Dany Bianca: achieving an academic goal
Transforming Lives: Learners at AU is a testimonial series written by AU students and alumni who want to acknowledge how AU has helped shape their lives.
It’s a space for those who want to thank the people who have helped to support and transform their lives through Athabasca University; all while looking forward to their future educational and personal potential.
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When the pandemic hit, with all the restrictions and stay-at-home orders, I decided to look for universities to complete one of my academic goals—earn a bachelor’s degree.
I first looked in Ontario, since I live here, but I did not find a fully online program that would accept transfer credits from my completed college diploma. Then I found Athabasca University, and saw the different online bachelor degree programs. I liked the Bachelor of General Studies program, and I’m now enrolled with a designation in Applied Studies, which includes courses on business administration.
Before I enrolled at AU, I spoke with an admissions officer and people in the program’s department to and confirmed that this program and AU were the right choice for me, based on my work experience. I can complete my degree fully online, which will allow me better job opportunities while still working and doing other things with my life, including being a full-time athlete.
I love the program! I would not be able to sit in a classroom every day without an income. At AU, I can study at my own pace and I love that! And my course tutors are great. If I want to speak with them on the phone for any question or discussion I can, and they reply to the emails in a timely fashion. I am taking two courses per semester, which is the right amount for me to be able to focus on my studies while still working and competing.
I represent Canada in national and international events in bodybuilding—flying all around, all the time. I am the two-time Canadian champion in bodybuilding. Due to that busy schedule I kind of left behind my academic goals, but the pandemic forced me to slow down. Being stuck at home made me restart a goal that I always wanted to achieve: to get my bachelor’s degree. I am hoping to continue representing Canada again next year while still being enrolled as a part-time student.
AU has changed my life for better! I recommend AU to anyone who wants to pursue their academic goal while still working full-time, or raising a family. Thanks, AU, for offering options for people like me who had an Ontario college diploma but always wanted to complete their degree.