You Don’t Have to Decide Right Now

Back when I was in high school and trying to decide on what university I wanted to go to, I was going through all the questions in my mind and I ended up at a standstill based on my rational self and what I wanted to pursue.

Residence Life Conference 2017

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to go to the Residence Life Conference and represent Nipissing University as a delegate and as a presenter. There were 8 Nipissing students in total who attended this conference, 6 of which presented. Nipissing was one of 20 post-secondary institutions from across Canada that participated in Brock University’s Residence Life Conference 2017.

• Posted on November 23, 2017 by Emily Maw in , , , ,

Let it Snow!

To quote my friend, “snow is both a blessing and a curse.” While it looks great from our bedroom windows and makes for excellent pictures, it also makes for a tough season of frozen windshields, slippery sidewalks, and frostbite. However, there are also many great ways to enjoy the snow that is inevitably going to be sticking around for a while. To boost some upset spirits, I’ve compiled a list of some fun things that can be done in North Bay, now that we have snow. Hopefully these fun activities peak your interest and can make the cold weather a little more exciting.

• Posted on November 15, 2017 by Hannah Davidson in , ,

4 Useful Cooking Tips for Beginners

If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried many times to make a half-decent meal these past couple months or so. Sometimes, it doesn’t work out and it turns into a bowl of popcorn, for myself at least. I find it extremely annoying when I plan to cook a nice meal and it either burns (we have crappy pans) or tastes like garbage! I also find that pure exhaustion and laziness after a long day takes a role when it comes to cooking. You may be a first-year, like myself, or maybe just haven’t really gotten the hang of cooking and rely solely on Kraft Dinner for a source of nutrition, but we’re all still learning. Anyway, here are some tips from one unsuccessful cook to another that I’ve found useful so far.

• Posted on November 8, 2017 by Leah Butler in , ,

Make it work for you!

Everyone asks, “how do I do it?” How do I balance school and life and make time for self-care? It’s always hard to figure out in the first month, but as soon as you get into a rhythm, it kind of makes itself work.

• Posted on November 7, 2017 by Emily Maw in , , , , ,

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:

• 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.

• Posted on April 13, 2017 by Jenn Gomolka 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!

• Posted on April 5, 2017 by Abbey Thompson 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.

• Posted on March 29, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan 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.

• Posted on March 17, 2017 by Maddy Aucoin 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.

• Posted on March 2, 2017 by Amber Walker in , , , , ,

Bouncing Back from Stress

The most stressful situations, when I feel overwhelmed and unhappy, are also some of the biggest challenges I’ve had to face. I like talking about any and all struggles I have because its been a huge part of my experience as a student and a big part of my experience involved believing that perfection is achievable (Spoiler Alert: It’s not). I’ve had people come back to me and tell me that they never believed me when I told them how tough simple things can seem for some people when they are going through stressful experiences, until they went through them themselves.

• Posted on January 30, 2017 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , , , ,

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!

• Posted on January 23, 2017 by Abbey Thompson 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.

• Posted on January 19, 2017 by McKenna Hill 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 , , ,

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 , , , ,

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 , , , ,

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 , , , ,

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 , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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 , , ,

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 , , ,

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:

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 , , , , , ,

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 , ,

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 ,

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 , , , ,

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 , , , , ,

Residence Life

It’s crazy that 2 months have already gone by! Over the past 2 months I have loved living in residence and making it my new home. Having roommates who are my best friends adds to the already positive experience that Nipissing has to offer. Moving away from home can definitely be overwhelming, but residence is an experience with events, fun and friendships to offer.

• Posted on November 9, 2015 by Mikayla Toyne in , , ,

First Year as a Consecutive Student in the Revised Program

The first year at any school can be pretty daunting. It’s stressful enough having to adjust to new work loads, difficult subjects and new professor expectations without having to worry about fitting in…Add in the fact that I’m living away from home and you’ve got absolute chaos. Having said that, it makes sense that I thought I’d be needing counselling the minute I got to North Bay, to help me cope with living by myself for the first time. In my defence, I’m an only child and I’ve been coddled since birth, so I didn’t think I’d be the best at handling huge responsibilities.

Get Inspired.

I have recently opened my eyes to the beauty of this world, and I think it is valuable for everyone to recognize the positivity in their lives. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to receive an education and to apply my learning through various adventures in life.I am extremely blessed to be a Community Advisor at the Muskoka campus’ residence and to get the chance to connect to so many wonderful people. I am also very lucky to be a blogger and to have the ability to share my thoughts, advice, feelings, and to hopefully affect your lives in a better way.

• Posted on October 22, 2015 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , , , , ,

First Few Weeks on Campus

Before arriving on campus only 4 short weeks ago, I was nervous to leave home. I was nervous that I wouldn’t meet any friends, that I wouldn’t like my classes, but most of all, I was scared to be 4 hours away from my family.

• Posted on October 8, 2015 by Mikayla Toyne in , , , , ,

School’s Over…. Now What?

Another year completed and you are ready for sun tanning and days at the beach. Before you get too comfy and buy three bikinis, here are a few things you can do in the meantime while you hunt down that perfect summer job and move everything into your parent’s house/out of res/ into you new house.

• Posted on April 14, 2015 by Tealia Carriere in ,


Exams are approaching, and I’m sure many of you are thinking about your summer plans rather than your finals (I happen to be one of those people too). As exams get closer and closer, students often panic last minute and start studying far too late. Academic stress is difficult because it can really affect your mood, sleeping patterns, and even alter your focus, making you less likely to succeed in studying.

