Minds We Meet—Angela Pappas

Who are your fellow students?  It can feel like you are all alone in your studies, but across the nation, around the globe, students like you are also pursuing their AU education, and The Voice Magazine wants to bring their stories to you.  If you would like to be featured next, do not hesitate to… Read more »

What Self-Care Habits Should You Adopt in 2021

It’s hard for many to believe that it has been nearly an entire year since the start of the global pandemic.  On the top of many people’s minds when the clock struck midnight on New Years’ Eve is whether this year will be as bleak as the last.  The combination of social distancing measures and… Read more »

A Perfectionist’s Guide to New Year’s Resolutions

My Experience with Perfectionism In secondary school, I dreaded as low as 89% on any of my class work.  At my last college, I realized too late that I was taking more courses than my adult-onset ADHD could handle.  Of course, as a child and high school student, I read all day long.  It was… Read more »

Editorial—Repudiating Resolutions

I always find it interesting when the writers for The Voice Magazine independently come up with a theme for the issue.  Of course, I don’t think anybody would be terribly surprised that the first issue we get this year has a strong theme about New Years’ Resolutions, coming as it does at the start of… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Sponsored by:  Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program Deadline:  February 1, 2021 Potential payout:  up to $28,000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants; must be students graduating from high school, or completing first year of CEGEP, or already completed high school; be in good academic standing;… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—The Matrix Resolutions

Every year, on December 31st, most of the planet celebrates a full spin around the sun.  Nothing new about that.  We also commemorate this full circle by making bold statements, both to ourselves and others.  You can bet your bottom that this year we’ll all quit smoking, lose the thirty pounds, walk out on the… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Making A Mess

This year, why not try finger painting your New Year’s resolutions?  While written lists of goals can obscure raw intentions, the tactile nature of hand paint can get us in touch with our primal natures.  Multiple senses are stimulated when we paint by touch.  As the paint oozes and traces from fingers to paper, and… 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 Jan 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Feb 1 Jan 14: AUSUnights Virtual Student Social Jan 15: Feb degree requirements deadline Jan 20: AUSU Public Council Meeting Jan 30: Deadline… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group The sound of deadlines wooshing past:  one student discovers the course enrolment deadline of the 10th doesn’t have much flex (but students can enrol for the next month and still access course materials for a head start.) Discord The AU Students Discord channel has been popping with activity since its Sept 2020… Read more »

Why We Should Exercise in the Woods

Have you heard of the Japanese therapy called forest bathing? Forest bathing (spending time in the forest) can ease stress, make us happier, boost our immune systems, spike our creativity, and, oh, so much more.  But there’s something even better than forest bathing, far more rejuvenating.  The ultimate bliss, at least in my opinion, comes… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie January Edition: Our People will be Healed Jan 1 to Jan 31 Online Hosted by AU Nukskahtowin indigenous.athabascau.ca/bannock/index.php Access through above link Learning to Learn Online MOOC Jan 18 to Feb 21 Online Hosted by AU and Contact North news.athabascau.ca/events/learning-to-learn-online-athabasca-universitys-massive-open-online-course-winter-2021/ Register through above link Talk to a Librarian Drop-in Session Tues,… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Borscht

I put a call out to my fellow writers to see who would be interested in a team up.  Natalie responded and mentioned that she was looking into different cultures, one of them being the Ukraine.   Our conversation turned into discussion about borscht.  I don’t know about you, but a good borscht is easy to… Read more »

The Study Dude—The Art of Study Breaks

Breaks are vital for studying success.  Two different approaches to study breaks can give us the most mileage. Approach #1: The Recommended Break: The first approach, which relies on using timers, is to study for 25 minutes straight and then take a 5-minute break.  Do this two times in a row, totalling 50 minutes of… Read more »

Course Exam—Math 215

MATH 215 (Introduction to Statistics) is a three-credit introductory statistics course that “gives students a working knowledge and understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics and how statistics is applied in the sciences, social sciences, and business.” This course has no prerequisites; however, fundamental mathematical skills are expected, specifically in algebra.  For students who are concerned… Read more »

Dear Barb—Hospital Hospitality

Dear Barb: Happy New Year!  I sure hope this is a better year than last year.  My situation may be a common one considering all that is going on in the hospitals this year.  My father has been in the hospital since before Christmas.  Thankfully, he doesn’t have COVID, but he does have several other… Read more »