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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – My Reflection of First Semester

The holiday after first semester exams is FINALLY here and it’s literally like I’ve won the lottery. I know I’ve been so stressed out with school, deadlines and assignments but now I finally get to take a break. Exams are finally over and I know what I’m excited for; going home to my family, being able to see my friends, celebrating the holidays, and getting a decent night of sleep.

• Posted on January 16, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , ,

Views From The Road: A Travel Season in Photographs

I have a confession to make. Over the course of this past travel season I’ve taken a truly unreal amount of scenic photographs. I couldn’t help myself. Ontario is just gorgeous and every new place I got to visit, brought with it a new awesome view.

• Posted on January 13, 2017 by Student Recruitment Officers in ,

Reflecting back on First Semester

As first semester draws to a close, it is important to take the time to reflect back on the first half of your year. Whether you are in your first or last year here at Nipissing, there is still another semester to go before you reach the bliss that is summer break. At this point in the year, you should have an understanding of what is expected of you based on the year that you’re in. You’ve made new friends, met new professors and learned new things. So how do you feel? Did you procrastinate too much? Did you spend enough time on each assignment? Could you have done better? While we all anxiously await finals and marks for classes, it’s easy to be self-critical. While it is important to acknowledge what you could have done differently, there is much more to reflecting on your first semester.

• Posted on December 9, 2016 by Hannah Davidson in ,

Saying Bye to the Winter Blues

Every student fears getting sick or catching a cold. As busy students, our time is a precious commodity. When the seasons change, the fear of getting sick weighs heavy in our minds. Evidently, the drop in temperature usually occurs when we are the busiest and most stressed. Stress from school can be hard to reduce. Some people don’t take the normal amount of time for self-care in order to squeeze in some last-minute study time. As a person who always gets sick when the seasons change, I’ve learned ways to reduce the chances. I have learned some healthy habits to keep in mind when we transition from fall to winter.

• Posted on December 8, 2016 by Lindsay Ballard in ,

My Best of North Bay

I have lived in North Bay my whole life and at first glance our city may not appear to have all that much to do for fun outside of what the school and residence leaders work hard to organize. So I thought I would share some of the activities I find most interesting here in North Bay!

• Posted on December 7, 2016 by Sarah Jacobs in , , ,

This one is for your supporters!

We spend a lot of time in these blogs focusing on making the best choice for your future as well as your transition to university, so I can see why you may think this is all about you. In truth though, you’re not going through this alone and your supporters aren’t about to just give up on you and send you on your way. Here are some of my favourite tips for the supporters who are helping you through this transition and how they can keep helping you into your university career:

• Posted on December 6, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

The Holidays on a Student Budget

‘Tis the season to be jolly! There always seems to be a lingering financial situation above every students head when they start to think about gift-giving during the holidays and it doesn’t need to be a stressful situation at all!

• Posted on December 5, 2016 by McKenna Hill in , , ,

Do What You Love, and Love What You Do

I think sometimes as students, we forget that we don’t always have to struggle and hate what we do. We’re told frequently that we need to do something that will allow us to have solid prospects for a bright future after we’re done university. The four years of our undergrad are consistently filled with “So, what are you going to do after you graduate?”. As someone who double majors in two of the most commonly-dubbed “useless” subjects (English and History), I get asked constantly what my goal is for after I finish up with my degrees.

• Posted on December 2, 2016 by Maddy Aucoin in , , ,

Embracing Graduation and other Adult things

So you’re sitting here watching Friends on Netflix and all of a sudden you realize that it’s almost December and you have so many things you still need to do. You have a final group project, individual essays, and in less than two weeks you have 4 exams. All you can do at this point is try to avoid those potential mental breakdowns and scramble to your calendar to try and make some notes on how you are going to start prioritizing your time.

How to be Single: Holiday Edition

Snow has fallen and the holidays are just around the corner. It’s that time of year where you dedicate yourself to too many secret santas, find tinsel throughout your entire house, and spend far too much money. It also, for many, is the time of year when single people tend to feel more alone. In popular culture, including things like movies, television, and books, the holidays are often depicted as the most romantic time of the year. Basically every Christmas special on television celebrates the union of two single people coming together through holiday cheer. It can be a hard time to be on your own, especially when you attend family functions and it seems like everyone and their brother is asking you when you are going to bring a boy or girl home.

• Posted on November 30, 2016 by Destiny Murtaugh in ,

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

I’ve been a worrier since I can remember. In fact, I’m known as the “stressed out one” among my friends. It’s not always easy to spot. When people first meet me and find out I’m an anxious person, they’re often surprised. Most people wonder what anxiety is and often say “just stop being anxious” but let me tell you, it’s not that easy.

• Posted on November 29, 2016 by Jaana Kekki in , , , , ,

How to Enjoy Winter in North Bay

Looking outside, it looks like winter is already here! If you are like me, you are feeling excited for all the fun things snow offers, and even more excited for the end of the semester and Christmas. And, well, if you are not like me, hopefully this post will help you through these next few months!

