Vol. 30 Iss. 02

Volume 30, Issue 2 - 01/15/2022

Minds We Meet—Arozo Azma

Who are your fellow students?  At times, in an online learning environment, it can feel like you are all alone, but across the nation and around the globe, students just like you are also pursuing their Athabasca University (AU) studies!  Each week, The Voice Magazine will be bringing you some of these stories.  If you… Read more »

Editorial—Welcome to 2022!

We made it! Well, most of us, anyway.  I hope you all enjoyed our Best of issue, and if you missed it, don’t forget that you can always grab the PDF version of it and have it all in one handy file. This is the first all original issue of 2022.  And while it’s not… Read more »

Surviving Insomnia—How to Get Your Best Night’s Sleep

Everyone knows that sleep is important.  Not getting enough sleep can affect our physical, mental, and cognitive health.  Unfortunately, our high stress and constantly on-the-go world doesn’t encourage getting a good night’s sleep, and many of us struggle with falling asleep, staying asleep, or feeling rested in the morning.  In fact, according to the Centres… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Community Care

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. From one bookworm to another, this column will be underscoring and… Read more »

Valentine’s Day Vows to You!

It’s one-month away from Valentine’s Day!  And what a blissful holiday, bursting with love, affection, and romance.  And do I have a treat for you.  You have a mystery Valentine and this fairy tale love is greater than the love of any mother.  It’s love that expects nothing in return.  It’s pure, unconditional love. The… Read more »

DIY Matcha Shortbread Cookies

My all-time favorite secret sauce (or rather powder) for my baking is matcha.  Despite not being the most enthusiastic baker, I certainly love occasionally treating myself, my friends, and my family with some homemade matcha snacks.  As of late, my favorite matcha treat is the matcha shortbread cookie.  Pair the soft, crumbly texture of shortbread… Read more »

Giants Start Small

Potential is defined as the differing qualities and abilities that determine what an individual can achieve in the future.  The label “high potential” gets thrown around on everyone from children to athletes when trying to quantify their likelihood for future success.  However, being able to realize potential may have more to do with how educators… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Roast Pork Loin

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all spent some much-needed family time and had a restful holiday.  I know my family did until COVID entered our house.  I feel fortunate that we have avoided the other variants, and thus far (as of this writing), omicron doesn’t yet seem to be nearly as bad.  Our… Read more »

Pep Talk for Valerie Bertinelli

Today, I saw a video of a beautiful woman crying her eyes out over her body image.  Her face was stunning, even with her tears, and I remembered how I wished I could grow up to look like her whenever I watched her in her TV sitcom One Day at a Time.  She was my… Read more »

Music Review—You are Free to Go

Artist: One Hidden Frame Album: I Am Not Here Single: “You Are Free To Go” Punk rock band, One Hidden Frame, has released the third single from their upcoming album, I Am Not Here. The single is titled “You Are Free To Go” and is available for streaming anywhere you get your music. Established in… Read more »

Dear Barb—COVID Christmas Fallout

Dear Barb: Well, I’m glad that’s over.  Christmas was awful!  Half my family are vaccinated, and half are not, so it was difficult to decide who to invite to our family dinner.  Then some of the family refused to wear a mask or social distance, and so we ended up in different rooms until Christmas… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Well, it’s almost halfway through January already, but it’s never too late for some New Year’s Resolutions, as demonstrated by this pair of articles, which were each published on January 13th in their respective years. Success is all in the planning.  Katie D’Souza explains how to achieve resolution success with tips on outlining your goals… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group What AU students excel at:  peer support.  A student ready to quit AU studies asks for advice, and dozens of students respond with encouragement, guidance, and shared experiences. Discord Bitterly-cold bathroom humour.  During an extreme cold-weather event, students in the #coffee-shop-lounge swap cold stories, including frozen toilets (and frozen turds.)  This, naturally,… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  E. Wayne Kay Undergraduate Scholarship, and others Sponsored by:  SME Education Foundation Deadline:  February 1, 2022 Potential payout:  varies by scholarship Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be permanent residents of Canada or the U.S., be enrolled full-time in a degree program in manufacturing engineering, technology, or a closely-related field, in Canada or the U.S.,… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Blended Learning Practice MOOC Jan 16 to Feb 12 Online Hosted by AU and the Commonwealth of Learning news.athabascau.ca/events/blended-learning-practice-mooc-spring-2022/ Register through above link Faculty of BusinessUndergrad Program  Orientation for New Students Tues, Jan 18, 12:00 to 1:00 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Faculty of Business news.athabascau.ca/events/faculty-of-business-undergraduate-program-orientation-for-new-students-20220118/ RSVP through above link