Home is absolutely where your heart is

It’s getting toward exam time and that means it’s almost time to go home! Christmas is fastly approaching (for those who celebrate) as is going to visit our loved ones soon. I know that “home is where your heart is” is a cliché saying, but I completely stand by this. Coming into university, you make […]

• Posted on December 7, 2017 by Leah Butler in , ,


The End of Semester Stress

It’s that time of the year again where finals are approaching and everyone is stressed out. It is okay to be stressed out, indeed it is normal and expected to be stressed out but it is important how you handle your stress. Here are some tips on how some students handle the stresses of end of the semester and exam season:
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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.
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You’re Never A Number, You’re Always A Person

Sometimes we can feel like although there are people all around us we are completely alone and no on cares in that moment how we are feeling and what is happening in our lives. As a second year nursing student effected by the 6 week college strike, it often felt like throughout the strike our political figures didn’t see the 500,000 students out of class as people and just a number.
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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.
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• Posted on November 23, 2017 by Emily Maw in , , , ,


25 Unique DIY Holiday Gifts Using a Mason Jar

The holidays are fast approaching! While this might be an exciting time for students who can’t wait to go home and visit their families, it may also be a stressful time for students who are worrying about the financial strain this might cause on them. The good thing is there are many unique gifts idea that can be a truly thoughtful gift that won’t break the bank. Below are 25 unique holiday gift ideas using a mason jar!
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• Posted on November 21, 2017 by Courtney Ivany in


Thinking About Life After Graduation

Yes, I know that it is only November. And yes, I know that this post *might* be stressing you out (heck, it’s stressing me out just to write it!). But it’s important to remember that it is never too early to start thinking about your future. Here are five questions to get you thinking about the rest of your life (no pressure, I’ll just be here eating ice cream out of the container; feel free to join!)
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• Posted on November 16, 2017 by Destiny Murtaugh 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.
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• Posted on November 15, 2017 by Hannah Davidson in , ,


It’s All About The Balance

University is both one of the best experiences in your life, and also one of the scariest and most confusing. I know questions continuously go through my head about whether or not I think I’m in the right program, is all this schooling and money worth it, etc. But one colossal question that continues to pop up in my brain is how I’m going to balance all of my deadlines, getting together with my friends, having time for myself, etc.
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• Posted on November 13, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , , ,


Committing to Campus: Getting Involved at Nipissing U

You go to school to learn. But did you know you can learn just as much at school outside of the classroom as you do sitting in a lecture? It may sound cliché, but getting involved on campus is the best way to make the most of your university experience. You will learn important life lessons, teamwork strategies, and effective organization and communication techniques.
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• Posted on November 10, 2017 by Lauren McLaren 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.
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• 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.
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• Posted on November 7, 2017 by Emily Maw in , , , , ,


Experiential Learning: What’s it All About?

This past May I had the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Poland with ten students from Nipissing University, and ten students from Wilfrid Laurier University, to learn about Holocaust memorialization. My interest in this topic was sparked when I took a six-credit course on the Holocaust in my third year of university, and I was curious to do some fieldwork in the setting of these complex historical events.
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• Posted on November 6, 2017 by Maddy Aucoin in , ,


Balancing the Student Life

We are at a weird time of our lives – a time where we are expected to work, do school, volunteer, work out, sleep 8 hours a night, not miss a reading, have assignments completed well before they are due, and still have time for self care and friends. I am not a math major but I can guarantee that there are not enough hours in the day for that to happen. But somehow we are able to balance jobs, self care, extra curricular activities and to “do it all”.
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• Posted on November 1, 2017 by Mikayla Toyne in , , ,


National Novel Writing Month

Ever wanted to write a novel but just felt like you didn’t have the time or motivation? Maybe you wanted to have other people alongside you so you had someone to talk to or bounce ideas off of. Well, have I got news for you!
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• Posted on October 30, 2017 by Destiny Murtaugh in ,


Making Self-Care a Priority

With midterm season in full swing it is important to review the importance of taking care of ourselves. I know for me this time of year can be really draining and sometimes I just need time for myself. Here are some tips and tricks to help you in taking care of YOU!
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• Posted on October 27, 2017 by McKenna Hill in , , , , ,


The Good Neighbour Program

Residents of North Bay might have noticed the recent promotions of ‘The Good Neighbour Program’. The program was created by the City of North Bay in 2016, but has recently been going through a ‘reboot’ with the help and collaboration of NUSU, the North Bay Police, Nipissing University, Canadore College, and Canadore Student Council. The program hopes to educate North Bay residents about how to be respectful to their neighbours and mindful about the communities in which they live.
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• Posted on October 26, 2017 by Courtney Ivany in , , ,


The Art of Finding Yourself

Before coming to Nipissing, I never really knew who I was. I know that everyone usually thinks you find yourself throughout your four years at high school, but in my opinion, university is the place where you grow as a person and find out who you are.
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• Posted on October 25, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , , , ,


Surviving Nipissing: An Upper Year Perspective

While many individuals have just entered their first year at Nipissing University, I have entered my final year. As fun as that may sound to first years who are experiencing midterm stress for the first time, I am experiencing a whirlwind of emotions that I didn’t expect. In addition to writing papers, studying and reading, I am applying for my masters and coming to terms with the fact that at the end of this year, will be leaving Nipissing.
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• Posted on October 23, 2017 by Hannah Davidson in , ,


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 school that I visited. It wasn’t an easy decision, but three years later, I can confidently say that I belong at Nipissing University—and hopefully so will you.
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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 , , , ,


Making Fitness a Priority

Even though between classes, homework, work and your friends it may seem like there’s not enough time in the day for everything, it’s important to eat healthy and make fitness a priority. Often, working out is one of those things that we all say we want to do but at the end of the day we choose that extra nap, that extra hour of studying or realistically that extra episode of Netflix over going to the gym.
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• Posted on April 21, 2017 by Ian Farintosh in , , ,


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 , , , , , ,


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 , , , ,


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 , , ,


Student Financials

Busy people can tend to forget to pay close attention to their finances.You should pay close attention to the way you spend money, invest and the scholarships and bursaries available for students. As students, we actually reap a lot of financial benefits that are not available to the general adult public. For me, I was not aware of some of the financial resources available through Nipissing University or the bank.
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• Posted on March 23, 2017 by Lindsay Ballard 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 , , , , ,


One Step at a Time

It’s that time of the year again where summer can seem far out of sight, but I wanted to remind my fellow Lakers that you are not alone and we are getting to the end of the semester soon! Here are a few reminders that you are doing better than you may think!
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• Posted on March 20, 2017 by Jaana Kekki 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 , , ,


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 , , , , ,


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 , , ,


Teachers College Here I Come!

Well, with my final few weeks here at Nipissing, it’s time I did a self-reflection of the best four years of my life. Reading Week has just passed, and that means there is only a few more weeks of school before I can call myself a Nipissing University Graduate – but the best part is that I get to come back for more! I’ve had so many amazing memories here, and I’m so excited to see what the future two years have in store.
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Goal Setting

Effective goal setting is something that teachers have been trying to get students to learn since middle school. But, as we all know, it isn’t easy and some of us never attain the skill to set goals that are realistic to our abilities. Here I want to offer some ways to avoid overwhelming yourself and getting stuck in a cycle of overreaching and failing.
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• Posted on February 24, 2017 by Sarah Jacobs 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 , , , ,