Small Class Sizes, Big Opportunities

With NU Open House just around the corner, I’ve found myself reflecting on my (very distant) memories of applying to post-secondary institutions…and just how much work prospective students put into finding their new academic home! I can remember going to all the open houses with my heart on my sleeve, finding myself charmed by every […]

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 , , , ,


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 , , , ,


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 , , , ,


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 , , , , ,


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


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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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!
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• 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.
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• Posted on September 15, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers 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.
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• Posted on March 21, 2016 by Justin Bereczki 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.
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• 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.
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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:
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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.
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• Posted on January 27, 2016 by Sarah Sceviour 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.
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• Posted on January 19, 2016 by Justin Bereczki 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.
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• Posted on January 6, 2016 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.
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• Posted on December 8, 2015 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , , , , ,


It’s okay to be uncertain about the future

It is okay to not know what you want to do. I am a third-year student double majoring in Philosophy and Psychology. I’ve never been one to choose exactly what I want to do, because I love too many things. It’s really hard for me to ever imagine committing myself to one career because I love so many things. I considered a major in Philosophy, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Anthropology, History, English Studies and Classical Studies.
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• Posted on November 18, 2015 by Sarah Sceviour in , , ,


Mid-Semester Stress: Can YOU survive? (Spoiler: you can)

I won’t lie: it’s rough. That’s fact. But I think somewhere deep (DEEP) down, I enjoy it. It solidifies my learning and lets me put it into practice. It makes me review what I learned in class. And, most importantly, it makes me realize that I actually DID learn something. I know class can feel like a blur, it can be hard to pay attention, maybe you didn’t really take notes (I’m looking at YOU, girl on Facebook in front of me in lecture) but in the end, that information stuck. And that’s important, because it’s why we’re here.
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• Posted on October 20, 2015 by Justin Bereczki in , , , ,


Forever Rockin’ the Green and Blue!

Hey there, Lakers! My name is Christopher Piekarski, and I am one of the new Student Recruitment Officers at Nipissing University (but you guys can just call me Pie!). I’m a recent graduate of Nipissing, completing my Bachelor of Arts degree, with a double concentration in Social Welfare and Sociology. I am from North Bay; born and raised and I couldn’t express just how excited I am to represent Nipissing, while meeting and recruiting potential students!
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• Posted on October 16, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,


Once a Laker, Always a Laker.

Hello everyone! My name is Samantha Fraser and I am a new member of the Student Recruitment Team here at Nipissing! I’d like to take a minute to introduce myself! I was born and raised in South Porcupine, Ontario, which is about four and a half hours north of North Bay, and eight hours north of Toronto. Growing up I was always a northern girl at heart, and so when it came time to choose a university, I knew that Nipissing was right where I belonged.
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• Posted on September 16, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , , ,


Every Day is the Best Day

I do not regret going on this trip. Yes, it was very expensive, physically exhausting, late nights, early mornings, and long hikes in the blazing equatorial sun. But it was extremely beneficial and rewarding.
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• Posted on July 2, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,


Check It Off My List!

We took two flights to return back to Quito. We had one more day of our trip. As soon as we arrived, we noticed a huge temperature change. Because the islands were considerably warmer than the mainland, we felt like Quito was colder, much like summer weather in Canada. At dinner that night I was shivering because I was so used to the warmer Galapagos weather.
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• Posted on June 30, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,


Darwin’s First Island

The next day we changed hotels and took a 3-hour boat ride to the east side of the archipelago to the last island we would be going to – San Cristobal. On the way we passed Santa Fe Island, a smaller island, uninhabited by people, but had a lot of resting blue-footed boobies. San Cristobal however, is larger and is one of the oldest islands. It the first island that Darwin stepped on. It was also the island where we switched tour guides – Juan left to lead another group, and Jessica stepped in his place. Jose, Daniel, and Jessica all lived in San Cristobal.
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• Posted on June 26, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,


What I Was Hoping For

On another day, after returning to Santa Cruz, we took another 2 hour boat ride to the west side of the Galapagos Islands to Isabela Island. Isabela is the largest Galapagos Island (shaped like a seahorse), and is the most geologically active, with 6 volcanoes. Wolf Volcano on the island just erupted on May 25, 2015, about two weeks after we had left the island. The last time it had erupted before that was 33 years ago. We could still see rock striations were lava once flowed from previous eruptions. Here, we saw Galapagos penguins, mangroves and flamingos. The penguins are a separate species only found on the Galapagos Islands, and are among the smallest penguins in the world. The flamingos are much pinker than the ones found elsewhere– they get their colour from their diet of shrimp. Similarly, blue-footed boobies get their foot coloration from eating mackerel and herring, while red-footed boobies get their foot coloration from eating squid.
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• Posted on June 24, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,


Where The Wild Things Are

Santa Cruz is one of the 4 human-inhabited Galapagos Islands; there are 13 main islands in total. About 30,000 – 40, 000 people live among the islands. Santa Cruz has one of the biggest ports, Puerto Ayora, where we stayed. People on the Galapagos make about $600/month, which is double what people on the mainland make, but everything is a little bit more expensive than on the mainland. The biggest difficulty in my opinion was finding your way around because even if you had a map, the street signs were not always clearly visible. The islands are much safer than the mainland and more “touristy”. You can only live in the Galapagos if you were born there, or if you married someone who was. You can work there, but only up to a year, if you were coming from another country.
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• Posted on June 23, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,


Land Ho!

