Posts By: Christina M. Frey

Christina M. Frey

Supermarket Spa

Who Needs a Massage When there’s a Grocery Aisle to Roam? I recently spent 10 cold minutes huddled over a freezer full of turkeys probably left over from last Thanksgiving, agonizing over the merits of a 12- versus 18-pound bird. I’d had my heart set on a 15-pound one, and choosing anything else was one… Read more »

Running the Grocery Marathon

In a poor economy, it seems that the only businesses doing well are those promoting survival in a poor economy. Everywhere I look, I see the same advice on how to lower your grocery bills: clip coupons, clip coupons, clip coupons. Here’s a twist: I’ve also got tips on how to save a lot on… Read more »

AU Profiles – Natalie Parnell

STUDENT: Natalie Parnell In 2003, Natalie Parnell graduated from Athabasca University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Five and a half years later, She’s back for more! The student from Timmins, Ontario, explains how she initially chose distance education, and why, several years and a second bachelor’s degree later, She’s decided to return to… Read more »

Mardi Gras – Laissez les bons temps rouler!

A visit to New Orleans during Mardi Gras Laissez les bons temps rouler! Roughly translating as ?let the good times roll,? It’s become a catchphrase for Mardi Gras in New Orleans: a huge celebration of tradition, music, and food and drink, mixed with rollicking good fun. What’s it like in New Orleans during Mardi Gras… Read more »

AU Profiles – Eloise Campbell

STUDENT: Eloise Campbell When her boyfriend—now fiancé—took a teaching job in Nunavut, Athabasca University student Eloise Campbell moved from Moncton, New Brunswick, to a remote northern community of 350 on the shores of Hudson Bay. A huge culture shock? Definitely. But according to her, absolutely worth it. During our chat, which disconnected several times by… Read more »

AU Profiles – Angelica Nancekievill

STUDENT: Angelica Nancekievill When health problems made traditional university no longer possible for her, Angelica Nancekievill transferred to Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Arts in English program. The London, Ontario-based student, who’s studying English literature, explains why she chose AU for distance education. She also describes some of the challenges of distance study as compared with… Read more »

AU Profiles – Heather Mallard

STUDENT: Heather Mallard Every year, thousands of adults decide to pursue degrees at home through distance education. And every year, thousands of parents decide to educate their children by home-schooling. Heather Mallard, a second-year student in AU’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program, is doing both. ?It is going better than I could have ever… Read more »

Everything I Should Know Now, I Used To Know When I Was Two

This article originally appeared September 12, 2008, in issue 1636. There’s a certain class of people?a group That’s courageous, honest, earnest, creative, and sensitive?that universally faces cruel discrimination. Instead of being perceptive of their high emotional needs, appreciative of their fresh and honest take on life, and tolerant of their creative and intellectual pursuits, we… Read more »

AU Profiles – Sara Windross

STUDENT: Sara Windross This article originally appeared November 14, 2008, in issue 1644. Athabasca University students come to the ?classroom? with different life situations and different challenges. First-year Bachelor of Arts in Humanities student Sara Windross’s particular challenge is studying while dealing with cerebral palsy. But despite any difficulties her condition has sent her way,… Read more »

Slice of Life – Bookmarks: A Window on 2008

The holiday season brings out the nesting instinct in me. It’s not so much the Martha-Stewart-homemade-cocoa-and-handcrafted-decorations nesting instinct, but is more along the lines of ?Uh-oh, It’s almost 2009 and look what a hopeless mess everything is!? I look around at the boxes in the garage, the summer clothes still hanging in the closet and… Read more »