Minds We Meet—Jason Appleby

Jason Appleby currently lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife and two kids, and he is in his third year of the Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting program at Athabasca University.  Jason has travelled to all 56 countries within Europe and provides some advice for other parents trying to get through university with little ones… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—The Noble Act of Escape

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill When I was twelve years old, I dreamed of being abducted by aliens.  On a few warm nights that summer, I would lay in my sleeping bag in the backyard, pointing my flashlight up at the stars and planets, in the hope that “they” would… Read more »

Why Are We So Down on Such Wonderful Things?

“Instead of hate, celebrate.”                    ~Prince Here’s a short list of things that get a lot of flack for no good reason— and why we might try looking at them from their good sides. Drinking and gambling The problem with these two pastimes is that they tend to become addictive and take over our lives, to… Read more »

AUSU Update

This space is provided free to AUSU: The Voice does not create or edit this content. Contact services@ausu.org with any questions. IMPORTANT DATES Oct 21: Canada Federal Election Oct 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for Dec Nov 1: Deadline to apply for AUSU Awards & Bursaries Nov 10: Deadline to register in a… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Effort Without Reward?

It’s a dark and stormy night and you’re cowering under layers of distraction.  Your motivation quivers and clings to life as your coursework sits undone.  Fearful that the academic gods will punish you for lack of effort, you hide yourself away until the horror of procrastination passes.  But wait! A deeper fear grips you; what… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

2019 AU Future Alumni and Distinguished Alumni Awards Barbara Tiedemann, MC Esmail Bharwani, BADMN 1992 Mon, Oct 21, 5:30 to 8:30 pm MDT Fort Calgary, Sanders Room, 750 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary AB In person and livestream Hosted by AU news.athabascau.ca/events/2019-au-future-alumni-distinguished-alumni-awards/ Register online or access livestream through above link Hack the Library:  Using Discover to… Read more »

Editorial—Surprising Uprisings

One of the nice things about being able to write this editorial is that I’m free to tell you what I think. Free from constraints of objective facts and painstaking research, I can just lay out my opinions on whatever issue of the day is bugging me, even do things like tell you how to… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  10 Words or Less Scholarship Sponsored by:  StudentScholarships.org Deadline:  November 30, 2019 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 25, and attending school in Fall of 2020. What’s required:  A comment of ten words or fewer on any post on the MyScholarships Facebook page describing why… Read more »

The Fit Student—How the Medical System Fails Me

Has the medical system failed you?  It failed me.  And I watch it fail others. To illustrate, this past week, a friend told me she had vertigo.  Vertigo causes the room to spin, leaving you sprawled on the floor, too dizzy to move.  My friend told me she had been given medication, which left her… Read more »

Managing Stress

With school starting or new things in our lives popping up, it’s easy for us to get stressed out.  Yes, Stress is natural and can be beneficial at certain times—it can even help motivate people—but it can also be detrimental if left to become chronic.  Anxiety and stress can have a negative effect long-term on… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Ashley wonders about the exam process for courses with a December 31 end date; responders point out that there is a built-in exam extension for end-of-year courses.  Liz wonders if she can move an exam date with ProctorU by two days without advising AU; responders say generally yes.  In another post, it… Read more »

Vintage Voice

On the eve of I Love Yarn Day October 19, we cast back to some classic yarns about yarn. Oh, look!  You can knit while you study.  Debbie Jabbour, whose C.V. includes Voice writer, AUSU council president, and Alberta MLA, shares her learning-to-knit journey.  “Scraping the bottom of my financial barrel to pay my grad… Read more »

Spicy Ramen Challenge

As a student, I’ve tried so many brands of instant ramen that I can list at least six of them from memory.  I’ve had ramen ranging every flavor imaginable and always leaned toward purchasing flavorful, spicy ramen.  Despite being a giant fan of spice, I have never officially competed in a competition to devour the… Read more »

The Study Dude—How to Ace your Paper

Ten years after dropping out of high school, I returned to upgrade.  During those ten years without schooling, I read maybe three books.  I did no writing (outside of songwriting) and I had no need for math.  So, when I returned to upgrade, I faced a brick wall. Weirdly, I’d finished grade 12 advanced math… Read more »