Posts By: Karl Low

Brittany Daigle

My name is Brittany Daigle, I am 24 years old and I currently live in Kitchener, Ontario with my boyfriend William, my beagle Ziggs, and my Maine Coon cat Gandalf the White. I enrolled at Athabasca University in late 2016 and I am currently in my second year in the Bachelor of Arts Major in Psychology program.
In 2013 I graduated from Riverview High School, which is located in my hometown Riverview, New Brunswick, and I attended Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia for Neuroscience for one year before deciding that their classroom structure was not what I was looking for. After a few years of trying to find a program and a university that fit my lifestyle, I found Athabasca University and have never looked back!
When I enrolled at AU, I made it a priority to become involved. In March of 2018 I was elected as an AUSU Council Member and I was elected into the Members Engagement and Communications Committee. Also, in April of 2019 I was elected as the Chair of the Awards Committee and in May of 2019 I was elected as the Vice President Finance and Administration, which as a result placed me as the Chair of the Finance Committee. I am so excited to have a voice in all three committees!
I have also been a consistent weekly writer for The Voice Magazine since November of 2017. My Course Exam column has me interviewing course coordinators, tutors, and students on different courses offered at AU to give other students the opportunity to gain some insight into courses prior to enrolling. Furthermore, my Minds We Meet column has me interviewing students who are attending AU to showcase who they are, where they are from, what their university experience has been like, and to provide a means for other students to connect with them in hopes to eliminate the feeling of isolation that comes from distance education.
When my face isn’t buried in textbooks, work, or articles, I enjoy reading, travelling with my boyfriend, nerding out playing Magic the Gathering or League of Legends, taking Ziggs to the dog park, watching YouTube’s beauty community, and sleeping!
Hope you enjoy the read!

Minds We Meet—Laura Szabo

Laura Szabo lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and works as a full-time administrative assistant.  She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Administration program at Athabasca University.  This is her story. Can you give us a little bit of background information about yourself? Who are you? Where do you live, where do you come… Read more »

Course Exam—PSYC 356

PSYC 356 (Introduction to Personality Theories and Issues) is a three-credit, senior level psychology course that examines several theories of personality, including the key theorists and concepts associated with each theory, along with the strengths and limitations of each theory.  PSYC 356 has no prerequisites, however, PSYC 289 (Psychology as a Natural Science) and PSYC… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Jalesa Briault

Jalesa Briault, born and raised in Alberta, is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce Accounting Major program at Athabasca University. Once finished her program she hopes to complete the chartered professional accountant (CPA) certification and do tax returns or bookkeeping. This is her story. Could you give us a little bit of background information… Read more »

Course Exam—WGST 333

WGST 333 (Goddess Mythology, Women’s Spirituality, and Ecofeminism) is a three-credit intermediate-level women’s and gender studies course that examines the evolution, fragmentation, and re-creation of spiritual traditions, myths, and stories associated with Goddess. The course explores the symbolic significance of female divinity and the impact of its loss on all aspects of Western culture. This… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Fiona Nanke

Fiona Nanke lives in southern Alberta with her husband and three little girls where she takes her Bachelor of Public Administration program from AU with a major in Governance, Law, and Management.  She recently took some time to talk to the Voice Magazine about who she is and her journey so far. Can you give… Read more »

Course Exam—ASTR205

ASTR 205 (Universe—The Ultimate Frontier) is a three-credit introductory astronomy and astrophysics course that describes the universe as we now understand it, explains how our current understanding came about, and shows how the scientific method forms the basis for both the tools and the theories of astronomy. This course has no prerequisites and has a… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Karen Fletcher

Karen Fletcher lives in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband and three young children.  She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program with a Major in Mathematics at Athabasca University.  She hopes to complete a masters and a PhD and to eventually work as a university professor teaching mathematics.  This is her story. Can… Read more »

Course Exam—COMP 210

COMP 210 (Introduction to Information Systems and Computer Applications) is a three-credit introductory computer science course that is designed for students who are not planning to major in information systems. The course covers basic hardware concepts; the structure, or architecture, of computers; the software hierarchy from systems software to application programs; and information systems concepts… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Heather Guerette

Psychology major, Heather Guerette, is a 41-year-old wife and mother of three teenagers living in Sarnia, Ontario.  She is currently in her final semester of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 3-year program at AU and has given us her feedback on the program and on her experience studying at Athabasca University.  Can you provide… Read more »

Course Exam—HIST 202

HIST 202 (Western Thought and Culture II: Since the Reformation) is a three-credit introductory history course that is the second of two three-credit courses. Together, they survey the development of Western civilization from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt to the complicated and sophisticated world of the post-industrial era.  This course has no prerequisites,… Read more »