A Few Words of Wisdom From the Gadfly of Nipissing

As students, we often turn towards the best and brightest for wisdom and guidance. This is especially true when spring arrives and current students tackle exams and prospective students begin to consider what university will hold in store for them next September. This year we searched far and wide across the campus to find the perfect student to bestow a few words of wisdom onto you: Socrates.
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• Posted on April 20, 2017 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , ,


Why Nipissing Residence is the Best!

One of the most exciting things about going into my first year of university was the opportunity to live in residence. The possibilities seemed endless; getting my own bedroom and living with others my own age, having my own apartment without the fear of dealing with a landlord or paying monthly for rent. I remember I was counting down the days until I could leave for university.
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• Posted on April 13, 2017 by Jenn Gomolka in , , , , , ,


Big Dreams, Coffee Beans; Whatever University is Made Of

Let’s face it, we’ve all wondered whether we’ve “got the stuff.” You know, the university stuff. The perfect grammar, the work ethic, the flawless work/volunteer/school/social life/sleep combo; like, if you were a pizza, they’d call you a supreme… THAT stuff! The stuff that all of our high school dreams were made of. We, the university students, are supposed to be the epitome of intelligence, punctuality, and confidence all wrapped up in a cute little bow coloured in every shade of “hire me!” But are we really? To conclude the year on a high note, I’ve decided to interview some of your peers in an attempt to unveil what this university “stuff” is really all about—and, through a compilation of embarrassing stories, I’ve learned that perfection isn’t really part of your NU welcome package—but that makes it all the better!
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• Posted on April 12, 2017 by Amber Walker in , , , ,


Coping Strategies to Avoid End of Year Stress

With the end of the year quickly approaching, it has become quite obvious to me that students’ stress levels have increased quite dramatically. In many of my classes, professors have asked us what we are doing for self-care, and it seems to have become a competition to see who has it the worst. Throughout my discussions with students, professors, friends and family, I have slowly begun to compile a series of coping strategies that can be used in times like these. Hopefully, if you are one of those students feeling a little stressed, you will find some of these tips and strategies helpful.
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• Posted on April 6, 2017 by Hannah Davidson in , ,


On Campus Jobs!

Ever since I finished my first summer as a Nipissing University student employee in the Office of Student Development and Services this past summer and continued my position part-time throughout the year, I’ve sung the endless praises of the benefits of having an on-campus job. I didn’t realize all the perks that would come with employment with Nipissing, and so I want to make sure more students know about it!
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• Posted on April 5, 2017 by Abbey Thompson in , , , , , , ,


Staying Focused During Exams

Final projects and essays are due, you’re exhausted and behind on sleep and all you can think about is being done school for another summer. Summer is near…and so are exams. Staying focused on exams can be tough, here are some tips for getting through exams and all the deadlines!
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• Posted on April 4, 2017 by Mikayla Toyne in , , , , , ,


Why I Chose Nursing at Nipissing

As my first year as a nursing student comes to a close, I have been reflecting on the one question I got asked a lot this year: Why did I decide to become a nurse?
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• Posted on April 3, 2017 by McKenna Hill in , , ,


Life Lessons Taught while at University

This is my last post as an undergraduate student at Nipissing University. I am completing my degree in philosophy this year, so I will not be returning in the fall. It’s a very bittersweet feeling. In one way I am excited to move out of town and go somewhere new, but I am also not sure what I want to do anymore.
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• Posted on March 31, 2017 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , ,


Studying: Where and How

It’s that time of the semester where everyone is overwhelmed by last minute essays and studying. It is now that you most need to focus, but are least able to, thanks to all the pressure bearing down as the year comes to an end. Here I want to offer some suggestions of the best places and techniques to help you finish all those assignments and begin the studying process.
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• Posted on March 28, 2017 by Sarah Jacobs in , ,


PSYCH MAJOR 101

When people ask me what program I’m taking in university, I am always so excited to tell them that I am a psychology major. Choosing psychology as my major has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Believe it or not, psychology can relate to everything and anything; whether you are interested in teaching, life development, law, art, the brain, behaviour and so much more, psychology could be the major for you!
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• Posted on March 27, 2017 by Jaana Kekki in , , , ,


The Final Push

With April just around the corner it is only normal that students begin to become more stressed out with thought of their upcoming exams. While this is normal and can help motivate you to do your best, it is also important that you remember to take some time for yourself. Your mental health is important, and that should not be forgotten.
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• Posted on March 24, 2017 by Courtney Ivany in , , ,


English Courses You May Not Know About!

The English Department here at Nipissing offers a wonderful array of courses every year, but did you know that every other year some pretty wicked classes are revived? Here are four courses that are offered every other year that are pretty spectacular.
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• Posted on March 21, 2017 by Destiny Murtaugh in , , , , ,


Do I Need a Crystal Ball or is My Future Crystal Clear?

