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!

Course Exam—CHEM 350 (Organic Chemistry I)

CHEM 350 (Organic Chemistry I) is a three-credit, senior-level chemistry course that covers the chemistry of carbon compounds through a study of the characteristic reactions of the common functional groups.  This course emphasizes the study of reaction mechanisms to show similarities between apparently unrelated reactions.  The importance of stereochemistry is stressed throughout the course.  CHEM… Read more »

Minds We Meet–Charla Arnold

Charla Arnold is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce program at Athabasca University with a major in Accounting.  Charla was kind enough to share her experience with online learning and what pushed her to enroll at AU. Can you give us a little bit of background information about yourself? Who are you? Where do… Read more »

Course Exam—CHEM 218 (Chemical Principles II)

CHEM 218 (Chemical Principles II) is a three-credit introductory chemistry course that is a continuation of CHEM 217 (Chemical Principles I). This course covers chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base and solubility equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, the chemistry of metals and non-metals, nuclear chemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry. CHEM 218 may not be taken for… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Sylvie Boudreault

Sylvie Boudreault is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program, double majoring in Psychology and Anthropology.  Sylvie was kind enough to share her experience with online learning and why she chose to go back to school.  Could you provide a bit of background information about yourself? Who are you? Where do you live, where… Read more »

Course Exam—CHEM 217

CHEM 217 (Chemical Principles I) is a three-credit introductory chemistry course that provides an introduction to chemistry from both a theoretical and practical point of view.  The combination of CHEM 217 and CHEM 218 (Chemical Principles II) is the equivalent to first-year university chemistry.  CHEM 217 has no prerequisites, however, chemistry 30 of an equivalent… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Kieran Soora

Kieran Soora is currently in his last year of the Bachelor of Commerce program with a major in Accounting.  His plans on obtaining his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licence once he finishes his degree at AU and would love to eventually be a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for a major company.  This is Kieran’s story…. 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 »

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 »

Course Exam—COMM 277 (Group Communication)

COMM 277 (Group Communication) is a three-credit introductory Business and Administrative Studies course that focuses on building stronger group interpersonal communications skills by observing teams and groups at work.  It challenges students to think critically about group communication problems and their effects, as well as the effectiveness of the course of action you choose to… Read more »

Toronto’s Amber Alert

At 11:30pm on Thursday evening, while I was lying in bed and getting ready to fall asleep, residents within the Greater Toronto Area received two identical amber alerts back-to-back from the Peel Regional Police, stating “Emergency Alert: Victim is Riya Rajkumar age 11.  Suspect is Roopesh Rajkumar age 41.  Vehicle is a silver Honda civic… Read more »