Minds We Meet—Megha Shah

Interviewing Students Like You

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Megha Shah (she/her), a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics student from Edmonton, Alberta, who also plans to take Finance courses.  She stated, “After I graduate, I want to work for a finance company or in another math related field.”

On a personal note, Megha let us know, “I’m a South Asian Canadian, and I’ve lived in Edmonton most of my life.  I moved from India to Canada with my family when I was three.  We lived in Toronto for a couple years and then moved to Edmonton, and I’ve been here ever since!”

She had some great study tips for fellow students.  “Every morning, I do meditation and I also try to eat healthy and keep myself hydrated.  These things help me stay on track of my study schedule.  I also take breaks in-between studying and go for walks which helps freshen my mind!”

In addition, she had some advice for new students and/or prospective students, which was that they don’t “stress about trying to complete [their] degree quickly.”  She continued, “Everyone has a limit in what they can do, so don’t stress your body out, and stay hydrated!”

When this busy student is not studying, she is “also a fashion designer.”  She explained, “So, whenever I’m free I work on my collection.  You can find my work on Instagram: @ms.megha.shah.”

She considers her sister as having had the greatest influence on her desire to learn.  “She is my day one best friend and motivator.  Whenever I’m confused about my education or anything else, my sister always finds a solution for it!”

Like many students, Megha has a unique story that led her to AU.  “Because of some health issues, I had to drop out of my local university, but I felt grateful that I had the option to transfer to Athabasca and continue my education here!  I really like that I can go at my own pace without worrying about deadlines.”

Her most memorable course had been MATH 216: Computer-Oriented Approach to Statistics, which she considered “very interesting, because [she] learned how statistics is used in all types of jobs.  Even in medical research!”  She also enjoyed COMP 210: Introduction to Information Systems and Computer Applications, which she considered “very interesting for anyone who wants to learn about the history of computers, and the steps we should take to stay safe on the internet.”

As for communication with her tutors?  “So far, I’ve had good experiences with all my tutors.  They’re very helpful whenever I’ve had any confusion related to the course!”

The Voice Magazine also asked Megha what her first project would be if she were the new president of AU.  She stated, “I would create more student groups related to different topics/themes, so students with similar interests can take part and connect with each other.

I would also build a small campus in Edmonton and Calgary where students could meet once a month for networking/activities…if that’s possible.”

On a final note, Megha shared her most valuable lesson learned in life.  “In the past couple of years, I’ve had many obstacles come in my way.  From this I learned that if you keep yourself calm and happy, you can overcome any challenges in your life!”

And her proudest moment?  “When I decided to start my first official collection!”  Best of luck, Megha!

At times, in an online learning environment, it can feel like you are all alone, but across the nation and around the globe, students just like you are also pursuing their Athabasca University (AU) studies!  Each week, The Voice Magazine will be bringing you some of these stories.  If you would like to be featured next, do not hesitate to get in touch!