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The Struggling Student Rants

“Money & Debt” is a touchy subject for a lot of people.  Some people just feel uncomfortable talking about money to strangers; others are confused about how money and finances work, and others just like to keep things private.  Hide their money under the mattress, if you will.  But it’s a topic I absolutely love… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—New Year’s Resolutions? No Body Needs ‘em!

Shadows lurk like clouds across the moon as we recollect the recent memories of New Year’s festivities.  Sooner or later, amidst the frolicking and laughter, the ominous questions arose, “Have you made any resolutions?”  It was as though Champagne or Canada Dry bubbles froze in mid-ascent as gaiety met psycho-social inquisition. Queries regarding New Years’… Read more »

The Fit Student—Disease is Profitable

Two nights ago, I had a dream that I worked as a med student in a hospital.  In that dream, I walked with my supervisor outdoors across a sprawl of hospital towers.  I asked my supervisor what three unusually large towers housed.  She said they housed the people with chronic diseases.  The patients, she said,… Read more »

My Best Four Life Advice Stories from Teachers

With 2018 drawing to a close, I took some time to reflect on my own education and career path—from starting my Bachelor of Science to a specialized clinical specialization. For many AU students, their journeys may be far from traditional. Some may be upgrading their credentials, others may be aiming to learn to keep their… Read more »

The Study Dude—Mistakes!

What happens when we make mistakes?  Bomb at tests or fail to enter the PhD?  “On the one hand, you know that you’ve erred; on the other, you believe yourself to be a capable and smart individual.  To reconcile these two options you can either lower your self-view a notch or two, or you can… Read more »

Course Exam—CRJS 370

CRJS 370 (Youth Justice) is a three-credit, undergraduate-level course that takes a criminological approach to understanding Canada’s separate youth justice system.  If you were unaware, young offenders receive special status under the law in Canada.  How we respond to youth crime is important to society and, more broadly, to criminal justice.  This course has no… Read more »

Dear Barb—New Year Questions

Dear Barb: Hi, now that the holidays are over, I want to work on my diet.  It seems what is good for you one day, turns out to be not good for you after further studies.  For example, the last couple of years I’ve been using coconut oil in all my cooking and recently I… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Grow Your Food in the Kitchen

It’s spring time, the time for gardening, the time for getting outdoors will be soon upon us (give or take a month for Canadians).  Fortunately, for those with allergies or who are less outdoorsy, such as myself, gardening can be less taxing when done in the comfort of your kitchen.  Yes, that’s right.  I’m talking… Read more »

The Fit Student—Skinny Ripped

Imagine Angelina Jolie flexing biceps and defined abs.  Or Popeye’s Olive Oil with bulging quads and glutes.  Might you and I be the next skinny-ripped? I carry a lean frame but can’t seem to build muscle.  Worse, my friends criticize my skinny look.  I feel hurt by their words. Yet, recently, my belt buckle needed… Read more »

The Study Dude—Campus Universities vs. AU

I hate to break the news, but campus-based universities have legs-up over online ones.  At least, that’s true for the 20-year-olds who bask in drama and who don’t get plumber’s butt in low-rise jeans. So, how do campus-based universities compare to AU?  Well, if you ask me, both better and worse. The key benefit to… Read more »