• Posted on November 28, 2016 by Ian Farintosh in , , , ,

My top 3 favourite courses I’ve taken at Nipissing

I’ve taken a lot of courses at Nipissing University now that I’m in my fourth year, so I decided to narrow down all of the courses I’ve taken to my top three favourites for you!

• Posted on November 25, 2016 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , , ,

Five simple ways to cure your stress

Are you like me and freaking out over the insane amount of assignments you have due? I’m pretty good at managing my time, but trust me, that doesn’t always stop me from getting stressed out. November is the month of assignments, tests and essays galore. But don’t you worry, I’ve got five ways to ensure that you’ll have an easy, breezy, stress-free time!

• Posted on November 24, 2016 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , , , ,

Making The Most of Your Time Here

The other day it dawned on me that as of December 10th I will be halfway through my university career. It’s really mind-boggling to think about how much I have gone through and how quickly it has gone by. Even though I still have another two and a half years until my degree is finished, I know that it will go by incredibly quickly and before long, I’ll be preparing to graduate and make my mark on the world.

• Posted on November 23, 2016 by Jenn Gomolka in , , , ,

The End is Near!

When it comes down to the end of the semester, due dates are quickly approaching and there seems to be more work that needs to be done then there are hours in the day. You’ve worked hard all semester and the only thing stopping you from Christmas break is what appears to be an impossible to do list. Here are some tips to surviving the last few weeks of the semester:

• Posted on November 21, 2016 by Mikayla Toyne in , , , ,

Undecided or Indecisive: How to decide which program is right for you

Over the past nine weeks, I have had the pleasure of meeting lots of students and I can’t help but notice a trend. There are so many students who are still undecided and just want to study everything. If you are one of those students, do not fear because I was once in your shoes and with this job, I find myself again very indecisive as to what I want to study next. My hope is that by the end of this blog, you will feel inspired and have some more tools in your toolbox to help you make the right decision for you!

• Posted on November 18, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , , , ,

How to Maintain a Healthy Balanced Life in University

As everybody in university can probably agree with right now, mid November is a very stressful time in a student’s life. The semester is coming to and end, the final day of classes is less than a month away and exams start immediately after. Typically, in a student’s life we are faced with three obstacles: Social life, Sleep, and Grades; while in reality there are so many more factors.

• Posted on November 17, 2016 by Alexis Poirier in , , ,

Practice Makes Perfect

Most students expect that university isn’t going to be much different than high school, other than it being a little harder with a whole lot of freedom. For me, that wasn’t untrue. Everything was kind of what I expected from my high school years but what I thought would be harder, was actually so much more intense. The classes were harder, the exams and assignments were harder, and the readings were more demanding.

• Posted on November 16, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

Myths: From High School to University

Grade 12 can be a tough year. Students get bombarded with information from all sides; parents, friends, teachers, and everyone in between all have an opinion about what you should be doing and where you should go. Through all of this, a lot of myths form about the university experience.

• Posted on November 15, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

Study break!

As we head into the heaviest part of our first semester, it’s important to remember to take care of ourselves amidst the distress of finals, projects, assignments, and papers. In my experience, the most effective tool I’ve had in being productive and producing quality work is actually taking time away from sitting in the library all day and getting some exercise!

• Posted on November 14, 2016 by Abbey Thompson in , , ,

Why Every Student Should Practice Yoga

“Yoga has a sly, clever way of short circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety” ~ Baxter Bell

• Posted on November 11, 2016 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , ,


November 11th marks a very important day in Canadian history: Remembrance Day. November 11th is the anniversary of the official ending of World War I in 1918. World War I resulted in many lives lost, and even more injured, not only physically but emotionally as well. Remembrance Day commemorates those who died fighting for our country, and who gave their lives to protect us. To this day, many people are still vastly affected by aftermath that the war caused. Many had grandparents, and even great-grandparents that lost their lives during these times.

• Posted on November 10, 2016 by Courtney Ivany in ,

I Owe My Being to…North Bay?

Have you ever spent an entire day lying on the floor doing absolutely nothing? This is, of course, despite the mountains upon mountains worth of readings you ought to be doing—but instead choose to leave them for the crankier, and slightly more stressed out version of yourself that will crawl out of bed tomorrow morning. See, it is on the days where my productivity dwindles to its absolute lowest that I think back to 399 BC; where Socrates proclaimed “I owe my being to Athens,” and within this proclamation he firmly believed that—despite his ever-growing unpopularity with the elite, and perhaps as a result of this, a self-inflicted death sentence—his actions were done in sacrifice for the greater good of the state that raised him. I suppose what I’m trying to say is that often times we find ourselves so immersed with student culture (and the impeding sorrow that comes with every course reading, midterm, and last-minute assignment we find ourselves tackling) that we seem to forget about the community that has graciously fostered us—North Bay.

• Posted on November 8, 2016 by Amber Walker in , , ,

Tips for the Disorganized Learner

As a second-year student juggling both my assignments and a twenty-hour work week, I’ve discovered the most important thing to learn is how to prioritize. I like to think I’ve gotten better at it this year, with less procrastination and more confidence. Because of this, I wanted to share some of the tips I taught myself since last year, and the best part is, it’s never to late to implement them.