• Posted on April 8, 2015 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , , ,

The Psychology Behind Grocery Shopping

For many first year students, this year might be the first year that your parents aren’t responsible for grocery shopping anymore. If you don’t have a meal plan with the school it’s time to learn the do’s and don’ts of the grocery store! As it’s near the end of the year, chances are you have already gone for your first trip. Did you go thinking you would only spend $20, then $60 later you’re wondering where you went wrong? Grocery stores have years of psychology on their side. From the way they’re laid out, to the products they sell, the first step you take is already designed against you to ensure you spend more than originally anticipated.

• Posted on March 27, 2015 by Courtney Ivany in , , , ,

The most Difficult aspect of University is…

Decisions, decisions. I feel like the top of my résumé should read “excellent decision maker”. Around this time last year all I was thinking was: Where am I going to school? What am I going to major in? Do I want to live on or off campus? What do I want as a career after school? Do I want to to do a postgraduate degree?

• Posted on March 23, 2015 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , , ,

Treat Yo Self…And Others

University life can be packed with stress, exams, assignments, balancing life, working, and so on. It can be difficult to manage our time wisely, resulting in a lack of self-care, when in actuality, it is extremely crucial to uphold self-care during these stressful times. Self-care is an important aspect to university because you can’t focus on your work entirely if you don’t take the time to focus on yourself.

• Posted on March 9, 2015 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , ,

3 Ways to Upgrade Your Morning

If you are anything like me, waking up for that 8:30 am class is the last thing you want to do on a Monday morning. Recently however, I have begun making some simple changes in my morning routine in an effort to improve my health. While I will never be a morning person, these 3 habits have made my mornings feel a lot better!

• Posted on February 23, 2015 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , , , ,

Transferring from College to University (Muskoka Edition)

Our actions, decisions and thoughts impact who we are and what we do with our lives. After high school, I had no idea what I wanted to pursue– becoming a wedding planner, psychologist, singer? They were all dreams of mine. But when it came time to decide what path to choose, I panicked. I had an unsettling feeling going to the University of Guelph, leaving my family and friends. These are normal feelings, but once I was settled in, it occurred to me that I wasn’t pursuing what I really wanted to do.

• Posted on February 10, 2015 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , ,

The Friendly Neighbourhood Dons

Two weekends ago I attended the Residence Life Conference in Guelph University. The idea of this conference is to bring together Dons/RA’s from all universities to share their information, tips and strategies about the daunting job of working in Residence. I went as a delegate and judge for Nipissing University as I am a Chancellors House Don.

• Posted on February 3, 2015 by Markus Hawco in , , ,

The Magical saying “Get Involved”

Something that is heard numerous times throughout university as being the “key to a rewarding university experience” is to…get involved. What exactly does this mean? At what amount of involvement are you considered “involved”?

• Posted on December 3, 2014 by Markus Hawco 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?

Nipissing University: A Winter Wonderland

As the last leaves fall from the trees and a crisp chill fills the air, we know it is only a matter of time before Nipissing University is covered in a blanket of white fluffy snow. As a prospective student it is important to come to terms with the fact that for the majority of the school year Nipissing is a cold winter wonderland. However, there are plenty of fun winter activities, specific to Nipissing University, for students to participate in.

• Posted on November 6, 2014 by Rebecca Greucci in , , ,

These last two weeks

As my first post of the student blog, I would like to talk about the preparation that was done this year for first year students. Again my name is Markus Hawco, a BBA student but more importantly a don (or better known as an RA in other Universities) at Chancellors House. Prior to school beginning I have personally done two weeks of don training, a day of peer tutor training and note taking. I can positively say I am beyond excited for school to start so I can put what I learned into action.

• Posted on October 30, 2014 by Markus Hawco in , , ,

What NU means to me

I’ve put a lot of thought into what Nipissing University means to me. It isn’t the easiest thing to articulate, and I don’t love talking about myself, but it’s impossible to do one without the other. So please, forgive the ramblings to follow.

• Posted on October 24, 2014 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

Hey, It’s Your Future

Hey everyone! Let me introduce myself, my name is Carla and not only am I a part-time graduate studies student at Nipissing University, but I am also staff. I have the honour of working with the NU recruitment team. That means it is my job to talk you and anyone else into studying at Nipissing University. The fall is the most busy and exciting time of the year for prospective students. There are so many decisions to make. WHERE are you going to study and WHAT are you going to study? I can’t answer those big questions for you, but I can tell you what questions you should ask the schools that you are considering. Maybe these questions will help make your decision that much easier!

• Posted on October 10, 2014 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

Ten Tips for Making the Most of your First Year Experience

Welcome to Nipissing! With September right around the corner, it is really exciting to welcome all of the first year students onto campus. Being a first year student is such a new and exciting experience and I hope you all enjoy being here as much as I have. As a 4th year Nipissing student, I thought I would share with you some of the things that helped make my first year at Nipissing University one of the best years of my life.

• Posted on August 29, 2014 by Hillary Newman in , , , , ,

The Ride

The school year is coming to an end, and with it goes my undergrad. When this exam period ends, I will have completed my undergrad and will go on to do my education degree next year in hopes of being a teacher. Which means that really, for me, the ride of university is almost done.

• Posted on March 27, 2014 by Evan Gomes in , , ,