All that my friends and I have been able to talk about lately is the prospect of finishing third year this year – and finally moving into fourth year and finishing our undergraduate degrees. I have one particular group of friends that have been together since our first few days in first year – but the five of us are all headed in different directions next year: law school, graduate school, nursing, teacher’s college, and pursuing an MBA. Regardless, we’re all feeling the pressure that comes with each passing day to decide how next year will play out.
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• Posted on March 17, 2017 by Maddy Aucoin in , , , ,


Time for Reflection

Congratulations: only 3 more weeks and then classes are over! Then you have almost all of April off to relax before summer jobs start…well, unless you want to study for exams, I guess. This blog is intended to make you reflect on this past school year and see what you liked and what you would like to change for next year (if anything).
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• Posted on March 16, 2017 by Ian Farintosh in , , ,


What to do when you have five assignments to do in a week

The reality of university is having a bunch of classes in a semester and only a few weeks for them all. The semester is surprisingly short, at first it may seem like 12 weeks is loads of time, but in actuality it’s incredibly short. So the inevitable tends to happen, all your professors seem to have all planned out that your final assignments and essays are all due on the same week.
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• Posted on March 15, 2017 by Jenn Gomolka in , , ,


Reading Week Regrets

So, it’s that time of year where 98% of students are feeling the weight of regret after not accomplishing that long to-do list we optimistically made at the beginning of Reading Week. As that guilt sets in, professors are reminding us that we’re in our final 5 weeks of the semester – cue panic. The good thing is that many of us are in the same boat and there are tons of strategies, resources, and tools to make the best out of the next month!
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To Take a Summer Course or Not?

As summer is on the horizon, it’s hard not think about what it will be like to not have to open a textbook or log onto Blackboard for another 4 months. However, with summer approaching, spring and summer courses are also opening. I know that you may be thinking, “well I passed all my classes, why would I take summer courses?” Here are 5 reasons why you should consider a spring or summer online course!
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• Posted on March 9, 2017 by Mikayla Toyne in , , , , ,


Embrace Challenges

If school was easy, then where would the challenge be? The obvious goal of post-secondary education is to prepare yourself for your future career. In the process, you want to evolve and learn. To do so, I have learned not to compare my academic success to that of others.
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• Posted on March 8, 2017 by Lindsay Ballard in , , ,


Keeping it Simple: Remembering to Fuel Yourself on the Go

It goes without saying that being a student means you are busy. Between classes, study groups, jobs, and the rare extracurricular, sometimes our days can span 12+ hours. And in the midst of this award-winning juggling act, sometimes the simple things, like food and water, fall to the wayside. I’ve had many a day when I realize, as my head hits the pillow at night, that I’ve had only a banana or a granola bar that day. In order to perform our best, we must fuel ourselves properly. If the tank runs empty, you will never make it through those 8am-10pm days. So here are some tips and tricks for staying well fed and hydrated throughout your busy days!
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• Posted on March 7, 2017 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , ,


I’m almost done my Undergraduate Degree

It seems surreal that my undergraduate degree will soon be finished. My life is definitely in a completely different place than I ever imagined it would be four years ago. First, I am in a relationship. We are just celebrating three years living together and we adopted a dog last summer. I also don’t have any specific job plans after I graduate and I am not planning on immediately pursuing a post-graduate education. Those two things were what I always worried about all through high school and partially into my undergraduate degree.
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• Posted on March 3, 2017 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , ,


5 Ways You Can Show Your Textbooks Who’s Boss (Hint: It’s You)

Calling all current and prospective Nipissing University students! Do you find yourself feeling fatigued? Run down? Defeated? Overwhelmed? Are you tired of being pushed around by one thousand plus pages of course readings that you never intended on tackling in the first place? If you answered yes to any—and probably all—of these questions, let me tell you that you are not alone. I too have found myself in the midst of an academic wrestling match; absolutely pummelled by course reading after course reading, all with the high hopes of an even higher (though still illusive) GPA…but it doesn’t have to be this way! Is it too cliché to ask why we can’t all be friends? Anyways, in light of our fleeting Reading Week, I’ve decided to share a few tips that will get you out of the ring, and back onto the academic podium.
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• Posted on March 2, 2017 by Amber Walker in , , , , ,


Tips on Getting Your First Part-Time Job

University is expensive, and so are all the things that come along with it. Many students will realize that getting their first part-time job might soon be a reality. The first thing to think about is if you can handle a part-time job. Some people might feel comfortable balancing a new work life with their school work, others might only be comfortable working during the summer months so they can focus on their studies.
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• Posted on March 1, 2017 by Courtney Ivany in , , ,


(READ)ING WEEK

Oh, Reading Week…every student’s favourite time of the year! Whether you are one of the lucky ones travelling this break, heading home to the family or staying in The Bay, dedicate this week to YOU! Being in 4th year, I’ve learned that I cannot cram the rest of my readings for the semester into one week, or finish all my assignments. I’ve learned how important it is to take a step back and take this week to do what you need.
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• Posted on February 23, 2017 by Jaana Kekki in , , , ,


