I “attended” Athabasca University (it’s a distance learning program, so it was all correspondence) for a few years after some time at the University of Alberta. It allowed me to finish my schoolwork while working, and was a pretty good program overall. I can only recommend it to the extremely motivated however. I certainly procrastinated, but eventually got all my coursework done.
Convocation was in Athabasca, a town about an hour and a half north of Edmonton, so I did a day trip with Mike and my mom to attend.
The day began early, and I missed breakfast. Luckily there was a catered meal at the convocation site in Athabasca. You can’t honestly expect me to attend an event and not blog about the food, can you?!
My meal looks so yellow here, even after colour correction! It’s actually pretty true to life because the meal WAS very yellow. Cheddar potato bake, eggs benedict with spinach sauce, fruit, a mango/cranberry muffin and some very delicious maple ham.
The ham was the highlight. That’s just about all I have to say about that.
It isn’t until I see a photo that I realize how ridiculous Mike and I look together. I’m wearing heels, by the way.
Mom and me.
Athabasca University doesn’t use caps, they use these medieval-style hoods. Zenke-Witch indeed.
How’s this for meta? My mom taking a photo of an Athabasca University photographer taking a photo of Mike taking a Polaroid of me holding Polaroids of myself. I wonder if the shot will end up on their website or on their calendar.
They served dinner at the convocation (pasta, with some awesome garlic bread) but we wanted to check out this neat looking Burger Bar before we left Athabasca. A somewhat grumpy and impatient teen served us, and despite best intentions of maybe trying a burger, I left with a milkshake (Blackberry, $2.25). It was alright, sort of like Burger Barons, not overly flavoured, but good consistency.
The day went much longer than any of us thought, but it was nice to attend and add a concrete experience to the end of my schooling. I even shed a tear as they gave me my hood up on stage.