• Posted on November 7, 2016 by Sarah Jacobs in , , ,

Hello North Bay!

Introduce yourself to the city of North Bay! During my first semester of my first year, I remained isolated at Residence and school, and although I look back at some amazing experiences, once I began to explore people and places I felt as though I was creating what now feels like my own community. North Bay is now my second home.

• Posted on November 4, 2016 by Lindsay Ballard in , , , ,

There and Back Again: From the GTA to North Bay and Back

I’ve spent the past few weeks of the travel season primarily in the GTA. While it is the area of the province I’m originally from, I haven’t spent too much time there since moving up north almost a decade ago.

• Posted on November 3, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

Five Things I Learned my Freshman Year of University

As the new school year is upon us, it is important to reflect on past experiences in the educational system. For some, maybe you are still in the “small steps”, like elementary school or even high school. For others, perhaps this year you are taking a giant step- a leap really- and attending a post-secondary institution. Regardless, I’d like to share with you the five things I learned from my freshman year at Nipissing University:

• Posted on November 2, 2016 by Destiny Murtaugh in , , ,

A Place To Grow

I often tell people that Nipissing is a great place to discover and grow their passions; I have a really good reason for saying this, but I am rarely able to share more of my story, so here we go!

• Posted on November 1, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

Here Comes the Sun: Positive Thinking and a Positive Life

Let’s be real – as humans, and as university students specifically, we spend a LOT of time complaining, worrying, spreading our negative energy. Everyone gets upset about little things – if the bus is late, your coffee isn’t right, anything under the sun. Those little things that add up to a bad day rather than a good one. I’m one of those annoyingly optimistic people that will force all my friends to have good day and think about the one good thing that happened, no matter how minuscule, rather than all the big bad things that happened that day. I’m a firm believer in the idea that if you think and act positively, positive things will come to you, and if you act and think negatively, you will only attract negativity. So, by following this philosophy, I try to stay as happy and positive as a human possibly can even during stressful times.

• Posted on October 31, 2016 by Maddy Aucoin in , ,

When You Realize You Miss Home

Everyone in Founders House knows that I call my mom every night at 9:30. No matter what I’m doing I stop, drop and call.

• Posted on October 28, 2016 by McKenna Hill in , , , , ,

Avoiding the “Freshman Fifteen”

Ah, the freshman fifteen. The dreaded weight gain that almost every first year student argues doesn’t apply to him or her. I’m going to start this post off by being completely honest and acknowledging that I did not successfully avoid the freshman fifteen my first year at Nipissing. But hopefully, with the help of many students before you and some tips and tricks, some lucky first years can avoid one of the first non-academic challenges that student’s face when starting university.

• Posted on October 27, 2016 by Hannah Davidson in , , ,

The secret to making the most out of those precious minutes each day

University is a plethora of work, studying and juggling things. Being productive can be a difficult thing to do and anything out there that can help make my life easier means I’m all for it. So today I will share with you the secret of my success!

• Posted on October 26, 2016 by Jenn Gomolka in , ,

Trying to stay organized

It has taken me three years of university to realize I’m not very organized. Now, going into my fourth year, I am hopefully going to change this bad habit by incorporating a few new skills I have picked up. I will start by having separate notebooks for each class, holding onto the syllabuses and putting handouts in a separate binder so I don’t lose them! I am hoping this will reduce my stress as well as the feeling of being overwhelmed, and improve my grades. Here are some tips I recommend you put into practice to be more organized!

• Posted on October 25, 2016 by Ian Farintosh in , ,

How to Survive the Reading Week Blues

Reading Week…That magical time of the school year where us students can take a nice breather but did we really? The week after reading week can mean a lot of different things to us Lakers, many think we are feeling refreshed but to be honest, it is quite the opposite. Whether you can relate to being 2 weeks behind on readings, living the Netflix life, or stressed for those midterms or papers, trust me I can relate. I always have grand plans to get all of my work done, like I think I’m invincible or something but it never seems to happen the way I envision it…But don’t fear Lakers, here are some things you can do to get yourself back on track!

• Posted on October 24, 2016 by Jaana Kekki in , , ,

My First Six Weeks of Survival

Yikes…the past six weeks have been insane! I totally was not prepared for the transition from high school to the university. However, these past six weeks have come and gone; I do find myself getting occasionally homesick, and since I live almost 5 hours away from home, university has been such a big change and distance for me. I’ve got three foolproof ways I’ve used to occupy my time in order to stay a little less homesick and that have helped me survive my first six weeks of university.

• Posted on October 21, 2016 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , ,

University: What You Learn

My favourite thing about university is that it’s just as much about the future as it is about the present. In high school, I was always asked “what are you going to be,” “what are you going to do,” and “what are your next steps?” While I still get those questions here, they’re often matched by questions like “Cool. Well what are you doing tonight?”

• Posted on October 20, 2016 by Justin Bereczki in , , , ,

Open House…It’s worth it to make the trip!

You’ve heard it before but I’ll say it again…if you’re going to spend 4-6 years at a post-secondary institution (as well invest quite a bit of cash), why not take a weekend road trip first to see if it’s really a good fit for you!

