Vol. 28 Iss. 42

Halloween Adjacent! - 10/23/2020

Minds We Meet—Dorothy Bentley

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 and vice versa.  If you would like to be featured next, do… Read more »

The Study Dude—How to Write a Haunting Narrative Essay

Have you ever wanted to tell a story, perhaps about your life?  Well then, you’ve likely wanted to write what is called a narrative essay.  It’s the kind of essay that starts with vivid visuals of the scene—from the scents to the sounds to a smorgasbord for the senses—and ends with a deep reflection. According… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Candied Apples

Halloween is slowing creeping in, although you’d never know it by all the decorations that showed up in the stores in mid-September!  Such is the life of a consumer.  This week I thought I’d make a sweet tooth favorite, candied apples!  I’m drooling just thinking about them.  Whether you’re a parent, DINK(Double Income No Kids),… Read more »

Eight Ways to Make Your Freelance Business Fail

Freelancers want to succeed.  So, how can you earn six-figures freelancing during COVID?  Let’s look at this question upside down. Let’s instead ask, How can you earn a rock bottom salary—yes, next to nil? Now, that’s the devil’s advocate. Once we know that, then avoiding it should be a piece of cake, right? Jennifer Goforth… Read more »

Dear Barb—Trapped

Dear Barb: Like everyone else I am getting so tired of this virus.  My husband and I are stuck in the house working from home and limiting contact with others.  At least during the summer, we were able to get out; now that the cold weather is here and cases are on the rise we… Read more »


The Voice writers are getting into the Halloween Spirit a little early this year, with a few articles giving a nod to Halloween, just before I take a week off to celebrate the holiday myself.  (The fact that this means I’m free to try to avoid all news about the US election for the last… Read more »

Three Tips on Professional Networking During the Pandemic

Being a career-centered workaholic, I’ve always been enthused by the idea of networking (strange I know!). However, networking gone wrong can create feelings of anxiety and repulsion toward ever going back to having a semi-formal networking conversation again. I’ve been there. I’ve felt the same discomfort sitting in a conversation where I was ill-prepared to… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—Mid-COVID Money Woes

I don’t do sappy.  However, the world around us has changed.  Everyone seems isolated—more so than before—and I feel like the majority of the planet has no grip on reality.  We all scroll through hundreds of social media posts, from real and imaginary friends, claiming if anyone needs to talk they should reach out.  But… Read more »

Meeting the Minds—Professor Tobias Wiggins

The Voice Magazine recently had the chance to chat with AU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Professor Tobias Wiggins in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) about his recent initiative, the Transgender Studies Salon at Athabasca University (AU), along with some of his current and past research. Background and Current Work Professor Wiggins obtained… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Jennifer wonders what happens if the internet cuts out during an online exam; suggestions include using a USB stick modem to prevent a signal drop.  Danielle needs tips for studying while parenting; lots of feedback from been-there-done-that parents. Other posts include AU’s service standards, taking five courses at once, asking for a… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  2020 Academic Excellence Award Sponsored by:  Global Teletherapy Deadline:  November 12, 2020 Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be enrolled in a university, college, or grad school for the 2020-2021 academic year, be in good academic standing with their current educational institution, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.  See… Read more »

Vintage Voice

iPod Day on October 23 celebrates the world-changing rise of the device, first launched in 2001. Coming out of the cave.  Writer Greg Ryan wrestles with how to embrace distance education while avoiding the relentless march of technology.  “I promise my daughter that I’ll dispense with my quixotic aversion to modernity. She wants me 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 Oct 29: AUSU Virtual Student Social Oct 30: Deadline to apply for course extension for Nov Nov 1: AUSU Awards & Bursaries Deadline Nov 10: Deadline to register in a course starting… Read more »

Women of Interest—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) spent five decades fighting all manners of inequality and changed the world in far too many ways to be included in this short article.  Ginsburg was nominated by President Bill Clinton as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1993 and held the position until her… Read more »