Posts By: Karl Low

Francesca Carone

Francesca Carone is a full-time mother and student. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, she moved to Nova Scotia for a more peaceful life. She is completing her BPA in Criminal Justice with plans to move on to a Masters in Counseling. Most of her free time is spent with her children and dog playing outside, sports, and gardening.

Managing Stress

With school starting or new things in our lives popping up, it’s easy for us to get stressed out.  Yes, Stress is natural and can be beneficial at certain times—it can even help motivate people—but it can also be detrimental if left to become chronic.  Anxiety and stress can have a negative effect long-term on… Read more »

Buying Local or Buying a Scam?

Local food has been growing in popularity every year, and is being marketed to people as a local solution: saving the earth and eating fresh sort of ideology.  This idea is highlighted more and more at grocery stores and is also featured on restaurant menus.  This local food idea seems to have shifted from a… Read more »

How to Stay Healthy During the Summer

As summer starts and a lot of people are taking time away from work or school to enjoy the outdoors, it is easy to have the “school’s out!” attitude.  We all know what that attitude is like.  It’s telling us to go have fun and not care.  Having fun by eating a lot, drinking, staying… Read more »

A Vacation from School—Why you Need One

Time off is important, not just from work, but from school too.  Just like work, students need to have time off to refresh themselves and increase their performance for the next set of courses.  School time is busy, and usually there isn’t much time to do any fun or relaxing stuff.  For a vacation, summertime… Read more »

The Rise of AI Could Mean a Loss of Jobs

Although you may already be on the path to an educational goal and career, it is good to think about things from another perspective.  Many students, despite starting university, still do not know exactly what path they want to take and what their career choice will be. The role of AI in the job sector… Read more »

Is Amazon Spying on You?

Amazon’s electronic device is known as Echo.  It is the conduit for their voice activated virtual assistant, Alexa, similar to Apple’s Homepod for Siri, and Google Home with the Google Assistant.  With this device a user can find answers to many questions as well as change your thermostat, stream music, and schedule appointments.  Alexa software… Read more »

Gluten Free Doesn’t Always Mean Healthy

As students, our lives are busy and can be demanding.  We don’t always have time to think about what we are eating but some people are concerned about what they eat. The gluten-free diet has been striking up a lot of interest lately.  Almost any grocery store now carries gluten-free products such as gluten-free cake… Read more »

The Best Gas Efficient Cars for Students

Having a car is great, but it can be very expensive because of things like insurance, maintenance, repairs, and, of course, gas.  As students, keeping expenses down is important.  We know the price of gas is high, so finding a car that is good on gas, is a must these days.  The Saudi Arabian Oil… Read more »

The 2019 Federal Budget—Student Perspective

The federal government just released its new federal budget and some changes have been made that may affect students at Athabasca University receiving loans.  Some of these changes will be exciting for students For one thing, the budget proposes to lower the interest rates on student loans.  I think this would be a great thing… Read more »

Student Engagement at a Distance

Distance education has been rising throughout the world thanks to computers and the internet.  Traditional on-campus classroom environments have been the norm, and, until the 1980’s, really the only possibility. The history of distance education is longer than you might expect.  In 1922, Pennsylvania broadcasted some of its courses through radio.  In 1953, the University… Read more »