• Posted on October 19, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

Procrastinator’s Guide to Conquering Midterms

Whether you’re facing midterms for the first time as a first year student or just experiencing the regular routine as an upper year – this is a stressful time of year! The honeymoon of September has definitely passed and we are smack dab in the middle of a sea of tests, assignments and projects. I, much like the majority of our student body, typically react to an ever-growing to-do list by starting a new show on Netflix, stress cleaning, or kid myself by saying I’ll finish an assignment when I get home from class. So, my fellow procrastinators and avoiders, the reality is that those due dates we’ve purposely forgotten about are present and are demanding some attention. Here are some tips on how to finally tackle that mountain of work.

• Posted on October 18, 2016 by Abbey Thompson in , , , , ,

How to “Treat Yo’ Self” During Midterm Season

Ah October, the time of year where the only thing crunching harder than the fall leaves are students endlessly prepping for their midterms, essays, and assignments. As much as we’d all love to be spending our fall season out in the picturesque forest, snapping new shots for our Instagrams, we’re stuck in the library. What’s a student who’s more stressed out than Twenty-One Pilots to do?

• Posted on October 17, 2016 by Maddy Aucoin in , , ,

Preparing for Mid-Term Season

I know it’s crazy that mid-term season is already here, I still feel like it is the second week of school and that we’re not in the middle of mid-term exams. Mid-term season is definitely overwhelming; campus jobs are in full swing, reading week is on the horizon or has just passed, you feel like you haven’t learned anything yet and assignments are also due in other courses.

How to Survive Reading Week

Reading Week can be a very tricky thing. You’re super stressed during the two-to-three weeks leading up to this magnificent break, yet all you can do is keep your eye on that sweet prize of home made meals and your own bed for a change. Let’s face it, all university students are drooling for a bit of freedom from those midterms, essays and group projects; but once that Friday comes, all you can think about is the ride home and hopefully a warm greeting by your family, and maybe the family dog. But what happens when you get back to school from your week off and you realized that you completely wasted your time and are absolutely drowning in readings and assignments and you forgot that you have 4 midterms this week and two happen to be on the same date?

• Posted on October 13, 2016 by Alexis Poirier in , , , ,

My Experience as a Nipissing Rower

In the pursuit of complete honesty and transparency, I refuse to sugar coat my first year at Nipissing. I loved my classes and professors, but there was something missing in that highly anticipated university inauguration. While I didn’t expect to spend every weekend out with a beer in hand, I did hope for a sense of belonging in the Laker community. But, as a student living at home, I missed out on the residence experience, and my lecture-based courses didn’t offer a lot of opportunity to interact with my fellow classmates. It wasn’t easy making friends.

• Posted on October 12, 2016 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , ,

Be in the Present

It’s nice to be back and blogging again this year! Some highlights from my summer include: getting a dog, taking him for many different hikes, seeing Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin and Alterbridge perform in Toronto, and spending time outside in the sun.

• Posted on October 7, 2016 by Sarah Sceviour in , ,

5 Things to do During Reading Week

As reading week approaches, many students will have probably already booked the first bus back home in preparation for home-cooked meals and free laundry. Whether you’re a student going home to visit family during the week or spending your thanksgiving with your new roommates, reading week is a great opportunity to try something new, and be productive. Here is my list of top 5 of ideas to try during the week:

• Posted on October 6, 2016 by Courtney Ivany in , , ,

‘Til University Do Us Part?

As I learned from the endless number of pre-teen dramas I invested myself in during middle school: friends will come and go, but your epic high school bromance is meant to last forever…right? At least, that’s what I hoped as my best friend packed her bags and moved approximately two hundred and ninety seven kilometers away—give or take a couple of inches. Three years later, Nipissing University has enlisted me to brag about the success of our long distance friendship, despite my previous, and slightly over-dramatic nervousness.

• Posted on October 5, 2016 by Amber Walker in , ,

A home away from home: Residence!

During my academic career at Nipissing University, I lived in residence! It was a great experience where I truly developed as a leader and an individual; but I’m getting ahead of myself.

• Posted on September 22, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

Upgrading your business diploma to a Nipissing University degree

I’m a firm believer in post-secondary education. I have an obvious preference for Nipissing University, being a two-time graduate, but I support anyone who goes on to further their education. For a lot of students, this journey begins with college…but it doesn’t have to end there.

• Posted on September 21, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

The Fresh Recruiter of NipissingU

Hi! I’m Kyle! I am beyond excited to be one of Nipissing’s new Student Recruitment Officers and can’t wait to hit the road and share with students why Nipissing University is amazing! Here’s a little a rap about my upcoming adventure and myself…

• Posted on September 20, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

How NipissingU helped me to Love the Outdoors

For most of my life I have never understood people who loved the outdoors. Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory summed up my feelings when he said, “If outside is so good why have we spent thousands of years perfecting the inside”. I was also not alone, my siblings shared the same feelings and we collectively convinced ourselves that the nature lovers were somehow deceived and we had unmasked a great truth.

