Vol. 28 Iss. 49

2020’s Final Issue! - 12/18/2020

Minds We Meet—Karen Lam

Who are your fellow students?  It can feel like you are all alone in your studies, but across the nation, around the globe, students like you are also pursuing their AU education, and The Voice Magazine wants to bring their stories to you.  If you would like to be featured next, do not hesitate to… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Solstice and Our Chosen Fate

Winter Solstice 2020: it’s cold, it’s dark, and it’s isolated.  As the sun’s light declines to its nadir we might wonder what there even is to celebrate.  Like receiving an outstanding course mark by email and then looking around and realizing with a sigh that nothing tangible has changed in our immediate environs, the turning… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Eggnog

It is the oddest thing, I could not find eggnog this year, no matter where I looked.  If you found some and have enjoyed it, that’s fantastic.  But in my case necessity birthed some looking around online and through several of my cookbooks to find some decent recipes.  The following is a hybrid of the… Read more »

How to Master the Skills for our Ideal Careers

A body in motion stays in motion.  The more time we spend learning skills, the more our focus turns into passion–and the quicker we arrive at mastery.  Like an exponential curve, the more we fixate on developing a skill, the faster we move along that curve until we turn upward into the heights.  That’s where… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—Your Wallet vs. You

Holiday Stress-Shopping It’s no secret: being an adult equals stress.  Some adults are more stressed than others, some handle it better than others, and some prefer to pretend they’re Peter Pan and hope for the best.  Then, once a year, you have your “festive stress” to add to the list.  Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas,… Read more »

Dear Barb—A COVID Christmas

Dear Barb: Bah Humbug!  This is going to be the worst Christmas ever.  This COVID virus has devastated so many of my family and friends.  Although I don’t know anyone who has actually got the virus, but the fighting has ruined so many relationships.  The people who believe the doctors and health officials want to… Read more »

Editorial—Happy Holidays

Welcome to the final issue of The Voice Magazine for 2020.  Our writers got in the holiday mood this year, so beyond our feature interview with student and new Voice writer, Karen Lam, we have a number of holiday themed selections to help get you in the mood as well. One of the things that… Read more »

Four Personal Lessons Learned from COVID-19 for 2021

As the year draws to a close, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the lessons we learned from the year.  While it has been a tumultuous year, there are many takeaways that have been valuable for my personal growth.  For many AU students who have experienced varied degrees of emotional upheaval during… Read more »

2020: Signed, Sealed, and Sent by Mail

As I sat down to prepare Christmas cards this year, I had some misgivings.  I thought it important to send cards out this year—perhaps more than ever—but the cards themselves gave me pause.  Jolly pre-printed words like “merry” and “happy” and wishes for “celebrations” and “holiday traditions” seemed rather out-of-step with this year’s reality. The… Read more »

Celebrating the Holiday Season with AU Students

Late October to early January is a time for celebration for many AU students, including those who celebrate Diwali, Mawlid, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Eastern Orthodox/Eastern Rite Christmas, Coptic Orthodox Christmas, and El Día de Los Reyes Magos.  The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with several students about their family traditions. Diwali – Diwali… Read more »

How to be Happy—Even in Soul Crushing Times

We don’t need to mentally hear, throughout the day, a choir of angels singing, “Oh come let us adore him” in order to be happy, although it helps, and it helps a lot.  We can settle for making our hearts pure, even in soul-crushing times, times when angelic song seems distant. Here are five ways… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Mensa Canada Scholarship Programme Sponsored by:  Mensa Canada Deadline:  January 31, 2021 Potential payout:  up to $3000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, over 18 years of age, and currently enrolled in a full-time program at an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution. What’s required:  An email with contact and school… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Bannock and a Movie December Edition: Birth of a Family Dec 1 to Dec 31 Online Hosted by AU Nukskahtowin indigenous.athabascau.ca/bannock/index.php Access through above link All events are free unless otherwise noted. Holiday Closures Athabasca University Closed Thur, Dec 24 to Sun, Jan 3, inclusive Reopens Mon, Jan 4, 8:30 am MST More info at: … Read more »

Vintage Voice

The beginning of winter is almost upon us, so hunker down with a hot beverage and cozy socks for a pair of vintage winter tales. Or was it “beer deer”?  Writer Bill Pollett recounts how a merry lark to find a tree slid into misadventure.  “I find myself half-running down the icy road, trying to… Read more »

AUSU Update

This space is provided free to AUSU: The Voice does not create or edit this content. Contact services@ausu.org with any questions. IMPORTANT DATES Dec 20: Deadline to request exams for Dec. end date Dec 21 – Jan 4 – AUSU Holiday Closure Dec 24 – Jan 4 – AU Holiday Closure Jan 10: Deadline to… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Ash wonders if a supplemental exam written beyond the contract end date will affect the next semester, which already has a full course load; responses say no, it’s all good.  Chelsea asks if a supplemental midterm exam can be written after the final exam; responders say yes. Other posts include the resumption… Read more »