My name is Karen Fletcher, and I’m honoured to have the opportunity to represent you as the Vice-President External.
I’m in the Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics program, which is a second degree for me. A couple of years ago I felt like I needed a new challenge. I love science and wanted to go back to school with the eventual goal of getting my PhD.
I initially thought I’d study at one of the two brick-and-mortar universities in Ottawa where I live, but the combination of rigid class schedules and the commute would have meant I could only take a couple of classes a year while balancing studies with my business and family. I was thrilled to find that Athabasca offered the flexibility of being able to study when worked for me without having to go anywhere, and am hoping to graduate sometime in 2022.
I love knitting (especially mittens) and own a business where I design knitting patterns professionally for magazines and yarn companies. My favourite part of collaborating with different yarn producers and publications is being pushed to incorporate ideas and themes that I wouldn’t have naturally gravitated towards myself.
I adore reading, especially biographies and popular science books, and have a great husband and three fantastic (and very talkative) kids who are 3, 5, and 7. At the moment, we’re all home because of the pandemic which has made me very thankful for the flexibility I have to organize my studies around the rest of my life.