• Posted on September 19, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

From Nipissing University to Cambodia and Back!

Hi! I’m Alyssa – one of the new student recruitment officers here at Nipissing. I’m originally from Ottawa, and it was at Fall Open House that I made my decision to come to Nipissing. Now, I get to be back here in North Bay, after a few years away, and will soon be hitting the road to share my passion for this amazing university!

• Posted on September 16, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes or Going Back to School without Going “Back to School”

This is the first time in as long as I can remember that I haven’t gone “back to school” in September. I’ve been a student for a long time. For someone who wasn’t the most studious in my younger years I made the choice to attend school for a lot longer than I “had” to. After elementary and high school, I went on to university and college and then more university. I think my parents were scared I would be a student forever…literally.

• Posted on September 15, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

5 Money Saving Tips that Add Up in a Big Way

Life is expensive. Especially for students. And saving money isn’t always the easiest thing to do while you’re in the midst of paying for said students expenses… and little bit of fun here and there. Take a moment to forget the conventional advice about working hard and saving your money. Of course this is generally good advice; however, lets explore a few unconventional ways of saving where a little goes a long way…

• Posted on April 6, 2016 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , ,

The Very Last Muskoka Post (Goodbye)

Hi, hello! As of next year, the Muskoka campus will be no more. No students will be walking down the hallways. There will be no one in our classrooms, no one lounging in the Lakehouse. There will be no residence activities, no Dons, or Residence Council.

• Posted on April 5, 2016 by Jessica Kayama in , , ,

6 Things I Learned During First Year

Sitting at a round table near the centre of the cafeteria, I’ve spent the past five minutes writing and backspacing; writing, and again, backspacing. All the while more or less listening to the lively conversation of my friends around me. It feels a lot like I’m rewriting every essay I’ve had to endure thus far, and also the ones I’ve started and am—as you might have expected—nowhere near finished. However, this one is less about the Irish Potato Famine, and more about the near-end of my surreal first year experience.

• Posted on April 4, 2016 by Amber Walker in , , ,

Book Clubbin’

I like to think of myself as an old soul that more often then not tries to be hip by keeping up to date on new slang words and social media trends. However, when I’m not being trendy I like to read. A lot.

• Posted on April 1, 2016 by Kristen Maclean in

Extra Classes

Nipissing offers a wide variety of classes, but can’t offer classes in every subject, obviously. I was very interested in photography and other visual arts classes but they didn’t fit in my schedule. I tried to find some classes in town but none of them were affordable or, again, wouldn’t work with my schedule.

• Posted on March 31, 2016 by Teri Farnell in ,

NUSU – Utilize it!

Hello prospective students, let me tell you about NUSU! When you decide to come to Nipissing, you become a member of the Student Union and thus gain access to all their services. My advice is to learn about each university’s student union!

• Posted on March 30, 2016 by Markus Hawco in , , ,

Stress and Pressure in University!

I love the bags under my eyes because they show that I try and work hard. I love my dark circles even though it means I probably did not sleep as much as I should’ve the night before. Stress isn’t a joke, it is not loved, but it is a compulsory part of university, and a part of life in general. Although my approach to certain things could be more optimistic at times, stress is important.

• Posted on March 29, 2016 by Sarah Sceviour in , , ,

Using Technology to Enhance Your Learning Experience

Young people are often criticized for their use of technology; people often say that it cripples our interactions with the real world. Although they may have some points to this theory, technology is not something we should be frightened by. Technology is society’s way of advancing, and can benefit students when they use it for the purpose of enhancing their learning experience.

• Posted on March 23, 2016 by Courtney Ivany in , ,

Winter Bucket List

We have all had those days where it feels like it hasn’t stopped snowing in weeks and you are ready to leave your parka behind for warmer weather and green grass (or sandy beaches). Throughout the winter it is important to take lots of study breaks and explore North Bay and all that there is to do here. Here are 7 things that you can put on your winter bucket list for the rest of this winter or keep in mind for next winter:

• Posted on March 22, 2016 by Mikayla Toyne in , , , ,

March Madness: Paper Season

March is often said by students to be the hardest month of the year: papers due, presentations coming up, midterms…it all seems to happen at once. And while this is undoubtedly stressful, I think it is a good exercise in showing what knowledge is truly like. We are challenged to do everything all at the same time simply because that’s what our brains are like—they’re not schedules that know certain things at certain times, they’re like a big filing cabinet that knows everything all of the time, provided we’re looking for it. So when students tell me “It’s like our profs don’t know we have four other classes,” I tend to disagree.

• Posted on March 21, 2016 by Justin Bereczki in , , , , ,

Open House is finally here!

Open House is here! Believe me or not, but I have been waiting patiently for Nipissing’s Open House to arrive so that we can show off our beloved school to all the prospective and potential students!

• Posted on March 17, 2016 by Markus Hawco in , ,

Starting University in the Fall? Here’s Some Tips and Advice from a Student Recruiter

One of my favorite times of the year is doing follow up visits where we get to meet with students who have applied to Nipissing University. It is a great way for us to chat with all of you and answer any questions that you might have now that you have been through the application process. All of us had a great time meeting with you all, but in case you missed us, there are a couple of things I want you to know before you make a final decision about which school you’re going to attend in the fall.

