Handling the Pre-University Preparation

With move in day, frosh week and the start of classes quickly approaching, it’s inevitable that you’ll be thinking at least a little bit about what you need to do before you kick start your university career. As someone who’s been a part of four residence move ins and four orientation weeks (one as a student, one as a volunteer and two as staff) during my 4 year undergrad, here are my five tips on the pre-university prep:
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• Posted on August 2, 2017 by Campus Tour Guides 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 , , , ,


Ways to be Eco-friendly

It’s pretty crazy that it’s already almost April. It’s hard to believe that exams are just around the corner. But let’s not forget that next month, Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day! On this day you are encouraged to use less energy and be more eco-friendly. My family and I always made an event out of Earth Day – we turn out all the lights at 7 or 8 o’clock, sit in the dark for an hour or so and just talk and have fun.
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• Posted on March 29, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan 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 , , , ,


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 , , , , ,


Making Memories

With the end of the year quickly approaching, now is the time to make great memories. That may seem a like a crazy idea based on how much reading, studying and writing you may have, but think about the looming summer vacation. Soon enough, your year will be over, and you will have four blissful months to reflect and reminisce about your year. Of course, I’m not saying that making memories should come before schoolwork, but they can become a great stress relief for those occasional study breaks. Take these last few weeks to get involved, explore North Bay, and spend time with friends. Soon you will find yourself packing up, heading home, and saying goodbye to some of your best friends that you have met through university.
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• Posted on March 14, 2017 by Hannah Davidson 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 , , , , ,


(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 , , , ,


A New Perspective

I love living in North Bay. I love everything about this city, I’ve been so lucky to pick a school that is as awesome and accommodating as Nipissing U. But you know what absolutely freaks me out? The fact that in less than four months I’m going to have to leave this beautiful, scenic city for the raging, industrialized city of Hamilton.
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• Posted on February 21, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan 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 , , , ,


Apps to Download for School

Hey guys, here is a list of apps I find very helpful with my schooling. I highly suggest that if you have not downloaded them yet, to do so now!
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• Posted on February 14, 2017 by Ian Farintosh in , , ,


Looking Back

Grade 12 was nothing if not demanding; with constant stressing over maintaining my grades, writing applications for scholarships and applying to university. Considering that, you’d think that I would have been excited when I had finally narrowed it down to which 4 universities I was going to apply to. However, the real panic began to set in when I started to ask myself, which one do I choose?
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• Posted on February 3, 2017 by Campus Tour Guides in , ,


Exchange/Study Abroad and Why You Should Do It

Exactly one year ago, on this day and around this time I was on board a flight from L.A to Melbourne, Australia. I can remember my exact feelings of nerves, readiness, and excitement bundled into one as I woke up from my nap and peered out the window to get my first ever sneak peak of the Las Vegas strip. I was so excited to begin my adventure of seven months in Australia, but I was sad to leave my life back at home as well. I had slight tears in my eyes at the thought of not seeing my family for more than half a year, but I couldn’t believe what adventures would be in store for me down under.
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• Posted on February 2, 2017 by Alexis Poirier in , , ,


How to ‘Expecto Patronum’ Your Demons Away

When J.K. Rowling was writing the Harry Potter series, she was suffering from severe depression. The soul-sucking Dementors she created became a metaphor for that depression, and the spell used to combat those evil creatures became a source of light. ‘Expecto Patronum’ is arguably one of the most inspiring spells that Rowling creates in her entire series. It is a beacon of hope, one that thousands of people across the globe have tattooed onto their bodies as a daily reminder to keep fighting against their demons. Whether that be mental health, stress, fear of rejection, loneliness, addictions, jealousy, anger, etc. So how can you keep your own demons at bay?
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• Posted on February 1, 2017 by Destiny Murtaugh in , , , ,


It is Officially Winter

Snow is on the ground up here in North Bay, and the temperatures are starting to drop. Students are back on campus and loving the winter season!
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• Posted on January 31, 2017 by Student Recruitment Officers in ,


Top 10 Places to Visit While in North Bay

If you haven’t already, here are a few places in and around North Bay worth checking out!
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• Posted on January 27, 2017 by Courtney Ivany in ,


Goodbye for now, not forever!

It has truly been an awesome experience to be able to travel to high schools around Ontario promoting something that I am so passionate about and an institution that I hold dear to my heart – Nipissing University! I have had some great conversations, met amazing individuals and can honestly say that although at the beginning of this journey, you may have been hesitant or unsure, whatever you choose to pursue you will succeed at!
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• Posted on January 26, 2017 by Student Recruitment Officers 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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Lessons From My First Year Living On My Own

I’ve technically been living on my own for 7 months now, but “first year on my own” sounded like a better title. Regardless, I’ve reflected a lot about my experiences thus far and I felt like some of them were important to share amongst my fellow post-secondary peers!
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• Posted on January 23, 2017 by Abbey Thompson in , , ,


Bell Let’s Talk Day

Mental health and mental health awareness is something that should be talked about more in today’s society. As someone who has suffered from anxiety my entire life, I know what it feels like to be ashamed. But over time I’ve gotten help and have been able to know that I’m okay and that I can cope with anxiety. Mental health is not something that you should be ashamed for having, ever. That’s why I’m urging everyone no matter who you are, where you come from, if you’re suffering from mental health issues, or you’re supporting someone who does, please participate in Bell’s Let’s Talk Day campaign on the 25th of January.
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• Posted on January 20, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , ,


Bring What You Love to Campus

For many of us moving away from home means leaving behind all the familiarities of the hobbies we love. The local hockey arena, dance studio, soccer fields, and swimming pools. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave your hobbies behind.
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• Posted on January 19, 2017 by McKenna Hill in , , , ,


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 , , ,


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.
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• Posted on January 13, 2017 by Student Recruitment Officers 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.
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• 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!
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• Posted on December 7, 2016 by Sarah Jacobs 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!
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• Posted on December 5, 2016 by McKenna Hill in , , ,


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.
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• Posted on November 30, 2016 by Destiny Murtaugh 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!
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• 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!
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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 , , , , ,


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.
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• 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:
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• 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!
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• Posted on November 18, 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.
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• 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!
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• Posted on November 14, 2016 by Abbey Thompson in , , ,


Remembering

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.
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• 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.
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• Posted on November 8, 2016 by Amber Walker 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.
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• 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.
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• 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:
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• 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!
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• Posted on November 1, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,