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From a distance

Kara Snow is completing her BBA from her home in St. Anthony

By Courtney Alcock

Kara Snow lives in St. Anthony, NL, yet despite the distance from one of Memorial’s campuses she is currently completing her bachelor of business administration.

Having lost her father when she was in high school, it was important to Ms. Snow to stay close to her mom so traveling to a campus was not a desirable option.

“I wanted stay close to my mom, but I also wanted a university degree,” she explained. “After realizing Memorial offered the bachelor of business administration by distance I not only did five courses that first semester but also returned to my volunteer work that I love so much.

“It’s unreal to know I am receiving a degree from my living room in St. Anthony, Newfoundland.”

Memorial’s Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT) has launched a website with video stories from a selection of their students, including Ms. Snow. The site highlights students who have pursued a university education despite various challenges including location, lifestyle and time constraints.

“The stories are inspiring – these students have taken their lives in their own hands and pursued their academic goals despite various challenges or constraints,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, director of DELT. “Being able to learn at a distance has given them the ability to stay with their families, work in their communities, and contribute to the social, cultural and economic fabric of where they live.

“And it’s rewarding to hear directly from these students the value distance education has brought to their lives.”

The students featured are located across Newfoundland and Labrador, and are enrolled in a variety of Memorial’s programs that are available through distance education. And they represent only a cross section of the people and places impacted by distance learning at Memorial, which currently has more than 500 distance education examination sites in this province alone.

To view all of the video stories, visit