• Posted on March 16, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

Unique Classes You Will Love!

Nipissing University has an incredible variety of programs and courses. So when it’s time to choose electives, we have options that will appeal to all interests. I encourage you to take the time to look at new classes when selecting courses for next year. Don’t just look at your programs offerings – look for electives in ANY discipline that interests you. Remember, your education is not just a piece of paper. Do what you love and the rest will follow.

• Posted on March 11, 2016 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , , ,

5 Reasons You Should Pursue a Degree in the Liberal Arts

Whenever I mention that I’m pursuing a double major in Political Science and History, a quick look of bewilderment betrays the otherwise excited demeanor of the person on the other end of the conversation. “Well, what about real Science?” I can picture them asking, like those who asked in many conversations before this. I can hardly blame them; as a person who feverishly studied any and all life sciences throughout her high school career for fear of never finding a “real job” it’s an act of judgement turned into an apparent societal truth in this world of technology and medicine. While those areas of study, too, are vital positions to be filled—and I feel the need to stress that a person can be genuinely interested in these programs—the world has begun to progress in such a way that it’s (arguably) becoming commonplace to abandon some of our most human areas of study.

Post-Grad Problems: How to tackle “what’s next?”

Life decisions can be hard. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t also feeling the pressure of the unknown. This April I will finally be finished my undergraduate degree; all those essays, late nights, and study sessions… for what? What’s next? What kind of job do I want? Where will I be living? Do I want to further my education? Believe me, you’re not the only one lying awake at night drumming these questions through your head.

• Posted on March 7, 2016 by Kristen Maclean in , ,

Why NipissingU is the School For You

Last year when I made the decision to come to Nipissing many people asked me “why Nipissing?” If you’re thinking that Nipissing may be the school for you, check out this list of 5 reasons why I decided to come here:

One Billion Rising: Muskoka Has Risen!

Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you all an amazing event that occurred on February 6th at the Muskoka Campus. I worked with some dedicated students and Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services to provide an event called One Billion Rising to the community.

• Posted on March 3, 2016 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , ,

Why you should accept your acceptance to Nipissing U

If you’re a potential student reading this, then chances are you are already considering Nipissing University as an option for your post-secondary education. If this is true, then you may have starting looking into which university is the best fit for you. Choosing a university can be difficult, especially since you’ll likely have a lot of questions about what’s to come. Although I may be a bit biased (seeing as how I now call Nipissing my home) I hope that you’ll believe me when I say that you won’t regret choosing Nipissing. I’m not talking to you as an employed member of a university looking to get your tuition fees, I’m talking to you student-to-student. So why should you seriously consider Nipissing University as an option for you? Well, let me tell you!

• Posted on March 2, 2016 by Courtney Ivany in , , , ,

Learn to Fail

I think we should try to fail more often. On the first day of my first year of university, Walmart had sold out of cable cords for TV, and that fundamentally changed my life. I know it seems like such a small thing— I could’ve taken the bus there the following week or borrowed one from a friend, but I didn’t. I was too lazy to go back and buy one and too cheap to pay for Netflix, so I was left with a lot of free time on my hands.

• Posted on March 1, 2016 by Justin Bereczki in , , ,

How to Run!

I am a runner. Kind of. Well, I was, and I will be. I have run a marathon, 2 half marathons, a 30k and participated in cross country back in high school. But I haven’t gone for a single run this year. I’m not done with running, I just took a break from it for a little while now and I am going to get back into it come the spring. I work out about 3-4 times a week, mostly strength training with some cardio, which keeps me in shape and then I run when the weather is nicest.

• Posted on February 26, 2016 by Sarah Sceviour in , ,

Small class size? No contest.

Hello everyone, my name is Markus Hawco, a third-year Business student specializing in economics and recently elected to be the Student Union’s (NUSU) VP of Finance.


June 2014: I’m sitting at graduation patiently waiting for my name to be called. It hadn’t settled in yet; I was about to graduate high school. At this point in time, I had no connection to Nipissing, or really any University for that matter. A few friends had told me about different schools that I should attend, but as an indecisive 17-year-old, there was no way I was ready to make such a big decision. Back for grade 13, or a victory lap, as many called it. I was really there just to buy myself some time, and grow up a bit. It gave me a chance to work nearly full-time, and do some research about what I wanted to do with the next four years of my life.

• Posted on February 16, 2016 by Campus Tour Guides in , ,

Are You Taking Full Advantage of Campus Resources?

Nipissing University truly cares about their students and offers a variety of on-campus resources to provide us with an incredible post-secondary experience. Are you taking advantage of these resources? Let’s have a look at what Nipissing has to offer.

• Posted on February 12, 2016 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , , , , , ,


I’ve been browsing through other bloggers’ posts and thought I’d make a blog post about something that’s related to personal life, instead of something related to academia. I thought about what style to write this post in and I’ve decided a sort of FAQ style would be appropriate. Here are some common questions I’ve heard regarding tattoos and my personal answers. NOTE: I am not a professional, however, I have many tattoos and have been tattooed by many artists. Also, I have many friends that have shared their tattoo experiences with me.

