludzinski, Sierra Megas, Jeffrey McCarthy, Jeet Mondal, Kaisa Moran, Rob Moden, Matt Muto, Sean Renaud, Maury Rubin, Matthew Scribner, Britt Shales, Mike Sheppard, Jatin Shory, Sully Stevenson, and Mike Sutton.
Thank you to Chris Cochrane, Moira Demorest, Marc Garniss, Andrea Gunn, Paul Hopson, Bruce Kauffman, Shae Lubrowy, Jason McAuley, Alex Morris, Manuela Rodriguez-Bowen, Jolene Simko, and Dan Taylor.
Thank you to Vanessa Ajagu, Shrey Anand, Alia Brown, MacKenzie Bulkowski-Rose, Matt Coleman, Glafki Collaku, Chengcheng Ma, Monica Ma, Caitlyn McTavish, Sydney Middlebrook, Stephen Peterkins, Hayden Pfeiffer, Taylor Smith, Oliver Statham, Christian Soriano, Thor van Walsum, Maggie Williams, Teresa Zhang, Christina Zheng, and Cleo.
Thank you to Mustafa Ansari, Max Taylor, Sara Gray, Kathleen Harrison, Sam Hiemstra, Tia Lunn, Yan-Nick Michaud, Jenoa Meagher, and Kate Pichora.