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DEAR SANDRA – The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I am in my second semester at AU and I love the courses and all my tutors. I decided to quit working full-time and devote myself entirely to school and this is where my problem comes in; I desperately miss having co-workers to interact with daily. Besides the minimal contact I have with… Read more »

From My Perspective – Post-Secondary Tuition (Part One)

On-campus students are always making public statements to protest rising tuition costs. In fact many people may even start to tune these protests out, since they seem to go hand in hand with attendance at a post secondary institution in an almost predictable pattern – the school year starts & students complain about tuition! As… Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch!

Money in the Trees The Minister of Natural Resources, Herb Dhaliwal, has announced $100,000 in scholarships, $5,000 each to 20 university students that are studying forestry (see: http://www.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca/media/newsreleases/2002/2002115_e.htm). Tied to these scholarships is the requirement to pursue at least part of their research in a laboratory of the Canadian Forestry Service. Unfortunately these scholarships, like… Read more »

DEAR SANDRA – The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I’m just about ready to go crazy. I’m working my butt off to hold down a job, I have a small school-aged son that needs time, love, and attention, and a husband who thinks a major contribution to the household duties is to use a coaster for his glass. He has no understanding… Read more »

From My Perspective – Tool Concert

“Think for yourself. Question authority, strive to be different and unique, never repeat things other people say” Maynard James Keenan, (from Timothy Leary) Tonight I did not attend the Tool concert in Edmonton. But I might as well have done so, since it completely occupied my whole evening. Tool; for the uninitiated; is a heavy… Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch!

The Canada We Want – The Undergraduates We Don’t Every new session of parliament begins with a Speech from the Throne that our government uses to make a set of promises about what they hope to do while in office. In this session’s speech, titled The Canada We Want, we see that the government has… Read more »

DEAR SANDRA – The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I have a major problem with motivation. I let things slide – particularly course work, and then have to cram it all in at the last moment. I’m paying through the teeth on extensions and I’m still not getting things done. I mean to try, but distance education seems so easy to put… Read more »

From My Perspective – Students & Health

I recently read a back-to-school article somewhere that stated that university students tend to gain weight shortly after entering post-secondary education. The “Freshman 15″ has been reported on by a variety of news articles and research sources, and it is common knowledge that around 75% of students (particularly females, lucky us!) gain an average of… Read more »

Fed Watch!

Double Cohort in Ontario – More than Expected? The Ontario government is re-iterating how their plan will ensure that the universities of Ontario are ready for the double cohort (see: http://www.newswire.ca/government/ontario/english/releases/September2002/27/c5505.html). For those not aware, this school year Ontario switches from a secondary school system that goes to grade 13 to one that only goes… Read more »

Dear Sandra: The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I’ve just started my first course at Athabasca University. It’s hard, but I’m really enjoying it. I’d like to take more courses, but money is a big problem. Are there any suggestions you can give me? Happy but Poor Dear Happy but Poor; Have you ever seen a well-off university student? The majority… Read more »