I returned to school after 22 years thanks to Athabasca University
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I recently enrolled in Athabasca University’s Bachelor of General Studies program after 22 years of being out of school.
I am currently in my second semester with a plan to eventually graduate from the Master of Counselling program. I absolutely love the ability to go to school online while still being available to my 4 children when they need me.
“I am so happy to be able to challenge and broaden my education and skills, while also still living my dreams with my family and maintaining my business life.”– Alicia Fisher, first-year Athabasca University student
Inclusive online learning
AU has an amazing, inclusive environment that provides the resources and support I needed to make the transition from full-time self-employment to full-time schooling.
It was a very difficult decision to make the plunge into this new and exciting journey, but AU has guided me every step of the way.
Our family does a lot of travelling all over Alberta and British Columbia for camping, holidays, and racing. The ability to study and take online courses from anywhere is so important!
I am so happy to be able to challenge and broaden my education and skills, while also still living my dreams with my family and maintaining my business life.
I would recommend this university to anyone who needs a flexible schedule, who is balancing work and family life, and who has the desire to expand their education.
I am so excited to be on this journey and am so proud to be able to be a part of the AU community!
Transforming Lives: Learners of AU
Read more profiles of AU students and grads in our series Transforming Lives: Learners of AU.