Originally published in the online e-zine AU.world, now called Open AU, October 2006 - Volume 1 Issue 2
Krysta Smith is completing her degree:
I graduated from the Journalism program at Grant MacEwan College in 2002, but knew even before I graduated that I did not want to pursue a career as a reporter.
I was much more interested in the public relations, communications, or advertising field, but could not find a suitable job after being out of school for one year.
I wanted to go back to school, but also wanted to continue working as much as possible.
During my time at MacEwan, I had learned about AU's Bachelor of Professional Arts, Communications Studies program and that I could transfer my journalism credits.
It seemed like the perfect fit.
The ability to apply my studies to the communications field has accelerated my career drastically.
In my previous job I was promoted three times while earning my degree, and I recently got a new position as a Communications Consultant at MacEwan where I am responsible for college-wide communications planning and writing for internal and external communications purposes.
AU distance education is the best way for me to learn. I've never done well in
a classroom environment and prefer to study on my own time.
The myAU student portal makes it so easy for me to access my grades, register for a course, and do anything I need to do without actually having to speak with anyone on the phone or go anywhere in person.
I also think that the Communication Studies program has a great curriculum that is extremely relevant for people working in the communications field.
In the last year I have moved three times, started a new job and just got married, all while continuing to finish my degree.
This would not have been possible without the ability to earn my degree on my own time at a distance through AU.
Overall, attending AU has sparked a love of learning that I never even knew I had.
If I won the lottery tomorrow, I think I would go to school for as long as possible so I can learn about anything and everything that interests me.
Updated February 25 2015 by Student & Academic Services