AU Profiles – Student: Gitanjali Mitchell

What province and city/town do you live in?
I live in Calgary, AB

Do you have a family/ kids/ pets ?

I am married with 4 kids- ages 10 ½, 7 ½, 5 and 3

What are your hobbies / interests/ activities/ etc.

I love languages. When I was in college, I could carry on a half decent conversation in 9 languages. I have retained three. I also am very much interested in psychology, and counselling.

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

I am taking French 401, 402, 387, and Spanish 301

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

I went back to school full time at Athabasca university in Oct. 2002

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

I think distance ed. is great if you have the discipline to make yourself complete the course work. Because my husband is a full-time student as well, and I work full time to support us, distance ed is the only way to go in order to be able to complete my degree and still spend time with my kids.

Do you work? What do you do?

Yes, I work full time in for DMX music – a satellite music company. I provide bilingual customer service, answer billing inquiries, do the close-out of accounts, etc.

How is AU helping you toward your goals?

Well, like I said, I am able to complete my degree at home at my own pace, while still being able to work and still give my kids what they need.

What are your future goals?

I would like to get a Master’s degree as well, probably when my youngest is in school and my husband is out of school.

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

Yes, go and get your education before having children!!!

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

I have had a wonderful experience with all of my tutors. However, the French ones have been the best!! Thanks in particular to Audrey O’Brien and Nicole Kunzle! These two ladies really care about their students:And of course Fresia Sanchez who is the tutor for Spanish 300 and 301. She is wonderful too!

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