The Study Dude—Cure Yourself of Exam Anxiety

Perfectionism often leads to anxiety.  And you don’t want anxiety during exams. “I’m going to fail!” I’d burst into tears, wailing those words before every math exam.  I discounted the twenty-four hours each week I studied for that one course.  I discounted my 4.0 in prior math classes, too.  Luckily, my stress morphed into confidence… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

The Paradox of Disillusionment: a talk with Steven Heighton, AU’s Writer-in-Residence Fri, Jan 17, 3:00 to 4:00 pm MST Athabasca University, Peace Hills Trust Tower, Room 1112, 10011 – 109 Street NW, Edmonton AB In-person and livestream Hosted by AU and FHSS No pre-registration required; access livestream through above link Keeping Organized as You… Read more »

Course Exam—POLI 307 (Political Ideologies)

POLI 307 (Political Ideologies) is a three-credit, upper-level political science course that surveys the origins and development of modern political ideologies in their historical, cultural, and socio-economic contexts, beginning with the origins of liberalism, followed by responses to it which include capitalism, conservatism, socialism, Marxism, and nationalism.  This course has no prerequisites and offers a… Read more »

Dear Barb—Faced with the Unthinkable

Dear Barb: I hate to bring up such a sombre subject, but, in December, my husband was diagnosed with stage four cancer of unknown origin.  We were both devastated, but with the Christmas celebrations we managed to put the cancer out of our minds.  Now that the holidays are over, we are faced with the… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Andrea Waugh

Andrea Waugh is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Administration program at Athabasca University and hopes to obtain a position with the provincial health authority, with a strong interest in working in Aboriginal health as a coordinator or manager.  She was kind enough to share about herself in our latest interview. Can you give… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Out to Lunch with Munch

Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream (1893) is paradigmatic of the sudden piercing realization that something is askew in one’s life.  Maybe we feel like we don’t belong where we are or that the world is all wrong.  Perhaps the painting represents a visual answer to Hamlet’s famous line: “the time is out of joint” (Shakespeare). … Read more »

Navigating the Educational System with Chronic Illness or Disability

Canadian students can have difficulty navigating today’s educational systems.  Globalization has rapidly increased in recent years, resulting in a faster paced society; one driven by consumption, relentless productivity, and a hunger for external validation.  There is pressure for students to excel in school, obtain high-paying careers, take care of their families, and accumulate wealth.  But… Read more »