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Porkpie Hat—On the Persistence of Memory

“No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.” – Haruki Murakami What a strange one-way journey all of us are on, this short trip from birth to death, with barely enough time to change out of our swaddling cloths, grab a quick canape or two, snap… 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 »

Convocation Celebration!

Are you ready for the elation, the emotion, the high fives, and the cheering crowds? Students who finish their AU degree requirements by April 30 are eligible to attend AU’s convocation ceremonies this June in Athabasca, Alberta.  Will you be among the hundreds of excited graduands visiting the campus of Athabasca University for the first… Read more »

Tara’s Top 20 Tips for Happiness & Wellbeing

I was never a fan of regrets in life, and never had any—until I got older and somewhat wiser.  Surely, if you don’t have any regrets, chances are you haven’t made any major mistakes yet, or you’re living inside a box.  Regrets do seem to come with life experience.  Indeed, if I had the opportunity… Read more »

Five Tips for Booking Cheaper Flights—Student Edition

As summer vacations are right around the corner (despite the recent snowfalls), there are plenty of options for students to consider when it comes to vacations.  If part of your vacation plans require air travel, then this read can hopefully save you some of the time and money you spend with air-travel.  Last year was… Read more »

Seven Reasons Why AU Students Should Get a Dog

The domestic dog is a member of the genus Canis (canine).  They have been bred through hundreds of years from a type of wolf, extinct today, to become the friendly, loyal companions we now know.  The dog was one of the first species to be domesticated and selectively bred for various behaviors and physical attributes. … Read more »

Ten Bizarre Writing Prompts to Kickstart your Creativity

If you’re a creative writer you’re probably already familiar with “writing prompts,” those little tips designed to boost your literary engines.  Prompts often come in the form of a first line, which is helpful because that’s the hardest to write, but they’re often way too conventional to give your imagination the kind double-take needed to… Read more »

A Dozen Reasons why Traveling is the Best Education

There are several methods to acquiring a post-secondary education throughout a lifetime, in addition to traditional college and university routes.  For one, we are blessed to have the option of online education from Athabasca University and numerous other educational institutions that enable us to read and learn from the comfort of our own homes.  For… Read more »