November’s End

It’s astounding to realize that November is already at its end. We just barely got Halloween put away and it feels like we’re behind in digging out the Christmas decorations. Plus there’s all that stuff remaining from the beginning of the year, the stuff you swore that, this year, you were going to get it done. Time is running out to make good on that promise.

If you’re in the US, this is also the time of year when you’re dealing with Thanksgiving, which, ironically, is then immediately followed by Black Friday. Give thanks for what you have, now go get more of it.

No offense intended toward any of our American readers, but, seriously, what were you guys thinking? Turkey for a late November Thanksgiving means you’re just finally finishing off the left-overs by the time Christmas rolls around, and hey, it’s turkey time again! In that respect, I think we got it right up here in Canada. Thanksgiving before Halloween gives you a couple months in between to forget all the stuff your relatives said and did before you have to see them again. Otherwise, it starts to feel like an old country song, “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?”

The end of November also means something for us here at The Voice Magazine. It means it’s time for us to start planning our Best Of edition, which comes out in the first week of January (to give our writers a chance to nurse their brains following any new years’ celebrations). As usual, I’d really like to hear from what you, the readers, think were among the best stories we published this past year. What stories do you think deserve to be shown again, so that even more readers can get a chance to see them?

Me, I’ve got a number of ideas already, but there’s still three more issues in December to come, so things may change. After all, in this issue alone we have Barb Lehtiniemi. exploring a story about research done by an AU students on AU students about a topic that is particularly relevant to Athabasca University ? how do students and e-textbooks mix?

Our Feature article this week is the second part of our interview with Dr. Tilly Jensen. Some of you may have had a sneak peek of this, as it got accidentally included in the issue two weeks ago for a time. But if you didn’t catch it then, now is a great time to catch up!

Plus, Deanna Roney has taken her final exam in her program, she lets us in on what it feels like to have that behind her, both the highs and the lows.

And of course we have our selection of interviews, reviews, advice, and other articles to keep you busy and in touch with what’s going on with other AU Students. So enjoy the read!

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