• Posted on February 11, 2016 by Teri Farnell in

From College To University

If you’re coming to the end of your college diploma program you probably are considering your next steps. Now that you have a great educational foundation, you have endless options, opportunities and paths you could take. Many college students are interested in completing their degree after their diploma, but it can be a daunting prospect. Nipissing University is a great choice if you’re thinking about furthering your education and obtaining your degree on a beautiful campus with a supportive environment.

• Posted on February 8, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

Make Residence Your #NUHome!

Hey everyone! I am the Community Advisor at Nipissing University for the Muskoka Campus! I absolutely love my job, but most importantly, I absolutely LOVE residence! I think it provides many opportunities to get to know others and for personal growth! Here are some reasons why I think Nipissing’s residence should be your #NUHome!

• Posted on February 5, 2016 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , , ,

Never Fear: University Acceptances Are (Almost?) Here!

Welcome to acceptance letter season, my soon-to-be froshy friends! I can remember receiving my own acceptance letters three hundred and sixty five days ago (give or take a few weeks) and thinking: “Wow. This is really happening.” Of course, it came out more as “ahgsfkshfb” as I ran around the house screaming—on that note, sorry again mom and dad! Choosing the university that I wanted to attend seemed a little daunting at first, and I always wondered whether I’d even applied for the right program. In fact, right after that period of pure joy, I began to feel anxious about this whole “future” thing. This being said, I’m guilty of over-worrying. However, if you ARE like me: this is the blog post for you! Enclosed I will tell you three things I wish someone would have reminded me while I was making my university decision.

• Posted on February 4, 2016 by Amber Walker in , , , ,

Real Talk: Managing Stress as a Student

If there’s anything I’ve gained from my 4 years as a student it’s that one of the best skills a student can learn is proper “stress management”. With balancing tests, readings, essays, and work on top of a social life stress is bound to occur and sometimes it can have a large impact on your lifestyle.

• Posted on February 3, 2016 by Kristen Maclean in ,

Getting Involved On Campus

I had always been actively involved on campus in my earlier years, so I thought why stop this trait of mine as I move into my post-secondary education? When I came to Nipissing University I wanted to continue my extracurricular activity. I first went to the ‘Club Days’ to see what Nipissing offered their students. Over my four years I have actively participated as a member of Chancellor’s House Community Action, Freshman Fit-teen, Nipissing University Student Alumni, Best Buddies, Frontier College Tutoring, Open House, Call Campaign, and Nipissing’s first Sorority. By becoming involved not only am I having fun, but I am also making many lasting friendships as well.

• Posted on January 29, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

Alpha Gamma Phi

As a proud member of Alpha Gamma Phi, I’d like to take the time to congratulate my wonderful sorority for becoming certified (by NUSU) as of this month. The founder and co-founder of the sorority have worked tirelessly to accomplish this goal and deserve all my praise. Let me tell you a little bit about who we are and what we do!

• Posted on January 28, 2016 by Raluca Gherzan in ,

Laptops in Lectures

A few years ago while I was in high school, my teachers taught me that technology and having a laptop would be a huge thing within colleges and universities. This is such a contrast compared to what I have heard in most of my classes.

• Posted on January 27, 2016 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , ,

5 Changes for the New Semester

It is the time of year when one semester is ending and another one is beginning. Here are 5 changes that are easy to make for second semester (and ones that I will be making!)

• Posted on January 25, 2016 by Mikayla Toyne in , , ,

The most important thing: Food.

Before you disagree with me about food not being the most important thing, let me plead my case first! Unless you have arranged your schedule so you’re only at school for a couple hours a day, chances are that you will have multiple classes and breaks, all packed into one day. This means you could be on campus for a large part of your day. Sitting through lectures, or participation in seminars can be a tiring, so unless you’re providing yourself with the proper nutrition (a.k.a. food) it can be extremely difficult to concentrate in class.

• Posted on January 22, 2016 by Courtney Ivany in ,

New Semester Resolutions

I think the funniest phenomenon in academic life is how, at the start of second semester, people suddenly become students. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that the majority of us aren’t here to study, because we are. We do our assignments (sort of) on time, do readings (when we can), and try not to procrastinate (too much). But when all of these “sort of’s,” “when we can’s,” and “too much’s” build up, we start to freak out a little.

• Posted on January 19, 2016 by Justin Bereczki in , , ,

Why I Chose Nipissing for my Bachelor of Education

I belong at Nipissing University because of their amazing education program. I chose Nipissing’s Bachelor of Education program because of all of the wonderful things that I had heard about it. The program is designed to help students become future teachers by providing them with hands-on knowledge of everything you would need to know to lead a class of your own, i.e., classroom management, unit planning, lesson planning, assessment, evaluation, instructional strategies, and many more.

