The Hub Convocation 2020: Rachel Jenkins, BComm
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Convocation 2020: Rachel Jenkins, BComm

By: Rachel Jenkins

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 Rachel Jenkins’ story and her AU journey through the Bachelor of Commerce program.

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Why did you choose AU?

When I started my degree in 2005, I worked shift work and couldn’t commit to specific class times. AU allowed me to work at my own pace and set my own schedule. AU gave me the flexibility to complete my degree through life’s challenging times: divorce, death, surgeries, and moving. But also life’s happier times: marriages, raising children, working full time, and volunteering.

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

My husband, John, and our kids, Arthur and Lorilei, gave me so much time to complete my coursework. In the last three years, I had a goal of completing a course every six weeks.

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What is your favorite memory from your time at AU?

Handing in my last assignment!!! After 15 years thinking about completing my degree, it was very satisfying.

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How will completing your degree at AU transform your life?

The knowledge I gained while I was taking the degree, enabled me to get the job I absolutely love before having the actual degree. I will now have more time to spend with friends and family.

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

Having the six months to complete a course gives you tons of flexibility to cope with life’s challenges. My work has seasonal busy times that requires me to do overtime. As long as you are motivated during the slower work times, you can “take a break” from schoolwork when you need to balance your life.

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

To enjoy life and be happy!

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Is there anything else you would like to share?

Thank you AU! Even though I did not meet a single person face-to-face, I always felt supported.

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Rachel Jenkins is married to John and the step-mother to Arthur, fifteen, and Lorilei, thirteen.ย  She has completed her Bachelor of Commerce, major in accounting this past spring.ย  Rachel works as the business manager at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School in Red Deer, Alta. and enjoys volunteering in her community.ย  She was born in Saskatoon, Sask.

Published:
  • September 28, 2020
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