To travel between the Galapagos Islands, officials search your bags at the ports to check if you have any plants or animals that you could spread to other islands, and disrupt the environments there. They lock your bags up so you can’t access them until you reach the other island. Other officials cut them off when you arrive at your destination island. We were told by Victor to take seasickness pills as soon as we woke up that morning, and I’m so glad I did. Some people were sick on the boat. I only saw flying fish and many seabirds on the boat rides, but some people saw a sea turtle and a pod of dolphins.
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• Posted on June 17, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,


What Does “Galapagos” Mean?

The first thing we did on Santa Cruz was to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Many animals were kept in enclosures for breeding purposes, but some animals like various birds and marine iguanas were wild and hanging around the station. The marine iguanas are so oblivious to all other life that they like statues when they are basking in the sun – I thought they were fake at first. They look very much like small dragons. We also saw a Galapagos mockingbird, which was actually the gateway to Darwin’s theory, not the finches that so many textbooks reference.
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• Posted on June 16, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,


The Importance of Rules

The next day we departed for the Galapagos Islands by plane. Because the islands are a national park, we had to go through a form of customs, even though the islands are still part of Ecuador. This is to make sure we aren’t spreading plants or animals that may harm the ecosystems. You also need to pay $100 to get into the islands upon arrival – this was covered in our costs with EF tours. The islands are also at a much lower elevation than the mainland, so we didn’t need to worry about altitude sickness.
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• Posted on June 12, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,


Breathtaking

The first full day after we landed in Ecuador was to explore the city of Quito, the highest official capital city in the world – 2800 m above sea level. Because the city is so high, some of us felt the effects of “altitude sickness”, including headaches, tingly fingers, and shortness of breath. Our trusty EF tour guide, Victor, told us to take it easy on our first day, until we can get acclimated. Lots of water, and hard candy can help. Fortunately, I myself did not suffer too greatly.
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• Posted on June 8, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,


Make the Most of Your Degree

University is all about learning and personal growth. I believe that it is vital that you as a student take full advantage of your degree and your learning experience. I was fortunate to participate in a 2-week trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in South America that was organized by the Nipissing University Biology Department with EF Tours. It came with the option to have it count as a 3-credit spring course, which I decided to register for, along with six other students.
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• Posted on June 3, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,


Being a North Bay Local aka A Townie

Being a townie and having the opportunity to travel around Ontario as a Student Recruitment Officer, and talk about my life at Nipissing University was an amazing experience! There is so much that North Bay and Nipissing University have to offer its students that I wanted to be able to tell my story to others.
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• Posted on January 9, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,


Distractions

I have a terrible attention span. When I am trying to study or read for my classes, I find myself doing anything but studying or reading. With exams around the corner, I think it’s time for all of us to buckle down and eliminate distractions.
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• Posted on November 28, 2014 by Sarah Sceviour in , ,


The Importance of Self-Care

Of course, many people come to Nipissing as a student to focus on academics. But if academics were the only thing you spent your time on, you wouldn’t be able to truly excel because you wouldn’t be living a balanced life. Let’s talk about self-care for a second because it’s really important! Self-care is actively doing all the things that everybody tells you should. We all know health and good sleep patterns are important for doing well in school, but what happens without those things?
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Nipissing University’s Local WUSC Committee

DID YOU KNOW by attending Nipissing University you are directly helping a refugee student achieve a university education? That’s right! Every student pays a small levy into their tuition, which in turn allows a refugee student to attend university, which they otherwise may not have been able to do. To date, Nipissing has graduated two refugee students, currently is hosting a third and we are in preparation for our fourth student to join us in September!
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A Day/Week In The Life As A Concurrent Education Student

A day in the life of a Concurrent Education student tends to be fairly busy, because you are taking two different degrees at the same time. However, in the long run, it is very rewarding.
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12 Steps to Surviving University: Things No One Tells You

Oh hello there, student body! Maybe you’re a current student, maybe you’re thinking of coming here, or maybe you attended here and can remember fond memories of University past. Regardless of where you are, here are some general guidelines that can help you get through any post-secondary experience. Many of you may be away from home for the first time. You’re no longer in high school; it’s time to be independent. Growing up is hard for everybody, but here are some tips I wish someone had told me in my first year, and I hope they help others as well.
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What I Miss about High School and Love about University

Reflecting back on the transition from high school to university sparks thoughts of what I miss about high school and what I love about university. I think during the transition period from high school to university it is important to not only cherish your last moments of high school and remember the things you love but also find reasons to look forward to your new fresh start at university.
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• Posted on January 23, 2014 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , ,


Tips and Techniques For Incoming Students

Coming to university can be one of the biggest decisions for some, while being the easiest decision for others. Some people may have dreamed about a certain university all their lives and others may have no idea where to start when looking at different schools, and I can tell you I was one of these students. I knew I wanted to become a teacher but I had no idea where to go, what school to apply to, or how far I wanted to be from home. Four years later, I am finishing my undergrad and only have teacher’s college left in the upcoming school year, and I can honestly say that coming to Nipissing University was the best decision I could have made to pursue my dreams.
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