AU Profiles – Student: Angela Fergus

February 19, 2003

Angela Fergus

What province and city/town do you live in?

Just outside Saint John, New Brunswick (Nerepis).

Do you have a family/ kids/ pets ?

I have a wonderful husband, 2 children (a son aged 13 and a daughter aged 11), three cats, a hamster and lots of fish.

What are your hobbies / interests/ activities/ etc.

Many.. I am a guide leader, a spark leader, Home and School executive member, catechism teacher, a sports ” mom”. I enjoy camping, travel, reading, music, penpalling, TV, movies, my job and being involved in my children’s activities.

Can you tell us about the AU Courses you are taking at the moment, or a favourite course?

I am taking Nursing 322 at the moment. It is my second course. I am finding it interesting, but the assignments are a bit difficult. I plan on taking an English course next.

How long have you been a student? (And where)

I have been a student at Athabasca almost 1 year now.

What do you think of your courses/ the AU experience/ distance education?

I think distance education is a wonderful opportunity for people that are unable to attend a ” stone and mortar” university. I am able to further my education while still participating in all of my activities and working full time. I find the distance education support from AU is great.

Do you work? What do you do?

I am a full time nurse. I am the charge nurse of an oncology unit at the Regional Hospital.

How is AU helping you toward your goals?

I am furthering my education to obtain my BN.

What are your future goals?

To obtain my BN (someday), travel, enjoy my family and stay healthy.

Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for other students?

If it is a dream, go for it. Nothing is impossible if you truly want it. Even when you don’t do well, keep going. It will all be worth it in the end. Don’t wear yourself out. Some things may need to be put on the “backburner” for the time being, but it will be worth it.

Anything else we should know? Funny stories about the dog eating your laptop/ praise for AU, a friend or a tutor?

I credit a co-worker and friend for her support and inspiration.

Thank you for taking the time to let us get to know you, Angela. We wish you the best of luck with your courses and your pursuit of a nursing degree..

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