The Hub Convocation 2020: Cherise Lee, BPA
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Convocation 2020: Cherise Lee, BPA

By: Cherise Lee

To celebrate #AthaU20 Convocation, we are profiling some of AU’s grads. The team at AU is so proud of everything they have accomplished and we are excited to celebrate each one of our graduates leading up to convocation and beyond!

Read on to learn more about Cherise Lee’s story and her AU journey through the Bachelor of Professional Arts program.

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Why did you choose AU?

I chose AU because I wanted to continue learning and my credits were transferable to AU. I also chose AU because it was online which allowed me to continue to be a stay-at-home single mom, as i was going through divorce and my two young children needed me at that time. AU blessed me with the ability to both be there for my children and get a better education so I could provide a better life for them.

Cherise Lee

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Tell us about the people who have supported you throughout your journey at AU?

My children, who were patient with their mommy while I gained an education so I could give them a better life.

My mom who helped me learn to believe in myself, and to never give up.

My dad who loved and supported me.

My brothers and sisters who supported me.

My husband of three wonderful years, for his patience, love and support.

My tutors, especially Carmen Arth, who was very encouraging and helpful on my assignments.

Cherise Lee

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What is your favorite memory from your time at AU?

I lacked belief in myself and my abilities of what I was capable of doing, so I was nervous for the first year of school every time I handed in an assignment. I was always surprised to get a good mark back, but after that first year, I realized I was smart and my confidence and belief in myself was growing. I now know I can do whatever I put my mind too.

Cherise Lee

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How will completing your degree at AU transform your life?

I have a good education, and after a year off of school, I am in the process of applying to get my Masters in Social work, and making my dreams of becoming a counsellor and helping others is going to come true.

Cherise Lee

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Tell us about a time that the flexibility of AU helped you overcome a challenge.

The flexibility that AU provided was perfect. It allowed me the ability to be there for my two young children, to spend quality time with them and support them as I went through a long divorce. I was able to continue being there for them, while still having the ability to gain a better education. It has allowed me to provide a better life for them, the life that we deserved to have.

Cherise Lee

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My personal journey landed me here, at AU, but it certainly doesn’t stop now. My future is …

I am in the process of applying to get my Masters in Social Work, so that I can be a counsellor and help people. This has been my dream for the last six years.

Cherise Lee

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Is there anything else you would like to share?

I am a better, and stronger woman, because AU provided me with the ability to grow and learn what I was capable of doing. Thank you for helping me to become who I always was, once again.

Cherise Lee

Cherise Lee was born in Regina Saskatchewan, as a child she wanted to be a veterinarian, then a carpenter. She attended Red River College in 2002, where she learned how to build a house. Unfortunately, in 2005 she lost part of her vision in her right eye, making this complicated. In 2007 she was married, but after five-and-a-half years of marriage and two children, Malachi and Rubi, her and her husband parted ways. Knowing she would have to support herself and two children, she enrolled in the Educational Assistant Diploma program at Portage College.ย She then enrolled and was accepted into Athabasca University, in the Bachelor of Professional Arts with a major in Human Services Program, which she completed in September 2019. Presently she is awaiting news of being accepted into another university to get either a Masters in Counselling Psychology or a Masters of Social Work, so that she can become a counsellor.ย