When I came back from a full-year exchange, I had no idea what was happening at Queen's.
A lot of my friends thought I had transferred schools because I was gone for so long, so I didn't get invited to events on Facebook anymore.
It was winter in Kingston (yuck!) and I was having a hard time going outside, or even making it to my classes. I was experiencing depression, but I didn't know it yet.
I'm outgoing, and I consider myself a life-long learner. In first and second year, I enjoyed going to speaker series and film screenings that I heard about through my department.
Turns out, if you know where to look, there are tons of events going on every week on-campus and in Kingston: a public lecture by an astronaut, my favourite band performing only a block 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 so much 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 event I've ever been to has been amazing - the conversations I've had, the topics I learned about, the connections I've made... Every time I choose to go to an event, instead of staying home, I have an epic time!
Starting QueensEvents.ca 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.
Once you see the side of Kingston that I see, I know that you'll love it too!
Yours in events,
Sarah Witiuk, founder 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.
Thank you to Mustafa Ansari, Shayna Buckle, Sara Gray, Kathleen Harrison, Sam Hiemstra, Tia Lunn, Yan-Nick Michaud, Jenoa Meagher, Kate Pichora, and Cleo the dog.