Minds We Meet—Joshua Ryan

Joshua Ryan is a Councillor in the Athabasca University Students’ Union. He is in the Bachelor of Commerce degree. We first interviewed him back when he was a student in October of 2016.  This time, we focus in on what brings him to AUSU Council.

What brought you to AU?

I came across AU in 2010 when I was looking to upgrade my education. My college had an articulation agreement with AU which gave me a block transfer of credits and off I went.

What is the last book you read?

“Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Great examples of leadership lessons learned in high pressure environments and how to apply them to your own life.

What show do you think everyone should binge watch?

That’s a tough one, there’s so many great shows out there right now. I’d say Scandal on Netflix, it’s like House of Cards—just enough intrigue to leave you wanting another episode.

Why did you choose to run for AUSU council?

I had run in a past by-election but as I watched the great things the previous council was doing I wanted to help continue that work. Our student population is so diverse and distributed that I felt it would be a great experience and that I could contribute my own skills and knowledge to that.

What are your academic goals for 2018?

I’ve recently moved to the Bachelor of Commerce degree, so my goal is to complete another four courses towards my Accounting major.

If you could have a meal with someone from history, who would it be?

Winston Churchill.

What is one thing you would like to complete personally in 2018?

2018 has already been a lot of personal growth so I want to continue down that path and keep bettering myself. Short term goal? Continue my weight loss journey and recovery from an old injury that’s flaring up.

Since being elected as a councillor (congratulations!), what are your hopes for the 2018-2020 term?

Continuing the great work started by the previous council and increasing outreach to our student body where we can to better serve our diverse student population.

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