Miranda Braun is an AU Bachelor of Professional Arts ? Human Services student currently living in Lethbridge, Alberta. Prior to AU, she studied at Lethbridge College, earning her diploma in Rehabilitation Services. She grew up in Taber, Alberta which is a small town about 30 minutes away from Lethbridge and known for their corn and annual “Cornfest” event.
What parts do you like about online learning?
I love learning new things and growing as a person. I also like that the skills I build also help me in my current career. I enjoy having goals to reach- it’s really gratifying
What do you dislike about online learning?
Being on the computer a lot, and missing out on face-to-face instruction from a teacher. I find that information sinks in much better when coming from a real person and hearing their stories.
What has been your favourite or most memorable AU course?
At this point I have only taken 6 classes and completed a PLAR portfolio, but my favorite class has been Risk Assessment and Threat Management (CRJS 493). I found it really interesting and informative.
Describe your relationship with AU tutors.
My relationship with tutors is usually quite casual. I ask questions about assignments or to get feedback on my work.
How do you motivate yourself when it comes to studying?
I set aside time every weekend to work on school work. I only take one class at a time, so it is usually easy to manage.
What do you like to snack on while studying?
I don’t really snack while I’m studying, but usually drink coffee or tea. I take cream in my coffee and milk and sugar in my tea. Might need to switch to something cold now that summer is coming.
What is your third favorite chocolate bar? Why?
I love all chocolate bars equally! My top 3 would probably be Dairy Milk, Crunchie, and Reese Peanut Butter cups
What is your favorite book and why should everyone read it?
I am really enjoying Chevy Steven’s novels right now. I love reading crime, drama, and horror novels.
Book or movie ? which is better?
I would have to say books!
Where is the furthest place you have travelled?
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Who in your life has been the greatest influence on your desire to learn?
I would say my daughter. I want to be a positive role model and show her that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
What is it like to juggle school and being a parent?
Being a parent and a student is hard. I don’t want to miss out on anything, yet I know the value of completing my education. There are days where I feel guilty for working on school work, but I do my best to make up for it or manage my time so that it doesn’t get in the way of family time. It takes a lot of time management and self-motivation.
What is your mantra in life?
It always seems impossible until it’s done
And when you have some free time, how do you like to spend it?
I have to say, I don’t have a lot of free time! I like to be physically active, spend time with family, and go to the mountains.
Laura Nelson is a marketing analyst by day and a bibliophile by night. She is in her final stages of completing her BA with a major in English through AU.