Preparing for Reading Week

While the countdown for Reading Week may have begun, there are several different things to keep in mind. Although Reading Week may sound like a great time to relax and sleep in, it definitely lives up to its name. If you’ve taken a look at your syllabi, you’ve probably noticed that you have a heavy amount of readings to get done. You probably also have several quizzes, papers and assignments in general. Getting things done on your week off from classes can be difficult, especially if you choose to go home for the break. The following are several tips and tricks that I have learned over my years at Nipissing. Some may seem quite obvious, but I promise, give them a go and you’ll feel much more relaxed and prepared once classes start up again!
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• Posted on February 16, 2017 by Hannah Davidson in , , , ,


Scheduling Relaxation and Self-care

To the high-achievers challenged with living in the moment, this is a reminder to take the time for yourself. This is a lesson that, time and time again, I have to remind myself. I am a person who has a hard time relaxing when I have tasks left on my to-do list. I am not alone with the struggle to relax. A hard-working attitude is not a bad thing, but getting caught up in a fast-paced life can bring unwanted stress. This causes me to burn out quickly and overextend myself until I am exhausted or get sick. These habits are not beneficial to our personal well-being, health, or academic success. Our personal health and academic success affect each other. This is why we need balance and to prioritize both our ‘to-do list’ and our ‘I want to list’. However, this does not mean procrastinate or don’t put in the hours for your school work.
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• Posted on February 15, 2017 by Lindsay Ballard in , , , ,


How to stay motivated when the last thing you want to do is work

Getting down to work when everything in you is telling you ‘No, you have more time’ is incredibly tempting. Without constant nagging it’s easily to just tell yourself that you will do something when you’re feeling more up to the task. But there comes a time when we really need to get down to business and it’s no longer a choice of doing something to keep on top of things, it becomes more of a matter when something HAS to be done.
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• Posted on February 9, 2017 by Jenn Gomolka in , , ,


Burning the Fire too Bright

I am guilty of the age-old habit student always seem to get stuck in when a new semester strikes, which is declaring that I will do things different this time around; I will not procrastinate, I will do every single reading, and I will start every assignment a month in advance. I’m sure these all sound terribly familiar, and for the first week you may even be successful at them. Unfortunately, not long after, you suddenly start to just feel tired and overwhelmed. More than likely, it’s because your sudden passion to get things done all at once has left you burned out. The exhaustion and stress afterwards leaves you farther behind than you ever intended, creating a cycle of self-loathing, stress, and guilt. So here I have decided to compile some small aids and reminders when attempting this kind of resolution again.
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• Posted on February 8, 2017 by Sarah Jacobs in , , ,


How to Write a Solid Essay (From Someone Who’s Been There, Done That)

Hey friends! At least once a week without fail, I get a text from one of my friends asking if they can “send me a paper”. This of course, has become code for “SOS please edit my essay right away”. Now, reminder that I’m majoring in both English and History: I write a lot of papers. A lot, a LOT of papers. Here are some general tips I’ve learned in my three years of my undergrad!
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• Posted on February 7, 2017 by Maddy Aucoin in , , , ,


Couples Therapy: Rekindling the Bond Between Student and Program

Concept: you’re sitting in an old local coffee shop. It was quaint, warm, and especially endearing when you first fell in love with your post-secondary program—whether that be only a matter of months prior to this very moment, or many years before—but your outlook has, quite frankly, become rather bleak; and you’re slowly coming to the realization that this isn’t the love affair you imagined it would be. The once fond memories you harbored have begun to fade, and you find yourself whispering the cliché and all too dreaded broken promise: “it’s not you, it’s me.” Your tone is apologetic; though the enticing, lingering memories of your brief love affair with an elective course betray you. You know that you shouldn’t say goodbye like this, after all, you made a commitment. And still you cannot help but wonder whether this is it… Was it never meant to be?
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New Semester, New Beginnings

At the beginning of every semester I look back on the previous semester and look ahead on the new one. When looking back it is easy to identify a test I should have studied more for, a reading I should have done or an essay that I could have proofread again. While there’s nothing that I can change from the past, I can make changes in the future. Once you fall behind, it can be hard to catch up and although we go into survival mode until reading week and have plans to catch up then, that week is much needed for some rest and relaxation. Here are some changes to consider for the new semester:
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• Posted on January 18, 2017 by Mikayla Toyne in , , , , ,


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.
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• Posted on January 16, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan 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.
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• Posted on December 9, 2016 by Hannah Davidson 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.
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• Posted on November 29, 2016 by Jaana Kekki 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!
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• 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!
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• Posted on November 24, 2016 by Casey Monkelbaan 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:
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• Posted on November 21, 2016 by Mikayla Toyne 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.
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• Posted on November 17, 2016 by Alexis Poirier 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!
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• Posted on November 14, 2016 by Abbey Thompson 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.
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• 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.
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• Posted on November 7, 2016 by Sarah Jacobs 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!
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• Posted on November 1, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers 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.
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• Posted on October 28, 2016 by McKenna Hill 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!
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• Posted on October 26, 2016 by Jenn Gomolka 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.
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• 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?”
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• Posted on October 20, 2016 by Justin Bereczki 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.
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• 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?
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• 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.
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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?
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• Posted on October 13, 2016 by Alexis Poirier 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:
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• Posted on October 6, 2016 by Courtney Ivany in , , ,