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—Sarah McDougall

Sarah McDougall is a 21-year-old student pursuing a double major in English and Anthropology from her home in Barrie, Ontario.  She was kind enough to take some time to answer a few of our questions about herself and her studies at AU. Can you give us a little bit of background information about yourself? Who… Read more »

Course Exam–HRMT 300

HRMT 300 (Human Resource Planning) is a three-credit course for senior level undergraduate students.  It examines the practice and theory of human resource (HR) planning in Canadian workplaces.  This course has no prerequisites, though ADMIN 232 (Introduction to Management) is recommended.  HRMT 300 is not available for challenge. Human Resource Planning is made up of… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Alison Rowney

Alison Rowney lives in Alberta with her husband and her two-year-old daughter.  She is close to finishing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and she plans to eventually take a master’s degree at AU.  Her long term goal is to become a sports psychologist.  This is her story. Can you give us a little bit… Read more »

Course Exam—HRMT 322

HRMT 322 (Employment Law) is a three-credit, senior level Human Resource Management course that introduces students to the branch of Canadian law that governs relations between employers and employees, primarily in non-unionized workplaces.  The course is designed to provide students with practical knowledge of employment law, focusing on constitutional law, common law, and statutory law. … Read more »

Minds We Meet—Kris Hine

Kris Hine is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychology program with a minor in sociology after being out of school for ten years.  He is living in Alberta and in his spare time he enjoys playing with his dogs and cat, mediating, yoga, and cooking.  This is his story. Can you give us a… Read more »

Course Exam—WGST/SOCI 345

WGST 345/SOCI 345 (Women and Work in Canada) is a three-credit social science course that discusses how, throughout history, women have been unacknowledged and undervalued in working environments.  This course aims to highlight the importance of women’s work and analyzes the reasons why women have been exploited, unpaid, or underpaid throughout Canadian history. WGST 345… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Interviewing Students Like You!

Justine Blanchet is a seventeen-year-old country singer and songwriter from Quebec.  She is in the Faculty of Business focusing on marketing classes to better market her music business.  You can learn more about her on her website and listen to her music on her YouTube channel.  This is her story. Can you give us a… Read more »

Course Exam—FREN 201

FREN 201 (First Year University French II) is a three-credit introductory French course that further develops the ability to read, understand, speak, and write French.  This course enables and encourages students to use French in social situations, discuss a variety of issues, and express opinions.  In addition, the course leads students through a major review… Read more »

The Reputation of Online—Athabasca University

On a regular basis, I receive messages from people asking me for my opinions of Athabasca University and questioning its overall credibility.  I try to always reply in a reassuring manner and try to make the university sound great, though that is not always easy.  People tend to just believe what they want to believe… Read more »

Course Exam—EDUC 210

EDUC 210 (The Canadian Training System) is a three-credit, junior-level introduction to the Canadian labour-market training system.  Labour-market training comprises policies, programs, and activities intended to result in an adequate number of appropriately trained workers.  In Canada, the labour-market training system has four main components: postsecondary education, government labour-market policy, employer workplace training, and community… Read more »