Darcie Fleming is a second-year undergraduate student at Athabasca University enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program. She is a councillor in the Athabasca University Students’ Union, a wife, and a mom. After three decades of work and experience in the non-profit sector, Fleming chose to return to school with the eventual goal of earning a Masters degree in Counselling.
So tell us a little about yourself, what are you doing at AU, what brought you here?
I am currently in my 2nd year of an undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, my long-range goal is a Master of Counselling.
I was involved in the non-profit sector for many years and have worked with many people from all aspects of life. The nature of non-profit is funding based and as funding decreased so were my opportunities for employment. I also found that I was competing with others who had the degrees that many funders were requiring.
I had the experience but not the piece of paper. Ultimately, I had a choice of minimum wage jobs or go back to school and here I am. I entered AU out of necessity but remain by choice, I would not want to be anywhere else.
I chose psychology as I found it intriguing how individuals cope (or don’t cope) in different situations. I have a drive to help people and in helping people I help the community. I have discovered a love for learning.
How did you originally find out about AU?
As a born and raised Albertan I have known about AU for a long time and went online to find more information.
What is the last book you read?
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman.
That’s a graphic novel about the holocaust isn’t it?
My son gave it to me, it has an intriguing story, and a very interesting writing concept.
What show do you think everyone should binge watch?
The Dead Files
Why did you choose to run for AUSU council?
I have volunteered since I can remember as I like to contribute to my community. Working at a board level is in my wheelhouse, and I am very comfortable and experienced in advocating for others. It is a great opportunity to meet people and discover AU.
What are your academic goals for 2018?
To maintain a high GPA so I can remain on the honour roll. It is nice to receive acknowledgement for hard work and it keeps me accountable.
If you could have a meal with someone from history, who would it be?
Sir Francis Bacon, not only for his contributions to psychology and law, but also to find out if he is the author of the works attributed to Shakespeare.
What is one thing you would like to complete personally in 2018?
I would like to attempt to read Faust, but I have a feeling that won’t happen, so I will say to return to Vermont in the fall.