• Posted on January 11, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

Nothing is Set in Stone

You’re in Grade 12 and it is time to decide where to apply to university. Take a deep breath. Don’t fear. Don’t worry. Picking your university and program is a big decision but don’t ever feel like you’ve locked into a decision for life or that it will make or break your future. Let me tell you why.

• Posted on January 6, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , , , ,

So you’ve decided to come to Nipissing

Yes, going away to university for the first time is scary. You are not alone. It will be okay, I promise. I remember being really scared to leave home for the first time. I was nervous about all the unknowns that lie ahead. But what you need to know is that those fears dissipate within about two weeks. Once you are settled in to residence, you’ve met your roommates, gone to your first week of classes, and met your professors, you’ll come to realize that you can handle it and that everything is going to be alright.

• Posted on December 14, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

The Application and Holiday Season is Here!

Now that December is upon us, and with no snow on the ground (as of writing this blog), I am happy to say that I am starting to welcome the cheery holiday spirit! Recruiters from across the province have likely stopped travelling and are slowly unwinding the season, which means that many students in Ontario are finalizing their OUAC Applications. This is such an exhilarating time that it’s hard to contain my shared excitement!

• Posted on December 10, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

5 Ways to Get More Value Out of Your Education

We all like short cuts, myself included. However, are short cuts the most effective way to get good grades? Probably not….Although it may not be the most pleasant or easiest way to make our way through school, doings things “right” is the best avenue when it comes to improving our marks and getting the most out of our education. Let’s have a look at 5 ways we can achieve this.

• Posted on December 8, 2015 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , , , , ,

Get Excited About University!

Recruiting for Nipissing University this fall was a great experience. I got to visit amazing places all over Ontario, and talk to amazing students who are about to enter one of the most exciting phases of their lives. At the beginning of the travel season, I encountered many students who were nervous, but mostly excited about the prospect of going to university. Towards the end of the season, attitudes were beginning to shift and that excited energy was slowly giving way to nervous energy. Students were stressed out and concerned now that the deadline to apply was looming. One frustrated student in Cobourg exclaimed “I’m just going to pick a university on the program alone. I’m going to have the same experience wherever I go”. Here is why that is the OPPOSITE attitude you should have when you select a school.

• Posted on December 7, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

‘Tis the Season!

Having just come off the road from another year of fall travel, there are a few things that come to mind in December.

• Posted on December 4, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

Tales from the Road

Hello reader, thank you for taking the time to read my little blog here! It’s been such a busy past few months that I wish I could have taken the time to grow this little blurb spot, but alas, the road kept this recruiter quite occupied.

• Posted on December 3, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in ,

An Upper-Year’s Guide to Staying Productive

Nipissing students, in recent events, have had a lot of time on their hands. Sometimes this is good and can get inspiration flowing or allow for a breather in an otherwise hectic life, or other times it may lead to a slump and a lack of productivity. As an upper year student, I’ve experience both the inspiring and the lack-luster breaks and have developed a handy list to help keep you motivated and productive all the way through yours!

DIY Holiday Card

There’s nothing sweeter than receiving a hand-made card for the holidays, so I’m going to show you how to make one!

• Posted on December 1, 2015 by Teri Farnell in ,

Keep Up Your #Momentum

Hey folks! I don’t know about you, but throughout the recent weeks I have really been slacking in keeping up momentum and finishing school work, and staying on track. With the recent strike going on, there are a few ways you can try keeping up your #Momentum (which I’m going to be doing, too…hey, we can do them together!)

• Posted on November 25, 2015 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , ,

Have YOU Been Flirting With The Pre-Exam Blues?

Twelve kettles of tea, three hours of sleep and one hundred typed and instantly untyped introductions later…and still I’m left with nothing but a blank page to show for my efforts. Ah, feels like the looming final stretch before our (all-too-dreaded) exams. As a person who doesn’t deal with stress well, I’ll tell you that I’m in a domestic partnership with the feelings of sorrow and incompetence that come along with those last minute term papers and the hours of studying right before – and only right before – a big test. Is it healthy? Probably not. Still, I find myself getting so stressed out that I can’t bring myself to tackle any of my assignments, thus becoming more stressed because I haven’t been doing them. It’s like one, big, continuous cycle – a cycle that you ought to break.

• Posted on November 24, 2015 by Amber Walker in , , , , ,

Recruiting for a University I didn’t Attend

When I told my friends and family that I had gotten a job recruiting for Nipissing University, I got the same question over and over; “Isn’t it going to be difficult to represent a University you didn’t go to?” They got it half right. I did not attend Nipissing University for my undergraduate degree. When it came time for me to choose a university I was hesitant to break out of my comfort zone. I grew up in the Niagara region and had always planned on staying in that bubble. University was a daunting prospect, and I was fearful of compounding that with attending somewhere that I wasn’t already comfortable and familiar with.

• Posted on November 20, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

BBA Specializations Galore

Hello prospective business students, my name is Markus Hawco – a third year Bachelor of Business Administration student with streams in Marketing and Economics. Before I start I would like to encourage and congratulate you on thinking about business at Nipissing University; it is a group of warm, encouraging professors who push you to be leaders of the private sector.

• Posted on November 19, 2015 by Markus Hawco in , ,